Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Five Halloween Cocktails That Are So Good, It's Scary

Corazón Diablo          Bewitching Berry                 Spider’s Kiss              Jack-O-Lantern               Black Cauldron

Hosting a frightful Halloween bash? This year, “treat or treat” guests with deliciously ghoulish cocktails that are sure to spook and satisfy. 

Allow guests to pick their favorite poison with five hauntingly good cocktails from 901 Tequila, Sauza Tequila, Hornitos Tequila, Skinnygirl Cocktails, and Pinnacle Vodka – certain to raise spirits during Halloween celebrations. 

Corazón Diablo
  • 2 parts 901® Tequila
  • 1 part Crème de cassis
  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1 part coffee liqueur
  • ½  part simple syrup
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in mixing glass. Shake vigorously over ice. Strain over ice into martini glass. Garnish with sliced fig to mimic an “evil heart.”

Bewitching Berry
  • 2 parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 parts peach juice
  • 1/2 parts blackberry puree
  • 1/2 parts lemon juice
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • Peach slice 
  • Blackberry
Preparation: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a coupe glass. Garnish by skewering a fresh blackberry and a slice of peach with a knot stick.

Spider’s Kiss 
  • 1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka
  • 1 part Midori® Melon Liqueur
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Orange Slice 
Preparation: Draw a chocolate web into a martini glass and place in the refrigerator to chill. Combine Midori®, Pinnacle® Vodka, and lemon juice in a shaker and strain into glass. Garnish with a chocolate dipped orange slice.

  • 1 ½  parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
  • 1 part canned unsweetened pumpkin
  • ¾ part fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ part unsweetened almond milk
  • Pumpkin pie spice for garnish
  • Club soda 
Preparation: Mix all ingredients except club soda. Pour over ice, top with club soda and garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Black Cauldron
·         1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
·         ¾ part fresh lemon juice
·         ¼ part agave syrup
·         ¼ part sage simple syrup
·         2 dashes Angostura® bitters*
·         1 capsule activated charcoal**

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.

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**Adds a jet-black hue and a light, smoky flavor to the cocktail

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Celebrate National Taco Day (10/4) With Sauza Tequila!

This year, National Taco Day lands on Taco Tuesday, which certainly calls for a fiesta! On October 4, shake up the holiday by serving a special drink that pairs perfectly with tacos – Sauza’s Minted Mule

Check out Sauza’s cocktail recipe below that’ll be sure to spice up your standard Taco Tuesday! Sauza’s Minted Mule will keep you refreshed with its crisp lime, ginger, and mint flavors. 

Minted Mule
·         1 part Sauza® Tequila
·         1/2 part lime juice
·         3 parts ginger beer
·         mint leaves

Preparation: Add all ingredients to a copper cup and stir. Add ice to the cup and stir again. Garnish with mint leaves.

*Can also be made pitcher-style for communal drinking

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Peace Out, Pumpkin - Not So Basic Fall Cocktails

Move over Pumpkin Spice, it’s time to celebrate fall in all its glory with some cocktails that feature more than just the season’s most popular (and played out) flavor. 
With ingredients like apple cider, sweet potatoes, and maple syrup, the cocktail recipes below from Sauza Tequila901 TequilaHornitos TequilaSkinnygirl CocktailsPinnacle Vodka and Hard Rock Cafe are perfect for celebrating the new season with a twist. 

Sauza® Minted Mule 
·        1 part Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
·        1/2 part lime juice
·        3 parts ginger beer
·        mint leaves
Preparation: Add all ingredients to a copper cup and stir. Add ice to the cup and stir again. Garnish with mint leaves.

901® New Fashioned
·        2 parts 901® Tequila
·        2 dashes Angostura® bitters
·        1 part maple syrup
·        Blueberries for garnish
Preparation: Stir all ingredients over ice in rocks glasses. Garnish with skewered blueberries.

Hornitos® LA MAN-ZANA 
·        1 part Hornitos® Spiced Honey
·        1 part apple cider
·        ½ part lemon juice
·        4 parts Mexican lager

Preparation: Combine all ingredients except Mexican lager in a shaker, shake vigorously, strain over fresh ice and add Mexican lager.

