A Hot Buttered Rum Recipe worth trying…

hotbutteredrumHot Buttered Rum Day was January 17th and in case you missed it we wanted to share a recipe we tried and loved that uses traditional ingredients and adds in a twist. It’s still pretty chilly outside so that’s a perfect excuse to warm yourself up with a cup of this stuff. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Hot Buttered VEEV

  • 1 oz. VEEV
  • 1/2 oz. of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • Top with Hot Apple Cider (Add Allspice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Clove to Cider)
  • Garnish with Pat of Unsalted Butter and Grated Nutmeg

Ohio State vs Oregon: Cocktails for Kickoff


Logos-NattyThe big game is tomorrow. For the first time in Division I football a true champion will be crowned using the method most of us consider the only true way to determine a winner with College Footballs first playoff system. Whether you’re a Buckeye fan or a Duck chances are you’ll be glued to the tv tomorrow watching with friends or family and maybe even having a drink or two. Our college football cocktails we created and shared way back when are STILL some of our most visited pages so we figured we would do it again for tomorrows championship game. If you’re a fan of either team chances are your house is already decked out with gear and signs but let’s take it a step further. Here are 4 team inspired cocktail perfect for sipping on during the game. Enjoy

The Bourbon Meyer

  • 1 Part Bourbon
  • 3 Parts Sweet Tea
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Wheel

Pour all your ingredients in chilled rocks glass and stir. Float the lemon wheel on top.

The Buckeye Blitz [Red in color]

  • 1 1/2 oz Red Stag Cherry Bourbon
  • 1 oz Grenadine
  • 3 oz Lemonade (or to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain. Garnish with a cherry.

Duck Dynasty [Beer Cocktail]

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 3 oz Widmer Hefeweizen (Oregon Craft Beer)
  • 1 oz Honey Syrup (equal parts honey and water)

Add your ingredients except beer together in a shaker, shake and strain into a chilled rocks glass or champagne glass if you’re feeling fancy. Top with your Widmer beer. Garnish with a lemon peel (optional)

Oregon Duck Punch [Green Color]

  • 4 1/2 oz. White Tequila
  • 3 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 3 oz. Sour Apple
  • 4 oz. Sweet Sour
  • 4 oz. Lemon Lime Soda
  • 1 oz. Blue Curacao
  • Garnish: 2 Limes and 1 cherry

Combine all your ingredients in a large punch bowl and stir. For smaller portions just cut down the measurements equally. 

National Hot Toddy Day is January 11th

Hot Toddy

As if you didn’t need another excuse to drink, January 11th is National Hot Toddy Day and man is there a cold front sweeping the states. I usually laugh at the Floridians here who break out the thick heavy coats for 50-60 degree weather but It’s not just Florida cold here, it’s cold cold. We hit 36 this morning and while that probably feels like beach weather to folks up north feeling the single digits, that’s cold enough for us to warrant extreme measures to keep warm. Kick back this Sunday, enjoy the NFL Playoffs, and keep warm with these 5 awesome Hot Toddy recipes:

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey Hot Toddy

  • 2 parts 2 GINGERS Irish Whiskey
  • 1 part Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 part Lemon Juice
  • 1 part Agave Nectar
  • A dash of aromatic bitters
Combine ingredients in a mug. Top off with hot water, stir, and garnish by floating a lemon wheel stabbed with dry cloves. Alternative garnish: cinnamon stick.

Knob Creek Hot Toddy 

  • 1 1/2 parts Knob Creek® Bourbon
  • Orange Slice
  • Lemon Wedge
  • 3 – 5 whole cloves
  • Hot water
  • Dollop of honey

 In a pre-warmed coffee mug, muddle cloves, orange and lemon. Add Knob Creek and top with hot water. Add honey as desired. Stir with a cinnamon stick.

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky Hot Toddy (Pictured Top of Post)

  • 1 shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey (or more if you’re feeling feisty)
  • 1/4 cup of boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice

Pour the shot of Fireball, quarter cup of boiling water, tablespoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice into a mug. Stir until the honey is melted and then top with a lemon slice or cinnamon sticks.

Crown Royal Maple Hot Toddy

  • Crown Royal® Maple Finished™ – 1.5 oz.
  • Lemon Juice – 0.25 oz.
  • Honey Syrup – 0.5 oz.
  • Hot Water – to taste
  • Dry shake all ingredients, except hot water and pour into a coffee mug. Top with hot water. Garnish with a lemon twist spiked with cloves and a cinnamon stick.

