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Lemon Beer Cocktail

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This is the big Oktoberfest weekend in Munich, Germany, and we wish we could be there to enjoy the revelry. But since we’re not, we decided to bring a little bit of that spirit to New Jersey, with a caveat…

We’re really not big beer drinkers, so when we decide to have one, we like to enhance the flavor (yeah, I know, the horror) with a shot of a complementary liqueur. Today’s cocktail break does just that, blending a great white beer with a shot of Limoncello. All you need to do is drop a shot of the lemon liqueur into the beer and enjoy one of the best beer cocktails ever! Prost!

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Vodka Sour

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The final weekend of the summer season has finally arrived, and we’re not very happy about it…kind of sour, actually. Why not channel those feelings into our cocktail break, right? So, here’s a delicious and simple recipe for a vodka sour that is sweet and sour, with a powerful punch..kind of what this past summer was, enjoy!

Makes two cocktails

  • 4 oz of Stoli vodka
  • 8 oz of lemon juice
  • 2 tsp of super fine sugar
  • lemon slices for garnish

Fill a tumbler with ice, pour the the vodka, lemon juice and sugar and stir until all the sugar has been dissolved. Pour into a glass filled with ice and garnish with lemon slices. Cheers!

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Chocolate Martini

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We are starting to turn around on our opinion of flavored vodka. We recently discovered 360 Double Chocolate Vodka and we love it! And it has also given us the perfect excuse to try a chocolate martini. Our version uses hazelnut liqueur and Skim Plus chocolate milk…delicious and creamy, but also easy on the calories. Try it!

Makes two cocktails

  • 6 oz of 360 Double Chocolate Vodka
  • 4 oz of Skim Plus Chocolate Milk
  • 4 oz of Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
  • White chocolate shavings

Pour the vodka, milk and Frangelico into a shaker filled with ice, shake well and serve. Garnish the drinks with the white chocolate shavings and enjoy!


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Raspberry Punch

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The end of summer is, sadly, finally here. But we’re not letting it go just yet. We’re having friends over this weekend for BBQ (Craig’s BBQ from DeValls Bluff, Arkansas!). Since we had some of the Cruzan pineapple rum still around, we decided to make a very fruity cocktail with some fresh raspberries and diet ginger ale. The result is a deliciously simple rum punch that is perfect for the long weekend.

Makes two cocktails

  • 8 oz of Cruzan Pineapple-flavored rum
  • 4 oz of fresh raspberries
  • 4 oz of diet ginger ale
  • 1 tsp of grenadine
  • Mint for garnish

Start by soaking the raspberries in the rum for about ten minutes. After ten minutes muddle the berries in the rum and pour all into a shaker filled with ice. Next, add the diet ginger ale and grenadine. Shake well and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with the mint. This drink is really amazing and the perfect way to end the summer!

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Frozen Hurricane

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There are tons of trees down and our basement is flooded, but all in all, we’re happy that the storm wasn’t as bad as they predicted. No project this weekend, but we needed to have a cocktail break anyway, so a Hurricane is perfectly appropriate. We didn’t have all the ingredients, but improvising is our strength (no pun intended)…

Makes two cocktails

  • 4 oz of Bacardi rum
  • 4 oz of Cruzan Pineapple rum
  • 2 oz Rose’s Lime juice
  • 2 oz of Tropicana orange juice
  • 2 oz of Sprite Zero
  • 2 tbsp of grenadine
  • 2 cups of ice
  • Orange slices and cherries for garnish

Except for the orange slice and cherries, put all of the ingredients into a blender and crush all until very smooth. Garnish and serve. This drink will rock you…trust us and please stay safe today!

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Bloody Mary

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We are huge fans of the Bloody Mary…it’s our all-time favorite brunch drink! However, every time we ordered it or buy a cocktail mix, we felt totally bloated and full after the drink. We figured out that it was all the sodium and salt in the mixes. Well…why not make the mix ourselves, right? Our homemade version is spicy, low-calorie and totally satisfying.

