5 Easy To Follow Cocktail Recipes To Try for National Tequila Day

Tomorrow is National Tequila Day! If you’re not in the mood to go out to have Tequila cocktails, try these five easy to follow recipes. Thanks to Atlanta restaurants, Molly B’s, The Shed at Glenwood, Dantannas, PARISH, and Bully Boys, you can sip to your hearts content in the comforts of your own home.

Molly B’s Pine-Jalapeño-Rita:

Photos Courtesy of Molly B’s

Jalapeño Syrup Recipe (Batch recipe for 15 cocktails)

Ingredients:

1/16th lbs. Jalapeños (Chopped)

.5 quarts sugar

.25 quarts water

Teaspoon Pectin

Preparation:

1. Simmer jalapeños, sugar and water for 2 hours, remove from heat.

2. Add pectin, stir and transfer to blender.

3. Puree ingredients, let chill.

Pine-Jalapeño-Rita Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

2 oz. Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeano Tequila

1 oz. Lime Juice

.5 oz. Jalapeño Syrup

Glassware: Rocks Glass

Preparation:

1. In tin combine: ice, 2oz Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeño Tequila, 1oz Lime Juice, .5 oz Jalapeño Syrup.

2. Shake and pour in rocks glass.

3. Garnish with pineapple wedge

The Shed at Glenwood’s Chihuahua’s Respite:

Photos Courtesy of The Shed at Glenwood

Ingredients:

2 oz. Sotol Reposado

4 oz. Watermelon Aqua Fresca

1/2 oz. Orange Curaçao

1.5 oz. Topo Chico

Mint Leaves

Preparation:

1. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker tin.

2. Shake well and pout over ice.

3. Garnish with mint leaves.

Dantanna’s Maestro Margarita:

Ingredients:

Photos Courtesy of Dantanna’s

1 1/2 oz. Dantanna’s signature blend of Maestro Dobel tequila

3/4 oz. Cointreau

Fresh Sour Mix

Kosher Salt

Preparation:

1. Rim glass with salt before, if desired.

2. 3 oz house-made sour mix (1 part fresh lime juice, 1 part fresh lemon juice, 2 parts simple syrup).

3. Build in bar tin with ice, shake, and strain into a tall glass over ice.

PARISH’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes:

Ingredients:

Photos Courtesy of PARISH

1.5 oz. tequila (pref reposado)

.5 oz. mezcal

.5 oz. lime

.5 oz. agave syrup or simple syrup

3 oz. grapefruit juice

Topo Chico or Soda Water

Preparation:

1. Combine tequila. mezcal, agave syrup and grapefruit juice into a shaker tin.

2. Shake well and pour into glass with salted rim.

3. Top with topo chico (or soda water).

4. Garnish with lime wedge and enjoy.

Bully Boy’s Tequila #1:

Photos Courtesy of Bully Boy

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. El Jimador Reposado

3/4 oz. Ramazzoti Aperitivo Rosato

1 1/2 oz. Lime Juice

1 oz. Guava Agave

Preparation:

1. Combine all ingredients and shake well, then pour over crushed ice.

2. Top with Himalayan Lava Sea Salt.

3. Garnish with Kefir Lime Leaves & Edible Flowers.

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How to Throw the Perfect Spring Picnic with Evan Williams Honey

*This post is sponsored by Evan Williams Honey. All opinions are that of my own. #ShowMeTheHoney

This week, we welcomed the official start of Spring. Winter has been pretty brutal this year to say the least. Like most people, I am eagerly waiting for the warm and sunny days of Spring to appear. Longer days and warmer weather are also very crucial to the honeybee. They’ve been hibernating through winter surviving only on last year’s harvest. They are now ready to go out and begin this year’s pollination and nectar collecting. Just like bees, humans are ready to get out of the house and enjoy a little sunshine. What better way to do this than a picnic with some friends and family. The best part about having a picnic is that you don’t have to go very far and you don’t have to spend too much to have a successful one. They can be on the weekend, during the week, even in the evening.

To celebrate the beginning of Spring, I threw a picnic with some of my family. As I mentioned earlier, winter is definitely staying around too long. That being said, we didn’t have spring-like conditions. Even though it was chilly, we had still had an amazing time. While planning my picnic, I decided I wanted to share a few tips on how to plan a successful spring picnic with you.

My inspiration for this post comes from the flavor profile of Evan Williams Honey. Evan Williams Honey combines the great taste of honey with the smoothness of Evan Williams for a drink everyone can enjoy. It definitely screams warm weather, flowers blooming, and a good time. I also love the design of the bottle, adorned with the mighty honeybee, the star of this libation creation. This spring, as the honeybee comes out of hibernation, let us celebrate their return with a bottle of Evan Williams Honey.

