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Top 5 Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Cocktails and Valentines: Top 5 cocktails to share on Valentine’s Day

A cocktail for two sounds delightful

Looking for the best cocktails to share on Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Check out our top 5 favorite elegant cocktail recipes that are perfect for Valentine’s day.

Cocktails and Valentines: Our top 5 cocktails to share on Valentine's Day

 

Amaretto Cranberry Kiss

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Get ready to pucker up for this one! The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka. These ingredients combine to create the perfect balance of flavors. Don’t worry if you’re flying solo on Valentine’s Day! This cocktail will provide you with a smooth kiss and complex flavors to keep you sipping away.

 

Touch of Venus

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // Stephen Phillips – HGTV

It’s the elixir of the Goddess of Love! The Touch of Venus rebels against the idea that a Valentine’s day cocktail needs to be pink or red to convey passion. Enjoy the sweet citrus caress of this Italian love potion.

 

Sweet Love’n Martini

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

The Sweet Love’n Martini is a delicious cocktail recipe that will complement any romantic evening with your Valentine. If you’re craving something as sweet as your love, give this fruity martini a try!

 

Love Potion No. 9 Martini

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // The Cookie Rookie

This cocktail is sure to put a spell on you. Between the pomegranate, strawberry, and black raspberry flavors in this concoction, you’ll be in heaven! So take a sip of this potion, it’s bound to make you fall berry in love!

 

Cherry Bourbon Smash

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

This Cheery Bourbon Smash is a Valentine’s Day cocktail option that isn’t so lovey-dovey. With tart cherry juice and smooth bourbon, this cocktail is one for you adventurous types looking to experiment with something new.

 

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Enjoy this delicious Italian Hot Toddy, Amaretto tea.

Amaretto Tea: An Italian Hot Toddy

Let’s get cozy with a spiked tea recipe

With January declared “Hot Tea Month,” it only seems appropriate to share a special spiked tea recipe! Staying in the spirit, we’re mixing up an interesting Italian Hot Toddy recipe called Amaretto Tea.

Amaretto pairs wonderfully with tea and milk in this Italian Hot Toddy recipe

If you’re still in hibernation mode, I don’t blame you. The cold weather that winter brings is enough to make me scurry under a pile of blankets. While we still have a couple months to go until the temperatures start to rise, enjoying a hot cup of tea is one sure way to warm you up.

Tea has been the drink of choice for many over the thousands of years since its discovery in Asia. There are over 3,000 varieties and five basic categories of tea: black, green, oolong, white, and puer. With this many options, it’s no wonder that tea is only second to water for the most consumed beverage in the world! (Can you believe that coffee drinkers?!)

Amaretto Tea is sure to hit the spot when you’re craving a warm cocktail with a unique flavor. Amaretto is a liqueur the originated in Saronno, Italy and its name in Italian means “a little bitter.” The meaning behind its name is deceiving though as the taste is described as a rich, velvety almond flavor. It is made using a base of almonds, apricot pits, or a combination of the two.

Keep the tea for this recipe basic (Lipton’s works wonderfully) so you don’t mix flavors that would compete with the amaretto. Tea contains tannin which makes it acidic, while the amaretto and cream are sweet. This helps to balance out the flavors. I happened to think this combination tastes similar to a chai latte but with the extra kick of liqueur.

Even though the ingredients in this recipe have a detailed background, the drink itself is very simple to make. So, when you’re cozy in your house on a cold winter night, give this hot toddy a try. I promise it won’t disappoint.

Warm up with this Amaretto Tea Hot Toddy recipe!

Amaretto Tea

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces Hot Tea
  • 2 Ounces Amaretto Almond Liqueur
  • 1-2 Ounces Cream
  • Cinnamon for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Café glass
  • Spoon

Preparation

Amaretto Tea : Pour hot tea into a cafe glass. Add amaretto and cream. Stir everything together. Garnish with Cinnamon and enjoy.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 152 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 9

Try this delicious Italian Hot Toddy, the Amaretto tea cocktail.

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Classic Black Russian Cocktail

Originals are sometimes more classic

This mixture of Vodka and Kahlua has been pleasing the American cocktail palate since the outbreak of the Cold War. It’s a bit of a versatile cocktail that’s best enjoyed as a Nightcap.

This simple, 2-ingredient Black Russian cocktail has everything you’d want in a classic nightcap.

Everyone loves a good nightcap! They are like the cherry on top of a perfect evening. This simple, 2-ingredient Black Russian cocktail has everything you’d want in your bedtime drink.

