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!

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.

Jack-O-Lantern  
  • 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.

*All trademarks are the property of their respective owner.
**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!