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Titillating Summer Cocktails You’ll Want to Put Your Face In

Summertime, and the drinkin’ is easy! Beaches are jumpin’ and hemlines are high. When the sun heats up, it’s time to check out the latest refreshing summer cocktails, packed with titillating ingredients and our favorite liquors. We’ve collected a little something for everyone. The best summer cocktails will lift your spirits, and energize you day. These summer cocktail recipes include classics like vodka and rum, and also some liquors that are making a comeback, like moonshine and absinthe. Shake up a few of our radiant summer cocktails, and dive into the best poolside drinks your friends will want to enjoy all season.

Rum & Coconut Water CocktailRum and Coconut Water Cocktails

Without question, rum tops the lists of favorite summertime liquors. It’s the main ingredient in the Hurricane, piña coladas, and the entire list of fruity daquiris. Sometimes, though, all that sugar can become too much when you’re outside in the sun all day. We are big fans of the Rum & Coconut Water cocktail. It’s simple (only two ingredients) and brings classic island flavor without the need for a smoothie machine. The original recipe calls for golden rum, which is a great choice, but there are dozens of flavor options available for your rum cocktails. Pineapple rum was excellent, with orange coming in a close second. The other great thing about coconut water cocktails is they provide a natural source of electrolytes, and keep you hydrated throughout the day.

moonshine-cocktailsSwizzle Me Timbers

Moonshine ain’t just for Pappy anymore. White whiskey, colloquially known as moonshine, is popping up everywhere, from trendy restaurants to four star dessert menus. On New Year’s Eve, I tried some moonshine-soaked cherries that are commercially available, and even added a couple to my champagne glass. Historically, “moonshine” referred to illegally produced spirits, but that’s no longer the case.

One of the most common forms of moonshine available in the US is corn whiskey, which offer up a strong bite but crisp flavor, much brighter than its darker cousins bourbon and rye. One of the easiest moonshine cocktails to try is the Swizzle Me Timbers, created by Denver bartender Kevin Burke. This moonshine cocktail recipe calls for Tuthilltown’s Hudson New York Corn Whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and St. Germain, garnished with mint and cucumber. This summer cocktail is about as fresh as you can get.

First Avenue Cocktailsherry-cocktails

I’ve had sherry a few times, usually at an afternoon receptions, or a cocktail party when the host runs out of vodka & whiskey, and we turn to whatever is left. However, sherry is showing up on bar menus more and more all the time, and with good reason. It’s usually sweet, and relatively mild in flavor. Sherry can be sipped on its own, or mixed into drinks for added flavor and texture.

The First Avenue cocktail is a great choice for summer, especially if you’ve never tried sherry cocktails before. Made with sweet sherry, Cointreau, Campari,, and club soda, you’ll find familiar flavors that balance perfectly with something new. With only four ingredients, this refreshing drink recipe can be mixed up very quickly, with a few splashes into a rocks glass.

Mezcal Cucumber Gatorita

Mezcal CocktailsThe first time I tried mezcal, I was caught off guard. The waiter described it as a sweet and smoky sister to tequila, but when I tasted my drink, I could have sworn it was tequila herself! They two liquors are very similar, with the primary difference being mezcal is made from the maguey plant, but still produced in Central America. Maguey is a form of agave, so the waiter was right in that mezcal and tequila are technically sisters. My new favorite cocktail is the Haterade from Pump Bar OKC, with incorporates Gatorade as a mixer. For my Mezcal Cucumber Gatorita, I combined Sombra white mezcal with Limon Pepino Gatorade, a flavor that incorporates cucumber and lime. Squeeze in a little fresh lime juice as well, and shake before pouring over a ice. This poolside cocktail combines smoky, sweet, and sour into summer perfection.

Grecian Mule CocktailGrecian Mule Cocktail

Here’s another original recipe we came up with that celebrates summers by the Mediterranean sea. The Grecian Mule is a take on the classic Moscow Mule, but adding anise-flavored Ouzo into the mix. We didn’t skip the vodka completely, because too much ginger and licorice flavor floating around together gets mighty strong. To make these Ouzo cocktails, go with four parts ginger beer, one part vodka, and one part Ouzo, poured over ice in a copper mug, of course. Instead of lime juice, garnish with fresh figs, or a splash of blackberry liqueur. Before you know it, you’ll be transported to white beaches and crystal blue waters.

Crysanthemum Absinthe CocktailAbsinthe Cocktails

One of the most historically controversial liquors, at least in the US, absinthe is now a naughty favorite, popular with people who like to take risks and try new adventures. The truth is that the absinthe cocktails served in America today don’t have any psychedelic qualities, other than getting you good-old-fashioned-drunk. The best summer absinthe cocktail we found was the Crysanthemum, made with Benedictine liqueur, dry vermouth, and garnished with orange peel.

You might have a little trouble getting your hands on all the ingredients, but if you are up for the challenge, you’ll be rewarded handsomely. The Crysanthemum cocktail is one of those that make you feel exotic, and to use a term that’s anything but, “fancy.” Save this one for those summertime cocktail parties that happen indoors.

 

vodka cocktailsPears Martini

Years ago, I was having a drink at the Duplex in New York City, and ordered an Absolut Pears Mojito from the menu, and I’ve been in love with this vodka ever since. I’ve gone into at least a dozen bars and restaurants, trying to find someone who can recreate the original deliciousness. Since then, I’ve discovered the Absolut Pears Martini, made with Absolut Pears, simple syrup, lemon juice, and pear puree.

The pear puree does require a little bit of prep, but you can also find thick pear juice at some specialty grocers, and it works perfectly well. The bright sweetness of the pear combined with the vivid punch of lemon juice is beyond compare, and brings an under-represented summer fruit to the cocktail bar.

Chelsea Rose Gin CocktailHendrick's Gin Cocktails

Gin lovers know that not all gins are created equal. Known for their piney, juniper berry infused flavor, gins get a reputation for tasting like a Christmas tree. And some do. However, the best gins combine the signature evergreen flavor with proprietary botanicals that make their batches fragrant and unmistakable. Hendrick’s Gin is made in Scotland, and is known for unusual flavors, such as rose, packed into its small, 500 liter batches. The Chelsea Rose calls for Hendrick’s Gin, cloudy apple juice, raspberries, and fresh lemon. Extra good if your market carries in-house fresh apple juice, with will bring invigoratingly sweet flavor to these delicious gin cocktails. Try serving this delightful mixed drink in a whiskey tumbler to give it an old fashioned feel.

Bourbon CocktailsBourbon Swizzle

For the past couple of decades, it was considered gauche to drink whiskey anyway other than neat or straight, but come on, whiskey should be just as social as other spirits. Cocktails made with bourbon are known for being dark, heavy, and usually brown, but with the right mixers and garnish, you can highlight the sweetness and bring bourbon out into the daylight. That’s where the Bourbon Swizzle comes in. Bringing together summer favorites like mint sprigs and lemon juice, these bourbon cocktails will light up any poolside drink service. Bulleit bourbon is made with rye, corn, and barley, so it comes across as lighter than from other Kentucky distilleries.

