US Ban Lift of Cuban Rum

Here’s What You Need to Know About the US Ban Lift of Cuban Rum

The Obama Administration Lifts US Import Ban of Cuban Rum, Cigars

Travelers take note: You no longer have to find ways to smuggle Cuban rum and cigars back into the US.

The Obama Administration Lifts US Import Ban of Cuban Rum, Cigars

via Joe Raedle/Getty Images // Bottles of Havana Club Rum will be available in Cuba to US consumers for personal consumption

In an effort to continue to improve US-Cuban relations, the Obama Administration announced a new round of executive actions designed to increase trade and travel with Cuba on Friday. This includes lifting the import restrictions of Cuban rum and cigars into the United States.

“The Treasury Department has worked to break down economic barriers in areas such as travel, trade and commerce, banking and telecommunications.” said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in a statement on October 14th.

In their statement, the Office of Foreign Assets Control declared it will remove the monetary restrictions of rum and cigars. Previously, tourists were only permitted to bring 100 dollars worth of Cuban rum and cigars back with them to the States. As of October 17th, American tourists in Cuba will be allowed to import up to 100 cigars and 1 liter of rum under the current US import duties for foreign alcohol and tobacco.

However, this doesn’t mean your local bar will be stocking up on Havana Rum just yet. The lift of the import restrictions is currently in effect for personal consumption only and purchases can only be made on Cuban soil.

Online and commercial importation of Cuban rum and cigars has not yet been addressed. An act of Congress is needed to approve the commercial sale of Cuban rum and cigars on US soil. This means commercial establishments looking to cash in on the US demand for Cuban rum will have to wait a while longer to import Cuban goods.

“More commercial activity between the U.S. and Cuba benefits our people and our economies,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. It has not yet been determined when we will see the commercial importation of Cuban goods begin, but the Alcohol and Tobacco industries are standing at the ready.

So while you’re scheduling your next trip to Cuba, make sure your carry-on is ready to bring a piece of the island nation home with you.

For more information on the US removal of Cuban Import Limits check out the report at CNN.

 

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Original New Orleans Style Sazerac recipe from the Brio Smart Life Blog

Original New Orleans Style Sazerac

The Big Easy knows how to make cocktails!

This Big Easy Nightcap is a true American classic. Try this original Sazerac recipe that’ll make you feel that New Orleans hospitality.

Drink of the week: Original New Orleans Style Sazerac

The history behind this classic American cocktail is rather interesting. Invented by Creole pharmacist and inventor of Peychaud’s bitters, Antoine Peychaud, the original Sazerac was a combination of rye whiskey, Absinthe, rich simple syrup, and Peychaud’s Bitters. This Pre-Prohibition era cocktail wouldn’t let the US ban of Absinthe pull it off the cocktail menu. The Sazerac Company got clever and began to use Herbsaint, an anise-flavored liquor, as a substitute for Absinthe.

The Sazerac recipe often juggles back and forth between Cognac and Rye Whiskey. Every bartender I have ever ordered this cocktail from uses the Cognac version of the recipe. They call it the old New Orleans way to make this cocktail, hence why I decided to call this the New Orleans Style Sazerac. Cognac is an acquired taste. It can overpower pretty much everything else in this cocktail, so, for me, the [cognac] Sazerac is one of those sipping cocktails I could nurse all evening.

A proper sazerac is served neat in a rocks/old fashioned glass. So I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you want to make this sazerac with cognac or rye whiskey. You can’t really go wrong either way.

Now let’s show you how you make a Sazerac!

 

Sazerac

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • ½ Ounce Absinthe
  • 2 Ounces Cognac [or Sazerac Rye Whiskey]
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 3 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Mixing Glass

 

Preparation

Sazerac: Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe and fill the glass with ice. In a mixing glass, pour cognac, simple syrup, and bitters over ice. Stir together for 30 seconds.

Discard the ice from the prepared glass and pour off the excess absinthe. Strain cocktail into the chilled glass, and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 174 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 7 Carbohydrates (g) 8.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 0.1 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

Original New Orleans Style Sazerac recipe from the Brio Smart Life Blog

 

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the everything guide to glassware

The Everything Guide To Glassware

Presentation Can Be Everything!

In whatever bar you go to, bartenders can be very choosy about how they serve up their cocktails. There are a lot of types of glassware at your disposal, and mixologists don’t always use the same type of glasses for the same cocktails.

So that poses a question: Does glassware really make the cocktail? Well in this everything guide to glassware, we’re going to breakdown of the different types of glasses and why we use them to serve our cocktails.

