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.


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.


Cocktail of the Day: Emerald Daiquiri


  • 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Melon Balls or Lime Wheels

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass with an optional sugared rim. Garnish with a melon ball and/or lime wheel on the rim.

Cocktail of the Day: The Leap Year Margarita

Created by Stephen Halpin, Parliament (Dallas, TX)


  • 2 oz Gran Patrón Platinum
  • .75 oz Patrón Citrónge Lime
  • .75 oz Key Lime Juice
  • .25 oz Yuzu Juice
  • 2 Barspoons Key Lime Zest

Method: Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and add liquid nitrogen. Stir consistently for 7 – 10 minutes until the liquid becomes a sorbet consistency.  Add to a chilled coupe glass and top with a pearl of Patrón Citrónge Orange caviar*.

*Trade secret to Parliament.

A little about Getting Lit

Getting Lit started as a series of author interviews about new books over at Entropy. In the series, I talked about the authors’ new books and then crafted custom cocktails to go with the books. For the time being, those ventures will stay at Entropy, where I will continue to curate the series.

My motivation for starting this site was two-fold. First, I work as a spirits writer and the amount of good, boozy stuff that comes through my inbox on a daily basis is too much for the amount of pieces I write for the magazine. Countless cocktails fall by the wayside because I simply don’t have room for them.

Second, eventually, I want Getting Lit to be a podcast. I want to sit and talk with authors, bartenders, and anyone else that wants to talk with me about about books and booze.

This site, then, is where that will all, hopefully, start. I’m going to post cocktails I like/come across, links to bookish stuff, and anything else I find remotely interesting in those two realms. For the time being, I’m going to keep it casual and just attempt to post when I can. As I free up more time, I’ll start posting more frequently and expanding on some other ideas I have puttering around in my head.

For now, though, welcome. And cheers.