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The Perfect Summer Cocktail: Watermelon Cherry Limeade

If you’re looking for the perfect drink to sip this Summer, we’ve got you covered. It’s refreshing, uses natural fruit (healthy!) and is spiked with a little something extra to keep it interesting! Nothing screams Summer quite like watermelons, so we’re adapting this tart watermelon limeade recipe into a boozy concoction that will have you buzzed while you enjoy your 4th of July festivities. Give it a try this weekend and let us know what you though!


Watermelon Cherry Limeade

  • 3 cups Watermelon (sliced and seeds removed)
  • 12 oz Cheribundi 100% TART
  • 2 oz Lime Juice
  • 2 oz watermelon vodka (or plain)
  • Mint leaves (for garnish)
  • Sliced Lime (for garnish)

Using a food processor, blend all ingredients together. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve in an 8oz glass. Add a mint leaf and sliced lime for garnish.




Boozy Bourbon Cider Slushy: A Summer Favorite

If you’re looking for a way to cool off and beat the heat this Summer, consider this; a boozy bourbon cider slushy! Remember how when you were a kid, slushies were like gold on a hot summer day? No worries, carefree Summers, and a sweet treat to cool off. Fast forward to 2021 and you’re an adult now dealing with pandemics and soaring house prices and TikTok so yea, not really fun anymore is it? Thankfully nostalgia is big now, and we’re putting an adult spin on a childhood classic with this boozy bourbon cider slushy. It’s pretty refreshing and it features one of our favorite spirits, whiskey! This recipe comes from Coopers Craft, a brand of bourbon we had the chance the try this weekend and we think you’ll love it.
Coopers Cider Slushy
• 4 parts Apple Cider
• 1 part Coopers’ Craft
• 1 part Ginger Beer
• 3/4 parts Iced Tea
• 1/4 parts Lemon Juice
• 1/8 parts Allspice Liqueur
Freeze cider, cut into cubes and place in a blender with other ingredients.

Summer Giveaway

Wow, is it really the middle of August? I feel like I fell asleep in June and just woke up to all these back to school ads everywhere. If you haven’t noticed, things have been a little bit slow around here the past couple of months, and I’m fine with that. 2015 has been all about less stress, less work, and more fun for me and my family. We’ve been doing lots of traveling, several trips to the beach, hanging around the pool and just trying to live a little. This was our first year we DIDNT go to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, and yes I was a little sad, but it’s ok because we did a lot this Summer.

With back to school, and Fall right around the corner we though this would be the perfect time to get back on track here on the blog and focusing on our readers, and what better way to do that than hosting an awesome END OF #SUMMER #GIVEAWAY! To date, one of our most popular liquor reviews is the one we did on Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey back in December/January, and I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the awesome Tennessee Honey basket giveaway we launched in conjunction with the review so we reached out to the folks at Jack Daniels to team up again and we’ve got an awesome set of prizes for you.

Just in time for your Labor Day #endofsummer bash, we’ve got a bunch of awesome Summer essentials, including a Jack Daniels branded drawstring backpack that’s perfect for quick and easy travel storage, a pair of “too cool for school” Summer shades sure to keep the sun out on a scorching day, a mini bluetooth speaker that is a MUST HAVE when out at the beach on Labor Day, and what Summer vacay is complete without a SELFIE STICK to make the memories last.

To enter all you have to do is enter your information and it’s that easy. And if you like to strengthen your odds, you can earn bonus entries by signing up for our newsletter or visiting our social network accounts. There are tons of ways you can enter, just remember you MUST be 21+ to enter. GOOD LUCK!

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Disclaimer: Prizes for our #endofsummer contest were provided courtesy of our sponsor, Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. Also, If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our reviews of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey and Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire from earlier this year.

highballsI don’t watch Mad Men (i’m sorry if I’ve offended you), but it’s been about as impactful to the retro cocktail as Sex in the City was to the Martini and Cosmopolitan. Suddenly drinks like the Old Fashioned have become common at the bar, and even bars themselves have started to revamp menus to give off more of that speakeasy feel.

One of my favorite types of Summer drinks thats benefited from this trend is the Highball. A Highball is usually in reference to a drink that has a base spirit, and a large portion of a non alcoholic mixer. It originates from back in the 1800’s, but since then we’ve had a huge advancement in the types of spirits & mixers we use today.

That’s why Mixologist Lucinda Sterling of New York’s Middle Branch worked to create several “improved” highball cocktails using Hangar 1 Vodka and Tincup Whiskey, both American made spirits. Each drink is a tip of the hat to the classics, with a modern twist. But don’t worry, the recipes themselves are still simple enough for you to make at home, or by the pool. We’re in the thick of Summer, so any of these would be a perfect way to cool off. Check them out and let us know what you think.

Photos Courtesy of Max Zagor

Hangar 1 Vodka Highball Cocktails

Lime in the Coconut - Hangar 1 Vodka - Lucinda SterlingLime in the Coconut
  • 2 oz Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water
  • Stewart’s Key Lime Soda
In a highball glass filled with ice, mix vodka and coconut water.  Top with key lime soda.
The Blushing Shirley - Hangar 1 Vodka - Lucinda SterlingThe Blushing Shirley
  • 2 oz Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
  • 1 oz American Fruits Sour Cherry Cordial
  • 7UP
In a highball glass filled with ice, mix vodka and cherry cordial.  Top with 7UP.
California Mule - Hangar 1 Vodka - Lucinda SterlingCalifornia Mule
  • 2 oz Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
  • ½ oz Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6
  • Barritt’s Ginger Beer
In a highball glass filled with ice, mix vodka and bitters.  Top with ginger beer.
TINCUP Whiskey Highball Cocktails
Pomegranate Peak - TINCUP Whiskey - Lucinda SterlingPomegranate Peak
  • 2 oz TINCUP Whiskey
  • ¾ oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • Boylan’s Birch Beer
In a highball glass filled with ice, mix whiskey and PAMA.  Top with birch beer.
Rocky Mountain Hive - TINCUP Whiskey - Lucinda SterlingRocky Mountain Hive
  • 2 oz TINCUP Whiskey
  • ¾ oz honey syrup (3:1 honey:water)
  • Q Sparkling Lemon Soda
In a highball glass filled with ice, mix whiskey and honey syrup.  Top with lemon soda.
Almond Joyful - TINCUP Whiskey - Lucinda SterlingAlmond Joyful 
  • 2 oz TINCUP Whiskey
  • ½ oz orgeat
  • Club soda
In a highball glass filled with ice, mix whiskey and orgeat.  Top with club soda


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