Jack Daniels Hot Tennessee Toddy

  • 1 part Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7
  • Spoonful of honey
  • Cinnamon stick
  • A good squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Boiling water

Pour Jack Daniel’s into a heavy mug. Add a spoonful of honey, cinnamon stick and lemon juice. Top with boiling water and stir.



Recipes courtesy of the brands. 



The Most Popular Spirit of 2014 was…

901 tequila

2015 is officially here and yes, it took us a full week to recover from the last night of 2014. Hopefully your NYE wasn’t nearly as exhausting, or maybe hopefully it was? Anyway with a new year I like to look back and reflect on some of the craziness that was 2014 and I can say one thing stood out more than any other.

Are you on Pinterest? We’ve been riding the Pinterest tail since it began and it’s pretty addicting. It’s hard to ignore the influence they have and they recently released a Pinterest Top 100 list that crowned a new king in the spirits world. According to Pinterest, Tequila and NOT Vodka was the most sought after spirit for cocktail recipes. That’s pretty impressive. Vodka is a colorless and odorless BEAST that’s usually pretty dominant but this gives me hope that the wicked step child of liquor will make an impressive move in 2015.

In honor of the good news we’re “remixing” one of our favorite cocktails by swapping vodka with tequila and we encourage you to do the same. In the New Year try a Mexican Mule and see if it doesn’t kick it up a notch!

Mexican Mule

  • 1 part Tequila. (We used Sauza 901 Tequila)
  • 2 parts ginger beer
  • Juice of ½ lime

Combine your Tequila and lime juice in a highball glass. Add ice. Pour ginger beer into glass. Garnish with fresh lime wedge.






9 Last Minute New Years Eve Cocktails To Try…


happiest cocktail

The year is almost officially over and there’s no better way to celebrate good or bad endings and the start of something fresh and new than with a drink. Have you made your plans yet? I can’t remember the last time I knew exactly how I was going to spend NYE on more than 2-3 days notice so if you procrastinate like me here are some last-minute cocktail suggestions from some of our favorite brands we’ve worked with in the 2014. Champagne is always an easy go to but if you’re feeling ambitious, mix up some cocktails. We’ve included the recipes below. 

Midnight Kiss

  • 1 part Skinnygirl® White Cherry Vodka
  • 1 part Skinnygirl® Prosecco
  • 4 parts cranberry juice

Combine vodka, cranberry juice and ice in a martini glass. Top with Prosecco and enjoy!

The Happiest by Jim Kearns
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 1/2 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz sour cherry syrup
  • 2 dashes Mole bitters

Stir, strain into a Fernet Branca-rinsed coupe, top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

La Rosette

  • ½ part St-Germain
  • Top with Brut RoséServe in a flute glass and garnish with a strawberry.
Super “C” Bellini by Eben Freeman
  • 2 ½ oz Prosecco
  • 1 ½ oz Yoga Peach Nectar
  • 1 oz  PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • ½ tsp Vitamin C Crystals
Measure vitamin powder into champagne flute and top with peach nectar. Stir nectar to dissolve vitamin powder. Add PAMA and top with sparkling wine.

Countdown Cocktail

  • 2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
  • Splash of dry vermouth
  • Fresh olives to garnish

Preparation: Shake with ice, pour into a martini glass and garnish with fresh olives

Pera Bisonte by Michael Neff 
  • 2 oz Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
  • ¾ oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • ½ oz Pear Purée
  • Dash of Simple Syrup
  • 1 dash Meyer Lemon Bitters
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass.  Add ice and shake.  Add a splash of soda water and strain into a champagne glass.  

St-Germain and Champagne

  • ½ part St-Germain
  • Top with Brut Champagne

Serve in a flute glass and garnish with a strawberry.

Garnet of Delight by Pamela Wiznitzer
  • ¾ oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1 ¼ oz Louis Royer “Force 53” VSOP Cognac
  • 1 ½ oz half and half
  • ½ oz demerara syrup
  • ½ oz crème de cacao blanc
  • 3 dashes Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
  • 3 dashes mole bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Shake and serve up in a wine glass. Garnish with freshly grated dark cacao shavings.
The Noble Ruby by Mike Shain
  • 1 ½ oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1 ½ oz Owney’s Rum
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 bar spoon lemon juice
  • 1 dash Absinthe
  • 1 dash Regans’ Orange Bitters
  • 2 oz Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Sparkling Wine
Add all ingredients, except sparkling wine, to a mixing glass with ice. Shake and serve up in a wine glass. Top with sparkling wine.