Invitations

In this digital age the best way to get the word out about your spring picnic is to send a text. I love creating invitations with graphic apps. There are quite a few out there so find your favorite and get creative! Your invitation should include the day, time and location of the picnic.

Location

Location can be tricky if you live in a state that isn’t particularly warm at the beginning of Spring. Plan accordingly with a plan B in case it’s cold or even raining. That might mean having tents readily available or even having an indoor location as a backup. It may be a good idea to have tables in case it rains or the ground is wet from it raining the night before. Definitely monitor the weather. You want everyone one to have a great time.

If you are fortunate enough to have the perfect weather situation for a picnic, the blue skies, sun shining, and birds tweeting the soundtrack to your party, you have a host of options. The park is definitely a great idea. Just be sure to be informed and respect the park’s rules. I love the idea of placing several blankets on the grass for people to sit and enjoy their surroundings. Don’t forget to provide a few pillows for additional comfort.

If you have a beautiful yard, that would a great choice to have your picnic. I had my picnic at home. Having a picnic table in my backyard worked perfectly with the weather situation I had. Later this spring, I’m definitely going to throw another party!

Drinks & Cocktails

If you want to really impress your guests, show them your mixology skills with a couple Spring-themed cocktails. This Spring, Evan Williams Honey is the perfect drink to welcome the warmer months ahead. With the smoothness of Evan Williams and the sweetest of real natural honey, it’s the perfect addition to your springtime bar.

Enjoying Evan Williams Honey can be as simple as pouring it into a glass and adding ice or topping it off with your favorite mixer. It’s what you would call an easy drinking whiskey. Evan Williams Honey brings fun to whatever you and your friends are up to this Spring. Consider the following drinks to serve.

Honey Lemon

Ingredients

2 oz. Evan Williams Honey Lemonade

Lemon slice

Mint

Instructions- Pour Evan Williams Honey over ice. Fill with Lemonade and stir. Garnish with lemon slice and mint sprig. Sip and enjoy.

On the Rocks

Ingredients

3 oz Evan Williams Honey Ice

Instructions- Pour over ice and serve in rocks glass. Sip and enjoy.

Neat

Ingredients

3 oz Evan Williams Honey

Instructions- Serve in rock glass. Sip and enjoy.

Honey Rosemary Old Fashioned

Ingredients

2 oz Evan Williams Honey

1 tbsp rosemary simple syrup

3 dash of bitters
rosemary sprig for garnish

Ice

Instructions

To make rosemary simple syrup- Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup raw sugar, and 2 sprigs of rosemary in a small pot. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove rosemary and strain. Let cool completely.

To make cocktail- Add Evan Williams Honey, rosemary simple syrup, and bitters to rocks glass. Add ice and stir for 15 seconds. Garnish with rosemary sprig. Sip and enjoy.

Bites & Such

Nothing beats a charcuterie board paired with an amazing cocktail menu. Creating a simple and delicious cheese & charcuterie board starts with selecting contrasts, colors, and textures. Your spread can include assorted cheeses, crackers, olives, sliced carrots, assorted deli meats, French bread, grapes, nuts, and berries.

Your guest might want the option of having a sandwich, so be sure to have sandwich making condiments available. Another idea is to have an assortment of dips to offer as well. Remember, the key to selecting the perfect spread is choosing items that are easy to share and eat.

Decorations

Picnic Basket

You can’t have a picnic without a picnic basket. Although they can pretty pricey, I suggest to always be on the lookout for one. You may come across a deal at an after- summer clearance or even while thrift shopping.

Flowers

It’s Spring! So you have to have flowers! I made a few centerpieces with a mason jar, a few slices of lemon, and topped it off with a bunch of baby’s-breath. They came out so cute! And it was quite inexpensive to make. I probably spent $8 total to make four! Flowers are the perfect way to add the Spring vibes to your picnic!

Glasses & Drinkware

I am very particular about what I drink my cocktails out of, so glasses were a must. Nothing messes up a perfectly crafted cocktail like it being served in a plastic cup. Since my picnic took place at home, I was able to use glassware. Most parks do not allow glass, so be mindful of that.

Picnic Blankets

I love a picnic with picnic blankets! They set the tone for your outdoor dining room, as well as protect your food from the outside elements. Choosing a blanket to go along with your theme adds a special touch. This option is weather permitting of course!

ABOUT EVAN WILLIAMS “KENTUCKY’S FIRST DISTILLER: EVAN WILLIAMS

Evan Williams was a natural-born leader, innovator, and entrepreneur. He worked in numerous trades as a businessman, politician, and—most notably—whiskey distiller. In 1783, he founded Kentucky’s first commercial distillery on the banks of the Ohio River. Many years and barrels later, our master distillers are still producing Bourbon the right way, using the same time-honored methods.”

