Top Five Things You’ll Want to Celebrate with Cocktails as Summer Comes to a Close
Summer might be coming to a close but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! I’ve listed the Top Five Things to Celebrate during the next two months and thanks to William Grant & Sons’ extensive portfolio of award-winning brands we have the perfect cocktail for each celebration.
1) National Rum Day – August 16 – Top Five Things
Celebrate National Rum Day with this classic and refreshing Mojito made with the five-generation-family-owned Nicaraguan rum, Flor de Cana. Aging naturally in American white oak bourbon barrels sealed with banana leaves gives this rum a whisky finish with tropical flavor notes. www.flordecana.com
Flor Ultimate Mojito
2 parts Flor de Caña 7
½ part lime juice
1/3 part superfine sugar
3 leaves mint
Muddle lime juice with sugar in a Collins glass. Add mint leaves and muddle again. Fill glass 2/3 full with crushed ice and add rum. Top off with a champagne float. Garnish with sprig of mint.
2) Back-to-School – Top Five Things
The kids are back at school and you deserve a vacation! So we are bringing the Caribbean to you with this Tiki cocktail made with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, a Caribbean Rum blended with 100% natural spices and flavors. www.sailorjerry.com
Moms of the Caribbean – created by Sly Cosmopoulos of Republic Beverage
2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
½ part Real Mango Puree
½ part Lime Juice
1 ½ parts Pineapple
¼ part Grenadine (Drizzle As Garnish)
Method: Shake Over Ice- Pour into Tiki Glass
Garnish: Umbrella and Lime Wheel
Watch this video to learn how to make this delicious cocktail!
3) National Bourbon Month – September – Top Five Things
Toast to National Bourbon Month with a classic whiskey sour made with Hudson Whiskey’s Four Grain Bourbon, the first pot-distilled whiskey to be produced in New York since Prohibition. This special bourbon is aged in petite new American oak barrels for more wood contact, giving it more depth, character and a warm, soothing finish. www.hudsonwhiskey.com
Hudson’s Four Grain Whiskey Sour
2 parts of Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
¾ part of fresh lemon juice
¾ part of simple syrup
Shake with ice and strained over ice in a rocks glass
*FYI August 25 is National Whiskey Sour Day!
4) Labor Day – September 4 – Top Five Things
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. So however you plan to spend your long weekend, enjoy it with this refreshing cocktail made with the cucumber and rose infused, Hendrick’s Gin. www.hendricksgin.com
The Broadside created by Hendrick’s Brand Ambassador Mattias Horseman
1 ½ part Hendrick’s Gin
1 ½ part Gunpowder Green Tea
¾ part Small Batch Tonic Syrup
½ part Lime Juice
½ part Simple Syrup
Method: Muddle, shake, and strain into a hurricane glass. Top with soda. Garnish with a cucumber and grated black pepper.
5) National Coffee Day – September 29 – Top Five Things
Don’t run to your nearest coffee shop on National Coffee Day instead, celebrate with a cocktail (yup, we said cocktail)! The smooth taste of Drambuie, made with heather honey, herbs and spices, pairs perfectly with the rich and bold flavors of the cold-brew coffee creating this delicious coffee cocktail. www.drambuie.com
Sand and Smoke
1 part Drambuie
1 part Pineapple Juice
3 Fresh Basil Leaves
2 parts Chameleon Mexican Coffee Concentrate
½ part Mezcal
Combine with Ice, Shake, Double-Strain, Serve over fresh ice. Splash Club Soda. Garnish with Fresh Basil
The team at William Grant & Sons asks that you please measure responsibly.