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Cocktails and recipes inspired by Independence day. Get the grill going, invite some friends, and try one of these delicious cocktail.

Summer Cool Down: Frozen Drink Recipes

…..If you’ve survived this scorching Summer thus far, kudos, but even with July finally over, it’s only going to get worse. What better way to prepare for the brutal days of August then with some great frozen drinks to help you keep your cool. Everyone knows about the popular favorites: Classic Margarita, Pina Colada, and Daiquiri, but here are a few of my favorite frozen cocktails you might not know about.



Blue Bayou

1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 cup of Pineapples
2 oz Grapefruit Juice
1 Cup of Ice

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend to your preferred texture. Pour into a Margarita glass and Garnish with a Pineapple slice/chunk.

Hawaiian Margarita

1 1/2 oz Tequila
1/2 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Fresh or Canned Pineapples
2 oz Fresh or Frozen Strawberries
1/2 oz Sour Mix
1 Cup of Ice

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until icy. Pour into a chilled margarita glass and garnish with a Pineapple slice.


2 oz vodka
1/2 oz blue curaçao
1/2 oz cream of coconut
1/2 cup fresh or canned pineapple
1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
1/2 Cup of ice

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled margarita glass and garnish with a pineapple chunk.

Hpnotiq Margarita

1 1/2 oz Silver Tequila
1 oz Hpnotiq Liqueur
1/2 oz blue curaçao
2 oz sour mix
1 oz pineapple juice
1 Cup of Ice

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Rim a chilled margarita glass with sugar, and pour into the glass.

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Celebrating National Pina Colada Day

……..With Summer in full swing, there is no better way to fight off the hot and sticky days of July than to cool down with a nice cold and icy drink. In search of the perfect drink, look no further than the Pina Colada, which celebrates it’s national holiday on July 10th. For years The Pina Colada has gained popularity and notoriety all in the same thanks to cheesy songs, over exposure in restaurant bars, and just plain bad bartenders, but for the sake of the classic cocktail we’ll share the proper ways to make one, as well as some delicious spins on the original recipe.
…..Pina Colada is spanish for “Strained Pineapple”, and has a bit of a muddled history. It’s creations dates back to the 1800’s where Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, to boost his crew’s morale gave them a beverage or cocktail that contained coconut, pineapple and white rum. This was what would be later known as the famous piña colada. With his death in 1825, the recipe for the piña colada was lost.
…..The Pina Colada is then re-introduced in Peurto Rico on August 16, 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by its alleged creator, Ramon “Monchito” Marrero. Apparently, the hotel management had expressly requested Monchito to mix a new signature drink that would delight the demanding palates of its starstudded clientele. Monchito accepted the challenge, and after 3 intense months of blending, shaking and experimenting, the first piña colada was born. But it doesn’t stop there, also laying claim to the invention is the Barrachina Restaurant in Peurto Rico which claims in 1963 that while on a trip to South America, Mr Barrachina met a bartender who he worked with to create a drink containing pineapple juice, condensed milk, coconut creme, and ice in a blender.
…..So obviously it’s questionable history has a lot to do with its various recipes now in circulation. In addition to the various recipes claiming to be the original, there are also several variations that are purposefully different replacing specific ingredients or adding in additional ones. These variations include:

Chi Chi – Substituting the Rum with Vodka
The Miami Vice – Half of a Strawberry Daiquiri poured over a Pina Colada
The Staten Island Ferry – Coconut Rum and Pineapple Juice over ice

Today, if you go into 10 bars you will probably taste 10 different recipes, and combine that with the ability to make them at home with “ready to drink” recipes sold at your local package store (I don’t recommend these), and you’ve got a lot to choose from. Here are some of my favorite Pina Colada recipes:

Pina Colada:

  • 1 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces Coco Lopez coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • Pineapple slices
Put the ice, frozen pineapple, juice, coconut cream, and the white and dark rums into a blender. Blend until smooth and frosty. Pour the drink into 2 glasses and garnish the rim with pineapple slices.
Banana Colada 
  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled and quartered
  • 18 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 4 ounces coconut milk
  • 3 ounces dark rum
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut
Place bananas and pineapple juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Add coconut milk, rum and ice and mix until frothy. Garnish with toasted coconut.
Strawberry Colada (Miamia Vice)
  • 2 oz Frozen Strawberries (Or Strawberry Puree)
  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1 oz Coconut Rum
  • 1/2 oz Coconut milk
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/1 Cup of ice
In a blender combine all ingredients and blend until desired consistency. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a sliced Strawberry.
Now if this doesn’t keep you busy this weekend than nothing will. Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly. Class Dismissed !



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4th of July Cocktail Recipes

Happy 4th of July ! Enjoy this Independence day by cooling off with one of these delicious cocktails.