Skinnygirl® Sweet Potato Pie Cocktail
·        1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
·        1 part sweet potato puree 
·        ½ part DeKuyper® Buttershots® Butterscotch Schnapps 
·        ½ tsp cinnamon
·        Splash of ginger ale 
·        Orange slice for garnish

Preparation: Mix ingredients in a shaker and pour into a chilled glass over ice. Garnish with an orange slice.

Pinnacle® Whipped® Hot Cider 
  • 1 part Pinnacle® Whipped Vodka
  • 4 parts apple cider, hot
  • Cinnamon for garnish 
  • Whipped cream for garnish 

Preparation: First, pour vodka into a heat-proof mug then, fill the rest of the mug with hot apple cider. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon for garnish (optional). 

Hard Rock Cafe’s Rush on the Rocks 
·        2½ oz  apple juice
·        1½ oz  Crown Royal Maple Whisky 
·        1½ oz  sweet and sour mix
·        ¾ oz Monin Spiced Brown Sugar
·        Speared lemon wedge 
·        Cajun seasoning for rim

Preparation: Coat mason jar rim with Cajun seasoning. Mix apple juice, Crown Royal Maple Whisky, sweet and sour mix and Monin Spiced Brown Sugar in a shaker.  Pour over ice and garnish with speared lemon wedge. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Simple Cocktails for a Labor(less) Day!

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Whether you’re throwing a backyard BBQ or pool party, these simply delicious cocktails from Hornitos Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Sauza Tequila and Skinnygirl Cocktails will lighten your Labor Day load with some labor-less cocktails. With recipes from easy to easier to easiest, these drinks will help you give summer a proper sendoff with minimal effort and lots of fun. 

If you’re looking for an easy recipe to serve at your end-of-summer bash, mix up this pitcher-style cocktail ahead of time so you don’t have to play bartender all night. 
Sauza® Prickly Pink Margarita (serves 8)
·         1 cup Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
·         1/2 cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec
·         1/2 cup prickly pear syrup
·         1 cup limeade
·         Pear slices
·         Lime wedges

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a pitcher with ice and stir. Strain into salt-rimmed glasses and serve. Garnish with pear slice and lime wedge.

Regardless of your spirit of choice, these no-fuss recipes contain just a few simple ingredients and are a breeze to whip up at your BBQ. 

Pinnacle® Citrus Splash 
·         1 part Pinnacle® Citrus Vodka
·         2 parts Lemon-Lime Soda 
·         Raspberries 

Preparation: Mix in a glass with ice and garnish with a raspberry. 

Hornitos® Spicy Verde
·         2 parts Hornitos® Reposado Tequila
·         3 parts fresh pineapple juice
·         1/2 part fresh lime juice
·         2 dashes green habanero hot sauce

Preparation: Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime slice.

No time to think about drinks while your guests are arriving? This new ready to serve includes notes of cool lime and refreshing watermelon for the perfect summertime cocktail. 

Skinnygirl® Watermelon Lime Margarita 
·         5 parts Skinnygirl® Watermelon Lime Margarita
·         Watermelon wedge for garnish 

Preparation: Pour Skinnygirl® Watermelon Lime Margarita over ice and garnish with a watermelon wedge

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Inside Bethenny's Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita Launch & RHoNY Viewing Party

Last night, Bethenny Frankel hosted a rooftop party above Rockefeller Center to celebrate the release of the new Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita and to view the penultimate episode of The Real Housewives of New York City.

The original Skinnygirl, Bethenny Frankel, introduces her new Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita to fans at the “Real Housewives of New York City” viewing party, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 in New York. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Skinnygirl Cocktails/AP Images)

The setting was unbelievably spectacular, the drinks were unbelievably tasty, and the #RHoNY drama was just plain unbelievable!

If you caught last night's episode, you know how crazy the ladies of NYC got during their Miami getaway, but the Miami heat had nothing on the hot location of last night's party ("sick," we agreed with Bethenny at one point)!

Nestled between the buildings of the Manhattan skyline was a lush rooftop bar with seating areas, a pool, and TVs to screen the latest episode of the hit Bravo series. Watching the Real Housewives with some Real Housewives was such a treat, and it was so interesting to witness Bethenny's and Carole Radziwill's reactions to what was happening on the show.