As the original “Russian” cocktail, the Black Russian has quite the history behind it. The cocktail was developed in the 1940s by Gustave Tops, a bartender at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, when he created the drink for Perle Mesta, the American ambassador to Luxembourg.

Mesta was known as “the hostess with the mostes” for throwing some of the best parties in Washington D.C. It was at these parties where she supposedly served Black Russians to her guests. Thanks to Mesta, the Black Russian took off in popularity and soon after its sister cocktail, The White Russian, was born.

The Black Russian is considered a classic vodka cocktail. In fact, only the Black Russian is listed as official in the Contemporary Classics section, while the White Russian is listed as a variation of the drink recipe. Both variations are categorized as digestifs, also known as after dinner cocktails.

Traditionally, this cocktail contained five parts vodka to two parts coffee liqueur, per IBA specified ingredients. The vodka was then poured over ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass and then topped with the coffee liqueur. Today, there is much more liberty with the ratios of ingredients use. Take advantage of this and create the perfect cocktail to suit your palate.

Want to try something a little different with your Black Russian? Pinterest is full of flavor variations for the Black Russian. There are even variations of this cocktail where whiskey and stout are substituted for vodka. We haven’t tried them that way yet, but if it looks good we say try it!

This is how you make this classic Black Russian cocktail recipe!

 

Black Russian

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

 

Preparation

Classic Black Russian: Add vodka and coffee liqueur into a mixing glass with ice. Stir till chilled. Strain into a Rocks glass, and add a few ice cubes. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 167 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 9.9 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.8 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

Classic Black Russian, the perfect 2 ingredient after dinner cocktail

 

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5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails for New Year's Eve

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year’s Eve

Let the Countdown to the New Year Begin!

Ringing in the New Year with a champagne toast is a tradition shared across the globe. But for some of us, straight champagne can be bland and boring. Looking for a way to fancy up your champagne game for this New Year’s Eve? These delicious champagne cocktails can really amp up your New Year’s celebrations!

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails for New Year's Eve

 

Kir Royale

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year's

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

The Kir Royale is a simple, yet tasty remedy to boring stand alone champagne. This French cocktail is sure to be a party pleaser with its sweet profile and notes of dark currant.

 

French 75

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year's

Image / Recipe from // Liqour.com

The French 75 is a chic champagne cocktail that blends lemon juice and gin with the bubbliness of chilled champagne. It’s one ring-a-ding-ding of a classic cocktail.

 

Pom-Mint Champagne Cocktail

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year's

Image / Recipe from // Cosmo

Pomegranate and mint add an elegant twist for your New Year’s eve toasts. This delightfully colorful champagne cocktail will really wow your guests, and is super easy to make.

 

Champagne Margarita

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year's

Image / Recipe from // 40 aprons

Margaritas are always a crowd pleaser, and this delicious champagne cocktail will have your guests singing your praises well into the new year!

 

The Ice Queen

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year's

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

Don’t like Champagne? Try Prosecco instead! This Prosecco cocktail, brainchild of Natasha David, is sure to liven up your New Year’s.

 

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5 Ultimate Recipes For Spiked Hot Chocolate

5 Ultimate Recipes For Spiked Hot Chocolate

We’re dreaming of a hot chocolate Christmas!

You never get too old for hot chocolate! But these spiked hot chocolate recipes are just for us kids at heart.

5 Ultimate Recipes For Spiked Hot Chocolate

 

Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

5 Ultimate Recipes For Spiked Hot Chocolate

Image / Recipe from // Judy | I’m Bored Let’s Go

It’s sugar, it’s spice, and it’s everything oh-so nice. This spiked Mexican hot chocolate will make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Don’t forget the whipped cream on top!

 

Salted Caramel White Hot Chocolate

5 Ultimate Recipes For Spiked Hot Chocolate

Image / Recipe from // Natalie Migliarini | Delish

White hot chocolate? Who would have thunk! This delightful mix of caramel, white hot chocolate, and Bailey’s is going to change the way you look at hot chocolate.

 

Bourbon Hot Chocolate

5 Ultimate Recipes For Spiked Hot Chocolate

Image / Recipe from // Sugar Dish Me

Bourbon. Marshmallows. Chocolate. You can’t go wrong with this combination of spiked hot chocolate awesomeness!

 

Kahlua Hot Chocolate

5 Ultimate Recipes For Spiked Hot Chocolate

Image from // Honey and Birch Recipe from // Sugar & Soul

Of all the spiked hot chocolate recipes, this might be our favorite. It’s a creamy and frothy hot chocolate with an adult twist that you’ll want to drown in chocolate sauce.