The Everything Guide to Glassware

 

Rocks – Old Fashioned – Lowball

The Rocks glass, also known as an Old Fashioned or Lowball, is a short glass that generally holds around 4 to 12 ounces of liquid. It is a very versatile class of glassware as bartenders use them to both build and serve up cocktails. Whiskey is one of the most common spirits served in a rocks glass. The rocks glass became synonymous with the Old Fashioned cocktail, hence why it is often referred to as an Old Fashioned glass.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Maple-Bourbon Smash]

 

Highball – Collins – Delmonico

This tall, cylindrical cocktail glass family has slightly different variations in their shape. The Delmonico is the shortest and has a slight flare at the rim, the Collins is slightly more narrow and tall, and the Highball is a little wider but shorter than the Collins. These glasses were designed to keep cocktails cold and to help hold their carbonation. Highballs make the perfect glasses for tall cocktails that are served over ice, or have some form of carbonation.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Gin Rickey ]

 

Nick and Nora

The elegant looking Nick & Nora glass was named after the main characters from the Thin Man film series. This tulip glass is often used as an alternative to the Martini and Coupe glasses for delightful presentation. The Nick and Nora is a great glass to serve up martinis, manhattans, and rob roys.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Rob Roy]

 

Coupe

Originally designed as a Champagne glass, the coupe’s curved shape helps prevent cocktails from spilling out. Cocktails in this glass are served neat, meaning no ice, to show off their clarity. Mixologists tend to use this glass in place of a traditional martini glass for presentation purposes.

[make a cocktail using this glass: The Ice Queen]

 

Cocktail

Probably the most iconic of cocktail glassware, the Cocktail glass vary in size and slope. The glass’ shape has an interesting flaw. Cocktails in this V-shaped glass are easily spilled mid-transport, so it’s best not to fill the cocktail to the top. The cocktail glass has become synonymous with the number one cocktail served in it, the Martini, but note there is no real such thing as a separate Martini Glass.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Cosmopolitan ]

 

Champagne Flute

This tall, slender, stemmed glass was designed to help offset the quickness that Champagne loses its carbonation. It is typically only used to serve straight Champagne or Champaign-based cocktails, like Bellinis and Mimosas.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Kir Royale]

 

Julep Cup – Mule Mug

These iconic metal cups are used to serve up Julep and Mule cocktails. The metal cups are supposed to affect the temperature of the cocktail, keeping it colder longer. Julep cups are traditionally made of Sterling or Pewter and are a standard tall, cylindrical shape; while Mule mugs are made of Copper and are typically round but can vary in shape.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Mint Julep ]

 

Margarita

This festively curved stemmed glass is named after the classic cocktail that is traditionally served in it. The shape of the margarita glass is modeled after the Coupe, adding presentation and functionality to the glass. While it’s often used for frozen cocktails from Margaritas to Daiquiris, it is common to serve margaritas in other glasses as well.

[make a cocktail using this glass: Classic Margarita ]

 

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You'll want to pucker up for this Amaretto Cranberry Kiss

Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

It’s time to upgrade from a simple Vodka Cranberry

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

Brio Smart Life Drink of the week: Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

Also referred to as the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, this Drink of the Week recipe was adapted from Meredith Deeds & Carla Snyder’s 8 servings recipe at Bon Appetit. This fall cocktail found a way to mellow out the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry and citrus juices and the smooth feel of vodka.

Like most young folks who don’t know any better, my first cocktail at a bar was a Vodka Cranberry. I figured it’s tart and sweet, why not! Of course, my cocktail palate has grown from there, but I still sometimes find myself finding ways to mix vodka and cranberry juice together in a cocktail. One of those ways was a Valentine’s Day cocktail I dubbed the Sweet Loven’ Martini. The Cranberry Kiss is the next upgrade from the simple Vodka Cranberry.

Now if you don’t like sweet cocktails – sorry mate – this one ain’t for you. While it’s not extra sweet, some folks like me find Amaretto very sweet. That’s why you need something with a tang, like cranberry juice, to cut down on the sweet factor. Using freshly squeezed orange juice can also help cut down the sweetness by not introducing any added sugar to your cocktail. That added sugar is what can also cause a nasty hangover if you aren’t too careful.

[You might want to try one of these treats to offset that hangover if you are going to be drinking a lot of fruity sugary drinks.]