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Hennessy Celebrates Black History Month with the Launch of WE ARE

Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, celebrates Black History Month with the launch of WE ARE – a powerful four-part content series highlighting the stories behind today’s trailblazers, meant to empower the next generation. For more than 250 years, Hennessy has shared the remarkable stories of extraordinary individuals and continues this tradition today with its WE ARE platform.  

WE ARE CREATORS – the first video in the series – launched today and features hip hop artist A$AP Ferg; fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss; DJ and son of Jam Master Jay, TJ Mizell; and vintage designer Sami Miro. The five-minute video brings viewers into a candid conversation about the importance of art as a platform of expression, and how each artist uses their medium to push the limits of potential.

“I have always challenged myself to give 100% in everything that I do – to always strive and prosper – to never settle,” says artist and hip-hop visionary A$AP Ferg. “I am excited to work alongside Hennessy to inspire a rising generation of talent to do the same.”

In addition to the debut WE ARE CREATORS video, Hennessy will release additional content throughout February celebrating other influential voices of today.

WE ARE PROUD: Producer and performer George Twopointoh, education advocate Lincoln Stephens, and founder of TheBlackManCan, Inc. Brandon Frame discuss the importance of family and how they push the limits of their own potential

WE ARE DISRUPTORS: Musician Kenneth Whalum, co-founder of LISNR Rodney Williams, celebrity wardrobe stylist Rachel Johnson and co-founder of Driven Society Travis Weekes discuss how their individual efforts and organizations are aiding in economic equality and education within the African American community

WE ARE AMBITIOUS: The series will culminate later this month during an intimate event in NYC where select participants will come together for a live discussion that puts a spotlight on the importance of ambition in building an enduring legacy

Hennessy has a long history of supporting the African American community in the United States, dating back to the late 1800s. William Jay Schieffelin, the visionary behind stateside marketing for the Cognac brand at the turn of the century, pushed the brand into unchartered territory with a formal partnership with a highly regarded Historically Black College and University. In 1909, Hennessy became the first corporate sponsor of one of the most pivotal civil rights organizations and, years later, became among the first advertisers in two of the world’s most prominent African American publications. More recently, in 2012, Hennessy launched its “Wild Rabbit” campaign designed to inspire and celebrate those who “Never stop. Never settle.” Over the years, faces of the campaign have included several cultural luminaries such as Nas, and, most recently, world champion cyclist, Marshall “Major” Taylor.

Hennessy invites consumers to toast to their continued “Never stop. Never settle.” journeys with the Hennessy V.S Ginger cocktail. 

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. Hennessy V.S

3 ½ oz. ginger ale

Lime wedge

Ginger slices

Method

Pour Hennessy V.S into highball glass, add cubed ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh slices of ginger.

For more information and to watch the content series, visit Hennessy.com or YouTube.com/HennessyUS, Facebook.com/Hennessy or Instagram.com/hennessyus.

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5 Cocktails To Celebrate Repeal Day

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, ending Prohibition and reestablishing the right to legally enjoy a cocktail. Now that’s something to celebrate! If you’re looking for place to raise your glass to Repeal Day, visit one of the below Atlanta restaurants and they’ll be more than happy to make one for you! Grab the recipe to enjoy these featured cocktails at home and continue the celebration all month long! Happy sipping!

Photo Courtesy of Atlas

Atlas’ Winter Warmer

1oz mezcal

.75 Captain Morgan

.25 Grand Marnier

.75 lemon

.25 vanilla syrup

.25 Cocchi Torino Vermouth

.25 spiced apple shrub

Directions: Mix ingredients and place in glass. Top with hot water and garnish with orange wheel and star anise. 

Atlas

88 W Paces Ferry Rd NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

(404) 600-6471

Photo Courtesy of STK Atlanta

STK Peppermint Prosecco 

5oz Prosecco

1oz peppermint liquor

1 Chocolate Bar

3 Candy Canes

Directions:Rim champagne flute with melted chocolate. Finish rim with crushed candy cane. Garnish with mini candy cane.

1075 Peachtree St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 793-0144

Photos Courtesy of Mia Yakel

Dantanna’s Espresso Old Fashioned

1 1/2 ounces Knob Rye

1 shot of espresso

1/4 ounce simple syrup

2 dashes orange bitters

2 dashes chocolate bitters

Garnish with orange twist

Directions:Combine Knob Rye, espresso, simple syrup, orange bitters and chocolate bitters in a mixing glass. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over one large ice cube, or cubed ice. Garnish the cocktail with an orange twist.