Irish Cream Hot Chocolate

5 Ultimate Recipes For Spiked Hot Chocolate

Image / Recipe from // Erin | Delightful E Made

This is the perfect spiked hot chocolate recipe for snowy nights to sip by the fire. It’s also a great grown-up dessert!

 

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10 Cocktails To Get You Through Thanksgiving Dinner

10 Cocktails To Get You Through Thanksgiving Dinner

Your Thanksgiving Cocktail Guide

Think the family gathering this year is going to be a little rough? The simplest way to make the best of Thanksgiving with the fam is to share a glass! These cocktails will help you get through Thanksgiving dinner.

10 Cocktails To Get You Through Thanksgiving Dinner

 


 

Spiked Mulled Cider

Cocktails To Get You Through Thanksgiving Dinner -

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

Traditional Mulled Cider is typically nonalcoholic, and you can serve this recipe as such to the kiddies in the house. It can also be served hot or over ice. For our spiked mulled cider, we suggest using an American bourbon and serving it warm to your guests as an after-dinner drink.

 

Gingersnap Cocktail

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Image / Recipe from // My Man’s Belly

If you’re looking to add a spicy and creamy cocktail to your Thanksgiving feast, give the Gingersnap cocktail a try.

 

Naughty Pumpkin Cocktail

Cocktails To Get You Through Thanksgiving Dinner -

Image / Recipe from // One Martini

We all have that one person in the family who is addicted to pumpkin. This Thanksgiving cocktail has their name written all over it!

 

Cranberry Whiskey Buck

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Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

This Cranberry Whiskey Buck cocktail is the elegant cocktail you will want to serve to your guests this Thanksgiving. Whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice make one fizzy pairing that will be a pleasure to your taste buds.

 

The Frozen Turkey

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Image / Recipe from // the view from great island

We think they put it best when they said, “The Frozen Turkey is an adult cocktail of epic proportions, your holidays are never going to be the same, trust me!”

 

Mott & Mulberry

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Image / Recipe from // Food & Wine

This Mott & Mulberry cocktail is sure to please your family’s need for some good ol’ Rye Whiskey.

 

Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

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Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka.

 

Ginger Smash

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Image / Recipe from // Liquor.com

This spicy cocktail will have you and your guests wanting seconds.

 

Autumn Sangria

Cocktails To Get You Through Thanksgiving Dinner -

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

Nothing beats a little sangria for the Holidays! The flavors of Fall come together in this delicious Autumn Sangria just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

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Image / Recipe from // Food & Wine

Mix up this delicious bubbly punch ahead of the party to let the flavors mingle and save yourself some time to work on that Turkey!

 

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5 Ghoulishly Delightful Cocktails For Halloween

5 Ghoulishly Delightful Cocktails For Halloween

Get down with your Ghoul-self! It’s Halloween!

Looking for some cocktails to serve up for Halloween? These 5 Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails are sure to make any Goblin’s day!

5 Ghoulishly Delightful Cocktails For Halloween

 


 

Pumpkin Martini

Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails - Pumpkin Martini

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

This Pumpkin Martini will make your cauldron bubble.

 

Witch’s Hat

Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails - Witch's Hat

Image / Recipe from // Sam Henderson

This HHalloween cocktail might be as pitch black as the Wicked Witch, but it’s sweet like Glinda.

 

Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet

Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails - Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet

Image / Recipe from // Cake and Whisky

Who says Vampires have more fun? Line up your goblets for this bloody good Halloween cocktail.

 

Poison Apple

Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails - Poison Apple

Image / Recipe from // Sam Henderson

Watch out Snow White! This Poison Apple gets these two witches’ stamps of approval.

 

Spooky Spiked Cider

Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Cocktails - Spooky Spiked Mulled Cider

Image / Recipe from //

This spooky spiked cider will get your skeletons rattling and werewolves a-howling.

 

 

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5 palate pleasing vodka cocktails from the Brio Smart Life Blog

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails You Need to Try Right Now

When You Need Some Vodka In Your Life

Every cocktail enthusiast should have a go-to vodka cocktail. But as most bartenders will tell you, the Moscow Mule is so overrated! You should be trying these 5 palate pleasing vodka cocktails instead.

