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Horoscope Cocktails 2018

What good is a zodiac sign if it can't be used to determine something as important and essential as a person's ideal cocktail order? This time, your poison picks you. Introducing.... horoscope cocktails!!! Is anyone else crazy obsessed with their zodiac sign? Well, even if you're not I bet you can't help but wonder which delicious cocktail is your match. I know I'm about to make my Gemini drink right now!!!

Capricorn (December 22nd-January 19th) 

Qualities: Loyal, Straightforward, Ambitious

Cocktail: Ruffino Negroni

Ruffino Negroni

Ingredients:

    1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

   1 oz. Campari

   1 oz. Ruffino Prosecco

   Glass: Rocks

    Garnish: Orange wedge

 

Directions:

Combine vermouth and Campari in an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling wine, stir to combine and garnish.

 

Aquarius (January 20th-February 18th) 

Qualities: Witty, Trendsetter, Innovative

Cocktail: Not Your Average Cocktail

Not Your Average Cocktail (Aquarius) - Kim Crawford

 

Ingredients:

4 oz Kim Crawford Pinot Noir

3 Tbsp powdered baking cocoa or sweet ground chocolate

3 oz hot coffee

3/4 oz crème de cacao (brown or white)

3/4 oz crème de menthe

dollop whipped cream (optional)

 

Directions:

Pre-warm small insulated "shot" cups. 

In a saucepan, combine baking cocoa with hot coffee to make into a rich syrup. 

Add crème de cacao and Kim Crawford Pinot Noir and stir until ingredients are hot. 

Pour into pre-warmed cups in 2-3 oz servings. 

Garnish with a small dollop of whipped cream (optional).

 

Pisces (February 19th-March 20th) 

Qualities: Alluring, Imaginative, Free-Spirited

Cocktail: Kim De La Crème

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Ingredients:

1 bottle Kim Crawford Rosé, well chilled

3 cups sliced strawberries

1/3 cup sugar 

Club soda 

1 carton vanilla ice cream

Edible flowers to garnish 

 

Directions:

Makes 5 servings. In a medium bowl mix the strawberries and sugar. Cover and let sit for 30-90 mins mixing occasionally. Divide the strawberries and any kuices between 5 rocks glasses, add wine and a splash of club soda. Top with a generous scoop of ice cream. Garnish with your favorite edible flowers.

 

Aries (March 21st-April 19th) 

Qualities: Assertive, Brave, Optimistic

Cocktail: Spicy Buck

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Ingredients:

       2 oz Casa Noble Reposado Tequila

     2 thin slices jalapeño

      1 Tbsp sliced ginger

    1 oz lemon juice

  0.75 oz simple syrup

     Ginger ale or ginger beer

      Dash bitters

     Lemon wedge

 

Directions:

Muddle jalapeño, ginger, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker; add ice.

Shake until chilled.

Strain into glass over ice, top with ginger ale or ginger beer; add bitters.

Garnish with lemon wedge.

 

Taurus (April 20th-May 20th)  

Qualities: Reliable, Patient, Generous

Cocktail: Matcha Tea-Sur

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Ingredients:

1 Tbsp matcha green tea powder

1/2 cup hot water

1/4 cup Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

1 Tbsp sugar 

Gold leaf for garnish

Single serving

 

Directions:

Whisk matcha powder with water using bamboo whisk until smooth.

Mix Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc with sugar. Combine tea and wine mixture. Garnish with gold leaf.

 

Gemini (May 21st-June 21st) 

Qualities: Sociable, Energetic, Adoptable

Cocktail: Spiced Moon Martini

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Ingredients:

2 oz Kim Crawford Pinot Noir

1 oz aged rum 

3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 oz Spiced Honey Syrup, warm (See instructions)

1/2 oz egg white

Freshly grated cinnamon for garnish

Spiced Honey Syrup

1 cup water 

1 cup honey 

4 cinnamon sticks

Peel from half of orange

6 cloves 

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients except cinnamon to a cocktail tin and shake until you feel the mixture foaming. Add ice to the tin and shake hard for 10-15 seconds. Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass, sprinkle with cinnamon, and serve.

