Sunday, November 30, 2014

Deck the bar with 3 signature cocktails sure to bring good cheer!

Tis the season! There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a good cocktail.

Sauza® 901® Tequila, the co-branded partnership between Sauza Tequila and Justin Timberlake, wants to make sure that you are prepped to get through the holidays – in style. Save the tinsel and sparkle for home décor, these classic cocktails have just the right amount of holiday spirit without being cheesy.

Honey Tee-quila
Sauza® 901® Tequila’s Honey Tee-quila is a refreshingly smooth cocktail, perfect for adding just a touch of the holiday spirit. The candied ginger cubes offer a sophisticated alternative to those “sugar plums.”

·         2 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila
·         1 part honey syrup
·         2 dashes ginger juice
·         ½ lemon juice

Preparation: Combine all ingredients. Shake well. Strain and serve over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with slice of candied ginger.

First Class
Hitch a ride on the polar express with this first-class holiday cocktail. Forget the candy canes; a sugar rim gives a festive appearance without being too over the top.

·         2 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila
·         1 part Orange Curacao
·         1 part fresh lemon juice
·         ¼ part agave nectar
·         1 dash Angostura® orange bitters

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.  Shake well for 10 seconds.  Strain and pour into a martini glass.  Rim glass with sugar.

Mexican Mule
The favorite cocktail of Sauza® 901® Tequila’s founder, Justin Timberlake. We all know “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” will be playing at some point of the night, so why not mix up a toast?

·         1 part Sauza® 901® Tequila
·         2 parts ginger beer
·         Juice of ½ lime

Preparation: Combine Sauza® 901® Tequila and lime juice in a highball glass. Add ice. Pour ginger beer into glass. Garnish with fresh lime wedge.

All drinks were created by Sauza® 901® Tequila’s mixologist, Eddy Buckingham.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Toast the Holiday Season with Festive Cocktail Recipes from Hard Rock Cafe

The holidays are right around the corner, so let Hard Rock Cafe help you celebrate in style with some unique and innovative cocktail recipes that embrace the spirit (and flavors) of the season!

Nothing complements a festive family get-together like a signature drink and this year, Hard Rock is introducing a line of limited-edition cocktails that will get guests ready to raise a glass and make the holidays all the merrier.

·         Coco Press – a warm twist on Hard Rock’s new press cocktails; features a mix of Amaretto, Bacardi Oakheart and Hot Chocolate, served in a coffee-press vessel over whole marshmallows
·         Pumpkinpalooza – a homemade Milkshake blended with Pumpkin puree and Maker’s Mark, topped with Whipped Cream and Caramel Syrup
·         Pumpkin Smash – this non-alcoholic blend of milk, vanilla ice cream and pumpkin puree and is a perfect seasonal treat for the whole family!
·         Pomegranate Prosecco – add a little sparkle to your party with this bubbly mix of Prosecco, White Sangria Mix and Pomegranate Seeds with a rosemary sprig for garnish

Create some fun memories at home or at your local Hard Rock Cafe with these cocktail creations!

Cocoa Press:
1 oz.                       Amaretto
2 oz.                       Bacardi Oakheart
3 oz.                       Pumpkin real puree
14 oz.                    Hot Chocolate
5                            Marshmallows

·         Place 5 marshmallows (regular size) into bottom of press
·         Add the first three ingredients then fill with hot chocolate
·         Insert depressor and lid
·         Slowly press the depressor to the bottom of French Press to smash marshmallows

2 ½ oz.                  Makers Mark
2 ½ oz.                  Pumpkin real puree infused syrup
4 scoops               Vanilla ice cream

·         Blend ingredients
·         Garnish with Whipped Cream and Caramel Syrup

Pumpkin Smash:
1 ½ oz. Pumpkin real puree infused syrup
4 oz.                       Milk
3 scoops               Vanilla ice cream

·         Blend ingredients
·         Garnish with Whipped Cream and Caramel Syrup

Pomegranate Prosecco
1 tbs.                     Pomegranate Seeds
1 oz.                       Finest Call White Sangria Mix
2 oz.                       Santa Margarita Prosecco
1                              Rosemary Sprig

·         Add Pomegranate Seeds and Sangria Mix into Champagne flute
·         Fill with Santa Margarita Prosecco
·         Garnish with rosemary sprig

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cocktails to Toast to the New Seasons of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Beverly Hills!

They're back! Your favorite Georgia Peaches and BevHills beauties are returning for what’s sure to be an even juicier, more glamorous season than ever!