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Hemsley Collins

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Hemsley Collins

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Tom Collins lovers take note. The Hemsley Collins is a refreshingly light and tart take on the Vodka Collins that you should be drinking right now. Unlike a regular vodka Collins, a Hemsley Collins uses raw honey in exchange for granulated sugar or simple syrup. It does still have that tart bite you’ve come to expect from Collins drinks, but it’s not too strong.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1¾ Ounces Vodka
  • 1½ Ounces Lemon Juice
  • 2 Ounces Raw Honey
  • 5 Ounces San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Collins Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

How to make a Hemsley Collins

In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, lemon juice, and honey. Shake well, and pour into ice-filled Collins glasses. Top with San Pellegrino. Add a few slices of lemon and stir. Garnish with mint. Enjoy!

 

Black Russian

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Black Russian

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

The Black Russian is a classic vodka cocktail. This mixture of Vodka and Kahlua has been pleasing the American cocktail palate since the outbreak of the Cold War. It’s a bit of a versatile cocktail that’s best enjoyed as a Nightcap. If you find yourself so inclined, add a splash of milk or cream to this cocktail and you have yourself a White Russian.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

How to make a Black Russian

Add ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a Rocks glass filled with ice. Enjoy!

 

Pear Vanilla Cocktail

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Pear Vanilla Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // Two-Tarts

So simple, elegant, and tastes like Fall perfection. This Pear Vanilla vodka cocktail is an easy made cocktail that has a real aromatic brightness that you can taste. This is the perfect cocktail for a lazy evening in. This recipe has been adapted from Two-Tart’s 4 servings to a single serving.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Pear Juice
  • 1½ Ounces Vodka
  • 1/8 Vanilla Bean, Seeds Scraped
  • Vanilla Sugar to Garnish Rim
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make a Pear Vanilla Vodka Cocktail

Add pear juice and vodka to a shaker with ice. Split open the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds into the shaker. Shake until chilled, or about 20 to 30 seconds. Pour into a sugar rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. Enjoy!

 

The Frenchy Cocktail

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - The Frenchy

Image / Recipe from // The OP Life

If you are looking for a tangy and fruity vodka cocktail, then look no further! The Frenchy pairs the tanginess of pineapple and cranberry juices with the subtle sweetness of pear vodka. It’s an easy [and yummy] 3 ingredient vodka cocktail that you’ll want to add to your party list.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Grey Goose Pear Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Bar Spoon

How to make the Frenchy

Pour in the pear vodka and pineapple juice into a rocks glass filled with ice. Give it a stir, and top with cranberry juice. Enjoy!

 

Elyx Cup

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Elyx Cup

Image / Recipe from // Ethan Calabrese / Delish

If Spa Water had an alcoholic cousin, it would be the Elyx Cup. This cocktail is refreshingly bubbly with a clean citrus finish. We like this cocktail because it has a lot to offer without being overly complicated or sour. It also makes an interesting alternative to a typical vodka mojito.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2 Slices Cucumber
  • 2 Ounces Absolut Elyx Vodka
  • ¾ Ounce Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Prosecco
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make an Elyx Cup

Muddle the mint and cucumber together at the bottom of a rocks glass. Next, add vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake till chilled. Add crushed ice to glass and pour in mixture. Top cocktail with a splash of Prosecco. Enjoy!

 

 

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Cocktails for Fall

10 Autumn Cocktail Creations You Should Drink This Fall

We are absolutely excited for Fall and here’s why!

Whether you call it Fall or Autumn, the season is upon us [even if the temperature don’t feel like it yet]. It’s time to get excited about all things fall, and that includes cocktails. Check out some of our top picks for Autumn cocktail creations to indulge in this season.

Check out some of our top picks for fall cocktail creations to indulge in this season

 


 

Spiked Mulled Cider

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Spiked Mulled Cider

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

Traditional Mulled Cider is typically nonalcoholic, and you can serve this recipe as such to the kiddies in the house. It can also be served hot or over ice. For our spiked mulled cider, we chose to add in dark rum for one and bourbon for the other. Both came out delicious.

Pumpkin Spiced Horchata

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Image / Recipe from // Slim Pickins Kitchen

If there was a cocktail that embodied getting “White Girl Wasted” Fall style, it would be this Pumpkin Spiced Horchata. It might be the most complex drink to make in our line up, but this Fall remake of a classic Mexican Horchata is worth the work.

Sandeman Ciderhouse Sangria

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Sandeman Ciderhouse Sangria

Image / Recipe from // liquor.com

Been anxiously awaiting apple season? Try a little digestif with your next batch of crisp. Port is an unlikely friend of apple cider, rye whiskey and maple syrup. But the best part of this big-batch party pleaser is the boozy apples and pears you can munch on after the batch is fully infused.

