Blue Flame

We couldn't make cocktails for the 4th of July weekend without making a blue one, could we? Of course not.

Though it's not actually blue, Pickers Blueberry Vodka is made with real fruit, so the blueberry (which we notice is really more like a purple berry) is definitely the star of the show with this one. Pickers is made right here in Nashville with non-gmo corn, so it's naturally gluten free (and also really delicious). They also have the original and a really tasty Blood Orange Vodka, also made with real fruit. 

But the color had to come from somewhere, so we put a full ounce of blue curacao in this puppy. But don't go thinking just because it's bright blue that it's going to be too sweet. Pickers is just lightly sweetened and we mixed this simple drink with plenty of club soda, so it's light and refreshing - just what you need for a summer cocktail!

 

equipment:

cooler or tumbler glass

ingredients:

2 oz Pickers Blueberry Vodka
1 oz blue curacao
6 oz club soda or seltzer
cherry for garnish


method:

Add the Pickers and blue curacao to your glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and stir lightly to combine. Garnish and serve.


Black Cat

If you attended our "Bitter Lovers" event in February or "Tres de Mayo" in May, you likely got to taste Black Magic Rum. A delicious dark spiced rum, Black Magic is fantastic whipped into all sorts of cocktails - like that crazy-delicious Black Magic Margarita they served in May?!?

But, we're getting ready for the 4th of July (and taking a month off from hosting), so we're playing around with cocktails and using fireworks as our inspiration. As far as fireworks go, if you didn't have Black Cat Firecrackers as a kid then you didn't have a childhood. Just saying.

And although this drink is not quite black, it does have quite a bang due to the 2.5 total ounces of booze and some tasty juices. The color gets a little darker thanks to a splash of blue curacao, but it's honestly pretty good (and a slightly more appealing color) without it. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
highball or cooler glass

ingredients:

2 oz Black Magic Rum
.5 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice
.5 oz blue curacao
splash of club soda


method:

Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and pour into a glass. Top with club soda. 

Sour Leprechaun

When it came time to make some green drinks for St. Patrick's Day, it was pretty obvious we had to reach for one of our favorite Irish Exports; Jameson. 

Jameson Irish Whiskey might be best consumed by the shot, but in this case, it's getting dressed up in a spin on a whiskey sour.

And the green color? Well, it's a pretty simple answer. Remember your color chart from a kid? Yellow and blue make green, right? So, just a tiny bit of blue curacao is all you need to balance the natural yellow color of Jameson and make one hell of a tasty green cocktail!

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer 
rocks glass

ingredients:

2.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 teaspoon blue curacao
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup


method:

Shake it with ice and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice cubes. 

Emerald Isle

When it comes time for St Patrick's Day, everyone starts thinking GREEN! Green socks, green shirts, green beer. Admit it, you've tried it...only to wake up in the middle of the night with green vomit. 

But while there are many natural ways to make drinks green, sometimes you just need to resort to the old fashioned way - food coloring. In this case, it's with the addition of two brightly-colored spirits; blue curacao and Midori. Both of these often get a bum rap for being 'foo-foo' drink ingredients, but when used in moderation, you can get two great things from them - flavor and color. Especially when you put a ton of rum with them.

In this case, we're using two of our favorite rums from our Tikitober event last October, both from Papa's Pilar. Like with many Tiki Drinks, we're using more than one rum, getting signature flavors from each. 

This drink is not as sweet as it looks and it packs one hell of a punch, with a total of 3.5 oz of booze. So please go easy on them. We wouldn't want you waking up in the middle of the night with green vomit or anything. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
jigger
strainer
tiki glass or tumbler

ingredients:

2 oz Papa's Pilar Light Rum
.5 oz Papa's Pilar Dark Rum
.5 oz Licor 43
.5 oz Midori
.5 oz blue curacao
1.5 oz fresh-squeezed oj
.5 oz fresh lime juice
slice of orange and lime for garnish


method:

Combine everything except your garnish in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds to chill. Strain into your glass and fill the glass with crushed ice. Garnish and serve. 

Shark Bite Cocktail

It should be pretty obvious at this point that we like to have fun with our booze.

The return of Shark Week on Discovery is exactly the excuse we need to make a cocktail. Shit, we don't really need any excuse, but it's nice to have someone to blame every now and then!

A quick google search of the Shark Bite cocktail will turn up dozens of variations, but we're obviously kinda partial to this one. 

Most of the recipes out there call for sour mix. If you've ever had this shit, you know how damn nasty the bottled stuff usually is. It's full of corn syrup and chemicals and is just nasty as fuck. You can make your own sour mix by bringing 1 cup of water to a boil with 1 cup of sugar and 1.5 cups of lemon and lime juice. When done, chill and keep it in the fridge.

But we just discovered the first sour mix in a bottle that we actually love. Local Nashville company Walker Feed Co. makes a Honeysuckle Sour that is damn good. The honeysuckle flavor is subtle and the sweetness is just right. If you see it, buy it. You'll find a use for it...trust us.

We also used good coconut rum. The Coconut Rum from Sugar Island Rum Co. is naturally-flavored. It makes a difference in this drink tasting more like a beach drink and less like a scented candle. Go get some.

Okay, enough rambling, here's the recipe:

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz Sugar Island Rum Co. Coconut Rum
3 oz Walker Feed Co. Honeysuckle Sour (or homemade)
.5 oz blue curacao
few drops of grenadine 

 

method:

Add rum, blue curacao and sour mix to an ice-filled shaker and give it a quick shake to chill. Strain into a rocks glass with ice and add a few drops of grenadine to simulate blood. That's it.