Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Party like a President with Commander-in-Chief Cocktails




As the country gears up for the Presidential Inauguration on January 20 (WHYYYYYY), learn how to craft cocktails in the spirit of America’s former presidents (aka the good old days).  There are recipes to salute to the states with a range of ingredients that each man desired: 

·         Toast a Hornitos Renegade with Barack Obama as he loves a cold draft
·         Shake up a Rooseveltini like FDR loved to sip 
·         Taste Buchanan’s Best cognac cocktail in memory of James Buchanan’s liquor of choice 

So whether you want to party like POTUS or put a twist on your favorite Commander-in-Chief’s cocktail (hey Obama!), there’s a liberty libation for everyone to enjoy leading up to Inauguration Day. And, let's be real, this Inauguration calls for A LOT of drinks!


Hornitos Renegade 
·         1 ½ Parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
·         4 Parts Mexican Lager
·         ⅓ Part Lime Juice
·         ⅓ Part Simple Syrup
·         1 Slice Jalapeño
·         Salt Rim

Preparation: Lightly muddle one jalapeño slice in a shaker, add ice and combine remainder of ingredients except Mexican lager. Shake vigorously and strain into a pilsner glass with a salted rim over fresh ice. Add Mexican lager and serve.

Rooseveltini  
·         2 parts Pinnacle® Vodka
·         1 part olive juice 
·         Olives for garnish

Preparation: Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives. 

Buchanan’s Best
·         1 part Courvoisier® V.S.O.P Cognac 
·         1 Demerara Sugar Cube
·         2 Dashes of Bitters 
·         Top with Champagne 

Preparation: Soak a sugar cube in bitters and drop into a cocktail coupe glass. Cover with Courvoisier V.S.O.P Cognac and slowly top with champagne.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Roll Out the Red Carpet for these Sauza Tequila Cocktails



You may not be attending the 2017 award ceremonies, but you can still sip like a celebrity by mixing up the cocktails below, inspired by the Golden Globes nominees for Best Picture. 

Whether it’s a vibrant cocktail to act as its own Golden Globe, or something pitcher-style for celebrating an achievement with a crowd, these cocktails will make you feel like an A-lister.


Tequila or High Water
·         1 part Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
·         ½ part lime juice
·         ½ part simple syrup
·         4 parts champagne (chilled)

Preparation: Add tequila, lime juice and simple syrup to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Top with Champagne.

Margaritas by the Sea (Serves 8)
·         1 ½ cups Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         ½ cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
·         1 cup lime juice
·         ½ cup simple syrup
·         8 lime wheels

Preparation: Mix all ingredients in an ice-filled pitcher. Serve in salt-rimmed margarita glasses garnished with lime wheels.

Tequila Moonlight
·         1 part Sauza® Gold Tequila
·         ½ parts DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
·         2 parts orange juice
·         2 parts lime juice
·         2 parts agave nectar
·         Orange wheel 

Preparation: Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Raise a Glass of Sauza Tequila - 2016 is Almost OVER!


New Year’s Eve often leaves many scrambling – whether it’s determining last-minute details with friends, figuring out what to wear (sparkly or black?), and, for some, who qualifies for the much-anticipated New Year’s Eve kiss once the ball drops!

While those details are still TBD, Sauza Tequila is here to relieve some 2017 countdown stress with cocktails that are easy to create and worthy of a last-of-2016 Instagram moment. The Bubbles and Berries margarita is a perfect blend of fresh flavors and bubbly!

Bubbles and Berries
·        1 part Sauza® Gold Tequila
·        1 part lime juice
·        1/2 parts simple syrup
·        2 parts Sparkling water
·        Splash of Dekuyper® RazzMatazz
·        Fresh raspberries
Preparation: Add Sauza Tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and Dekuyper® RazzMatazz into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Create the Holiday Toast of the Town with Help from Mary Giuliani


Ever wonder how to give a holiday toast you can boast about? This holiday season, Pinnacle Vodka’s “Life Skills of the Highly Entertained” series and celebrity caterer Mary Giuliani are offering tips and tricks to do just that.  

With the help of Giuliani – who has collaborated with Mario Batali and Rachael Ray and catered events for Bradley Cooper, Stella McCartney, and The Rolling Stones – you can be sure to put these hosting hacks to the test and take a bite out of the night.


