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Smirnoff Offers up Peppermint Holiday Drink Recipes

  1. Winter Whisperer
  • 1.5 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
  • .75 oz pomegranate syrup
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 2 oz Club Soda

Instructions: Muddle mint with syrup, and add lemon juice and Smirnoff Peppermint Twist. Fill with ice and shake.  Strain over ice in a rocks glass and top with club soda.

Pomegranate syrup: mix 4 oz POM with 4 oz sugar

  1. Cranberry Pineapple Punch – Courtesy of Karly Gomez from A Simple Pantry
  • 1 gallon 100% cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)
  • 1 46 oz can pineapple juice
  • 3 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 3 cups Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
  • Sliced oranges, oranges, lemon (optional)
  • Fresh cranberries (optional)

Instructions: In a large drink container add the cranberry juice, pineapple juice, lemon-lime soda, and Smirnoff No. 21 vodka, stirring gently to combine. Toss in the optional fruits and serve chilled, or room temperature over ice.

  1. Nutcracker
  • 1 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • .5 oz Amontillado Sherry
  • 1 oz organic pear juice
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz orgeat syrup

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and shake.  Strain over cubed ice into a rocks glass.

  1.  Chocolate Peppermint Martini– Courtesy of Kendra Darr fromSimply Darrling
  • 4 ounces Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
  • 2 ounce crème de cacao
  • 1 ounce chocolate liquor
  • 2 ounce cream chocolate sauce & crushed peppermint for garnish

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, add ice, cream, and liquors. Shake, Shake, Shake. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with chocolate and crushed peppermints.

  1. Gingerbread Martini – Courtesy of Kendra Darr from Simply Darrling
  • 3 ounces Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • 3 ounces Irish cream
  • 2 Tablespoons gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces cream
  • Whipped Cream & Crushed Gingerbread cookies for garnish

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Smirnoff Vodka, Irish Cream, Gingerbread Syrup, Vanilla Extract, and Cream. Shake, Shake Shake, Strain into a martini glass and garnish with whipped cream and crushed gingerbread cookies

  1.  Holiday Bliss
  • 1 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
  • .5 oz Don Julio Añejo Tequila
  • 3 oz Rich Chocolate Milk

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake.  Strain into a rocks glass and top with grated cinnamon.

  1. Kissed Caramel Apple Punch – Courtesy of Karly Gomez from A Simple Pantry
  • 1 ½ gallons spiced apple cider
  • 1 12.2 oz bottle caramel syrup
  • 3 cups Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
  • Sliced apples (optional)
  • Cinnamon sticks (option)

Instructions: Pour the apple cider into a large drink container, then stir in the caramel syrup. Add the Smirnoff Kissed Caramel vodka and stir gently to combine. Add the sliced apples and cinnamon sticks, and serve either chilled or room temperature over ice.

  1. The Original Mule
  • 1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • Fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz. ginger beer

Instructions: Build all in copper mug and stir gently to mix.

  1. Cardamom Pear Punch ( 12- 16 drinks) 
  • 3 cups Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • 6 cups pear juice ( from a jar)
  • 1-2 teaspoons orange bitters
  • 2 red pears, sliced thinly horizontally

Instructions:

Cardamom Ginger Syrup

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup water

10 cardamon pods crushed ( or sub 1 teaspoon ground cardamon) 

1/8 cup sliced ginger root, peels ok

1 tablespoon vanilla 

Make the Syrup. Place honey, water,  cardamon, ginger and vanilla in a small pot and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and let this steep one hour, or overnight for the best flavor. 

In a medium punch bowl or beverage dispenser, pour in the Smirnoff Vodka, pear juice, bitters and sliced pears. Stir in the Cardamon ginger syrup.

Refrigerate until ready to serve, and serve over ice. 

This can be made a day ahead or the night before the party and refrigerated, allowing the flavors to meld.  

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Drink up! Low calorie Thanksgiving cocktails

Mouthwatering Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy and pumpkin pie might satisfy our test buds, but holiday meals can wreak havoc on our waistlines. Thankfully, we have some low calorie Thanksgiving cocktails courtesy of Amoretti for those who want to imbibe for 165 calories or less!

