Refreshing Mermaid Lemonade

This lemonade makes a splash!

Everybody wants to be a mermaid! So why not drink like one? This refreshing Mermaid Lemonade is the perfect poolside cocktail for this summer’s scorching heatwaves.

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This refreshing Pomegranate Mojito recipe is a step up from the classic Mojito

Simple Pomegranate Mojito Recipe

Sip on this glass of Pom-Love!

This refreshing Pomegranate Mojito recipe is a step up from your classic Mojito.

You can enjoy these Pomegranate Mojitos practically all year round!

This year’s NC Azalea Festival is right around the corner, which means we’ve been hard at work coming up with some cocktails for Azalea Fest. Today’s star cocktail is a pomegranate mojito that is as pretty as an Azalea Belle.

Pomegranates are a classic Winter season fruit, but did you know pomegranates have a Spring season too? While the Californian pomegranate season ends in February, down in the Southern Hemisphere Pomegranate season just got started.

Which means you can enjoy these pomegranate mojitos practically all year round! But we don’t really need a reason to experiment with mojitos, now do we?

Rum cocktails are pretty popular, after all there are dozens of cocktail recipes that use rum. These cocktails often invoke the flavors of tropical islands or the pirate days of yore, but this Pomegranate Mojito is a little different.

This mojito recipe uses pomegranate seeds to infuse the cocktail with a whole lot of pomegranate flavor, which adds something extra to the citrus kick you expect from a mojito. You can play around with the sweetness of this cocktail as well. Like it a little sweet? Stick to one ounce of simple syrup. Like it super sweet? Go for two ounces, but be careful or all that sweetness could leave you with a nasty hangover.

Mojitos are typically a messy cocktail. It’s why many bartenders absolutely hate making them. You can literally type the words “Bartenders Hate” in Google and Mojitos will pop up in the top 5 searches. Do it, it’s kind of funny.

While this delicious combination of rum and muddled mint, sugar [or simple syrup], and lime juice might be the bane of your bartender’s existence, the outcome is loved by many, and is easy to make at home.

This is how you make a Pomegranate Mojito!

Pomegranate Mojito

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 2 to 5 Fresh Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Soda Water [We recommend San Pellegrino]
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pomegranate Mojito: At the bottom of a highball glass, muddle a couple of mint leaves, about 2 tablesoons of the pomegranate seeds, lime juice, and simple syrup together with a Muddler or a long spoon.

Pour white rum overtop, and add ice. Top with soda water, like San Pellegrino, and stir. Garnish with lime, mint, and a few more pomegranate seeds. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 217 Fat (g) 0.04 Saturated Fat (g) 0.005 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 25 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.5 Total Sugars (g) 23 Protein (g) 0.14 Sodium (mg) 25

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How to make Classic Hot Buttered Rum

Make this Delicious Classic Hot Buttered Rum

Cold nights wouldn’t be the same without it

There’s nothing that quite spells out Fall and Winter like good ol’Hot Buttered Rum. This classic recipe for Hot Buttered Rum will surely brighten up the coldest nights.

Make this Delicious Classic Hot Buttered Rum

When you think of cold Fall and Winter nights, Hot Buttered Rum often comes to mind [at least if you grew up in the cold nights of the Northern States that is]. Hot mulled ciders and buttered rums are pretty much a staple nightcap in some places.

Butter and rum might seem like an odd combination, but this classic drink has been enjoyed in the Great White North for a very long time and it sometimes gets a bum rap. It’s not everyone’s cup of Hot Toddy. Nonetheless, it has been and will continue to be a favorite of cold weather lovers everywhere.

We are definitely not fans of the recipes that have a dollop of butter plopped right in the mug. That just spells out a goopy mess of ick as you are sipping. It’s why we definitely recommend using a batter instead of straight butter. This recipe for Hot Buttered Rum Batter comes to us from Tracy at The Kitchen is My Playground. It is a much better way to make this hot concoction.

When making hot buttered rum, using a dark or spiced rum is the key. Light rum doesn’t do this drink justice. If you find a light rum that works, I’d really like to know about it. We are always open to experimenting with ingredients, but, for now, we’ll stick with tradition. If you’ve never tried hot buttered rum, keep an open mind and you might find yourself a new nightcap to enjoy all Fall and Winter long.