You might also try serving this bourbon cocktail in a mint julep glass, getting use out of those things throughout the year, rather than just during The Derby. A few dashes of bitters and a great visual presentation turn the Bourbon Swizzle into a new summer favorite.

Summer HoedownSummer Beer Cocktails

When I found this watermelon cocktail recipe, I almost fell out of my chair. I love watermelon juice, but I’d never thought to mix it into a beer cocktail. Found regionally at the Brew Exchange in Austin, Texas, the Summer Hoedown cocktail is made with fresh watermelon juice, maraschino liqueur, and white beer. It’s a little tricky to get the proportions exactly right, because the flavor of every watermelon is different.

Ever since trying this beer cocktail, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for a watermelon hard cider, so I can make a down-South version of the Snakebite. Until that day arrives, I’ll continue to surprise my friends with watermelon juice and beer, served along side a spread of barbecue and potato salad. If you’re fresh out of mason jars, you’ve got to serve these beer cocktails in pint glasses, with the added bonus of making your craft beer snob friends feel more comfortable.

Champagne CocktailsFizzy Lifting Drink

Bubbles are an icon of summer fun: blowing bubbles outside on summer break, chewing bubble gum in the park, and when you grow up, bubbling champagne. This champagne cocktail, with the Wonka-inspired name of Fizzy Lifting Drink, is a mix of crème de cassis, ginger liqueur, brut Champagne, and garnished with a lemon peel. In place of the ginger liqueur, you can also try berry flavored concoctions, such as Bols, or 99 Blackberries. These champagne cocktails make a great punch,too, because you can blend the other ingredients together before hand, and add them to the bubbly as needed. I served these at brunch a few weeks ago, and they are a great alternative to mimosas. They contain more alcohol, though, so don’t get so drunk you float up to the ceiling, or you might not get the chocolate factory.

Campari Fresh

Campari CocktailsAn elusive bottle on the liquor shelf is Campari, the 150 year old spirit that’s made with dozens of natural flavors in a proprietary blend. We may not know what goes into it, but it’s absolutely tasty, and experiencing a growth in popularity. Because the liquor itself has so many flavors, you don’t need a lot to make Campari cocktails explode with summer richness. The Campari Fresh is made with pineapple juice, Campari, lemon juice, and that’s it. The proportions are, well, negotiable, or as some would say “to taste.” To turn this cocktail into a summer party punch, mix it with club soda or chilled herbal tea. Your guests will love the flavor, and you’ll get to join the party, rather than stand behind the bar all day. Win-win.

Easy Cocktail Recipe: Mezcal Cucumber Gatorita

During the summer, I like to spend lots of time outside. Whether it’s going to a music festival, lounging by the pool, or walking around the farmers’ market, sombra_bottlessometimes I have to make myself go inside. All that time in the sun can leave you dehydrated, but also thirsty for cocktails. What a conundrum! The solution is the Mezcal Cucumber Gatorita.

Margaritas are a symbol of summertime fun, with bright citrus flavors and tangy tequila. Mezcal is a spirit with a close relationship to tequila, and a similar flavor palette. It’s made from the maguey plant, which is similar to the agave plant used in tequila production. It’s known for having a smoky flavor, with a different kind of sweetness that traditional tequila. For this cocktail recipe, I decided to combine mezcal with Gatorade, to create an easy mixed drink recipe that celebrates the flavors of a margarita, and helps you stay hydrated in the sun, as well.

Mezcal Cucumber Gatorita

  • 1 1/2 oz mezcal
  • 4 oz Limon Pepino Gatorade
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt for rim (optional)

In a cocktail shaker, mix mezcal, Gatorade, and freshly squeezed lime juice. If you can’t find the Limon Pepino flavor, lemon lime works just fine. Although I recommend the former, because the cucumber lime flavors blend beautifully with the bite of the mezcal. If you like, salt the rim of your glass, add ice, then pour in the shaker contents.

If you like sparkling drinks, leave room to add a little club soda for a lighter taste. To make the Gatorita into a party punch, simply multiply the proportions, adding a little extra booze to account for melting ice in the punch bowl.

Mezcal Cocktail

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Custom Beer Tap Handle

Custom Beer Tap Handle

Personalized Beer Mug

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Wooden Personalized Sign

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Funny Anniversary Quotes for Couples Who Drink Together

The secret to a happy marriage is really no secret: laughter. The couple who laughs together, stays together. This is true every day, every year, and anniversaries are no exception. The longer a couple lives together as one, the more they understand one another, and can appreciate a mutual sense of humor. Anniversaries are a time to reflect on the joys of a relationship, and even though it’s an occasion for reverence and romance, it’s the perfect opportunity to make your husband or wife laugh, too. Whether it’s a toast over dinner, or a post to their social steam, here’s our favorite funny anniversary quotes to make the occasion memorable.

First, a Little Poetry

I mean, I love Milton as much as the next guy, but sometimes poetry needs to make us laugh. Here’s a few funny anniversary poems, worthy of a mid-day email or a chuckle over dessert.

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Vodka is Cheaper
Than Dinner for Two

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A day of loving
A week of quarrel
A month of war
A year of marriage
Happy Anniversary!

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A man on his third anniversary
Bought a rose from a hip local nursery
Though the stem was all thorny
His wife thought it most corny
Saying all but fine jewelry is cursory.

Marriage Is…

Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other always needs more whiskey.

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Scottish Wisdom

Prolific writer and famed Scottish Nationalist, Compton Mackenzie, was most well known for his essays and fiction. He also had some advice on romance that’s one of the best anniversary quotes we’ve seen:

“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.”

When a Couple Really Works

You know the marriage is working when both are ready for another martini at the same time.

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Traditional Irish Toast

Here’s to the wine we love to drink, and the food we like to eat.
Here’s to our wives and sweethearts, let’s pray they never meet.
Here’s champagne for our real friends And real pain for our sham friends.
And when this life is over, may all of us find peace.

Honesty, Understanding, and…

A good marriage is one that allows for honesty, understanding, and an extra fridge just for beer.

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Anniversary Gifts for Drunk Husbands

We all know the traditional gifts associated with wedding anniversaries, but after 25 years of marriage, some guys really aren’t interested in silver jewelry. Here’s a guide for them.

  • 1st – Paper
  • 5th – Wood
  • 10th – Tin
  • 15th – Blended Whiskey
  • 20th – Bourbon
  • 25th – Single Malt Scotch

Funny Anniversary Quotes for Husband

Okay guys, not all quotes are created equal. Here’s our favorite funny wedding anniversary quotes for husbands, packed with whiskey, shots, and humor only a loving couple could enjoy.

The few things I really like are beer, scotch, bourbon, and my wife.

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  • Marriage is like a friendly bartender: you think that the other is flirting but all they really want is some cash.
  • Marriage is like an expensive bottle of whiskey: it gets better with age, but some people just prefer vodka.
  • Marriage is like having cocktails at Applebees: It’s not exactly cheap, but you never have to drink alone.
  • Thank you for standing by me all these years, and holding me up after the 4th round of shots.
  • Our wedding was many years ago. The hangover continues through today.