The Sip and Fall cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti)
The Sip and Fall cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti)

Sip and Fall

Ingredients

1 oz. watermelon vodka

1 oz. Amoretti Premium Sour Apple Martini Mix

3 oz. club soda

Directions

Combine the vodka and martini mix in a glass, add ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a green apple slice (optional).

Calories: 98

The A-pear-ently Apple cocktail. (Media/Credit Amoretti)
The A-pear-ently Apple cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti)

A-pear-ently Apple

Ingredients

1 oz. Amoretti Premium Pear Martini Mix

12 oz. (1 bottle) low calorie hard cider (Amoretti recommends Magners Irish Hard Cider, Crispin Original or Michelob ULTRA Light Cider)

Directions

Gently combine both ingredients in a tall glass. Garnish with a pear wheel (optional).

Calories: 165

 

 

Mango You Didn’t!

Mango You Didn't!
The Mango You Didn’t! cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti) 

 

Ingredients

2 oz. Amoretti Premium Cosmopolitan Martini Mix

1 oz. mango nectar

6 oz. club soda

Directions

Gently combine all ingredients in a glass and fill with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel (optional).

Calories: 115

Ginger Winter
The Ginger Winter cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti) 

 

Ginger Winter

Ingredients

½ pump Amoretti Premium Gingerbread Syrup

½ oz. Amoretti Premium Pomegranate Martini Mix

4-6 oz. nonalcoholic sparkling apple cider

Directions

Gently combine the gingerbread syrup and pomegranate martini mix in the bottom of a champagne flute. Fill with the sparkling cider. Garnish with a thin apple slice (optional).

Calories: 103

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MET Restaurant Group Bringing a “Crafty Mary” Bloody Mary Bar to All of Its New England Locations

If you love a good Bloody Mary, the MET Restaurant Group is launching a menu for you. This November, all five of their New England locations will have a “Crafty Mary Menu” with more than 13,000 combinations of this favorite cocktail. Sunday brunch has never looked or tasted so good.

The Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, The MET Bar & Grill in Dedham and Natick, Massachusetts, the MET on Main in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Met Back Bay on Newbury Street in Boston will offer the menu at Sunday brunch. The Met Back Bay will also have the menu available on Saturdays.

Restaurant patrons get to choose their liquor from a list of spirits that includes everything from Ketel One to Don Julio. Once the liquor is chosen, guests have the option to pick from an unlimited combination of “fixins & garnishes” that include olives, lime, or even a Salami and Cheese Skewer. To top it all off, guests can choose traditional sea salt or the soon-to-be favorite bacon salt. A wide selection of hot sauces like Sriracha, wasabi, and Worcestershire give guests the option for as little or as much kick as they want.

Take your brunch experience to new levels with this Crafty Menu that is the perfect accompaniment to your weekend meals.

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CRAFTY MARY MENU

 

SPIRITS (Choose One)

Belvedere $13

Belvedere Bloody $13

Ketel One $13

Ketel Citron $13

Tanqueray $12

Hendricks $12

Don Julio Silver $14

Don Julio Reposado $15

Don Julio Anjeo $16

Bulleit Bourbon $14

 

FIXINS & GARNISHES

Celery

Lime

Lemon

Olives

Cocktail Onions

Cured Garlic Cloves $1

Pepperocini $1

Cornichons $1

Cherry Tomatoes $1

Hickory Smoked Bacon Strip $1

Tomolives $1

Caperberries $1

1/2 Sour Pickle $2

Clams $2.5

Cheddar Block $3

Salami & Cheese Skewer $3

Oyster $3

Mini Cheese Burger $5

Shrimp $5

Lobster $8

 

RIMS

Sea Salt & Pepper

Old Bay

Bacon Salt

 

MIXERS

Met Bloody Mary Mix

Met Clamato

 

HEAT & TANG

Green or Red Tabasco

Worcestershire

MET Sauce

Horseradish

Sriracha

Wasabi

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Belvedere Vodka Adds Some Flavor to Halloween Celebrations

Belvedere Vodka, one of the world’s favorite spirits, can enhance your Halloween parties with a selection of spookily-delicious cocktails that help you bring the fun and get into the mood for a memorable party.

Whether you are throwing a party, on the guest list at a friend’s soiree, or plan to head to the bars in costume, Belvedere Vodka offers the tastes you want to really get into the Halloween spirit and really make the most of your time out.

