Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail

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Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail – Shellback Silver Rum, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Pineapple, Blueberries, Basil, Club Soda

Make way for a drink your taste buds will love! Pineapple, blueberries and basil combine in a lovely, lightly fruited, refreshing drink that is perfect for warmer weather. This drink is definitely a favorite. The barely there hint of lemon sour balances nicely with the light herbal basil notes and lilting sweetness. This pineapple, blueberry and basil cocktail combination is a terrific alternative to garden variety summer cocktail favorites that call for mint and lime. Dare to be different. Sip delicious!

Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail Recipe

Pineapple Blueberry and Basil Cocktail - Shellback Silver Rum, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Pineapple, Blueberries, Basil, Club Soda

Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail

Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

1/2 ounce Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

6 Basil Leaves

4 Pineapple Cubes – 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch roughly

25 Fresh Blueberries

1 ounce Club Soda

Blueberries & Pineapple Garnish

Muddle basil leaves, pineapple and blueberry in a cocktail shaker. Add rum, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice. Shake vigorously to infuse basil flavor into the mixture. Strain into a large rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with skewered pineapple and blueberries.

Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail - Shellback Silver Rum, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Pineapple, Blueberries, Basil, Club Soda

The Pineapple Blueberry Basil cocktail is ideal for spring and summer, Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Easter. This drink recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Green Confetti Smoothie

Green Confetti Smoothie - banana, pear, celery, kale, lemon, raspberries, agave syrup

Green Confetti Smoothie – banana, pear, celery, kale, lemon, raspberries, agave syrup

What started out as a green smoothie turned into a red and green confetti smoothie. A plain green smoothie just didn’t have the flavor I was looking for. It was kind of bland and needed a little more flavor *pop* for my taste preference. Not sugar, just some good umph!

Raspberries or blueberries seemed like the perfect option for this recipe. Berries add flavor, a pop of color and they are full of antioxidants. That’s what I hear anyway. I am not making any health or scientific claims. Berries taste good and are pretty terrific in smoothies…milkshakes, cocktails, flavored waters…the list could go on and on.

Green Confetti Smoothie - banana, pear, celery, kale, lemon, raspberries, agave syrup

Green from kale and celery sprinkled in among the red raspberry color make this a “fun-fetti” sort of smoothie

This Green Confetti Smoothie can no longer make an all green smoothie claim to fame with its red raspberry hue. But it does make a fun-fetti color instead. This smoothie makes one large single size portion or you could share it between two smaller glasses. It is filling, but I will admit to a pretty healthy appetite. A green smoothie for breakfast has never stopped me from having lunch!

Green Confetti Smoothie Recipe

Green Confetti Smoothie - banana, pear, celery, kale, lemon, raspberries, agave syrup

Green Confetti Smoothie

Green Confetti Smoothie – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

  • 1/2 Banana – I like mine with a little green still on the edges, peel and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Pear – I prefer the Asian pears with texture similar to a crisp apple, cleaned, cut into chunks, and leave the skin on
  • 3 Celery Stalks – cleaned, cut into 2 to 3 inch chunks
  • 2 Cups Kale – cleaned and torn into manageable pieces, packed into the measuring cup
  • Juice of 1 Lemon – let it warm to room temperature to get the most juice from it
  • 3/4 to 1 cup Frozen Unsweetened Raspberries – I use frozen rather than fresh to add cold to the smoothie. Flash freeze fresh raspberries if you like
  • 1/2 cup Cold Water – a little more or a little less depending on the consistency you want for your smoothie
  • Agave Syrup to Taste – I used approximately 2 teaspoons. Use honey or another sweetener of choice according to preference

Place everything in a blender. I use a Ninja blender. It blends smoothies super smooth in seconds. It crushes ice smooth like no one’s business. My margaritas are always blended super smooth without lumps of ice. Blend on level 3 or high until the mixture is smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy. A secondary note about the Ninja: I have the one that will blend an individual size portion or a full size blender size. The individual size portions have on the go lids to take with you. It’s so handy. And just so you know, this isn’t an advertisement for Ninja products. I bought mine, use it a lot and like it. It’s a good choice if you’re in the market for a new blender.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Kir Cocktail

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic - Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic – Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

A traditional Kir drink calls for dry white wine and crème de cassis with lemon twist. It is served chilled in a wine glass. Simple. Elegant. The Kir drink is said to be named in recognition of Mayor Canon Felix Kir of Dijon from the Burgundy region of France. The predominant flavor in the Kir cocktail is crème de cassis which is made from black currants. Crème de cassis originated in Burgundy.