This is how you make classic Hot Buttered Rum!

 

Buttered Rum Batter

Yields: 1 Container

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Stick Softened Unsalted Butter
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ to ½ Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ⅛ to ¼ Teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • Small Pinch Ground Cloves
  • Small Pinch Fleur de sel, Kosher, or Sea Salt

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Measuring Spoons/Cups
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon or Fork
  • Air Tight Storage Container

 

Hot Buttered Rum

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Dark or Spiced Rum
  • 6 Ounces Boiling Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Buttered Rum Batter
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick for Garnish
  • Whipped Creme [Optional]

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Mug or Irish Coffee Glasses
  • Spoon

 

Preparation

Make the Batter: Mash together softened butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a mixing bowl with a spoon or fork, until well combined. Place into storage container for later or use immediately for hot buttered rums.

Hot Buttered Rum: Add batter and rum to a mug. Pour in hot water and stir to combine. Go ahead and use a cinnamon stick to stir it and then stick it in as a garnish. Top with whipped creme if desired and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 316 Fat (g) 12 Saturated Fat (g) 7.6 Potassium (mg) 10 Carbohydrates (g) 4.29 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4 Protein (g) 0.18 Sodium (mg) 5

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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

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Strawberry Daiquiri

Not exactly the classic recipe but still an American Classic

Daiquiris have been an American favorite since World War II, and with so many flavors to choose from we can see exactly why.

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This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is one refreshing drink.

Making a Classic Mint Mojito

The Muddle. The Liquor. and The Bubbly

This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is a refreshing drink in this summer heat.

Classic Mojito Recipe

Mojitos. This Cuban delight owes it’s popularity much to -believe it or not- the Prohibition era when Americans set their sights on Havana’s beachy nightclubs to satisfy the need for a Night Cap. Here is where the Mojito became the sophisticated little concoction they are today.

Before this, mojitos were made by Cuban farmers from barely palatable rum that required sugar, lime, and mint just to mask the taste. In Havana, the mojito got dressed up in a tall glass with ice and carbonated water to wow American vacation goers and rum smugglers alike.

They are some of the most popular cocktails ordered at bars, and your bartender might hate you a little bit for asking for one. The Reason? This delicious Cuban drink is a bit time-consuming to make and can have a messy cleanup.

We put together this version of a classic mint mojito using El Dorado White Rum, fresh mint, freshly squeezed lime juice, San Pellegrino Sparkling Water [because it’s fancier than regular club soda] and our homemade simple syrup.

Go ahead and venture from this recipe if you like and add more lime juice, syrup, or mint for added flavor. Customizing your drink to taste is key.

 

Classic Mint Mojito

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 20 Sprigs Fresh Mint
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer
  • Spoon or Muddler

 

Preparation

Classic Mint Mojito: At the bottom of a glass, gently muddle about 8 mint leaves and simple syrup together with a muddler or long spoon. Add ice to glass. Next, add lime juice, white rum, and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then strain over ice. Top with San Pellegrino sparkling water [or club soda]. Garnish with mint sprig, cheers!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 217 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 24 Carbohydrates (g) 24 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.5 Total Sugars (g) 23.5 Protein (g) 0.14 Sodium (mg) 30

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Drink of the Week: Sweet Love’n Martini

Drink of the Week - Sweet Love'n Martini

 

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day!

This Drink of the Week is a mash up of the Melting Pot‘s crowd favorite Love Martini and the Woo Woo cocktail. The Peach and cranberry merge to add sweet flavor, while the mixture of rum and Vodka give it a smooth feel. The Sweet Love’n Martini is a delicious combination that will complement a romantic evening with your Valentine.

 

Sweet Love’n Martini

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • .75 Ounces Light Rum
  • .75 Ounces Peach Schnapps
  • .75 Ounces Vodka
  • 4.5 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • Strawberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glass

 

Preparation

Pour the rum, peach schnapps, vodka, and cranberry juice into the shaker. If your cranberry juice is not chilled, add ice into the shaker. Shake the cocktail mixture together, and pour into martini glass. Garnish drink with a strawberry and enjoy! For extra dreaminess, rim the martini glass with pink or red sugar first.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal)250 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 25.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 15.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 13.4

 

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