This vodka is distilled using ingredients of the highest quality to create an award-winning taste that can easily enhance a small Halloween bash or a huge costume party blowout. In just a few steps, you can enjoy a cocktail that tastes like the scary thrills of a great Halloween party. Keep reading for some cocktail recipes to include in all of your Halloween plans:

 

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus Punch

 

1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka

1.5 oz Pomegranate Juice

1.5 oz Orange Juice

Dash Tabasco

 

Pour orange juice into a highball glass

Shake rest of ingredients and layer over the top of the orange juice

Garnish with a small orange disguised as a hallo-lantern and keep one in your hand as your scarily delicious accessory for the evening.

 

 

 

Trick or Treat-ini

 

1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka

1 oz Fresh lemon juice

1 oz Pineapple syrup

2 bar spoons Benedictine

2 dashes Peychaud Bitters

 

Shake and strain into a martini glass

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Garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy the look and feel of this Halloween-inspired cocktail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spooky Swizzle

 

2 oz Belvedere Bloody Mary

Pulp from one passion fruit

Dash simple syrup

1 oz blood orange juice

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Mix the ingredients together over crushed ice into a rocks glass

Garnish with a slice of ruby red grapefruit and get ready for a taste explosion.

 

 

Play bartender to your party guests or bring your own cocktail to any party that you attend to increase the fun. You cant try these cocktails for Halloween but enjoy them throughout the year. With Belvedere Vodka, a great cocktail is only a few steps away.

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Downton Abbey Wine Collection Available in Time for Season 4 Premiere

Downton Cast PBSThe hit show Downton Abbey® has inspired an entire collection of wine that reigns from the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, France. The Downtown Abbey Wine Collection is the newest creation from this vineyard that has been owned by the same family for more than 130 years and continues to produce some of the world’s best wines.

Now the 120 million Downton Abbey® fans can enjoy a crisp “Blanc” white wine or a medium-bodied “Claret” red while they tune into their favorite show and follow these beloved characters through their daily lives.

Winemaker Jean-Marc Dulong used his family’s traditions from the Grand Vins de Bordeaux winery and the show as inspiration for this balanced collection of drinkable wines. Of the experience, he says, “It is exciting for me to think about my Bordelaise ancestors crafting their clarets and blancs in the Downton Abbey® era. Their know-how, passed down to me through five generations, has inspired my own winemaking. With Downton Abbey Wines, I have strived to capture the essence of Bordeaux in this collection of delicious and approachable wines.”

William Zysblat, co-creator of these palate-pleasing wines says, “We are excited to launch the Downton Abbey Wine Collection, made in the finest Bordeaux winemaking tradition.“

The connection to the show is an important aspect of this collection. Zysblat says, “Our collaboration with the Dulong family made perfect sense, as we wanted the same vines, soil and region used to produce the wines from the Downton Era. Having Dulong as our winemaker allows us to create accessible wines that we truly believe the Crawley Family would have been proud to serve at their table.”DowntonAbbeyWine_DowntonAbbeyWineCollection13

Although the show does not come back to television until January 2014, fans can still integrate their favorite aspects of it into their daily lives with these wines. The “Blanc” and “Claret” are versatile enough to drink in a variety of occasions. The wine collection is now available online and will be available at specialty wine stores like Cost Plus Work Market starting November 1, 2013. Buy your favorite now to see how Downton Abbey® can enhance your wine-drinking experience.

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Warm Up this Winter with these Tasty Rum Cocktails

If you thought rum was something only to be used in a frozen summer cocktail – think again! Boston bartenders are mixing up some great fall cocktails with rum. In-season apples help to keep cocktails fresh for fall days, the earthy cinnamon notes help keep you warm during the brisk fall nights, and the dry flavors of Brugal Extra Dry Rum and Brugal 1888 Rum allow all of the delicious autumn flavors to shine through.

To get in the fall spirit, mix up the “Dominican Old Fashioned” created by Kevin Martin of Eastern Standard or the “Old Orchard Style” created by John Henderson of Tavern Road (recipes below).