You all know by now, as long as it isn’t Aristocrat, I’m not that picky with my choice of Vodka. I save my snobbery for Whiskey, like a lady. We recently stocked up the liquor cabinet for Hurricane Matthew, that’s headed our way this weekend. Riding out a Cat 2 storm just isn’t the same if you don’t have a Hurricane Party. So I picked up a bottle of Svedka. Svedka is one of those great value brand vodkas that won’t break the bank. They also specialize in fruit-flavored vodkas, so keep that in mind for the future. Hint-Hint. Nudge-Nudge.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Kiss!

 

Cranberry Kiss

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1¹⁄³ Ounces Vodka
  • 2²⁄³ Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2/3 Ounce Amaretto
  • 2/3 Ounce Orange Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Cranberry Kiss: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158.01 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20.76 Carbohydrates (g) 18.31 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.53 Protein (g) 0.06 Sodium (mg) 1.6

How to make an Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss via the Brio Smart Life Blog

 

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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.

5 palate pleasing vodka cocktails from the Brio Smart Life Blog

 


 

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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200-year-old Underground Pub Discovered By Archaelogists

The Manchester Office Building Site Had a Hidden Gem Underneath

Archaeologists uncover the remains of a 19th-century public house under proposed Manchester high rise office building site.

200-year-old Underground Pub Discovered By Archaelogists in Manchester

via Manchester Evening News // Glass bottles discovered at the Astley Arms pub site. Some still filled with brandy.

The Manchester Evening News reported an interesting discovery underneath a proposed 13-story office building site in Manchester, UK. During an archaeological survey of the site, archaeologists unearthed the remains of the Astley Arms Pub, a bank vault, and several houses.

Site supervisor and senior archeologist, Aidan Turner, said that the buildings date back to the early 1800’s. They have also conducted online research into the family of the Astley Arm’s owner, Thomas Evans, who has a descendant that now resides in the state of Texas.

200-year-old Underground Pub Discovered By Archaelogists in Manchester

via Manchester Evening News // The foundations of an old bank vault and the pub found on the site on the corner of Port Street and Great Ancoats Street

The archaeologists also discovered pottery and bottles bearing the Astley Arms name, along with pipes, ink pots, keys, and other still intact bottles of brandy. The builders were astonished by the discovery.

Around 20 or so bottles were recovered according to James Alderson, site developer of Mulbury City. “And three or four of them are full of brandy,” he told the Manchester Evening News, “We opened the cork on a few and you can still smell it.”

Artifacts from the dig will be put on display at the Museum of Science and Industry. The fate of the bottles of Brandy is not yet known. What we want to know now is can you drink Brandy that is that old?

For more information on the Astley Arms Pub discovery check out the original article at the Manchester Evening News.

 

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How to make a Maple-Bourbon Smash via the Brio Smart Life Blog

Maple-Bourbon Smash

Smash Right Into Autumn!

Hello most wonderful time of the year! Maple syrup pairs so delightfully with bourbon in this fall cocktail!

How to make a Maple-Bourbon Smash via the Brio Smart Life Blog

If there could be one thing we love about fall more than apple cider, it’s got to be fresh maple syrup! Local orchards and parks would tap trees to show the kids where their syrup came from. We used to leave with jars of maple syrup and my brother would devour it in a matter of days. That’s probably why he loves this Maple Bourbon Smash. It’s a little reminder of home.

Smash cocktails are kind of the happy love child of a liquor, some form of sweetener, and an infused fruit or fruit juice. There are all kinds of smashes from Whiskey to Vodka, like our Strawberry Gin Smash. These cocktails are served over ice, and can be either really simple or extremely complex. Never fear; though, this fall cocktail is easy to make and even easier to drink!

This whiskey cocktail is fairly simple with only 3 ingredients. If you have access to fresh maple syrup, not the processed Aunt Jemima kind, use it! To me, processed items always make cocktails taste funny, so I try to use fresh products as much as possible. In this case, I grabbed a soy-free maple syrup that I found in our local health food store [having to go on a soy-restricted diet for my health has been a challenge]. Organic maple syrup works well too if you can get your hands on it.

Next, you are going to need a good bourbon. I still had some Basil Hayden’s left in the bottle, so into the cocktail shaker it went. You are going to want a spicy flavored bourbon to offset some of the sweetness of the maple syrup. This might take some experimenting to get it just right for your flavor pallet.

Now let’s show you how you make a Maple-Bourbon Smash!

 

Maple-Bourbon Smash

Yields: 1 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Maple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Maple-Bourbon Smash: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 207 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 42 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

How to make a Maple-Bourbon Smash via the Brio Smart Life Blog

 

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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

Autumn Cocktail Creations -

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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Who doesn’t love a good spiked cider?

Spiked Mulled Cider

Who doesn’t love a good spiked cider?

