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Classic Piña Colada Recipe

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The Piña Colada is the perfect summer drink and tastes like a tropical beach vacation.

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5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need To Drink Right Now

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink

These rum drinks will take you to paradise!

In honor of National Rum Day, we’re taking a look at five amazing rum drinks! So channel your inner pirate, pretend you’re on a tropical beach and get ready to relax with some rum! Here are 5 remarkable rum drinks you need to drink right now!

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need To Drink Right Now

 


 

Mojito

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - The Mojito

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

Refreshing is a word that comes to mind when the Mojito is mentioned. This perfect summer drink originated in Cuba over 200 years ago, although the specifics to its creation are unknown. The Mojito became popular through Ernest Hemingway and other famous people who enjoyed the drink while vacationing in Cuba before the Revolution.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces Sparkling Water or Club Soda
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup or 1 – 2 Teaspoon(s) Sugar
  • 1 Cup Crushed Ice
  • 20 Sprigs Fresh Mint
  • Lime Twist For Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Spoon or Muddler

How to make a Mojito

Place [sugar and] mint leaves in a serving glass, and gently muddle just until the leaves release their oils. Fill glass with ice. Add rum and lime juice [and simple syrup]. Stir to combine. Top with club soda and add mint sprigs and lime twist for garnish.

 

Planter’s Punch

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - Planter's Punch

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A New York Times’ article from 1908 described the cocktail as “Two of sour, one and a half of sweet, three of strong and four of weak.” Planter’s Punch dates back centuries and can be considered the predecessor of the famous tiki drinks. The cocktail itself can be described as casual and was originally a concoction of rum, lime juice, sugar, spice, and ice; however, there are now many variations of the drink so there is truly a recipe for everyone!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum (if you can’t find Coruba, substitute another dark, heavy rum)
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • .75 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Bar Spoon

How to make Planter’s Punch

Combine ingredients in a tall glass and fill with crushed ice. Swizzle with a bar spoon until a frost forms on the outside of the glass. The ice will settle as you do this; add more crushed ice to fill, garnish with a mint sprig.

 

Mai Tai

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - Mai Tai

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The Mai Tai is a classic rum drink that has not been treated well over the years. The recipe has been altered by the tourism industry to the point where many people have never actually had a true Mai Tai. The original cocktail, invented by Vic Bergeron of Trader Vic’s, consisted of Jamaican rum, fresh lime juice, Dutch curacao, French orgeat, and a sprig of fresh mint for garnish. This concoction has a subtle flavor of oranges and almonds due to the curacao and orgeat. If you’ve ever had a Mai Tai and been disappointed, give the recipe below a try. You may just be pleasantly surprised with the taste of a true Mai Tai.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Jamaican Rum
  • Juice of One Lime (Save shell for garnish)
  • 0.5 Ounce Curaçao
  • 0.25 Ounce Orgeat
  • 0.25 Ounce Rock-Randy Syrup (Add a drop or two of vanilla extract to our simple syrup recipe)
  • Mint For Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Double Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make the Mai Tai Cocktail

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds and strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lime shell and a sprig of fresh mint.

 

Hurricane

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - The Hurricane

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The Hurricane is a tiki drink known for being quite strong while still having a fruity taste, so if that’s up your alley, you’ll love this cocktail. The Hurricane was created in New Orleans in the 1940s at Pat O’brein’s bar. This is a cocktail that started off simple and has become more complex over the years.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Dark Jamaican Rum
  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 1 Ounce Orange Juice
  • .5 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • .5 Ounce Grenadine
  • 1 Orange Slice For Garnish
  • 1 Cherry For Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Hurricane Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make a Hurricane Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a large Hurricane glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange half-wheel and a cherry.

