Monday, April 2, 2012

Tired of the Regular National Holidays? Try these Spirited Holidays Instead!

Spring is here, but it’s the summer months that seem to have your calendar booked. There’s not only Memorial Day and Fourth of July, but also your best friend’s wedding and that vacation you’ve been planning all year. It does not matter how busy you are this summer, Godiva Spirits, Tequila Don Julio and Zacapa Rum want to help you celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day (yes there is a way for adults to celebrate that with a little booze), National Tequila Day and National Rum Day. While you have the calendar out, make note of these spirited occasions and be sure to raise a glass with one of these delicious cocktails to toast to the summer of 2012.

An entire day devoted to chocolate ice cream? No way, who comes up with this? Not us but we can tell you how to indulge in this scrumptious holiday with a twist on a traditional chocolate milkshake made with Godiva Chocolate Vodka. This delicious treat will be sure to cool you off in the summer heat.

It’s been twenty days since July 4th has passed, so you’re due for another celebration so get your BBQ grill and cocktails ready for National Tequila Day! Enjoy a Jalapeno Watermelon Margarita made with Tequila Don Julio Blanco alongside your perfectly grilled summer fare.

Summer’s winding down, but the sun is still hot so try the Añejo Highball made with Zacapa Rum 23. While you’re lounging by the pool, this cocktail will be sure to keep you cool on National Rum Day. Since you have become a spirits connoisseur throughout the summer, you can also enjoy the ultra-premium sipping rum over a single large ice cube to appreciate its deep, rich flavor.

Godiva Chocolate Milkshake
By Chicago Mixologist, Revae Schneider

1 ounce Godiva Mocha Liqueur
2/3 ounce Godiva Chocolate Vodka
1/2 ounce Mezcal
2 scoops Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
2 dashes Orange Bitters

1. Combine Godiva Mocha Liqueur, Godiva Chocolate Vodka, mezcal, dark chocolate ice cream and orange bitters into a blender. Blend until frothy.
2. Pour contents into a Soda Fountain Glass.

Ideal Serving Glass:
Soda Fountain Glass

1 drink

Jalapeno Watermelon Margarita

1 1/2 ounce Tequila Don Julio Blanco
1 1/2 ounce fresh watermelon juice
3/4 ounce agave nectar
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 slice of jalapeno
Lime wheel for garnish

Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh watermelon juice, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker.
Add a small slice of jalapeno and allow the heat to transpire for 15 minutes.
Add ice. Shake vigorously.
Strain contents over ice into a rocks glass.
Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ideal Serving Glass:
Rocks Glass

1 drink

Añejo Highball
By New York City Mixologist, Naren Young

1 1/2 ounces Zacapa Rum
1 ounce Orange Curacao
1 ounce Ginger Syrup
3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1 dash of Bitters
Soda water for top

In a cocktail shaker, combine Zacapa Rum, Orange curacao, ginger syrup, fresh lime juice and bitters.
Shake and strain over ice into a Highball glass.
Top with soda water.

Ideal Serving Glass:
Highball glass

1 drink

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