With the Real Housewives of Atlanta returning last week and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills debuting on November 18th, be sure to tune in for another season of make-ups, breakups and of course some cocktails along the way.

If you’re tuning in to watch all the divalicious drama of NeNe, Kandi, Cynthia, Phaedra and Kenya, channel your inner Southern sass with perfectly peachy cocktails.

Or if you’re transporting to 90210 for another season of glitz, glam and girl drama, enjoy some chic sips alongside Yolanda, Brandi, Kim, Kyle and Lisa.

Recipes to toast to the new Housewives seasons are below:

Perfectly Peachy
  • 1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ part DeKuyper® Peach Schnapps
  • ½ part JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 parts peach nectar
  • Peach slice for garnish

Preparation: Combine tequila, schnapps, liqueur, lime juice and peach nectar over ice. Stir to combine. Garnish with a peach slice.

Haute Hotlanta
·         1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         1 part cranberry/raspberry juice
·         ½ part lemon-lime soda
·         Peach slice for garnish
·         Mint spring for garnish

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Serve chilled over ice. To create a layered cocktail, pour ingredients in order given into individual glasses filled with ice. Do not stir. Garnish with a peach and a sprig of mint.

The 90210
·         1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         ½ part DeKuyper® Strawberry Liqueur
·         ½ part (chilled) rose champagne
·         ½ part limeade
·         3 strawberries
·         1 tbsp. sugar
·         1 wedged lime

Preparation: Wash, stem, quarter and freeze strawberries for at least 1 hour (can be done the day ahead). Run a wedge of lime around the rim of your champagne flute and dip in a plate of sugar to coat rim. Place a frozen strawberry at the bottom of the flute. Open champagne and pour glass approximately 2/3 of the way full. In a shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, limeade, and strawberry liqueur. Shake. Add a squeeze of fresh lime if desired. Top glass with the cocktail and serve immediately.

BevHills Beauty
·         1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         1 part club soda
·         Juice of 1 fresh grapefruit
·         1 ½ parts raspberry ginger ale soda
·         Grapefruit wedge for garnish (optional)

Preparation: In a shaker filled with ice combine all ingredients. Shake well and pour into glass over ice. Garnish with grapefruit wedge (optional).

Friday, November 7, 2014

Give Thanks and Raise a Glass with Skinnygirl Cocktails & Sauza Tequila

Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means family, friends, lots of delicious food - and cocktails, of course! 

Whether you’re spending Thanksgiving with family, or hosting your own Friendsgiving, no meal is complete without the perfect cocktail. Let Skinnygirl® Cocktails and Sauza® Tequila help you toast to everything you’re thankful for with the festive Thanksgiving-inspired cocktails below.

Sauza® Pumpkin Pie-tini
  • 1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
  • 3 parts cream
  • ½ part Torani® Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼  tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Whipped Cream and cinnamon for garnish (optional)

Preparation: Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon (optional). Enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Margarita
  • 1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
  • 4 parts cranberry juice
  • 2 parts orange juice
  • 2 oranges
  • ½ cup cranberries, frozen
  • 2 tbsp. sugar

Preparation: First make your garnishes. Freeze ½ cup of cranberries. Using a channel knife cut a long spiral from on orange (see if you can make it all the way in one try!) and cut into 6 inch pieces. Twist the peels around your bar spoon and reserve for garnish.

Zest the other orange with a spice grater to remove just the peel and none of the pith and combine with sugar.

Cut the zested orange into wedges. Rub a wedge of orange around half the rim of your glasses. Roll the glasses through the sugared orange zest.

In a shaker, combine the rest of the sugar and orange zest mixture with the cranberry juice, orange juice, Sauza® Blue Silver, orange liqueur, and the juice from the orange. Twist the orange peel over the drink and place on the prepared glass. Top with frozen cranberries and serve your cocktail! Salud!

Pumpkin Spice Sipper
·         1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
·         1 part canned unsweetened pumpkin
·         ¾ part fat free sweetened condensed milk
·         ¾ part unsweetened almond milk
·         ½ tbsp pumpkin pie spice

Preparation: Shake ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Turkey Day Toast
·         3 parts Skinnygirl® Prosecco, chilled
·         1 part grapefruit juice, chilled
·         1 part cranberry juice
·         1 part ginger ale
·         Grapefruit slice for garnish

Preparation: Mix all juice ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Top with Skinnygirl® Prosecco and ginger ale. Garnish with grapefruit slice and enjoy!