Spiced Honey Syrup

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until warm and fragrant. (Avoid overcooking, as the syrup should not reduce and thicken.) Remove from heat; strain and discard solids. The syrup can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. However, it should be gently rewarmed to create the cocktail.

 

Cancer (June 22nd-July 22nd)  

Qualities: Family-oriented, Practical, Friendly

Cocktail: Cherry Cobbler Freeze

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Ingredients:

      1½ parts SVEDKA Cherry 

   ½ part amaretto

 1 scoop vanilla ice cream

  ½ cup of ice

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender, add ice and blend on high for 10-20 seconds. Pour into a chilled Coupe glass. Garnish with cured cherries and candied almonds staggered on a metal skewer.

 

Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd)  

Qualities: Confident, Creative, Popular

Cocktail: Jalapeño Delight (Blinker)

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Ingredients:

2 parts SVEDKA Grapefruit Jalapeño

¾ part grenadine

¾ part grapefruit juice

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with grapefruit peel.

 

Virgo (August 23rd-September 22nd)  

Qualities: Analytical, Ambitious, Precise

Cocktail: In Noble Fashion

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Ingredients:

  1.5 oz Casa Noble Reposado Tequila

   0.5 oz ancho chili liqueur

    0.25 oz simple syrup

   2 dashes orange bitters

  2 drops molé bitters

   Orange peel

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, except orange peel, into mixing glass and stir.
Strain into glass over ice.
Squeeze orange peel; rub around rim and drop into glass.

 

Libra (September 23rd-October 22nd) 

Qualities: Graceful, Lavish, Balanced

Cocktail: Peach Thyme Bellini

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Ingredients:

    1 part peach puree 

   3 parts Ruffino Prosecco

One drop of bitters

 Sprig of thyme

 

Directions:

Place peach puree into the bottom of a chilled champagne flute. Fill glass with prosecco, add bitters, and stir. Garnish with thyme.

 

Scorpio (October 23rd-November 21st)  

Qualities: Passionate, Powerful, Dynamic

Cocktail: Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Ingredients:

4 oz Kim Crawford Pinot Noir

2 oz dairy milk or non-dairy milk (almond is a good option)

3 Tbsp powdered baking cocoa

1 oz coffee liqueur

1 Tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch chili powder

 

Directions:

Pre-warm an 8-10 oz coffee mug.In a saucepan, combine chocolate powder and brown sugar with milk to make into a rich syrup. Add coffee liqueur and Kim Crawford Pinot Noir. Stir until ingredients are hot. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Pour into pre-warmed mug and garnish with whole cinnamon stick and pinch of chili powder.

 

Sagittarius (November 22nd-December 21st) 

Qualities: Positive, Loving, Open Minded 

Cocktail: Electric Light

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Ingredients:

1½ parts SVEDKA Blue Raspberry

½ part coconut water

2 parts blue sports drink

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a rock glass*. Stir to mix. Garnish with a lemon disc.

*Tilted Ice Instructions: Pour water halfway in a rocks glass. Set glass in muffin tray and freeze it sideways.

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Happy Birthday Justin Bieber! | Cocktails for #Beliebers

Today, March 1st is the day a staaaar was born... our one and only Justin Bieber. The singer turns 23 today and is no longer a "baby, baby, baby oooooohhh" anymore!  For all of the Beliebers around the world, it's only appropriate that we pay our respects by cheers-ing on the honorary holiday with Justin Bieber-inspired cocktails! "What Do You Mean?" I mean that, exactly. Here are a few of my favorite Bieber themed concoctions made with SVEDKA Vodka. The Biebs would be so happy if you sipped on a fun drink honoring him, and I promise having one in your hand will leave you feeling like "One Less Lonely Girl."

My Mama Don't Like You

Justin Bieber Cocktail with Svedka Vodka

Ingredients:

1 1/2 parts SVEDKA Blue Raspberry

1/2 part Blue Curacao

3 parts demi sec sparkling wine

 

Directions:

Build ingredients in a chilled champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon curl and purple sugar.