Dominican Old Fashioned
Created by Kevin Martin, Eastern Standard Dominican Old Fashioned (credit Emmanuel Cayere)

1.5 oz. Brugal Extra Dry Rum
.5 oz. Santa Maria Al Monte
1 Barspoon St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
1 Barspoon Sugar
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

In a mixing glass combine sugar, Angostura, Peychaud’s with a splash (.25oz) of soda water, stir to make a paste.  Add Brugal Rum, Santa Maria Al Monte and Dram with ice, stir until properly diluted and chilled.  Strain cocktail into a chilled lowball over fresh ice, garnish with a long orange twist.

Old Orchard Style

Created by John Henderson, Tavern Road

2 oz. Brugal 1888 Rum

.25 oz. Demerara Syrup (2:1 Demerara or raw sugar to water)

1/8 of Granny Smith Apple

1/8 oz. Allspice DramOld Orchard Style4 (credit Emmanuel Cayere)

Muddle apple in a mixing glass, add other ingredients and stir with ice until well-chilled. Fine strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass, top with freshly grated cinnamon and a thin slice of apple.

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Limoncello Granita

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This summer, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse will debut its homemade booze-infused semi-frozen Granita, perfect to enjoy on a hot summer afternoon, like the ones we’ve been seeing in Boston lately. The new take on the Sicilian classic, created by Master Pastry Chef Tom Ponticelli, combines fruity flavors with perfectly paired spirits for a refreshing aperitif. Flavors include Espresso with Chocolate Liqueur, Passion Fruit with Grand Marnier as well as Prickly Pear with Tequila and Lime! They are available for $4 through the end of August.

To celebrate the new line of boozy treats, Davio’s shared one of its recipes with Blast Food.

Davio’s Limoncello Granita

Ingredients

  • 1 qt Water
  • 6 oz Fresh Lemon Verbena Leaves
  • Lemon Zest
  • 2 oz Sugar
  • 2oz Limoncello
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Directions

  • In a medium size pot, steep water, sugar, lemon verbena.
  • Bring to boil and let steep for 20 min. Wisk in Limoncello and lemon juice.
  • Combine and our ingredients into metal 2-inch hotel pan and place in freezer. Use a dinner fork to scrape any ice crystals that have formed on the side or bottom of the pan.
  • Return to freezer and repeat scraping every 20 to 30 minutes for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Once mixture is thoroughly frozen, fluff with a fork and allow flakes to “dry” in freezer another half hour before serving.

When served, the granita should look like a fluffy pile.

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Wine Lovers: It’s Summertime — Let’s Explore A Brew or Two

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Just as beer drinkers are wise to bolster their knowledge and appreciation of fine wine, so too are wine lovers well served by opening their palates (and possibly snooty attitudes–hey, if this isn’t you, cool, but if the shoe fits… ) to embrace the attributes of great beer. And with the hot and muggy season upon us, what better time to begin the exploration?

Before you get your grape-stained cargo shorts all in a twist, no one’s saying that summertime wines aren’t marvelous. A bright, lively albariño between dips in the pool is just right, and lobster with white Burgundy is clearly one of life’s great pleasures. But after scooping divots on the back nine or powering the two-stroke around that precious carpet of green, who in their right mind is going to upend a 750ml of pinot bianco to cool off?

That’s right… no one. Beer has many qualities in common with wine but on one count at least, it stands head and shoulders above the sacred juice. Refreshment. Pure and simple restoration of body and spirit after a sweaty, grueling encounter with just about anything.

So if you’re willing to concede at least a nugget of truth in what I’m saying, let’s wrap our parched lips around some top-notch, steamy day beer options.

The simplest approach to good warm weather guzzling is to look for anything with bitter, white, wit, weisse, weizen, wheat, Kölsch, lambic, summer or seasonal on the label. “Your list is like, totally incomplete,” the beer geeks will shout; that may be my friends, but we’re trying to bring a few folks over from the grape side, so cut me some slack here.

Bitter, as in English bitters or special bitters, is a traditional ale style with a good but not overwhelming dose of hops, nicely balanced with some malty goodness and showing a touch of fruit. They’re typically on the lower side in alcohol (a plus in the summer heat), light in body and gold to copper in color. Think of them like an IPA’s little brother who can’t quite hop like the monster but who still delivers tremendous drinkability and refreshment.

White, wit and weisse (or weiss), all meaning, duh… white, are made with wheat, as in weizen or wheat (and maybe a dollop of oatmeal) and often sport a complex, citrusy spiciness, rendering them stone-cold delicious and exceptionally refreshing. White beers may come from Belgium or Germany and are increasingly beloved by American craft brewers.