Funny Anniversary Quotes for Wife

Now, it’s the ladies’ turn. Guys seem to have no problem making jokes about their wives (ex: every one-liner about bad driving ever), so the husbands deserve a few jabs in return. We thought these funny anniversary sayings would be the perfect ammunition.

The few things I really like are vodka, vodka, vodka, and my husband.

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  • I’m so grateful that all those years ago I found that one amazing person I want to mix my martinis for the rest of my life.
  • I never knew what real happiness was until I got married; then I always had someone to pour my wine.
  • Anniversaries are an occasion to express your love, have an incredible dinner, and then ask for a huge favor after your husband is feeling buzzed.
  • If love is patient, why do we always have shots on our anniversary?

If your wife or husband truly has a great sense of humor, and loves to laugh more than anything in the world, here are a few of our best funny anniversary gifts, ready to bring a smile to their face.

Ceramic Tiki Mugs

Ceramic Tiki Mugs

Tipsy Wine Glasses

Tipsy Wine Glasses

Extremely Large Drink Shaker

Extremely Large Drink Shaker

14 Mind-Blowing Facts from Mother’s Day History

The Information Age has taught us that few chapters from history come without complications, and Mother’s Day is no exception. Today, the biggest drama seems to be the irresponsible son, who wakes up in cold sweats on a spring Sunday morning, and asks, “Wait! What date is Mother’s Day?” While this crisis is easily averted by always remembering the second Sunday in May, when we look back at the history of Mother’s Day, we find a mind-blowing series of events, and a few crazy coincidences. From controversial beginnings to modern mega-holiday, let’s look at some remarkable pieces of Mother’s Day trivia and facts.

History of Mother’s Day

One of the women considered to be a founder of Mother’s Day also wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” In 1870, Julia Ward Howe gave her famous Mother’s Day Proclamation, which begged the entire country to put an end to excessive violence. She hoped to convene a women’s congress for peace in response to the Civil and Franco-Prussian Wars. Celebrity mom Dionne Warwick, would eventually have a similar proclamation, “What The World Needs Now Is Love.”

History of Mother's Day

Anna Marie Jarvis

A generation or so later, in 1905, Anna Marie Jarvis began her fight to have Mother’s Day recognized as a national holiday. Jarvis was the founder of Mothers’ Day Work Clubs, which sought improvements to health and sanitation standards in several major cities. As Jarvis’ campaign for official recognition plowed on, it was met with harsh criticism. Senator Henry Moore Teller described the idea of Mother’s Day as “absolutely absurd” and “trifling.” After a fight from several politicians, Woodrow Wilson signed it onto the official US calendar in 1914. Time to party, right?

It wasn’t always easy sailing for the official Mother’s Day, though. In the 1920s, a man named Robert Spero introduced the idea of Parents’ Day, which would be celebrated on the second Sunday in May, and replace both Mother’s and Father’s Day. When asked what gave him the idea for the new holiday, he said it came from being saddened by seeing all of the fathers who looked like they felt left out during Mother’s Day festivities. He had some success for a few years, especially in New York. After gaining momentum through the end of the 1930s, advocates of Parents’ Day disappeared, and everyone went back to giving moms and dads their own special days. The rest is Mother’s Day history.

Mother’s Day Trivia

On occasion, major (or minor) historical events will coincide with Mother’s Day. Although they may or may not have anything to do with actual moms, it’s fun to remember that everything’s not carnations and chocolates all day long. Here’s a few bits of Mother’s Day trivia you can take to brunch with you, and impress your entire family.

1969

Monty Python

The Pythons

Even though Monty Python’s Flying Circus did not air until October 5, 1969, great ideas have to start somewhere. The guys who made up the comedy troupe, including Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and Terry Gilliam, had worked together on a number of comedy shows before Flying Circus, but the date they are said to have come together to officially form the Pythons was on Mother’s Day, May 11, 1969.

1989

The Keaton Family

The Keaton Family

Mother’s Day celebrations must have been bittersweet in 1989. One of the most beloved sitcoms of its time, Family Ties, finished a 7 season run on May 14, 1989. Though the show primarily explored the politics of the 70s and 80s, it’s that loveable Keaton family that made the show a hit, including that awesome ex-hippie mother, played by Meredith Baxter. On a side note, another famous TV mother, Judith Light from Who’s The Boss, made a guest appearance during season two!

1988

Mike Tyson & his adoptive Mom

Mike Tyson & his adoptive Mom

On May 8, 1988, Mother’s Day, Mike Tyson crashed his $180K Bentley into a parked car in New York City. Hopefully, Tyson’s mother, Camille Ewald, grounded him for hot-rodding, reckless driving, and being late to dinner. “You’re going to bed without supper, Michael Gerard!”

2010

Lena Horne

Lena Horne and Family

Beloved American singer and actress, Lena Horne, died on May 9, 2010, which was Mother’s Day. Horne was mother to two children, Gail and Edwin. Her granddaughter, Jenny Lumet, wrote the screenplay for Rachel Getting Married.

1971

Jean Stapleton with her TV family

Jean Stapleton with her TV family

In a triumph for Mother’s Day history, at the 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on May 9, 1971, Jean Stapleton won best actress in a comedy series for All in the Family, beating stars Mary Tyler Moore and Marlo Thomas. TV Moms: 1; Single Ladies: 0.

Mother’s Day Facts

50 countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day each year. Just like the United States and our northern sibling, Canada, the countries of Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium all celebrate Mother’s day on the second Sunday in May.  from SGN Magazine

Every year in America, 4.1 million new mothers give birth. That’s a lot of new honorees each year, so there’s no sign of slowing celebrations.Mother's Day Facts

Traditionally, India celebrates Mother’s Day for 10 days each year during the month of October. No evidence that flowers must be delivered every day, but I know my mom would expect 10 gifts. And she deserves it!

Mother’s Day is the third largest holiday in the US for sending cards. It’s estimated that more than 50 percent of American households send greeting cards to deserving moms, step-moms, and grandmothers. This does not include eCards or Facebook shout-outs.  from SGN Magazine

In France and Germany, matriarchs of large families can receive state-sponsored awards based on how many children they claim. It’s like the child-bearing Olympics, but without bobsleds or pole vaulting. There might be pole vaulting; I’ve never been to Germany.

In the UK and Ireland, “Mothering Sunday” is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Historically, it was a day when master tradesmen gave their apprentices the day off, so they could return home and be with their families. Now they just watch re-runs of Celebrity Apprentice and talk about eating chocolate again after Easter.  from New Orleans Magazine, May 2012

Now that you’ve learned everything you need to know about the history of Mother’s Day, it’s time to return to present day, and do what every self-respecting offspring should do: go shopping. Here’s a few cool Mother’s Day gifts that are sure to make her smile on the holiday, and everyday.

