Who knew the land of Bollywood is also the land of vodka-wood? SMOKE LAB is India’s new age vodka (translation: India’s first-ever homegrown, luxury vodka) and they’re as pumped about Spring’s arrival as we are. Which means, draaaanks. And they’ve got a delicious one for us to "cheers" during those April Showers and May Flowers.
SMOKE & TONIC
1 oz. Smoke Vodka Classic
1/2 oz. Aperol
1/2 oz. White Wine
Grapefruit tonic water
Fresh grapefruit and rice water shrub
Shake all ingredients together. Strain into a tall glass with ice and top with tonic. Garnish with a long orange peel and serve.
First, there was National Margarita Day. Now, there’s National Moscow Mule Day!! We can get behind this, most def. Oh, MMD is March 3rd. And because it would be un-American to not celebrate a drinking holiday… Well, here’s a mule that’s not a complete ass. See what we did there? Mules are half donkey, half horse…
Just drink this.
Traditional Moscow Mule
5 oz Ginger Beer
1.5 oz Premium Vodka
0.5 oz lime juice
Fill a highball glass or copper mug with ice. Pour in your favorite vodka and squeeze in the lime juice, leaving the lime shell in the glass. Then pour in the Ginger Beer and gently stir.
Did you miss the holiday on February 22nd? Not the “I-dumped-my-significant other-after-I-got-the-Valentine’s-gifts-I-wanted” holiday. The 22nd was National Margarita Day!
Why don’t we have this day off? Seriously. Perhaps you couldn’t indulge because it was a weekday and adulting, blah, blah, bah. Our Crack Wise-dom has us thinking we should margarita more now through Cinco de Mayo. That’s, what—a good two-ish solid months of perfecting our Cinco de Drinko game?
Here’s a recipe to get your started.
Peach Sriracha Margarita
1.5 oz. Island Oasis Aseptic Peach
1 oz. Island Oasis Margarita Mix
2.5 oz water (for dilution)
1 oz. Tequila (or more)
1/2 t. Sriracha
Shake ingredients with ice: strain over clean ice and serve.
*don’t know if this one’s gonna burn—in and out
Though we believe fervently that we're not going to drag the same ol' bullshizz into a new year, whelp... 2021 is here and guess what?
With that said, we roll on. And Valentine's Day is almost here. So, let's celebrate. Keep doing what you're doing and get your romantical drink on at home. Our boozie bestie, Tavour has the hookup with over 600 independent craft breweries to ship the country's best beers right to your door.
Scotty Hunter of Urban Artifact in Ohio says beers have evolved, and so has our palates.
"I think the way beer has evolved to express so many different flavor concepts over the years has lent itself to many more occasions. We often see breweries push this with Valentine's day 'themed' beers typically involving chocolate, but there are very elegant barrel aged sours and wine hybrids, as well."
Scotty would love for us to put our lips on his peach-- Love Letter Peach Sour Ale.
To create this brew, they used over 3,200 pounds of fresh, white peaches per batch. Damn! The smoothie-like pour is thick like puree and smells like a slice of fresh peach. A taste of creamy vanilla beans adds smooth sweetness to the finish. It's like a Bellini, but more luxuriant.
Sold! Tavour, here we come.
Plus, who doesn't like to eat a peach? On Valentine's Day, especially...
Okay. We see you, Yankee Candle. There was a time we may have dropped a lot of cash on your good-smelling things. We still love you, but we’re grown now. And... you know, bills and stuff.
But… we still turn to you to mood-set our homestead. We love you even more now that you’re offering up drink recipes with your candle expertise.
Cheers yourself every day—or maybe every day you have breakfast—with this sinfully wonderful sip that tastes as good as the candle smells.
White Strawberry Bellini
3/4 cup ice
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
6 fresh strawberries for garnish
Add strawberries and ice to blender. Blend until ice and strawberries are smooth. Add powdered sugar, a teaspoon at a time, to your desired sweetness level. Pour strawberry puree into glass. Top with sparkling wine, and garnish with a fresh strawberry.
The cracked Crack Wise Staff-- warriors of the Funformation Movement.