Bethenny Frankel and Carole Radziwill toast to new Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita at the “Real Housewives of New York City” viewing party, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in New York.  (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Skinnygirl Cocktails/AP Images)

On commercial breaks, Bethenny did a Q&A, shared some cocktail recipes, and hung with her friends.

Bethenny Frankel debuts a new look and a new offering at the launch party for her Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita with an exclusive viewing of “Real Housewives of New York City,” Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in New York.  (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Skinnygirl Cocktails/AP Images)

Being outside on a warm summer night in the city was such an incredible experience, and seeing Bethenny again was a massive highlight of my summer. The B is definitely back, and she KNOWS how to throw a party!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Survive the Champagne Shortage with Sparkling Cocktails from Sauza

As you may already know, there is a current shortage of champagne (!!), leaving bubbly lovers in a panic! Due to bad weather, rot, and mildew in the Champagne region of France, we are experiencing one of the lowest yielding Champagne seasons since the 1980s.

But fear not, champagne lovers! It is still possible to get a bubbly fix with Sauza® Tequila. So, while champagne may be in limited supply, you can still raise a toast and make any moment a celebration with sparkling cocktails from Sauza.

Sparkling Sunrise
·         1 part Sauza® Signature Blue Silver
·         1 part champagne
·         2 parts orange juice
·         Splash of grenadine
·         Orange wedge garnish
Preparation: Combine Sauza® Signature Blue Silver, orange juice, and grenadine in a shaker with ice. Stir, and strain into glass. Top it off with champagne and garnish with an orange wedge.

Tequila Sparkler
·         1 part Sauza® Signature Blue Silver
·         1/2 part Lime Juice
·         1/2 part Simple Syrup
·         4 parts Champagne
Preparation: Add tequila, lime juice and simple syrup to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Top with Champagne.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Tequila Cocktails to Give Summer a Proper Send Off

Summer is coming to a close, which means one last get-together is in order! If you're planning a final backyard BBQ or pool party, these cocktails may be a perfect fit to help toast to the end of the season.  

·         The Sauza Piña Punch is an easy to make, pitcher-style cocktail made with fresh pineapple and lime juice – perfect summertime flavors that embrace the end of the season!
·         Late summer comes with an abundance of garden vegetables and herbs. The Verde Maria incorporates plenty of garden-grown ingredients such as cucumbers and tomatoes, so no harvest goes to waste! 

Sauza Piña Punch (Serves 8)
·         1 cup Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
·         1 cup DeKuyper® blueberry
·         1/2 cup simple syrup
·         1/2 cup lime juice
·         2 cups pineapple juice
·         Pineapple slices 
·         Lime wedges

Preparation: Combine all ingredients into a pitcher with ice and stir. Strain into glass over ice and garnish with a pineapple slice and lime wedge. 

Verde Maria
·         2 parts 901® Tequila
·         ½ part lemon juice
·         2 green tomatoes
·         Half an avocado
·         1 celery stick
·         ¼ cucumber diced
·         4 dashes of hot sauce
·         Cilantro to taste
·         Pinch of salt and pepper
·         4 Dashes Hot Sauce

Preparation: Blend green tomatoes, avocado, celery, cucumber and cilantro until smooth. Combine all ingredients over ice in tall glass and stir. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Celebrate the Big Games This Summer with Sauza Tequila

The four year wait is finally over! During the opening ceremony TONIGHT, raise a toast to the world’s greatest competitors. This time around, let the athletes go for gold, while you strive for silver with Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila. 

Sauza Tequila’s Cherry Sage Smash is an easy-to-make cocktail, made with fresh red cherries, sage and lime juice! To make sure this recipe is suitable for your “home” team – try making the Cherry Sage Smash cocktail pitcher-style. Serving pitcher-style allows the host to spend less time prepping in the kitchen and more time cheering on their favorite athletes with friends!

Cherry Sage Smash
·         1 part Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
·         1/2 part simple syrup
·         1/2 part lime juice
·         2-3 fresh pitted cherries
·         2 sprigs of sage
·         1 part soda water

Preparation: Combine all ingredients into a shaker and muddle. Add ice, shake, and strain into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with sage sprigs.