Final Four Mocktails

So, sometimes it’s okay to forgo booze and just get all pumped up on Red Bull. With March Madness at its height, there’s no better time to feel all that energy coursing through your veins as your team (or, at least, the team that you put as a winner in the office pool) is taking the other to task. Or something like that.

Sports!

Anyway, here are four Red Bull cocktails for all your sports-watching needs.

Orange Sunset Swish

  • 1/2 Jalapeño Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Grenadine Syrup
  • 3/4 cup Red Bull Orange Edition
  • Lime Wedge

Method: Gently muddle the jalapeño and grenadine syrup in a hi-ball glass. Add ice, pour Red Bull Orange Edition into glass and stir all contents together. Squeeze lime wedge over beverage.

Courtside Colada

  • 3/4 cup Piña Colada Mix
  • 1 cup (8oz) of chopped strawberries
  • 2 whole strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Red Bull Yellow Edition
  • 2 cups of ice

Method: With the exception of the 2 whole strawberries, place all ingredients into a blender and blend for 10 seconds. Pour into (2) 16 oz Hurricane glasses and garnish each glass with 1 whole strawberry.

Blackberry Buzzer Beater

 

  • 6 blackberries, reserve 1 for garnish
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger root, peeled
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup Red Bull Blue Edition

Method: Muddle the 5 blackberries and ginger in a low-ball glass. Pour lemon juice to mixture and Red Bull Blue Edition into glass and add ice. Stir all contents together and garnish with a blackberry.

Cosmic Red Rebound

 

  • 8 red seedless grapes
  • 2 basil leaves
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1/4 cup Red Bull Red Edition
  • 1 orange slice for garnish

Method: Muddle the red seedless grapes and two basil leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add the orange juice and ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour drink into a martini glass. Top with 2 oz Red Bull Red Edition and garnish with an orange slice.

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Congrats to St. Augustine Distillery

St. Augustine Distillery has a special place in my heart—they’re great people making great stuff in a fun little place. If you haven’t been to St. Augustine, it’s well worth a trip (good food, interesting sites, great booze).

That being said, it was great to hear that the distillery’s Pot Distilled Rum, released in January, was awarded a gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Congrats to them!

 

 

Cocktail of the Day: Möet Afternoon Ice

This one is just in time to celebrate while watching the Miami Open.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial
  • 2 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz St. Germain
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 4 quarter wedges grapefruit

Method: In a large rocks or wine glass, pour grapefruit juice and St. Germain over ice. Stir in the salt, mint and grapefruit wedges. Top with Moët Ice.

Cocktail of the Day: The Slam Dunk

(I may not be making a bracket, but I could get into March Madness if it was made entirely of cocktails like this.)

Created by Dana Richardson, TAG Restaurant, Denver

Ingredients:

  • 13 oz. The Famous Grouse
  • 6.5 oz. The Famous Mint Tea
  • 1 bottle Bordeaux Red Wine
  • 3.25 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • 3 Naval or Blood Oranges
  • 13 Whole Star Anise Pods

Method:  Using a microplane grater remove the zest from 2 of the oranges over a pot or slow cooker.  Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.  As soon as it begins to simmer, lower the heat to the low setting.  After 5 minutes, serve into punch or tea cups. 

Use a channel knife to cut the orange into twists and add 1 to each drink with a star anise pod.

(Makes 13 servings)