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Easy, Last Minute 4th of July Sips

If you know me, you know that my FAVORITE holiday of all time is 4th of July. Why? Fun fact: I am a huge American history nerd and also because I am obsessed with all the star spangled fun that comes with the entire weekend. How could you not love all the patriotic festivities, the fireworks, the barbecues and of course all of the festive drinks? Each year, I love experimenting and trying unique 4th of July cocktails. This year, if you’re anything like me I have been so bogged down with commitments and obligations so I am a bit behind on just about everything… but I never slack on my cocktails! I still want to get red, white and boozy… so here are some easy, last minute 4th of July sips perfect for having in hand while you’re grilling, chilling, pooling and celebrating with friends.

Gray Whale Gin on the Rock-ets

Gray Whale Gin on the Rock-ets

Ingredients:

3 oz Gray Whale Gin

1 red, white and blue popsicle

Method:

Pour Gray Whale Gin in a glass. Dip popsicle + enjoy! 

The Roughneck Colada

Roughneck Colada

Ingredients:

1 oz Duke Bourbon

½ oz Atlantico Reserva

½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz Coconut Cream

½ oz Orange Juice

1 oz Pineapple Juice

8-10 Leaves of Fresh Mint

½ oz Float of Fernet Branca

Garnish: Fresh Pineapple, Amarena Cherry, Mint Sprig

Method:

Roll mint and drop into an empty collins glass then top with crushed ice, shake 1-6 with ice and strain over the crushed ice then top with Fernet Branca.

Chandon American Summer Brut Spritz

Chandon American Summer Brut Spritz

3 parts Chandon Limited-Edition American Summer Brut

 2 parts quality Italian Aperitif 

1 part Sparkling Water 

Method:

Add Italian Aperitif to wine glass with ice. Add splash of sparkling water and stir. Top with Chandon. Garnish with an orange wheel.

The Rainbow Crush

Credit: @spiritandspoon

Credit: @spiritandspoon

Ingredients:

To create the ‘Rainbow Crush’ cocktail each layer is created separately

Red layer: 1/2 oz Gray Whale Gin + 1/2 oz pureed blackberries + 1/4 oz lemon juice

Blue Layer: 1/2 oz Gray Whale Gin + 1/4 oz fresh squeezed yuzu + 1 tsp Blue Green Algae powder + 1/2 oz simple syrup

Green Layer: 1/2 oz Gray Whale Gin +1/2 oz pressed cucumber juice + 1/2 oz simple syrup

Orange Layer: 1/2 oz Gray Whale Gin + 1/2 oz pureed mango + 3/4 oz lime juice

Garnish: Peychaud's bitters

Method:

Gently shake each layer's ingredients, strain into a collins glass and top each layer with crushed iced as you go. Top with Peychaud’s bitters.

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2 Altos Plata Libations to Celebrate With This Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo has to be one of my top favorite holidays. The main reason being that it’s all about tequila and I am SUCH a tequila girl! I recently discovered Altos Plata Tequila and couldn’t be more excited to create some classic Cinco De Mayo cocktails using it.

Altos Tequila Plata is made from 100% blue agave grown in the Los Altos highlands of Mexico. Complete with herbal notes of cooked agave, Plata is slightly citric and sweet with a fruity aroma. It's a classic tequila for the modern world.

Classic tequila with a twist? I am sooo into it. Here are two cocktails using Altos Plata that are not only perfect for Cinco De Mayo, but for all year round!

Crafted Paloma

Altos Crafted Paloma on The Gilded Bellini

Ingredients:

  2 parts Altos Plata

  2 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice

 1 part Lemon Juice 

  ½ part Agave Syrup

  Pinch of Salt

Method:

   Frost the glass rim with salt and crushed pink peppercorns.

    Pour all the ingredients except the grapefruit juice into the glass.

 Mix using the ALTOS molinillo to dissolve the agave syrup.

  Fill the glass with ice and finish with the pink grapefruit juice.

  Garnish with half slice of pink grapefruit.

Tommy’s Margarita

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Ingredients: 

   2 parts Altos Plata

    1 part Fresh Lime Juice

   ½ part Agave Syrup

    Lime Wedge for garnish

Method: 

 Build up all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.

 Shake, and strain into an ice-filled cup. 

   Garnish with a lime slice on top.

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End of Summer Cocktails to Celebrate Labor Day with Friends

How have we already reached Labor Day?! I feel like it was just 4th of July. Well, I am totally a summer girl and I'm having a hard time accepting this, like I do every year. On the bright side, there's fresh and festive cocktails to be made to celebrate Labor Day and beyond with friends. Especially here in SoCal, it may be summer till November. LOL. Here are my 3 faves for celebrating with a group - total crowd pleasers!

Carrot Pineapple Punch

Carrot Pineapple Punch with NOLET's Gin

Ingredients: 

2 cups NOLET’S Silver Gin 

2 cups Carrot Juice 

2 cups Pineapple Juice 

1/2 cup Lemon Juice 

1 tsp. Fresh Grated Ginger 

2 cups Ginger Beer 

Directions: 

Mix all ingredients together in a punch bowl and stir gently. Add ice and garnish with edible flowers and citrus wheels. Make ahead: freeze an ice mold adding citrus fruit or edible flowers. Makes 8-10 cocktails.

Sweet Heat Margarita

Sweet Heat Margarita - The Gilded Bellini

Ingredients:

2 oz Tanteo® Jalapeño Tequila

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

¾ oz Agave Nectar

4-5 Raspberries

Tanteo Jalapeño Salt Rim

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice

Shake well and strain into a salt-rimmed, ice-filled Rocks Glass

Garnish with a raspberry or jalapeño slice

Bushwick Punch

Smoke Tree Rosé - Bushwick Punch

Ingredients: 

4½ cups Smoke Tree Rosé

2 cups unsweetened black tea

¾ cup lemon juice

½ cup bourbon

½ cup raw cane sugar syrup

1 cup blueberries

1 lemon sliced

Directions:

Fill a punch bowl with ice

Top with Smoke Tree Rosé, unsweetened black tea, lemon juice, bourbon and raw cane sugar syrup.

Stir to chill and combine ingredients

Top with lemon slices and blueberries

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