 

Biebertini

Biebertini Justin Bieber Cocktail with Svedka Vodka

 

Ingredients:

2 parts SVEDKA Citron

1/2 part Creme Yvette

1 1/2 part simple syrup

1 part cream

1/2 part fresh lime juice

1/2 part fresh lemon juice

1 small egg white

2 dashes Peychaud's bitters

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, except Peychaud's bitters and club soda, in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a martini glass. Set aside one half of the cocktail shaker, without ice, to save the film left from the cream and egg. In the shaker, add 2 dashes of Peychaud's Bitters, combining it with the leftover film and add enough soda to create a foam. Top the drink with this foam until a head appears. Garnish with lemon zest.

 

Love Yourself

Love Yourself Justin Bieber Cocktail with Svedka Vodka

Ingredients:

1 1/2 parts SVEDKA Mango Pineapple

1/4 part parfait amour

1/4 part creme de violette

1/2 tp. simple syrup

 

Directions:

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and pour into a rocks glass and garnish with a pineapple slice. 

 

Celebrate Love with Valentine's Day Cocktails

Whether you've got a boo or not, it's hard not to fall for all of the fun that comes along with Valentine's Day season. From all the pink, white and red decor, to being able to indulge in a box of chocolates, to (of course) sipping on decadent Valentine's Day cocktails. 

This Valentine's Day, maybe you're spending the evening with your BF, your hot new fling, or your closest gals... One thing that's for sure is that we all crave a little bit of a seductive buzz on V-Day. Luckily, I have a few cocktails that will definitely stir some romance into your night, and are fit for any flirty occasion. 

Swipe Left Cosmo

Swipe Left Cosmo

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Parts SVEDKA Strawberry Colada 

1/2 Part Triple Sec 

1/2 Part Fresh Lime Juice 

1/2 Part Cranberry Juice

 

Directions:

Pour SVEDKA Strawberry Colada, triple sec, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a skewer of fresh strawberries. 

Killer in Red

Killer in Red

Ingredients:
3/4 oz. Campari
3/4 oz. Cinzano 1757 Bianco
1/2 oz.  Grand Marnier
3/4 oz.  Chamomile Gin
Drop of Rose Essence
 

Directions:

Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir with a bar spoon. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe. Finish with a drop of rose essential oil and serve.

Love of a Lifethyme

Love of a Lifethyme

Ingredients:

1 oz Patrón Silver

   ½ oz lemon

 ¼ oz pomegranate syrup

  ¼ oz honey

   Fresh thyme

 2 dashes peychauds bitters

 

Directions:

Shake ingredients with ice. Double strain champagne, absinthe spritz, or prosecco float into a coupe or champagne glass. Garnish with fresh thyme.

Tickled Pink

Tickled Pink with elit by Stolichnaya

Created by Ashtin Berry, Bartender at Ace Hotel Nola, New Orleans

Ingredients:

¾ part elit Vodka
½ part cranberry syrup
¼ part lemon
2 dashes orange bitters


Directions:

Shake with ice and strain into coupe or flute, top with bubbles and add an orange twist.

Love Potion

Love Potion with Svedka Vodka

Ingredients:

2 parts SVEDKA Vanilla

½ part granulated sugar

Dash Angostura bitters

Dash chocolate bitters

 

Directions:

Build ingredients in a cocktail shaker, stir and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a white chocolate-dipped cherry.

Heart Throb

Heart Throb with Ruffino Wine

Ingredients: 

2 Parts Ruffino Sparkling Rosé 

1 Part Vodka 

3/4 Part Lemon Juice 

3/4 Part Pear Nectar 

1/2 Part Simple Syrup

Directions: 

In a shaker, place all ingredients except for the Ruffino Sparkling Rosé. Shake and strain into a highball glass with some ice. Top with the Ruffino Sparkling Rosé and garnish with sprigs of thyme.