We are absolutely excited for Fall. Want to know why? Where there’s Fall there’s mulled cider! And we are doing up this Mulled Cider Recipe Two ways!

Brio Drink of the week: Spiked Mulled Cider

Even though we won’t feel Fall temperatures here on the NC coast until around November[ish], the Fall/Autumn season officially kicks off on September 22nd! That means we can all start to enjoy our favorite fall flavored cocktails like these mulled ciders. Folks have been spiking mulled cider with hootch for generations, and we’re keeping the tradition alive with these variations of the mulled cider recipe.

Both Corinne and I grew up drinking hot apple cider. It’s kind of a staple in the states where apple orchards are a plenty, or when your grandparents have a cider press like hers do. I’m kind of jealous of that. My elementary schools had field trips to go apple picking and we’d make apple sauce out of them during Girl Scout meetings. It was kind of a big deal. So enjoying cider as a cocktail only seemed logical.

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.

There are a lot of different dark rums to choose from, and we settled on using Gosling’s Black Seal rum [cause hey, maybe we can make some Dark and Stormies later with it]. Basil Hayden’s is one of my sister’s all-time favorite bourbons, and I recommend it for its spicy flavor notes. It can be a bit pricey though at roughly $40 bucks a pop, so if that’s a little out of your comfort zone any good bourbon will do the trick. If you want an American bourbon, try one of these industry winners.

Now let’s show you how you make our spiked mulled cider!

 

Spiked Mulled Cider

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Pints Apple Cider
  • 2 Ounces Dark Rum or Bourbon
  • 3 Whole Cloves
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Whole Allspice
  • 1 Thinly Sliced Orange
  • 1 Star Anise
  • Cinnamon Sticks & Apple Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Heat Proof Glasses for hot
  • Rocks Glasses for Cold
  • Large Saucepan
  • Metal Strainer
  • Heatproof Pitcher

 

Preparation

Spiked Mulled Cider: Place all of your non-alcoholic ingredients into a saucepan and bring them to a boil. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat down to a simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and strain into a heatproof pitcher. Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard the remaining waste in the bin. You can enjoy these cocktails cold by allowing the mixture to cool and serving over ice!

Bourbon Mulled Cider: Add the bourbon to a glass, and top with hot cider mix. Stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slices. Enjoy!

Mulled Cider with Dark Rum: Pour cider mix into glass, and add in the dark rum. Stir together to combine the flavors. Garnish with apple slices. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 165 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 43 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 38 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 25

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Make a better creme de menthe cocktail with this Minty Lime Refresher

Minty Lime Refresher

It’s a minty world out there

Half a step away from being a Mojito, this Minty Lime Refresher is simple and satisfying.

Brio Drink of the Week: Minty Lime Refresher

We wanted to do a little something different for National Crème de Menthe Day [09.15.16]. Half a step away from being a Mojito, this Minty Lime Refresher was adapted from a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

If you wanted to try a crème de menthe cocktail that wasn’t your typical grasshopper, well you are in luck. This simple rum cocktail is right up your alley. With only a few ingredients, this cocktail takes very little time to make, but is so delicious to drink.

Better Homes and Gardens recipe was not very specific as to the bottling for this recipe, so we took our own liberties with the mix. For the rum, we used some El Dorado White Rum and mixed it with some freshly squeezed lime juice and used up what was left in the container of our homemade simple syrup.

Now, this cocktail could really go two ways depending on the color crème de menthe you choose to use. If you’d like your cocktail to have a minty green color, be sure to use a brand that has a green crème de menthe, otherwise, you can use white crème de menthe for a frosty looking cocktail. There are a few brands of crème de menthe out there, DeKuyper is rather popular, or you can be adventurous and try to make your own crème de menthe at home. We opted for bottled this time.

From our last couple of experiments with rum drinks, I have come to actually really like rum cocktails. I wasn’t always the biggest fan of it, but I realized it was more of what I was drinking that I didn’t like than it was the actual rum. The more complex a drink is, the less I tend to like it. Sometimes it the more simple cocktails that turn out to be the best.

Now let’s show you how you make a Minty Lime Refresher!

 

Minty Lime Refresher

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¾ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Splash of Crème de Menthe [White or Green]
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glasses
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Minty Lime Refresher: Add rum, lime juice, and simple syrup to a glass filled with ice. Give it a stir and top with San Pellegrino. Add a splash of crème de menthe and stir to combine. ***Use green crème de menthe if you’d like to give your cocktail a minty green hue. Garnish cocktail with a sprig of mint and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 171 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 23 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 23 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

Make a better creme de menthe cocktail with this Minty Lime Refresher

 

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