 

Dark and Stormy

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - Dark and Stormy

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink Of The Week

This easy to make cocktail is often claimed to be Bermuda’s national drink. A Dark and Stormy has a very simple recipe as there are only two main ingredients, dark rum and ginger beer. But if you want to call your drink a “Dark ‘N Stormy”, you best adhere to Gosling’s Patented and Trademarked recipe, that uses Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and ginger beer. No joke, Gosling holds certificates at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the drink’s recipe and name. The cocktail was crafted near the end of World War I when British sailors were on leave in Bermuda and they mixed Gosling’s Black Seal Rum with ginger beer that was made on the island. The result was a dark, murky mixture that earned the cocktail its name. It is said that a British sailor stated the cocktail looked like “the color of a cloud that only a fool or a dead man would sail under.” Check out Gosling’s recipe below.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1.5 Ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
  • 4-5 Ounces Ginger Beer
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass

How to make the Dark and Stormy Cocktail

In a tall glass filled with ice, add 4 – 5 ounces of ginger beer and top with 1.5 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Garnish with a lime wedge.

 

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How to make a Classic Cosmopolitan

How To Make Classic Cosmo

It’s Carrie Bradshaw’s Cocktail of Choice

With 90’s fashion making a comeback, let’s shine the spotlight on this 90’s classic cocktail. This is how you mix up a Classic Cosmo!

How to make a Classic Cosmo

Cosmopolitan. With 90’s fashion making a comeback, it seems only fitting that a drink iconic to the decade should be given the spotlight as a classic cocktail. I think Carrie Bradshaw would be quite pleased.

The Cosmopolitan is a descendant of a drink called the Daisy (circa 1934), a drink composed of gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and raspberry syrup. Years later, three people can be credited with formulating the Cosmo recipe. The original came from bartender Cheryl Cook in 1985 at The Strand in Miami’s South Beach. According to Cook, she used “Absolut Citron, a splash of triple sec, a drop of Rose’s Lime Juice and just enough cranberry to make it oh so pretty in pink and topped [it] with a curled lemon twist.” Her goal was to create an alternative to a Martini but still keep the drink sophisticated, which is why she named the cocktail after the Cosmopolitan magazine.

A few years later in New York, Toby Cecchini of The Odeon and Dale Degroff of the Rainbow Rooms can be credited with creating the Cosmo we came to know and love. Both bartenders switched from using lime cordial to fresh lime and used Absolut Citron as their vodka, while keeping the use of Cointreau and cranberry juice the same.

Carrie Bradshaw drinking a Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan was officially launched into stardom when Madonna was photographed drinking the cocktail at the Rainbow Room Grammy party in 1996. A few years later, the widely popular TV show Sex in the City established the Cosmopolitan as an icon in pop culture, with it being the main characters’ drink of choice. From there, the cocktail took on a personality of its own and topped drink lists across the country.

Now that the nostalgia has been taken care of, let’s look at how to make a Classic Cosmopolitan.

 

Classic Cosmo

Yields: 1 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Citrus Vodka
  • ½ Ounce Cointreau
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • ¼ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • Flamed Orange Twist for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Martini Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer

 

Preparation

Classic Cosmopolitan: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist or lime wedge. Last but not least, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and enjoy your perfectly made, stylish cocktail.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 213 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 11.4 Protein (g) 0.1 Sodium (mg) 1

How to make a Classic Cosmopolitan

 
 
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How to make the classic Manhattan cocktail

Making A Classic Manhattan

The Manhattan. In a word, classic.

When you think of sophisticated cocktails the Manhattan should be first on your mind. We’ll tell you why.

Making A Classic Manhattan

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The Manhattan Cocktail. In a word, classic. The drink has been around for over a century and has managed to maintain its popularity throughout the years. There have been countless takes on the famous drink; therefore, making it difficult to pin down the original recipe or origin.

The tales about the creation of the Manhattan begin with the drink being created in New York City’s Manhattan Club when Lady Randolph Churchill hosted a party there in the 1870’s. However, this is most likely false as she was supposedly pregnant and in Europe at the time.

Another story about the origin is much more plausible. William F. Mulhall, a bartender at the famous Hoffman House, wrote in the 1880’s that “The Manhattan cocktail was invented by a man named Black, who kept a place ten doors below Houston Street on Broadway in the 1860s.”

Over the years, many versions of drinks similar to the Manhattan were created. In 1948, in David A. Embury’s book, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, a recipe was published that is now considered the “classic” Manhattan Cocktail. The recipe stated “5 parts American whiskey, 1 part Italian vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters, stirred with ice, strained into a cocktail glass and garnished with a maraschino cherry.”