3400 Around Lenox Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 760-8873
Photo Courtesy of Tomas Espinoza

Park Tavern’s Salted Caramel

1 oz Svedka Vanilla

1/2 oz Whisper Creek

6 oz Coffee

A dollop of Whipped Cream

A Caramel Drizzle

Sprinkled with a pinch of Sea Salt

Directions: Combine Svedka Vodka, Whisper Creek, coffee and ice into a shaker tin and mix. Strain into a glass and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Drizzle caramel over the whipped cream and sprinkle with a pinch of Sea Salt.

Park Tavern

500 10th St NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 249-0001

Photo Courtesy of City Winery

City Winery’s Mullin’ It Over

1 bottle of dry red wine

1 orange, zested

8 dried cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

4 dried star anise

4 Tbsp honey

4 oz. brandy

Directions: Add all ingredients to stockpot and heat over low. Be careful not to boil. Continue simmering for at least 30 minutes. Strain and serve garnished with an orange slice and cinnamon stick. This recipe works great in a crock pot.

City Winery

Ponce City Market

650 North Ave NE

Suite #201

Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 946-3791

Where to get a Proper Mai Tai in Atlanta

If you’re like me, you can appreciate a very carefully crafted cocktail. If I find a place that does that, expect me to be a return customer. A few months ago, a group of my closest friends and I met up at S.O.S Tiki Bar in downtown Decatur, GA. I had heard many great things about this place and was eager to get in there and see what it was all about. We had the best time! The food, the cocktails and good vibes all played a part in that most awesome night with my friends.

S.O.S Tiki Bar Decatur, GA

S.O.S Tiki Bar is a very cozy bar, but it has lots of personality. It kind of feels like you’ve traveled somewhere tropical and fun. Expect bartenders wearing shirts with palm trees while serving up tropical cocktail. Some with a bit of fire for that dramatic flair. The cocktail menu is amazing! Trust me, I’ve had all of them. Get there early and enjoy their rotating happy hour punch for only $5 until they run out! So much bang for your buck!

S.O.S Tiki Bar Cocktail Menu Decatur, GA

Today was National Mai Tai Day so I grabbed a friend and headed to S.O.S Tiki Bar to have a proper Mai Tai. And boy was it proper! It’s just dreamy…..

S.O.S Tiki Bar Mai Tai

More awesome reason to check out S.OS Tiki Bar…

S.O.S Tiki Bar

340 Church St

Decatur, GA 30030

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6 P.M. till LATE

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU #StarWarsDay

It’s Star Wars Day! The first movie I ever saw in the theater was The Return of the Jedi. My dad took me and I was beyond excited. I was a little girl with Afro puffs, mesmerized by the way of the Jedi. These movies are just the best! On May 25th, Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters for another amazing anthology. Until then, I sip on this intergalactic cocktail fit for the finest Jedi. What’s your favorite movie in the Star War series?

Drink This You Will

1/2 teaspoon matcha

1/2 cup hot water

1/2 oz organic agave nectar

1 1/2 oz 100% agave tequila blanco

1 lime quartered

5 mint leaves

smoked salt to salt rim.

ice

Combine hot water and matcha and whisk; sit inside refrigerator to cool.

Muddle lime and mint in shaker.

Add matcha tea, tequila, agave nectar, and ice.

Shake.

Pour into ice filled glass, with salted rim.

Garnish with mint leaf.

Sip & Enjoy

Cocktail Chronicles: Happy Hour at The Heights

So I’m scrolling through my Facebook feed this afternoon and what do I stumble upon? The good people at The Heights mixing up something amazing. Apparently today is International Whiskey Day. Gasp! How did I miss this very important day? To make this potential run even more tempting, Happy Hour was starting in about 15 minutes and this drink, I was watching them make on Facebook Live, was on menu. I didn’t ponder too much longer, minutes later I was in the car headed to downtown Toledo.

Before I knew it, I was on the 12th floor of the Renaissance Hotel, enjoying my whiskey cocktail. I went with the featured cocktail, the Whiskey Renaissance. This cocktail was simple, but amazing! It was made with one of my favorite whiskeys, Bulleit Rye Whiskey. Added to the glass, was a bourbon-barrel aged orange liqueur from a local distillery, The Toledo Spirits Company. Next a bit of lemon and simple syrup. Then, my favorite part, the cocktail was topped with Malbec.

Visually, the cocktail was beautiful. That wine just hanging out at the top to the glass made it very sexy. My first, second, third, and every sip after that were just as amazing as the next. I will definitely be back for this cocktail again, as I sit back and enjoy the city views. What whiskey cocktail were you sipping on today?

The Heights is located in the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo, Ohio. Be sure to take advantage of their Happy Hour specials daily from 4-7pm.