Straight wheat beers are likewise a mainstay of American brewers and are perfect for summer enjoyment, though for a step up in flavor and personality turn your sights to the original European versions. What’s more, in a good beer joint you can expect to get a show to go with your order for a classic weissbier or hefeweizen.

Properly served, a very tall glass is placed over the bottle and the duo is inverted in a single, smooth motion. As the beer fills the glass the bottle is slowly raised until it leaves a marshmallowy two or three inch head, at which point the bottle is removed and either swirled wine-style or rolled back and forth on its side. This little trick gathers up all the remaining yeast (these babies are bottled sur lies) mixing it with the remaining foam, which concoction is then used to top off the glass, often followed by garnishing with a slice of lemon. Once served, dive into this gorgeous brew in all its orange, banana, and clove ester-ness for a singular beer experience.

Moving from “show” beers back to our list, Kölsch describes a golden ale produced in Cologne, Germany, and, well… anywhere outside the EU, like the U.S., that makes this soft, hoppy, kinda fruity, kinda bitter, kind of not, easy and delicious, summer sipper. And then we have the lambics.

These Belgian throwbacks are open fermented with wild yeast (something any true vinophile can appreciate) after a convoluted mashing process that leaves even beer folks scratching their heads. The result is a sour, somewhat earthy, carbonated brew that in overly simplistic terms is called “gueuze” when unflavored and “fruit lambic” when made with cherries, raspberries, cassis or peaches. Though it can be a love or hate proposition, the fruit flavors are rich and pure, and the higher acidity makes these summer quaffers a perfect match for any number of foods.

Finally, we have the summer or seasonal variants. A common bit of nomenclature among North American craft brewers, these are typically dosed with spice or fruit or a particularly interesting strain of hops. They’re made to refresh and encourage you to enjoy more than one. And most are excellent, a cut above the everyday pale ale or light lager. You may find rye ale or blueberry lager or any number of possibilities.

Now that you have some worthy options, trade in the wine stem for a beer tulip now and again. There are terrific beers out there, and if there’s one thing wine drinkers love, it’s finding the next new taste. If you’re not sure which ale or lager, which witbier or lambic to try, put together a mixed six-pack. One of the beauties of beer is that it’s generally inexpensive. You can mix and match and hold your own tasting of half a dozen possibilities for the cost of a single bottle of good wine. Exploration and economics, a summer combo that’s hard to beat!

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Drink

Oh, don't mind if I do!
Oh, don’t mind if I do!

1 oz. SMIRNOFF® Iced Cake Flavored Vodka

1 oz. orange juice

1 oz. pineapple juice

Club Soda

Combine ingredients in a Highball glass over ice and top off with Club Soda. Garnish with sprinkles, a cherry and an orange twist

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Get ready for ‘Doomsday’ with end-of-the-world cocktails

Corpse Reviver
Corpse Reviver

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but some say that Doomsday is upon us. December 21, the supposed date of the “end of the world,” is just days away. “Preppers” may be stockpiling water and canned goods, but we say to relax and have a drink! Why not enjoy the “last days” and mix up some of these festive cocktails courtesy of Pernod Ricard spirits? Just don’t overdo it, you know, in case the world still exists on December 22 (and we’re pretty sure it will).

Corpse Reviver #2

Ingredients

    • .75 part Plymouth Gin
    • .75 part Cointreau
    • .75 part Lillet Blanc
    • .75 part lemon juice
    • 2 dashes Pernod Absinthe

Directions

Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a stemless cherry and serve.

TNT Cocktail
TNT Cocktail

TNT Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 part Pernod Absinthe
  • 1 part Cognac
  • 1 ½ parts Cointreau
  • 1 dash bitters

Directions

Stir ingredients over ice and strain into a martini glass.

Green Beast

Ingredients

  • 1 part Pernod Absinthe
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 4 parts water

Directions

Build over ice in Collins glass, garnish with cucumber slices and serve.

Green Beast
Green Beast

Looks That Kill

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ parts Olmeca Altos Tequila
  • ½ part yellow chartreuse liqueur
  • ¾ part fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ part arbol chili syrup
  • 1 bar spoon St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram liqueur

Directions

Serve in a cocktail glass with a spiced rim.