·         Make the Most of Your Toast – Keep it short and sweet! Make sure your toast is under two minutes and don’t forget that practice makes perfect. Run your toast by a friend – or a mirror – to help you turn that speech from ‘Whoops!’ to wonderful. A fabulous closing quote is always a crowd pleaser, but the most important end to a terrific toast is a full glass of a festive Pinnacle® Vodka cocktail and a good ‘clink’
·         Swap Your Midnight Snack – Nothing says fun and whimsical like enjoying delicious mini pancakes during a midnight soiree. Turn your snack into a blissful breakfast bash with a holiday hash brown bar. Fill jars with hash browns and offer DIY toppings like cheddar cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce; let your guests add their own flair to the meal by shaking up their favorite hash brown dish
·         Dazzle with Drinks – Add a twist on the classic champagne toast with Pinnacle Original Vodka to make a Midnight’s Kiss (recipe below) cocktail your guests will adore. To add a festive flare, whip up a big batch cocktail that’s ready to go when guests arrive so your toast can be the focus. 


Midnight’s Kiss
  • 1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka
  • 2 parts Champagne
  • Rock Candy Stick

Preparation: Pour vodka into a flute and then top with champagne. Garnish with a rock candy stick.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Raise a Glass to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show with Sauza Tequila


It’s almost time for the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which means the “angels” will once again show off the latest in PINK, glittery and bold. To celebrate, Sauza® Tequila has whipped up a cocktail that is perfect for serving pitcher-style for a viewing party with friends. 

Peppermint Piper
·         1 part Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
·         4 parts Mexican Hot Chocolate
·         1/2 parts Dekuyper® Peppermint Schnapps
·         Peppermint stick 
·         Cinnamon
Preparation: Boil hot water and add Mexican hot chocolate mix. Stir in remaining ingredients. Garnish with a peppermint stick and cinnamon. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sauza's Election Day Cocktail That Deserves Your Vote


Those paying attention to this year’s presidential race are surely in need of a cocktail. With Election Day coming up on November 8, the candidates are seriously bringing the heat, so Sauza Tequila created a cocktail to match! 

The Sriracha Cocktail is packed with presidential punch – its spicy Sriracha ingredient combines well with the sweetness of agave syrup, leaving the drinker anything but undecided on whether or not they want another. 

·         2 Parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver
·         1/2 Teaspoon of Sriracha
·         1 Part Agave Syrup
·         1 Part Lime Juice
·         1 Part Triple Sec
·         Red Pepper Garnish

Preparation: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a slice of red pepper. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Make it a Pinnacle Party with these great tips from Mary G

November is filled with nights to cozy up by the fire with family, friends, and a good movie – or several for the ultimate movie marathon. Showing a movie alongside delicious bites and cocktails that incorporate a touch of nostalgia with a modern twist is what caterer and entertaining expert Mary Giuliani calls “party perfection.” There’s nothing like a pre-set spread so guests don’t miss one moment of the viewing fun. 
  • Shaken, Not Stirred - A DIY Pinnacle martini bar is an easy way to incorporate guests into the party and allows the host to not play bartender all night. Set up toothpicks, olives, and all ingredients for guests to shake up their perfect Pinnacle Dirty Pinn-Tini ahead of time and allow them to customize their cocktail. Offer a selection of vodka including Original, which is the perfect base for a variety of garnishes or add a flavor like Pinnacle Whipped or Pinnacle Raspberry Vodka. 
  • Rethink Your Drink(ware) - Don’t be afraid to serve a martini in a in a rocks glass over ice- it’s just as delicious with less opportunities for spills. Add edible gold stars frozen in ice cubes for a bright flair
  • Silver Spoon Desserts - Create a delicious chocolate or vanilla pudding and fill small mason jars. Add a black bow tie to each mason jar for decor and leave in the fridge through the first half of the movie. When the movie is coming to an end, grab the mason jars from the fridge and serve in front of the TV
  • Pop it Perfectly - What’s a movie night without popcorn and sweets? Set up a snack station with an assortment of delicious toppings such as chocolate sprinkles, Gummy Bears, Sea Salt, Pepper, Paprika, and Parmesan Cheese so each guest can create their own delightful concoction


Pinnacle Dirty Pinn-Tini 
  • 2 parts Pinnacle Original Vodka
  • 1 part olive juice
  • Olives for garnish
  • Toothpick for garnish
Preparation: Shake with ice and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives through a toothpick.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Carve Out Time for a Sauza Harvest Cocktail on National Pumpkin Day

On Wednesday, October 26, prepare to pick, carve, and even drink all things pumpkin because it’s finally National Pumpkin Day! Complete the holiday with a well-deserved cocktail after a long day at the pumpkin patch.

The Sauza Harvest pitcher-style cocktail is packed with pumpkin puree and maple syrup – its autumn flavors will put smiles on everyone’s faces, and their jack-o-lanterns! 

The Sauza Harvest (serves 8)
·         2 cups Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila 
·         3/4 cup pumpkin puree
·         1 cup maple syrup 
·         Star anises
Preparation: Combine ingredient in pitcher and stir until thoroughly mixed. Serve over ice in brown sugar-rimmed glasses. Garnish with a star anise. Enjoy!