Giant Wine Glass

Giant Wine Glass

Marble Wine Chiller

Marble Wine Chiller

Engraved Bloody Mary Glass

Engraved Bloody Mary Glass

World’s 10 Worst Groomsmen & the Wedding Disasters They Created

The world could be categorized into two types of people: those who dread wedding disasters, and those who live for them. I’ve never been one to shy away from relishing an awkward moment, so definitely place me in the latter group. Wedding horror stories are fairly common. When you bring together disparate family members, friends who don’t speak anymore, and a bunch of children, then cram them into an old building with an open bar and $10K worth of catered food, something crazy is bound to happen. Groomsmen can usually get away pretty clean, dressed in their black tuxes and fading into the shadows of the reception as the night moves on, but from time to time, there’s a groomsman who causes trouble. Whether he breaks someone’s toe using his SYTYCD moves during the funny groomsmen dance, or insults everyone in the room with his wedding jokes, a rogue groomsman is something that must be approached with caution. So until your next wedding, here’s the world’s 10 worst groomsmen, and the wedding disasters incited by their shenanigans.

Weddings Can’t Be THAT Boring

 

Sometimes trouble comes in small packages. Though this groomsman could possibly be a kid, he could also just be the groom’s shortest college buddy, so we’re not giving him any excuses. While standing up before the assembly, this guy gets so tired he falls asleep. Props to him, though, for his mad light-as-a-feather, stiff-as-a-board skills.

Next Time, Hire Security for the Gift TableWedding Gifts

Just because you’ve said, “I do,” that doesn’t mean you are free from wedding day disasters. A groomsman at a wedding in Dayton, OH tried to get away with almost $7,000 in cash, checks, and gift cards during the reception. After tricking the staff at the reception hall by politely asking if he could change clothes in a back room, they discovered that 55 unopened wedding card envelopes had been swiped. The money was recovered later that evening when they found a garment bag that the groomsman had stashed in the bushes outside. Moral of the story: if there’s a groomsman in the bushes, he’s up to no good.

Jump On It! (But Please Not the Cake)

When this bride took her place at the head of the room, she wasn’t planning to have a front row seat to one of the most classic wedding cake disasters on record. As if these dudes weren’t bad enough for picking “Apache” from the Sugarhill Gang as their funny groomsmen dance, their wild moves and lack of awareness for their surroundings caused everyone at the reception to miss out on cake. Hopefully, the crowd rioted.

What Do You Do with a Drunken Groomsman?

Wedding Moonshine
Having a few drinks before the ceremony may be ill-advised, but isn’t uncommon. On his blog, Rev. Glynn Ferguson writes about his adventures from the “wedding front lines!” In one of his stories, he recalls a group of groomsmen who, along with the groom, got drunk as skunks on moonshine right before the ceremony. Incidents include a groomsman greeting him at the hotel room door with no pants, and an unseemly outburst during a moment of silence at the wedding. According to the Rev, ‘All inhibitions aside the groomsman blurted out “Isn’t that the most #$%!n beautiful couple you have ever seen,’ at the top of his lungs. The bride teared up, the groom turned blood red, and I stood there trying not to let my jaw drop open. He then proceeded to tell everyone present how “hot” the bride and groom were and what the sight of them was doing to part of his male anatomy.” Why couldn’t I have been there?

Being a Groomsman is Child’s Play

This is one of those wedding horror stories that you can actually share with your kids. I’m not sure how this guy got himself stuck in a swing, but let’s hope that he wasn’t trying to get a date with any of the bridesmaids. His friends are honestly trying to help him get un-stuck from this children’s park swing, but he should probably spend some time at the chin up bar before he returns to the playground.

They Just Don’t Make Linen Pants Like They Used To

Funny Groomsman
Picture the perfect destination beach wedding. White sands, blue sky, purple hilltops in the distance. The ceremony went off without a hitch. The wedding party changes into their coordinating mint green outfits, and you head to the water’s edge for one more photo shoot. A bridesmaid and groomsman, we’ll call them Jenny and Johnny, set up for their formal shot, and it’s beautiful. Not one single wedding disaster for miles around. Okay, now time for the “crazy” pose. Johnny tries to replicate the a Russian jump from his high school production of Fiddler on the Roof, and “whack!” He kicks Jenny in the eye. He takes a moment to console Jenny and apologize, until he realizes his pants have been ripped right in the crotch. Johnny walks over to a wet rock, and sits down, embarrassed and alone, until a turtle comes over and bites his ankle.

When Flash Mobs Go Bad

Dancing Bridesmaids

Weddings are known for requiring a lot of preparation: music rehearsals, menu planning, visits to the gym, and of course, flash mob practice. Kate, a bridesmaid at her friend’s wedding, was excited when towards the end of the reception, the song came on. The song for which she and the girls of the wedding party had worked up some sick dance moves. It seemed weird that no one was clapping, until Kate noticed that a “…groomsman had come up behind one of the girls at the back and started grinding up against her and she turned around and slogged him. I don’t know what happened next but the bride had [him] pinned up up against a wall… I was more concerned with my friend but the next thing I know he was being escorted out of the wedding by his very pregnant wife.”

That Wedding was a Splash

If you’re like me, you roll your eyes any time someone says, “Oh my gosh. My life should totally be a reality show.” The lives of people on actual reality shows aren’t even real, so get over yourself. However, if this bride made that claim, I’d be on board. The video is a bit quiet at first, so I recommend jamming to Enya’s “Orinoco Flow” while you watch. You’ll also notice that this wedding disaster video has it’s own website.

What is it with Groomsmen and No Pants?

Funny Groomsmen Photo
A Washington state bride didn’t know what she was in for when she requested only “serious” wedding pictures from her groom and his groomsmen. She should have realized they would take it as a challenge. Although I can’t figure out the inspiration behind this photo, it certainly doesn’t get more serious than ironing creases into pleated slacks. These guys should also go in the funny groomsmen photos hall of fame.

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Smashed Car Window
Some brides just can’t catch a break from wedding disasters. The day probably started off well, with a wedding on board a riverboat in the peaceful Pennsylvania sun. But then, the groom decided to start hitting on one of the waitresses, and it all went Titanic from there. Well, the relationship, at least. The waitress called her boyfriend, who was ready for a brawl when the boat got back to shore. Her boyfriend and the groom did get into a fight, swapped a few punches, then a trouble-making groomsman decided to get involved. “I’m not clear if he was trying to break it up, or if he was trying to participate in the fight, but whatever happened, his hand went through a window of a parked car, which caused blood to go all over the place,” said a public safety spokeswoman. Oh, and the groom’s brother also punched a police officer. I guess this bad groomsman was in good company.

So there you have it. The 10 of the worst imaginable groomsmen. Even though I love a good story to tell at the bar, I agree that there are certain wedding disasters to avoid. If you have an upcoming wedding, and want to protect yourself from guys like these, here’s a few tips from keeping wild groomsmen under control.  Do you have the best, most well behaved groomsman to ever walk down the aisle? Here’s a few of our best groomsman gifts for your wedding party.