Even though the recipe for the Manhattan has been debated over the years, the main ingredients in the cocktail have remained the same: whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Rye whiskey was first used in the cocktail and later Canadian whiskey due to Prohibition. As the drink has evolved over the centuries, many different whiskeys have been used. Sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters were used in the original cocktail, but spins on the drink have also used dry vermouth and different kinds of bitters. Now lastly, the cherry on top! Maraschino cherries were introduced in the U.S. around 1900 and have since then been used to garnish the drink.

The Manhattan can be served straight or on the rocks and in a martini glass, lowball, or in a coupe, which truly makes the cocktail a versatile drink. Additionally, the Manhattan is stirred, not shaken. There are many variations on the Manhattan including cocktails like the Rob Roy, which uses blended or single malt Scotch Whiskey instead of Rye Whiskey.

Here’s how you make a Classic Manhattan.

 

The Manhattan

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Rye Whiskey
  • ½ Ounce Dry Vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino Cherry and/or Lemon Peel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Martini, Lowball, or Coupe Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Strainer
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

The Manhattan: Pour ingredients into a mixing glass half filled with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled glass of choice. Garnish with a cherry, lemon peel, or both.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 1

How to make the classic Manhattan cocktail

 
 

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Craving Junk Food? Try These Cocktails Instead

Indulge Your Cocktail Cravings

Indulge your sweet tooth and love for cocktails all at the same time. Swap out your junk food cravings for these scrumptious cocktail creations.

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

 

Junk Food Inspired Cocktails? Ah, Yes Please!

Did you know that July 21st is National Junk Food Day? Inspired by such an auspicious occasion, we have scoured the inter web in search of the best junk food inspired cocktails that we could whip up in the Brio Smart Life Kitchen.

Indulge your sweet tooth and love for cocktails all at the same time. There are so many junk food inspired cocktail creations out there, but so little time. Swap out your junk food cravings for these scrumptious cocktail creations.

 

Craving Peanut butter Cups? Try it as a martini!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

Reese’s Peanut butter Cups are my favorite little indulgence and this peanut butter cup cocktail lives up to the name. It’s deliciously peanut buttery, and if you use Reese’s Peanut butter [you can find it in the baking goods isle] you’ll get that extra special Reese’s flavor.

Image / Recipe from // The Slow Roasted Italian

 

This cocktail is “Unexplainably juicy”.

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

The Pink Starbust were always our favorite too! This Pink Starburst Cocktail is all of the Starburst yumy, but with less calories than traditional cocktails. So that’s a Win-Win in our book!

Image / Recipe from // Happy Food Healthy Life

 

Root Beer Float need a buzz? Add some Whiskey!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

Root beer floats are a childhood favorite, but this Whiskey Root Beer Float will get your inner child turnt.

Image / Adobe Stock // Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

 

An Italian Classic Dessert In A Glass

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

This is a cocktail even Nona would love. An Italian classic dessert in a glass, this Tiramisu cocktail is a velvety dream of Kahlua, Rum Chata, and Godiva Liquor. Shhh, we won’t tell if you add nutella.

Image / Recipe from // The Cookie Rookie

 

Never Choose Between Wine & Chocolate Again!

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Chocolate and wine were absolutely made for each other. So why not put them together? This Red Wine Hot Chocolate is deliciously RICH genuious! It’ll be your espresso cup’s new best friend.

Image / Recipe from // Imma Eat That

 

Don’t Just Eat Cheesecake. Drink it!

Junk Food Cocktails - Junk Food Inspired Cocktail Creations

To quote Holly Waterfall, “Drinking dessert is sometimes way better than eating it, especially when it tastes a good as this Caramel Cheesecake Martini does!”

Image / Recipe from // Happy Food Healthy Life

 

No Campfire Needed For These Smores.

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Your campfire favorite in one delicious cocktail. This Double Chocolate S’mores Martini is everything you love about smores, without the sticky fingers.

Image / Recipe from // Delightful-e-Made

 

 

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