Apple Cider Mojito

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Apple Cider Mojito

Image / Recipe from // Jo-Lynne Shane

Not all Fall Seasonal cocktails need to be served hot. This Apple Cider Mojito is the perfect on ice cocktail for autumn! The apple and cinnamon fusion in this cocktail gives you all the best flavors of fall in a mason jar, but with the sophistication of a mojito.

Ginger Snap Cocktail

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Ginger Snap Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // PopSugar

These gingersnaps pack a punch! This simple 3 ingredient cocktail takes everything you love about ginger snap cookies and turns it into liquid deliciousness. Dunk a ginger snap in this puppy if you dare!

Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum

Image / Recipe from // Carrie Robinson Frugal Foodie Mama

September marks the beginning of Pumpkin Spice everything season! Hot buttered rum is a fall classic, and with the rise of Pumpkin Spice season, the two were going to meet eventually. If you are a fan of the PSL then you will love this Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum.

Apple Pie Shine

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Apple Pie Shine

Image / Recipe from // tbps.

It wouldn’t be Fall without Apple Pie…shine that is. Apple Pie moonshine is a Southern treat, and is typically made in the Fall to Winter months. Shine isn’t for the faint of heart, as it is knock you off your feet strong. You can even drink it hot or cold. It really is like Fall in a glass!

Washington Apple

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Washington Apple

Image / Recipe from // liquor.com

Cranberry and Apple are two of the most classic fall flavors, and this cocktail uses them well. This cocktail is great for those easing their way into the realm of Canadian Whiskey. The apple and cranberry flavors pair delightfully with a light whiskey and makes it easy to drink.

Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Autumn Cocktail Creations - The Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // Farm Wife Drinks

If Cinnabon had a boozy baby it would be this Cinnamon Roll cocktail. Just top with whipped cream and cinnamon and you have yourself a real treat!

Sandeman Ciderhouse Punch

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Sandeman Ciderhouse Punch

Image From // ShesCookin / Recipe from // Jonathan Pogash, aka the Cocktail Guru

The elegant flavor palette of this port gives this seasonal puch the One – Two knock out. The bright citrus, ginger, and apple flavors give this fall cocktail just the right amount of yummy goodness that will give your next holiday party life.

 

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How Alcohol Influenced Events in World History

How Alcohol Influenced World History

The Interesting Stories Of How Alcohol Influenced World History

This isn’t your regular history class. From the ancient Greeks to American Mobsters, we’ve uncovered some very surprising stories on how alcohol influenced world history.

The Gods & Goddesses of Wine

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Fatimaa Ahmed // Early civilizations believed alcohol was a gift from the gods

Humans have been crafting alcoholic beverages since Babylonian times. Countless cultures worshiped Gods and Goddesses of wines and other spirits. These gods and goddesses, like Dionysus/Bacchus and Nin-kasi, were often attributed to grape harvests, beer or wine, drunkenness, fertility, and partying. Fun fact: The ancient Greeks might have conducted the first research into how alcohol effects the body, and warned against the consumption of too much alcohol.

Explorers of the New World Spent more on Liquor than Other Supplies

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via History.com // Travelers to the New World really loved their Sherry

Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan had two things in common: 1. They were explorers who made world history with Columbus “discovering” America and Magellan as the first European explorer to reach Asia by sailing westwards around America; 2. They both carried very large quantities of Sherry on their journeys. Columbus taking Sherry with him on his exploration made it the first wine brought to the New World. Magellan carried 253 kegs of Sherry on his voyage and this stockpile of alcohol actually cost more money than all of his weapons! An extra bonus, Magellan spent more money on the wine he brought than he did his flagship the San Antoni!!

Plymouth Rock Beer Run

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Charisma of BeerSportsBabes.com // The most Iconic American Colony was founded because the Pilgrims ran out of beer!

In the colonial era, drinking water could be quite dangerous due to bacteria in the water. Because of this, most people drank alcoholic drinks, which led to colonials drinking much more alcohol than today’s Americans. In 2015, an American drank an average of two gallons of alcohol per year, while the average colonist drank seven gallons of alcohol per year!