Engraved Leather Flask

Engraved Leather Flask

Split Level Shot Glasses

Split Level Shot Glasses

Custom Beer Koozie

Custom Beer Koozie

The 11 Best New Books to Read While Drinking

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book. Except curling up with a good book while simultaneously getting drunk. You can sit back in your most comfortable chair, sip on your favorite alcohol, and let the book and the booze carry you off onto a journey to a far away place. Here are the 11 best new books to read while drinking. Only a few of these recommended books are actually about drinking alcohol, but all of them can be perfectly paired with a good strong drink and a few relaxing hours of reading enjoyment.

A Bad Character

By Deepti KapoorNew Book A Bad Character

A stand out in new fiction books, this self-described love story, A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor, is a dark novel about a young girl’s gritty experiences in the shadows of New Delhi. After having her life turned on its head by a series of unfortunate events, she embarks on a destructive journey and love affair. As you can imagine, there’s plenty of sex and intoxication to go around, but best parts of this book are the poetic descriptions of the seedy corners of the city that leave the reader feeling restless, excited, and just a little bit dirty. When the main character, Idha, sits drinking in a smoky New Delhi bar, you’ll want to slide up onto the stool next to her. With vivid descriptions of the underbelly of an exotic city, sipping a strong cocktail and transporting yourself to those same dark places is inevitable. Suggested drink pairing: dirty martini.

The Triumph of Seeds

New Book Triumph of SeedsBy Thor Hanson

At first glance, a book titled, The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History, might not seem that exciting, but Thor Hanson has taken the history and science of these little marvels and drawn out a fascinating account of seed culture. We should not forget the importance of seeds in the liquor cabinet, as well. From rye whiskey, to wheat vodka, to barley beer, it would be a lot harder to get drunk without our friends in the grain world. In the introduction, Hanson makes the suggestion, “So whether you prefer coffee and chocolate-chip cookies or mixed nuts, popcorn, pretzels, and a glass of beer, I invite you to sit down with your favorite seed-derived snacks, and let the journey begin.” I’ll drink to that!

Shadows in the Vineyard

By Maximillian PotterShadows in the Vineyard

Wine lovers, beware; not all books about wine involve romance in the Napa valley. This true crime story is so shocking at times, you might forget to breathe. So don’t forget to breathe! Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine is the almost unbelievable account of Aubert de Villaine, the proprietor of a vineyard that is known for creating the most expensive wines in the world. in 2010, he received an anonymous threat to poison his grapevines unless he paid a huge ransom. He initially dismissed it as a joke, but oh, no, it was no joke. A fascinating examination of this “botanical crime,” the book also offers a wonderful look into the steep tradition of French wine culture. A trove of great snooty wine-related one-liners, as well, you’ll be sure to annoy your friends by quoting gems like, “A book you can read it again. Wine you can only drink once.” Perfectly paired with a full bodied red wine.

Martini Wonderland

Book Recommendation Martini WonderlandBy Seth Schechter

Occasionally, the best new books come from unexpected places. A memoir written by Seth Schechter, Martini Wonderland: My Strange Adventures Inside the Grey Goose Goldmine, recounts the Gatsby-esque adventures of Sidney Frank, creator of Grey Goose Vodka. Schechter gives us a swirling look into his life as one of Frank’s party companions, taking us on adventures that crisscross the US from California wine country to a hotel room in New Rochelle. Even though the stories of martinis for breakfast can serve as a cautionary tale about living a life of excess, they still make day drinking look incredibly fun. The chapters are cleverly named after famous cocktails, so I recommend stocking your home bar, and shaking up the namesake drink associated with each section. Call me when you get to “Slippery Nipple.”

Plus One

By Christopher NoxonPlus One New Book

Hollywood-behind-the-scenes novels are nothing new, but Plus One by Christopher Noxon offers some incredibly funny, and highly specific insights. It’s the story of Alex Sherman-Zicklin, a mid level marketing exec with a famous wife who works in the entertainment industry. When she reaches new heights in her career, Alex becomes connected with a group of Plus Ones, men who have wives with levels of income and notoriety far greater than theirs. Noxon efficiently packs vivid descriptions and hilarity into every sentence, for example: “I’m out of my gourd on cough syrup and malt liquor the night I catch the Germs at the Starwood.” The story is highly entertaining, and presumably autobiographical, since Noxon is married to Weeds and Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan. It’s also a fun look at the inter-workings of marriage, and new definitions of matrimonial roles. Ideal drink pairing: fruit punch wine coolers.

Mermaids in Paradise

Mermaids in Paradise Best New BookBy Lydia Millet

Sure to be one of this year’s most popular books, Mermaids in Paradise brings us the newlywed characters of Deb and Chip, enjoying their honeymoon at a Caribbean resort when a marine biologist announces she’s discovered mermaids in a nearby coral reef. Wackiness ensues as greedy corporate mongers try to capitalize on these mythical creatures, and turn the delicate reef into a theme park. The married couple must join forces with a colorful group of characters to save the mermaids in a truly unique comic novel by Lydia Millet. This new book is filled with plenty of satire, and you’ll love, or at least love to hate many of the colorful characters. The sun-soaked settings make this the perfect choice among our best new books to pair with a daiquiri, or frozen margarita. Extra points if you read it on a boat.

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg

Ramones Book NewBy Marky Ramone

With Ramones t-shirts now being sold at Target, and countless commercials licensing their biggest hits, it’s easy to forget that they are one of the most influential bands in rock history. Marc Bell, a/k/a Marky Ramone, has released the “final word on the genius and mischief of the Ramones,” and the story will leave you reeling. In a chapter titled, “Hell’s Kitchen,” we read about life in a SoHo loft. “The apartment was party central. On any given night, members of the Dolls, the Ramones, and Blondie would stop by.” Um, where’s my invite? The facts of rock autobiographies can be shaky, at best, but details on life at places like CGBG in New York, and the Music Machine in London, make you want to party like a rock star, at least while you read. The book takes us through not only his stint with the Ramones, but the rest of his life and musical career including his friendship with Phil Spector, which is obviously fascinating on its own.  Best drinking buddy: Blitzkrieg Cocktail, of course.

Whisk(E)y Distilled

Books About WhiskeyBy Heather Greene

If you are looking for books about whiskey that contain everything you need to know about the good stuff, Whiskey Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life is a must read. Heather Greene knows her whiskey, and knows it well. Facts about the history and tasting of whiskey are intertwined with insights from her personal journey. The book is also filled with diagrams, charts, and illustrations that distill (see what I did there?) the minutiae of whiskey in to easily palatable shots (did it again). After reading Whisk(E)y Distilled, you can’t help but taste the entire journey of the spirits in your glass when you take a sip. She clearly elaborates on how everything from the way the grains are harvested to the climate where it’s aged has a direct impact on what goes into the bottle. You’ll want to keep an old fashioned glass and a bottle close by as your read, because as Greene describes the flavor nuances of, say, varying wood in whiskey casks, you won’t be able to stay focused without indulging. Recommended whiskey for the journey: Glenfiddich.

