Springtime with Smirnoff

Springtime with Smirnoff

Spring has officially sprung! With the weather getting warmer, there’s no better time to freshen up your go to cocktails with something new!

Whether you’re enjoying the warm weather and a Smirnoff Ice Raspberry Peach Bellini Pop during a picnic with your beau or sipping on some chilled Smirnoff Seltzer Raspberry Rosé Frosé on a rooftop with your besties, we’ve got you covered. Check out these recipes and let us know what you think….

Empire Presents: Easter Cocktails!

Empire Presents: Easter Cocktails!

Easter Sunday marks the unofficial start of spring with pastel colored eggs and marshmallow candies designed as bunnies or birds. It’s the perfect time to trade in our warm and cozy cocktails for something bright and fresh. This Easter, and throughout the warm months, celebrate with cocktails that are delicious and easy to recreate at home….

Kentucky Derby Essentials: Bulleit 12YO Aged Rye

Kentucky Derby Essentials: Bulleit 12YO Aged Rye

In 2011, Bulleit changed the whiskey landscape forever by introducing Bulleit Rye at the request of bartenders from around the world who were interested in re-imagining classic, pre-Prohibition cocktails. Eight years, and multiple San Francisco World Spirts Competition Double Gold medals* later for Bulleit Rye, the category that Bulleit helped build is booming as consumers seek new, unique and premium offerings. To continue its commitment to exploration and fulfilling the desire of whiskey drinkers, Bulleit announced recently the nationwide, limited availability release of Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey….

International Whiskey Day: Roe and Co Irish Whiskey

International Whiskey Day: Roe and Co Irish Whiskey

Ladies and gentlemen, Roe & Co Irish Whiskey has officially landed in select U.S. markets, most notably behind your favorite cocktail bar as a unique foundation for mixologists to build new, innovative libations. Created in partnership between Diageo Master Blender Caroline Martin and five leading Dublin-based bartenders, Roe & Co ushers in a new era of Irish whiskey with its contribution to cutting-edge cocktail culture. The Irish Whiskey scene in the U.S. has absolutely exploded over the last few years, with interest rising well over 1,000% since 2002 according to the Distilled Spirits Council!…

Spring into National Cocktail Day!

Spring into National Cocktail Day!

We’re officially in spring and hopefully those cold snowy days of winter are behind us. Grass is turning green and the flowers are getting ready to bloom. A big added bonus to the start of spring is National Cocktail Day which falls on Sunday March 24 this year! In honor of the holiday we wanted to highlight and feature the following recipes. Last month we worked with Partida Blanco and Diplomatico Rum for our Oscar’s Cocktail Series and we enjoyed them so much we figured why not give them another go for National Cocktail Day! Also we welcome newcomer to Empire Mixology Chase Vodka into the mix. We highlighted three awesome signature cocktails below for you to enjoy the springtime this year. So let's get shaking…..

The Ultimate Red, White & Boozy Bash

The Ultimate Red, White & Boozy Bash

With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer that means that summer fun is right around the corner. Smirnoff believes that fun times are even better when everyone’s included, and you don’t need an exclusive guest list or fancy charcuterie plate to turn up the fun! That’s why the brand is launching Smirnoff Party Pitch to celebrate the upcoming return of the summer fan favorite, Smirnoff Red, White & Berry…..

The Floradora

The Floradora

Meet your new favorite springtime cocktail. This highball is sure to make your list of delectable delights and was previously featured here at Empire Mixology for the 2019 Oscar’s as a nominee cocktail. This light and crisp cocktail also has a delightful sweetness to it. The combination of raspberrys and ginger ale helps to mask the bite of the vodka, creating a finish that will be sure to please your palate and those of your guests as well. Trust us, try this one.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Vodka

  • 4 oz. Ginger Ale

  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

  • 3-5 Fresh Raspberries

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.5 Stars

  • Served:      on the Rocks

  • Strength:   Mild

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

In a shaker add raspberrys and vodka and muddle thoroughly. Add vodka and ice and shake until chilled. Strain into highball glass with fresh ice and raspberries. Top with ginger ale.