Makes two cocktails

  • 8 oz of low sodium V8
  • 6 oz of Kanon Organic Vodka
  • Juice of a lemon, and a couple of wedges for garnish
  • 1 tbsp of horseradish (hot)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Splash of Worcestershire sauce (not too much!)
  • Celery stalks for garnish
  • Salt and pepper

Easiest thing to do to get the seasoning right is to mix all of the ingredients together, except the vodka. Taste the mix and make sure it has the right amount of heat and tartness. The V8 is low sodium, so it may need a few dashes of salt. But add salt  at the very end since the Worcestershire is very salty and may not need it at all. Pour the vodka over ice, top off the drink with the V8 mix, and stir well. Garnish with the celery and lemon wedges. Trust us, you’ll love this version…and there won’t be any need for Tums!

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Polish Kiss

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Except for the occasional fruity cocktail, we generally think that vodka should be left unflavored. That was until our friend Marla at Travel Curious Often suggested Zubrowka, a Polish vodka infused with Bison Grass. Yes, sounds a bit odd, but it’s truly a spectacular drinking experience. The subtle chamomile and herb flavors jump right at you when drinking it straight up, or on ice. Another popular way of drinking Zubrowka is with apple juice, which gave us the inspiration for our martini this week.Here’s the recipe…

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 6 oz of Zubrowka Bison Grass vodka
  • 6 oz of apple juice (filtered)
  • 2 oz of fresh lime juice
  • Maraschino cherries and apple and lime wedges for garnish

Pour the Zubrowka and apple juice into a shaker filled with ice, shake well and serve in martini glasses. Garnish with the fruit. Calling this drink an Appletini is tempting, but wouldn’t be fair. It’s rich, smooth, fragrant, and delicious…kind of like the perfect kiss.

Na zdraví!

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Midsummer Cocktail

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Earlier this summer our friends at Kanon Organic Vodkahad us over for a party in New York to celebrate the Swedish holiday of Midsummer. We had a great time and really enjoyed their feature drink…The Midsummer Cocktail. It was unlike any vodka martini….fruity, complex, and refreshing. St. Germain, a liquor made from Elderflower,  adds a really special quality to the drink. We have been wanting to share the recipe with all of you, so they were kind enough to send it to us, along with a complementary bottle of Kanon. Here’s the recipe…

Makes 4 cocktails

  • 8 oz of Kanon Organic Vodka
  • 3 oz of St. Germain
  • 3 oz of lemon juice

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake well and serve. Garnish with a lemon twist. The Midsummer holiday is typically celebrated on the Friday after June 21st, but we think that this is a great drink for any summer day…enjoy!

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Blueberry Fizz

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It’s really hot out there and this is the perfect drink to cool you down. And even with a bit of sugar, this cocktail is very low in calories…which we’re saving for tonight’s cookout!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 12 oz bottle of Steaz Zero Calorie Blueberry Pomegranate Sparkling Tea
  • 8 oz of Stoli Blueberi vodka
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • blueberries

Place a few blueberries in each glass and add a teaspoon of sugar. Muddle well and fill the glass with ice. Add a few more berries and pour 4 oz of vodka in each glass. Top each glass with the sparkling tea and stir before serving. This is amazingly delicious…try it!

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Crafty Time Lemonade

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There’s nothing better to do during a lazy Summer afternoon than to sit on the porch with a big glass of lemonade. After posting our pictures on Facebook, y’all inspired us to come up with this delicious lemonade made with cava, limoncello, and San Pellegrino limonata. Here’s the recipe:

Makes one pitcher

  • 1 bottle of cava (Spanish sparkling wine)
  • 1 cup of Caravella limoncello (lemon liquor)
  • 4 eight ounce cans of San Pellegrino Limonata (or your favorite lemonade)
  • lots of lemon slices and peel

Easiest recipe ever…combine all the ingredients in a pitcher (don’t add any ice!) and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour. Serve over ice and make sure you get several of the lemon slices in each glass — they add a lot of flavor to the drink. Now, we’re ready to relax on our front porch!

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