Articles Tagged: Holidays & Themes

Memorial Day Food & Drink Recipes

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In honor of those who have died in service to the country, America celebrates Memorial Day on the last Monday of May. It’s also a great time to say thanks to men and women who have served or are still serving in our military.

Since many people have the day off, it’s also one of the biggest barbecue and picnic days of the year. If you’ll be spending the day outdoors, here are some food … Read more

Eddie & Jimmy Russell to Help Bring Soldiers Home for Father’s Day

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Father-son distillers partner with Operation Once in a Lifetime to raise funds to send servicemen and women home for Father’s Day. During the month of June, Russell’s Reserve will donate a portion of its sales to Operation Once in a Lifetime (OOIAL). The donation will help OOIAL provide financial assistance to allow men and women of the armed forces the opportunity to fly home and spend some much deserved time with their families.

Having spent

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Bourbon Balls

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Bourbon is magic, and bless Kentucky for giving it to us!

This Southern treat takes less than 30 minutes to whip up and is perfect for a whole host of occasions — Kentucky Derby, Christmas, Wednesday nights…

The bourbon flavor deepens over time, so leftovers (if there are any!) aren’t a problem. They keep for 12-15 days if stored in an airtight container.

Ingredients

1 cup crushed vanilla wafers
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons … Read more

Kentucky Apple Sour

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In honor of the Kentucky Derby, here’s a recipe from our book, DIY Cocktails. Horse racing and bourbon go hand in hand, but you don’t have to be in the stands wearing your best seersucker suit or fancy hat to enjoy a little bit of Kentucky at home!

Ingredients:
1 ½ oz bourbon
½ oz Grand Marnier
½ oz  fresh apple juice
½ oz  fresh lemon juice

Directions:
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail … Read more

Cinco de Mayo Food and Drinks

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here’s a quick and easy guide to everything you need to know to have a tasty holiday, Drink of the Week style. Enjoy!

    Not exactly sure what you’re celebrating? Here’s a brief primer on Cinco de Mayo.
     
    Margaritas are an essential part of the party. Here’s a classic Margarita recipe, plus a few variations.
     
    Try these twists: Arizona Margarita made with prickly pear, Piña Perfection Margarita with pineapple juice and Blood

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Paloma

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Margaritas are a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But they’re not the only way! Here’s one of my favorite tequila cocktails, the Paloma. This cocktail is a tall, cool and not too sweet. Tequila, lime and grapefruit juice (or soda). So nice on a hot day.

Ingredients:
2 oz tequila (blanco or reposado)
1 oz lime juice
4-5 oz grapefruit juice or soda
1 pinch of salt

Directions:
Build in a tall glass … Read more

Mango Margarita

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Fresh mango is fantastic. It’s lightly sweet, and its tropical flavor can instantly transport you to a relaxing place. Put that in a margarita and you have a winner!

This delightful fresh mango margarita will pair equally well with spicy food on Cinco de Mayo or a lovely brunch or picnic on Mother’s Day. I may just do both … it’s that good.Read more

Michelada

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Looking for a new way to drink beer? Want to skip the tequila this Cinco de Mayo? Try a Michelada. It’s a Mexican beer cocktail!

Some beer companies have started selling Michelada premixed in cans. The canned varieties have been, in my experience, well, gross. And it’s so easy and cheap to make, there’s no reason to risk a bad Michelada.

There are many variations on the recipe out there. This one is just the … Read more

What is Cinco de Mayo?

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May 5th marks the day that Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo to commemorate Mexico’s victory over the French in 1862. Interestingly, Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated in Mexico. Here are a few little known facts about Cinco de Mayo:

    California started celebrating Cinco de Mayo in 1863 (with national celebrations in the United States starting in the 1940s)
    Cinco de Mayo is credited with helping the Union win the Civil War (by preventing the

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Tips for Spicing Up Your Margarita

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If you love the spice, as I do, why not add a little heat to your Cinco de Mayo margaritas? From easy-peasy to a wee bit involved, here are some ways to spice it up:

    Instead of a plain salt rim, use a combination of kosher salt and cayenne pepper OR kosher salt and chili powder to rim your glass. We have simple instructions on how to rim a glass, if you need a refresher.

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