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The Rob Roy

The Rob Roy

Hailing from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, the Rob Roy is an 1894 cocktail that is very spirit forward with a flavorful finish due to the Angostura Bitters. The drink is named after an opera of the time period based on the Scottish folk hero Rob Roy McGregor. Although not an IBA Official Cocktail, the Rob Roy is a solid Scotch Whisky cocktail option that is meany for sipping and casual enjoyment.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Scotch Whisky

  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Spiced

Method:

Stirred over ice, strained into a chilled glass, garnished, and served straight up, or mixed in rocks glass, filled with ice.

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Oscar's Cocktails: Ravo Vodka

Oscar's Cocktails: Ravo Vodka

Our final two cocktails in our Oscar’s Cocktail series features the non-GMO and all organic Ravo Vodka. This is a vodka from a company who gives a damn about the product. It tastes fresh and refreshing and has a smooth palatable finish that easily can be mixed into a wide array of cocktails. Today we picked two awesome recipes to enjoy while watching the Academy Awards tonight; the Rooftop Lemonade and the Floradora. The first recipe is crisp and refreshing and if you’re watching Hollywood tonight from a warm and tropical place (jealous), then try out the Ravo Rooftop Lemonade! The Floradora is a massive crowd pleaser that will become your new favorite once you try it. The fresh raspberry flavor combined with the ginger ale makes the cocktail sweet yet spiced…

Oscar's Cocktails: The Famous Grouse Scotch Whisky

Oscar's Cocktails: The Famous Grouse Scotch Whisky

Today we’re continuing our Oscar’s Cocktail Series and we’re focusing on The Famous Grouse Smoky Black Scotch Whisky. This whisky is full of flavor and has a superior finish. Perfect standalone or in a spirit-forward cocktail, the Famous Grouse has certainly put together a solid Scotch for the masses. Scotch is always a challenge to mix due to its complex tasting notes and signature peat flavoring. We found two great cocktails to try out with this Smoky Black Scotch; the Godfather and the Rob Roy. After all, it’s the Academy Awards; why not have a cocktail named after the greatest movie ever made and a famous folk hero….

Oscar's Cocktails: Partida Old Fashioned

Oscar's Cocktails: Partida Old Fashioned

The next nominee for our Oscar’s Cocktail series is the Partida Old Fashioned. This take on the classic Old Fashioned uses its namesake; Partida Tequila which is a fantastic 100% natural and 100% Mexican tequila of great quality. This cocktail is perfect to sit down and enjoy the show tomorrow. This is definitely one of our more cozy and calm cocktails that makes for a relaxing evening watching the best in film be honored for their achievements…

Oscar's Cocktails: The Diplo Daiquiri

Oscar's Cocktails: The Diplo Daiquiri

Our second nominee for the Oscar’s Series of Cocktails is the Diplo Daiquiri, featuring Diplomatico Rum. We were super excited to try this one out due to our affinity for Rum products and Diplomatico absolutely impressed. Although typically enjoyed as a sipping rum, this Venezuelan export is a perfect addition to this classic recipe and creates a smooth aftertaste and finish to a worldwide favorite cocktail. This is a perfect recipe to enjoy with company as you watch this year’s nominees at the Academy Awards! You can even make this recipe in larger batches as well…

Oscar's Cocktails: The Benham's Cocktail

Oscar's Cocktails: The Benham's Cocktail

Meet the first nominee in our Academy Awards/Oscar’s Cocktail series; the Benham’s Cocktail. If you haven’t tried Benham’s Sonoma Dry Gin, well then you’re missing out big time. This gin is absolutely one of the most versatile brands we’ve had the privilege of working with. We used Benham’s in this recipe as a take on the classic Vesper cocktail. The Vesper was one of James Bond’s signature cocktails alongside the Martini, so why not choose this classy, elegant, and tasty cocktail to enjoy as you watch the stars of Hollywood descend upon this year’s Academy Awards.

The Frosé

The Frosé

Meet the pinnacle of our Valentine’s Day cocktail series. The Frosé is a fun and flavorful cocktail that includes perennial favorite rosé wine and the fruity flavors of fresh watermelon and strawberries. This cocktail is perfect for date night or just keeping cool in the summer heat as well. There’s nothing quite like the combination of sweet watermelon and tart strawberry. We originally used Castello del Poggio’s Sweet Rosé line for this recipe. We highly recommend using fresh fruit and freezing it yourself to guarantee ingredient quality, however the store-bought frozen fruit works just as well. Try our luxurious libation recipe and keep cool in the heat and have fun that can’t be beat.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Rosé Wine to (preference)

  • 1 cup frozen watermelon

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Frozen

  • Strength:   Light

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Fruity

Method:

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add more ice for a thicker consistency. Serve immediately garnished with fresh fruit.