Another version and possibly more popular is the Kir Royale. The Kir Royale exchanges dry white wine for champagne or sparkling wine and is served in a champagne flute. The Kir Royale is a sophisticated brunch favorite of many.

While we’re talking Kir cocktails, have you tried the Kir Martini? Yes, of course! The Kir Martini is 2-1/2 ounces Gin, 1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth, 1/4 ounce Crème de Cassis. Stir this mixture with ice until well chilled and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Kir Cocktail Recipe

This contemporary Kir Cocktail variation uses Barefoot Riesling still wine. It is sweeter than the dry white wine traditionally called for in the Kir. When pairing Riesling with gin rather than dry vermouth we come away with a lighter, sweeter cocktail that balances the gin botanicals. Increasing the crème de cassis adds just the right touch to offset any acidity in the cocktail. Blueberries brighten the look of the drink. But the blueberries do serve another purpose. Allow them to soak in the cocktail while you sip and you’re in for a delicious treat once you reach the bottom of the glass. The blueberries soak up some of the flavors of the Kir Cocktail in much the same way fruits soak up the flavor in sangria.

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic - Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

Kir Cocktail

Kir Cocktail – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Barefoot Riesling Wine

1 ounce New Amsterdam Gin

1/2 ounce Crème de Cassis

Fresh Blueberries Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into white wine glass. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

This Kir Cocktail recipe variation was commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly on this site and at BarefootWine.com and by following Barefoot Wine on Facebook.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito – Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

The Raspberry Watermelon Mojito takes advantage of fresh raspberries and succulent watermelon. It is light and refreshing; perfect for what we can only hope are long warm days ahead. The recipe below calls for traditional club soda topper, but take this recipe into celebratory mode by using champagne or bubblies instead.

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito Drink Recipe

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

10 to 12 Mint Sprigs

3 Watermelon Cubes – 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch roughly

6 Fresh Raspberries

1-1/2 ounce Club Soda

Mint Leaf Garnish

Muddle mint leaves, watermelon and raspberries in bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add rum, lime juice and simple syrup with ice. Shake vigorously to incorporate mint flavor into mixture. Strain into tall glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with mint leaf.

Mojito Extras

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

Make a non-alcoholic version for the kiddos with mint, raspberries and fresh watermelon juice.

While you enjoy your delicious Raspberry Watermelon Mojito, whip up a non-alcoholic version for the kiddos with raspberries, mint and watermelon juice or fresh muddled watermelon. There’s an easy recipe to follow in the non-alcoholic Watermelon Raspberry Mojito post from 2011. There are extra flavor addition ideas such as cranberry juice and lemon lime sparkling water to keep the kid’s drink fun and fabulous all season long, too.

Keep the Raspberry Watermelon Mojito in mind for backyard BBQ’s, Fourth of July parties and Memorial Day.

The Raspberry Watermelon Mojito long drink recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

All content ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Dark Cherry Manhattan

Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail - Rittenhouse Rye, Lillet Blanc, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Angostura Bitters, Orange Twist Garnish

Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail – Rittenhouse Rye, Lillet Blanc, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Angostura Bitters, Orange Twist Garnish

A well made classic Manhattan is just one of my many favorite cocktails. I seldom grow tired of trying different recreations of this particular drink. Recently I started tinkering with one of my own Manhattan variations. Though the adjustments are minor, the changes made a big difference in taste. I created the (ri)1 & the Elusive Heering recipe in April 2009 when I first started experimenting with rye. The drink seemed to need a heavier hitting rye. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey 100 proof carries just enough weight and sweetness to balance the flavors of this drink.

This dark cherry variation of the Manhattan classic cocktail is deeply satisfying. Cinnamon wafts through with just a touch of chocolate. I sampled this one evening cocktail style and again over three square cubes of ice. There were both simply divine, but each tasted a little different. To be honest, though I am a huge fan of cocktails I preferred the rocks style version better. It was deeper in flavor, richer, more complex. Drinks on the rocks last a little longer for me anyway, so I savored it a little longer. Sample this both ways and let me know what you think.

Dark Cherry Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Dark Cherry Manhattan – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey

1/2 ounce Herring Cherry Liqueur

1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

Orange Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish with fresh orange twist. Alternative: Pour mixture over one single large ice cube or two or three 1 – inch ice cubes for on the rocks serve.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com