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…..

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.

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 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!

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….

#CrownYourGameDay Tomorrow with Crown Royal Regal Apple

#CrownYourGameDay Tomorrow with Crown Royal Regal Apple

Tomorrow’s the big game and it’s time to #CrownYourGameDay with Crown Royal. Earlier this week we brought you the Wicked Hot Toddy featuring Crown Royal Vanilla. It’s a wicked awesome cocktail sure to keep you New England fans warm in this mid-winter freeze, however like the rest of the country not living in New England (or New Orleans), we have to highlight the Rams here this year. So today, we bring to you the L.A. Crownberry Apple Cocktail.

Crown Royal wants to make sure your tailgate, viewing party, or just the privacy of your living room is at peak performance for the big game. We’re proud to showcase both cocktails for you an your guests to enjoy.

#CrownYourGameDay with Crown Royal Vanilla

#CrownYourGameDay with Crown Royal Vanilla

Whether hosting a viewing party or a tailgate, #CrownYourGameDay and cheer on the final two teams with the smooth and flavorful taste of Crown Royal this Sunday! We’re happy to work with Crown Royal to make sure you bring your A Game to the showdown this weekend. Whether you’re cheering for the Rams or if you’re a front-running Patriots fan (just kidding, sorta) we want to make sure you and your company have a good time. So we paired up with Crown Royal and using two of their signature products; Crown Royal Regal Apple and Crown Royal Vanilla to add two awesome cocktails to your playbook.

Sweeten up Valentine's Day with Sweet Rosé

Sweeten up Valentine's Day with Sweet Rosé

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and life’s about to get a little extra sweeter. Whether you are celebrating with your beau, gal or your damn self, open up a bottle of Castello del Poggio Sweet Rosé to help celebrate the special night. 

Seductive, fruity and crisp, Castello del Poggio’s Sweet Rosé is great before and after dinner. So whether the plan is to open a bottle to impress your girlfriend, sweeten up an anti-Valentine’s day party or pour one out for the swipe lefts and then a generous pour for yourself as you get into the tub -  you’ll never want this wine to stop flowing.