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Castello del Poggio and the Frosé

Castello del Poggio and the Frosé

Here she is folks, the final cocktail in our Castello del Poggio Valentine’s Day Sweet Rose Cocktails (that’s a mouthful). This was our absolute favorite cocktail creation using the new Castello del Poggio Sweet Rosé. Absolutely delectable and delightful, the combination of crisp rosé and mouthwatering watermelon and strawberries creates a truly amazing cocktail. This recipe is perfect if you’re lucky enough to spend your Valentine’s Day somewhere nice and tropical, or if you’re looking for that perfect dessert drink to impress your significant other (or yourself, no shame here). Save this recipe for your summertime cocktail list too, as this cocktail is too good to limit to just one season or holiday.….

Smirnoff Valentine's Day Cocktails You'll Adore

Smirnoff Valentine's Day Cocktails You'll Adore

With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, we just couldn’t finish our cocktail series without adding a few flashbacks from last year. We teamed back up with Smirnoff and their Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Rosé to bring you two more cocktails this year. Whether you’re celebrating with the squad or just having a romantic afternoon with your loved one, these cocktails are light, crisp, and flavorful. We encourage you to try both and see what you like best. From all of us at Empire Mixology, we wish you and your loved ones, dog, cat, yourself, etc. a Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Rosé Lemonade

The Rosé Lemonade

A perfect Valentine’s Day or springtime afternoon cocktail, the Rosé Lemonade is simple, light, and refreshing. The rosé creates a unique twist on the homemade lemonade without adding the punch of a harder spirit. We originally created this cocktail during the Valentine’s Day season with Castello del Poggio and their Sweet Rosé line and it quickly became a major hit. If you don’t feel like going through the motions of making homemade lemonade, store-bought will substitute fine. Try out our relaxing afternoon cocktail creation and let us know what you think!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Rosé Wine

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 cup cold water

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:   Light

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

To make the lemonade, combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Let cool. Add the fresh lemon juice and water to the sugar mixture and stir to dissolve. Refrigerate until cold. Before serving, mix the lemonade with the rosé wine. Divide between two glasses and serve.

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The Rosé Lemonade and Castello del Poggio

The Rosé Lemonade and Castello del Poggio

Perfect for a pitcher or just two simple cocktails to enjoy privately, the Rosé Lemonade is everything a relationship should be; simple and damn good! The Rosé Lemonade is remarkably simple to make and is very sweet and refreshing. We’re glad we got to work with a brand like Castello del Poggio this year and their Sweet Rosé line. We highly recommend you and your date (or your damn self!) try this cocktailt o unwind on what should be a fantastic and memorable Valentine’s Day. Stay with us as we reveal our fourth and final cocktail for Valentine’s Day this year later next week!

The Funny Valentine

The Funny Valentine

This light and crisp cocktail is perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner date, or just a romantic evening with your loved one. This past Valentine’s Day we had a love affair with Rosé; specifically Castello Del Poggio Sweet Rosé, so when they provided us with this recipe we couldn’t help but share it to you. This cocktail has a light flavor to it that also maintain a certain sweetness with a crisp finish. It’s a perfect sipping cocktail and is sure to bring a smile to your personal Valentine.

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Ingredients:

  • 0.5 oz. Gin

  • 2 oz. Rosé Wine

  • 2 dashes simple syrup

  • 0.4 oz. lemon juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Mild

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

Combine simple syrup, lemon juice, and gin in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass, then top with rosé.

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Castello del Poggio's The Funny Valentine

Castello del Poggio's The Funny Valentine

Valentine’s Day rapidly approaches and we have just what you need to complement that perfect dinner you’re planning. We continue to sweeten the season by working with Castello del Poggio and their refreshing and seductive Sweet Rosé. You’ll never want their wine to stop flowing, so why not add some of it to this amazingly light and refreshing cocktail creation. We absolutely loved this one and we know you will too….