Now considering the above information, the following story may sound less ridiculous. Everyone knows that the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and started one of the first settlements in the New World. However, the reason for stopping at Plymouth Rock may surprise you; they were running out of beer. We might laugh at that now, but beer was extremely important back then because it would stay drinkable compared to water which could easily turn brackish and deadly. The Mayflower had been sailing for almost two months and was very off-course by the time land was spotted in what is now New England. The captain decided the settlers needed to go ashore so the last of the beer could be saved for the sailors on their return journey home. Thus, what is now considered a party-foul, ended up shaping the course of American history!!

The Prussian Kings of Beer

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Roland Handrick //

Germans are known to be very serious about their beer, but one man made it a royal family affair. The Prussian King, Friedrich Wilhelm I, is credited with creating the German tradition of “Stammtisch” where people sit around a larger table drinking beer with friends to relax, or just pass some time. He even allowed his son the Crown Prince, Frederick the Great, to become a brewer. During his reign, Frederick the Great banned coffee from Germany when sales of beer diminished, sending large amounts of money out of the country. He believed that coffee would harm the economy and quality of his soldiers. King Frederick the Great is famous for his quotes on beer, including his iconic speech, “My people must drink beer”.

American Rebellion Over Whiskey Tax

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Getty Images Archive Photos Getty Images // There’s a reason why you don’t mess with an American’s Whiskey

Have you ever heard this story of America’s lesser known “Revolution”? Shortly after the formation of the United States, the newly formed government faced a small-scale revolution from some angry citizens. Western Pennsylvania farmers and Whiskey distillers took up arms after the installation of a new Whiskey tax that taxed those who profited from the distillation and sale of Whiskey. Needless to say, the Americans who went war with England over a Tea Tax weren’t about to let this one go without a fight. The Whiskey Rebellion, as it came to be known, grew so large it required military action by the US government. While mass bloodshed was avoided and the new government showed it could keep control, the spirit of American defiance over whiskey would later create the Moonshiners and Bootleggers of the 20th century.

The Friendliest Arctic Territory Dispute

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Reddit – Gabrielle Canon // Territory dispute over tiny Artic Island and the exchange of Whiskey

Leave it to Canada and Denmark to have the friendliest territory dispute of all time. These two countries have been having a dispute over uninhabited, Hans island for years. Each country claims the island is in their territory, so periodically their respective militaries go and remove the other country’s flag – and leave behind a bottle of Danish Schnapps or Canadian Whiskey for their troubles. Talk about pleasantries.

Giving Rise to America’s Crime Families

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Pace // How America’s attempt at sobriety created the rise of organized crime

Alternatively, How America’s attempt to kick its alcohol addiction created the rise of organized crime. Despite the intentions of the Temperance movement, the Prohibition era of US history exchanged sobriety for criminal enterprise. Americans were not ready to give up their hooch, and Bootleg liquor was in high demand. This prompted a very lucrative business venture – all tax-free – for mob bosses from New York to Chicago. The illegal importation, distillation, and distribution of alcohol put some big named mobsters, like Lucky Luciano, on the map. These gangsters, who made it big before the end of Prohibition in 1933, created some of the most violent criminal syndicates whose mark on US history continues today. And it might not have happened if America didn’t try to kick the habit. What did they expect from the country that had a rebellion over a tax on Whiskey?

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Supplying the Troops in WWII

How Alcohol Influenced World History

via Alan Moen [All About Beer] // How beer was helping our boys overseas

Alcohol was always been considered a vital ration to soldiers during war and this was still true during WWII. Making sure that soldiers were supplied with beer was viewed as highly important. In July 1942, British breweries established a “beer for troops” committee to ensure that the troops received supplies of beer. The United States also took the matter seriously, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandated that 15% of all beer produced in the U.S. had to be saved for the soldiers. One problem arose from the American beer, though. The cans had to be painted olive green to camouflage them from enemy aircraft. In the end, a small price to pay in the effort to keep the moral high among the troops.

In 1944, the British Royal Navy developed the most zealous proposal for supplying beer to troops during WWII. As the war was also being fought in the Pacific, the British Navy had to figure out how to make sure sailors received their appropriate rations of beer. The solution to the problem was to design a brewing boat that could produce 250 barrels of beer per week. There were many technical problems in the beginning, such as drums of extract exploding. Two boats were selected for the project and were prepared in the summer of 1945 to become breweries. Unfortunately for the project, having been undertaken near the end of the war, it wasn’t very successful. One ship, the Menestheus, was outfitted with the “Davy Jones Brewery” and completed one voyage that consisted of visiting multiple Pacific ports. The Menestheus supplied sailors with English mild ale and after only six months of being operational, sailed back to England and was dismantled. A floating brewery for the military has not been tried since.

 

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