Liquid Intelligence

By Dave ArnoldLiquid Intelligence Bar Book

Cocktail instruction manuals might not be your idea of recreational reading, but one of the greatest new book releases, Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail, is quite the page-turner. Filled with detailed instructions, well-researched recipes, and mouth watering drink photos, Dave Arnold has written the definitive textbook for cocktail self education. Arnold dives deep when it comes to explaining the chemistry of mixing drinks, but his passion for tending bar shines bright. Even when he’s breaking down the finest scientific details, it reads more like a power ballad than a master’s thesis. Highlights include a beautiful tribute to making your own apple juice, and mind-blowing details about tonic water. It would be impossible to single out one drink as the perfect companion to this book, so my only suggestion is to start easy and pace yourself. I expect to see a Julie & Julia type experience between this book, and some ambitious drunk person.

Cat Out of Hell

Cat out of Hell Best BookBy Lynne Truss

This book has nothing to do with drinking, except I’m sure that talking cats appear to certain drunk people on a semi-regular basis. Cat Out of Hell, a novel by Lynne Truss, is flat out hilarious, and perfect for a night of drunken reading. Equally appropriate for self proclaimed cat people, as well as staunch cat haters, the story follows the journey of a man named Alec, and a talking cat named Roger. As if a talking cat named Roger isn’t awesome enough already, he also comes with a questionable past and an ice cold stare. Truss gives Roger the cat astute storytelling skills, but he’s more Raymond Reddington than Dr. Seuss. At my house, I only have two dogs, but ever since reading Cat Out of Hell, I look over my shoulder anytime a feline crosses my path. Best drink while reading: Black Cat cocktail

The Martini Shot

By George PelecanosThe Martini Shot Suggested Book

An incredible collection of crime fiction stories, The Martini Shot is great for readers who want to enjoy their cocktails and mystery in shorter spurts. These eight short stories, anchored by the title piece, “The Martini Shot”, explore a wide-ranging group of characters who are fighting against the toughest of odds. The author, George Pelecanos, was a writer and producer on the HBO show, The Wire, so he’s no stranger to pulling the reader into a powerful, brutal world. Many of the stories are reminiscent of the hard-boiled fiction of Dashiell Hammett, and dime store pulp novels. This story collection isn’t for the faint of heart, so you won’t want to drink anything too watered down. Whatever you drink, take it straight, with no chaser. Got it? Good.

 

What are Whiskey Stones? We’ve Got the Lowdown.

When it comes to drinking trends that can weather the storm, whiskey stones have miraculously floated to the top. They’ve been on shelves for almost a decade now, and though they once occupied only a small space in the whiskey tasting toolbox, they’ve now moved front and center, standing tall alongside crystal rocks glasses and angostura bitters. Lovers of rye and single malts can be picky about the way their drink is poured, and new innovations have created exciting ways for true aficionados to drink. What are whiskey stones? A deceptively simple bar tool that perfectly blends form, function, and a whiskey drinker’s affinity for timelessness.

What are Whiskey Stones?

Whiskey stones are small cubes of clean, cut natural stone used to chill whiskey and other spirits. These stones, available in a variety of sizes, are designed to be stored in the freezer, and added to Whiskey Stones in a Glassstraight shots of whiskey, bourbon, or scotch, in order to chill them without the risk of diluting the drink. While it’s true that different drinkers have varying preferences, including some who prefer to have a little water added to their drink, whiskey rocks create the possibility to quickly lower the temperature, while preserving unadulterated straight-from-the-bottle taste. Since good whiskey is aged over many years, a nice bottle isn’t always cheap. Maintaining the distilleries desired balance for flavors is important, and too much water can lead to a watered down taste. Whiskey stones eliminate any and all danger of too much moisture, and still give you a tasty, chilled beverage.

Redefining “On the Rocks”

Whisky stones appeared in the first decade of the new century, around 2007. They were originally made exclusively from soapstone, a naturally occurring metamorphic rock. Soapstone is the perfect type of rock to make a whiskey stone, due to its soft composition. Once the stones have been cut and tumbled to remove sharp edges, a whiskey stone can be placed in a glass without the worry of scratches or breakage. Throughout history, soapstone has been used to create many types of kitchen ware, from mixing bowls, to fireplace surrounds, to sculpted works of art, so it’s a natural fit inside an Old Fashioned glass of whiskey. Some soapstone whiskey stones feature a semi-polished finish, retaining the muted look of natural rock. Others are highly polished, with a shiny, slick black surface. Both types of finishing work equally well, so it comes down to the individual drinkers preference in looks.

New Innovations

Over the last decade or so that whiskey stones have been around, new ideas have been introduced that offer high levels of style and usefulness. Each drinker now has the option of using a few small Large Round Whiskey Stonewhiskey rocks, or one large whiskey stone to add to their glass. Large, round whisky stones are available, paying tribute to the sister 21st century trend, round ice cubes. Stainless steel whiskey stones are also being made, which offer the handsome look of brushed silver. Many scotch drinkers prefer the stainless steel cubes because of the brightness it brings to their tumbler. Not to be left out, wine drinkers can get in on the action by using stones to keep their white and rosé wines chilled. Today, drink lovers use whiskey stones in a variety of cocktails, since they offer the luxury of zero dilution. When a craft cocktail is made, with just the right mixture of spirits and garnish, the frozen stones maintain a balance of flavor from beginning to end.

How to Use Whiskey Stones

Using this innovative drink accessory is very simple. Simply place in the freezer for 4 or more hours. When you are ready to drink, place your desired number of whiskey stones into your glass (or glasses, as the case may be). Reach for your favorite bottle of bourbon, scotch, or blended whiskey, and pour as usual. Wait a minute or two for the temperature of your drink to go down, and poof! You’re ready to sip. The best whiskey stones will last a lifetime, so it’s worth the investment.

How to use whiskey stones

Whiskey Stones Gift Set

Whiskey Stones Gift Set

Stainless Whisky Stones

Stainless Whisky Stones

Mustache Whiskey Stones

Mustache Whiskey Stones

The Dirty Truth About National Beer Day

Sometimes the best things arise out of the dirtiest of messes. The up-and-coming drinking holiday, National Beer Day, is doing just that. In the United States, our calendar is full of drinking holidays, giving us plenty of reasons to get together with friends and celebrate by throwing back a few beers. Prime examples include St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, Super Bowl Sunday, and the list goes on, not to mention the plethora of craft & niche beer festivals hosted year-round. National Beer Day is sneaking up on the other guys, with more and more people joining the party every year. Recognized annually on April 7th, National Beer Day has origins that date back to the early 1930s, and a sober time in America’s drinking history. Throughout the 20th century, and with the help of the internet, this dark horse holiday is gaining momentum. Whether you only imbibe occasionally, or consider beer drinking your favorite pastime, this holiday is the perfect opportunity to pour a pint of your favorite brew, and honor the freedom to drink beer in America.

Beer: 1, Prohibition: 0

Beer was a dirty word during prohibition. From 1920 to 1933, America went through a rough patch: Prohibition. After nearly a hundred years of the US government adding tighter and tighter restrictions to alcohol End of Prohibtiondistribution, the 18th amendment to the US constitution officially banned the manufacture and sale of intoxicating alcoholic beverages. When the amendment went into effect in January of 1920, thirty three states already had prohibition laws in place. Distilleries and breweries across the country were just down, and many were permanently dismantled. Beer was still being produced, but covertly, in the shadow of the night. Over the next 13 years, due in part to the cost of enforcement and shifting public opinion, support for prohibition faded. Reversing a constitutional amendment is a long and difficult process, so changes came in waves. The first sign of change came in the form of the Cullen-Harrison Act, which legalized the sale of low alcohol beer, and went into effect on April 7, 1933. The whole country celebrated by lining up in droves to legally purchase beer! Many reports were made that people started lining up outside breweries and bars on April 6, and waiting in line through the dark of the night to get their hands on all the beer they could handle. In the first 24 hours after the alcohol amendment was officially changed, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed. That must have been an awesome day in America.

From Heated History to Cool Holiday Growler of Beer

So when is National Beer Day? Although the actual timing is a little beery-eyed, over the years April 6th became known as New Beer’s Eve, with informal drunken celebrations held in homes and taverns across America. In 2003, the Brewer’s Association began promoting New Beer’s Eve as a holiday, in remembrance of all the breweries that closed due to Prohibition, and the lasting changes that it made on the industry. An alternate naming of Brew Year’s Eve was also coined, but the Brewer’s Association stopped formally promoting the holiday a few years later. National Beer Day was actually started by two friends, who were inspired by learning about Iceland’s Beer Day. They discovered that some people were already celebrating the beer days distinguished by other countries, and rightly felt that the United States deserved its own. They started a Facebook group, inviting friends and the public to join in the celebration of a day dedicated to the history of beer in America, and from there, the holiday grew. Today, National Beer Day is ready to fight dirty, and push its way to the forefront of American drinking holidays. Screw you, Prohibition!

To Celebrate? Just Drink Beer!

Though there’s no official rule book for what to do on National Beer Day, there’s been no shortage of celebrations. Local taverns and bars across the country offer drink specials toNational Beer Day give people extra incentive to come out and indulge in a little beer and history. In 2014, the national food chain Cheeseburger in Paradise offered 99 cent domestic drafts, encouraging drinkers to go for good ol’ American beers on April 7th. One year, a New Hampshire state senator celebrated by hosting a tour of Schilling Beer Company in his home state. Leading up to the tour, senator Jeff Woodburn promoted the event, stating, “This is a chance to cheer and celebrate our local brewing industry.”

Keep in mind that you don’t need cheeseburgers or politicians to celebrate; all you need is beer! Use the occasion to try a new American craft beer you’ve been meaning to taste. Revisit your college years with a case of your old canned standby. Find a designated driver and go on a bar crawl to find a new draft favorite. Now that you have read up on the history of National Beer Day, gather a few of your friends and just enjoy a round or two of cold beer. You can even share your new found knowledge as you throw back your brew, and be sure to throw in a patriotic toast to our beer drinking history.

Gold Rim Pint Glass

Gold Rim Pint Glass

Brew House Sign

Brew House Sign

Beer Pilsner Glasses

Beer Pilsner Glasses

Introducing Brussel Sprout Flavored Beer

On the heels of the recent craze surrounding Rogue Ale’s Sriracha Hot Stout Beer, Declan Brewery has introduced a new lager with a surprisingly satisfying flavor. A flavor straight from the farmer’s market, then to the over-priced casual dining restaurant menu, and now in an aluminum can. It’s well known that trendy natural foods, such as kale and quinoa, can be highly successful when co-opted by the processed food industry, and Declan Brewery has done just that.

Weird Beers

Brussel Sprouts in a Basket

Brussel Sprout Lager

Brussel Sprout Beer is the latest in a string of unusual, umami flavored beers. Marked by the unmistakable aroma of pan-seared brussel sprouts, this lager features other subtle flavors, such as hazelnut, goat cheese, and non-stick cooking spray. Bacon flavored beer has become so ubiquitous that Declan Brewery decided to leave out the salty pork fat flavors, even though bacon is frequently paired with brussel sprouts at hip restaurants. According to a post on their Facebook page, that would have been “too obvious.” When you open a can of brussel sprout beer, you definitely smell something. At first, you might think that it’s room temperature shellfish, or possibly some bree left over from a wedding reception, but then you remember that it must be brussel sprouts. The texture is smooth, although it seems they have included actual small bits of brussel sprouts. It’s an interesting choice for sure, but pay tribute to that bristly, coarse texture associated with this fibrous vegetable.

Strange Beer Flavors

Pink Macaron IPA

Flavored Beer Mania

Declan Brewery is one of the leading flavored beer brands in the United States. With other popular offerings, such as Pink Macaron IPA, White Asparagus Brown Ale, and Hard Leek Cider, their interesting craft brews can be found in obscure niche restaurants and intentionally created dive bars that cater to hipsters. The craft brewing craze is currently in full swing, with new, unique flavors of beer hopping up left and right. Rich flavors from chocolate to blueberries can be found inside brown bottles of brew everywhere.

Not Trying to Be Strange

Even though their flavor selection is anything but normal, Declan’s makes it clear that they do not want to be known as a go-to craft brewery for weird beer. Although outside-the-box thinking is common in brewing circles, some are saying that Declan’s has emptied out the box, let their kids write all over it in Sharpie, broken it down, and left it on the porch in the rain. Declan Thornburg, Jr., President and CEO of Declan Brewing, made the following statement in their press release:

weird-beers

Declan Thornburg, Jr.

“People accuse us of intentionally creating strange beer flavors just to be cool. Yes, we are cool, but the kinds of flavored beer we offer aren’t trying to be. Everyone has the fruit flavored beer, so nobody needs more of that. I’ve always liked Seefurth’s pizza flavored beer, and have been thinking for a long time about creating our own version. I was starving last week at the Portland airport, and got this slice of brussel sprout and goat cheese from a little place next to the Starbucks. It was all vegan and gluten free, so it didn’t taste great, but it got me thinking. If people buy this, maybe they would buy brussel sprout flavored beer.”

 

Ad Campaign for Beer

Ad Campaign for Brussel Sprout Lager

11 Springy Easter Cocktails

As the weather slowly starts to get springy, we wanted to take a look at a few tasty Easter cocktails. What’s an Easter cocktail? You’ve been there before. The family has gathered on a lovely spring day. The grass is green and spotted with colorful Easter eggs hidden between blades of fresh green grass. The kids all have their baskets in hand, running to and fro, searching for the ones that grandma has most assuredly put money in. While the kids romp around the yard, it’s cocktail time for the grown-ups.

When you think of Easter treats, it’s classic candies that come to mind first: chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and Peeps Easter candy. For the adults, though, a mixed drink could also be considered a special treat. These Easter themed cocktails incorporate fresh, brightly colored ingredients, including several ubiquitous candies that sprout up around the spring equinox. Inspired by sweet confections and classic recipes, these Easter cocktail ideas will keep you and your guests hopping long after brunch.

Honey Bunny Cocktail

Honey Bunny Cocktail

© Fashionably Bombed

This Easter themed cocktail makes use of chocolate bunnies, the fruitcake of spring. I’m not saying the all chocolate bunnies are terrible, but they are always the last thing to be eaten out of the Easter basket, therefore clearly not the favorite candy.  This tasty treat, the Honey Bunny Cocktail, combines milk, chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, and honey into to something that could pass for dessert at a fancy restaurant. Served inside a hollow chocolate bunny, you’ll also enjoy breaking the shell apart piece by piece at the end, and nibbling on the booze drenched nuggets.

Prickly Pear Margaritas

Prickly Pear Margaritas

© SweetLifeBake

If you love tequila, and are up for a challenge, go for these prickly pear margaritas. The recipe requires that you make prickly pear water, which then combines with ingredients like lime juice, Cointreau, and of course, tequila, to come up with a wonderfully tart mixed drink. The bright pink color is perfect for Easter, but the flavor is anything but soft. One of my favorite things about this as an Easter themed cocktail is that the sweetness is minimal, so you can enjoy them along side the candy you swiped from some nephew’s basket.

Easter Peeps Gin Rickey

Peeps Easter Cocktails

© HomeWetBar

Peeps Easter candy is the classic symbol of the American Easter basket. When I was a kid, they were yellow, and if Mom, ahem, I mean, the Easter bunny, was in a good mood that year, one package of pink Peeps might make an appearance. This Peeps cocktail is a spin on the classic gin rickey, incorporating top-shelf gin with grapefruit flavored club soda. You don’t need a lot of sugary mixers, because the Peeps candy adds plenty of sweetness.

French 75 Punch

French 75 Punch

© Chronicle Kitchen

On Easter, like any other holiday, you might end up entertaining a crowd. If you aren’t in the mood to play bartender all day, try the French 75 Punch. Combining fresh juice, sparkling wine, gin, and a handful of other ingredients, this is one of the best Easter cocktails on our list. It’s flavor is light and bright, and the citrus slice garnishes make it feel appropriate at breakfast and lunch time. The basic recipe makes 8 servings, but it’s so simple to make, you can mix up several batches before hand for refills. This cocktail is also a close relative to the mimosa, making it one of our favorite Easter brunch ideas.

Rose + Rosé Bourbon Cocktail

Rose Bourbon Cocktail

© Hello Natural

We couldn’t do a drink round up without a whiskey cocktail. The Rose + Rosé bourbon cocktail is a true beauty, combining two of my go-to drinks: rosé and bourbon. Highlighted by a floral rose syrup and a squeeze of grapefruit juice, this drink reminds me a lot of an old fashioned, but fancy enough to drink at noon on a holiday. You might consider serving this on the rocks as well, and keeping some extra sparkling water around for anyone who finds these Easter cocktails a little too strong. For the true whiskey lover, though, make the recipe exactly as suggested and you’ll have no complaints.

Melon Ball Punch

Melon Ball Punch

© Divas Can Cook

This party punch recipe doesn’t call for booze, but the first time I read it, all I could think about was how great this could be with vodka. And it is. You start with balls of watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. Soak them in a sweet white wine, like moscato, for a few hours, then mix the whole batch together with lemon lime soda, some vodka, and if you want, a little lemonade. The melon balls are reminiscent enough of colored eggs that people will get the Easter cocktail reference right away. When you’re done drinking, grab a straw and have your own Easter egg hunt for liquor-soaked balls at the bottom of your glass!

Jelly Bean Martini

Jelly Bean Martini

© Betty Crocker

If you have a serious, serious sweet tooth, then this Easter martini cocktail is for you. It couldn’t be more simple: cotton candy vodka, jelly beans, and citrus liqueur. Use some jelly beans to add color and flavor to the vodka, shake it over ice, and abracadabra. It’s like a rabbit out of a hat. Word of advice, though. Check your jelly beans before, and separate them out by color. Since they soak in the vodka for awhile, the colors will mix, and you can get a murky purple color very easily. Be especially sure to remove the black jelly beans, unless you like licorice. If you do like licorice try our next Easter cocktail.

Easter Mule Cocktail

Moscow Mule Mug

© HomeWetBar

 

Honestly, this one is more of an idea than an actual recipe. We’ve all seen the variations of the Moscow Mule, like the Mexican Mule with tequila, and so forth. In honor of Easter, I did some creative thinking. In the region surrounding modern day Jerusalem, licorice spirits are extremely popular. Why not try a licorice spirit, such as Arak or Ouzo, instead of vodka, to create the Easter Mule? I mean, it’s a holiday, so you might as well bring out the copper mugs.

 

Cadbury Creme Egg Cocktail

Cadbury Creme Egg Cocktail

©BevMo!

My personal favorite Easter candy as a child was the Cadbury creme egg. Mostly because it was messy, but also because I’ve always been fascinated with food made to look like other food. When I started looking for Easter drink recipes, I immediately searched for cocktails that included creme eggs. This Cadbury creme egg cocktail incorporates crème de cacao, chocolate liqueur, Irish cream, and whipped cream vodka. Garnish with a real creme egg and you’ll want to start Easter dinner with dessert.

Creme Egg Jello Shots

Creme Egg Jello Shots

© Jello Mold Mistress

Finally, for only the spirited Easter celebrators, we have the Easter Jello shots. Though they don’t actually contain a Cadbury egg, they give the jiggly fun of a gelatin shot, inspired by the look and taste of Easter candy. These bite-sized Easter cocktails also look great on the serving tray. For fun, sit them right next to Aunt Shirley’s deviled eggs, and see how long it takes Grandpa to discover there’s booze in them.

Looking for even more easter cocktail recipes? Checkout these adventurous peeps cocktail ideas at gizmodo

 

Easter Peeps Gin Rickey

This delectable Easter cocktail was created with classic Easter treats in mind. It was inspired by the classic gin rickey cocktail, which combines gin, lime juice, and club soda. Though the typical “rickey” is unsweetened, we wanted this Easter cocktail idea to represent well known sugary fun found at any egg hunt. This mixed drink recipe is very simple, and we recommend that you mix them, and serve them right away. The sugar in the Peeps candy and jelly beans will start to dissolve as soon as it comes in contact with water. This adds color and flavor, but the colorful presentation will be best when the cocktail is freshly made.

Easter Cocktails Ideas

 Easter Peeps Gin Rickey Cocktail

  • 1 part Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 part jelly beans
  • 2 parts grapefruit sparkling water
  • ice
  • Peeps Easter candy
  • colored rim sugar

Take a double old fashioned glass, and wet the rim with water or grapefruit juice. Roll the edge of the glass in colored rim sugar until the entire lip of the glass is covered. Carefully drop in one part jelly beans, about 1 ounce. It’s best to limit the mixture to fruit flavored jelly beans only, and remove any strong, unusual flavors, like licorice or buttered popcorn. Fill the glass to the top with ice. Add one part Hendrick’s gin, then top off with grapefruit sparkling water. Just before you serve, float one Peeps candy chick on the top.

 

Peeps Easter Candy Cocktails