The 4th of July Cocktail (Courtesy of Guy Fieri)

  • 1 oz watermelon schnapps
  • 1 big splash Cranberry juice
  • 1 very thin slice jalapeno or serrano pepper
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 slice lime
  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/4 oz blue curacao
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Watermelon wedge, for garnish (optional)

Mix the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass. Muddle the jalapeno pepper, lemon and lime slices, tequila, blue curacao and simple syrup (to make a batch, dissolve sugar in equal parts hot water and chill) in the shaker. Slowly strain into the glass over the red layer. Garnish with watermelon, if desired.
The Red White & Blue Cocktail ( Created by The Professional Drinker)

1/2 oz Ciroc Vodka
1/2 oz Ciroc Red Berry Vodka
1/2 oz Ciroc Coconut Vodka
3 oz Cranberry Juice
Splash of Lime Juice

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Have a Happy 4th of July and remember to DRINK RESPONSIBLY ! Class dismissed !


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Summer Fun With Hpnotiq: Hpnotiq Cocktail Recipes

Hypnotiq, Hpnotiq, Hipnotic… However you spell it, years ago, I was a HUGE fan of Hpnotiq, so much so that at all times you could find a bottle in my cabinet, and usually find a hint of it in any cup I was holding at parties… and then I turned 22. That’s right, for my first legal age of drinking I fell in love with the cordial that was constantly mentioned on TV, always advertised at the club, and usually on the top shelf towards the front of the liquor store to catch your attention. But eventually I tasted other spirits and realize how over-hyped, and incorrectly used Hpnotiq was. The key word being INCORRECTLY used. Years later I have not only discovered a new found respect for the aqua colored cordial, but also found many new ways to PROPERLY mix the drink highlighting its pros and hiding its cons. I think it’s a GREAT summer mixer and with the help of a few other ingredients I’m going to show you some of my favorite summer cocktails to make with it.

Cayman Water Cocktail:
I actually discovered this drink while “researching” last summer in the Cayman Islands. It was a local favorite that I decided to put a but of a spin on and make it my own. Enjoy

1 oz Hpnotiq
1 oz Stoli Vodka
1 1/2 oz Fresh Passion Fruit Juice
1 1/2 oz Sweet N Sour Mix
Club Soda

In a 16 oz cup/glass filled with ice, add in ingredients in this order, Hpnotiq, Passion fruit, Sweet N Sour. Fill to top with Club Soda (Or to your preferred taste). Garnish with a Lime wedge.

Island Hpnosis
My own creation, another hit, try one at your next gathering.

1 oz Hpnotiq
1 oz Cruzan Coconut Rum
3/4 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
3 oz Lime Flavored Tonic Water

Combine ingredients other than the Tonic in a shaker. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. Add Tonic and enjoy. Garnish with an Orange Peel

Summer Blues
Another spin of my own on a drink originally crafted by the Hpnotiq Marketing team perfect for these hot summer days.

1 1/2 Oz Hpnotiq
1/2 oz Stoli Blueberry Vodka
2 oz lemonade (Substitute Pink Lemonade for another take on this)
1/2 Club Soda

Combine ingredients over ice, topping with the Club Soda. Garnish with a Lemon Wedge. Warning, QUITE TASTY!

Well there you have it, several delicious summer cocktail recipes using an old favorite that will take you back to your college days, minus the horrible hangover and dozens of regretful late night text messages/phone calls. Class dismissed. Don’t forget to Friend us on Facebook !


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Celebrating National Bermuda Day

Memorial day is less than a week away and for those of you who just can’t wait to throw on a bathing suit, catch some sun and enjoy an alcoholic beverage, I’ve got some good news for you. Today is National Bermuda day. For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, it originated as a British holiday in 1902 celebrating the birthday of Queen Empress Victoria. It was recognized as Empire day, then changed to Commonwealth day, and eventually became known in Bermuda as Bermuda day during a period of civil unrest as a way to bring Bermudians of difference races together in harmony. Much like any holiday, the day includes loads of activities including the Bermuda Heritage Day Parade, a Marathon Derby, Cycling races, marching bands, dancers and of course RUM. What would an island holiday be without rum. If you can’t make it to Bermuda for the festivities and don’t have any celebrations near you don’t worry, you can start your OWN part by enjoying the National Drink of Bermuda; The Dark N Stormy. The Dark n Stormy has a special place in my heart and as far as I’m concerned National Bermuda day happens often in my house. So pour yourself a glass, sit back, and enjoy.

Dark N Stormy

1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

In a tall glass filled with ice add 1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and top with Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer. Garnish with lemon or lime wedge (optional).

Don’t forget, while there are many great dark rums on the market, if it isn’t Goslings, it isn’t OFFICIALLY a Dark N Stormy. And you thought the only thing cool about Bermuda was that triangle. For more information and great recipes check out Class Dismissed!


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Spring Fever: Spring Cocktail Recipes

The sun is shining, the snow is melting (hopefully), and the green grass that has alluded you for months is starting to show again. That’s right, Spring is finally here. For those of you up north, the transition from Winter to Spring is one of the most anticipated times of the year. Having spent 18 years of my life in the North before moving to the scorching South, it’s ironic that I now anticipate the transition from Summer to Fall more than anything. But now is the time for you to put away the procrastinations of Winter and complete your Spring cleaning, filing of taxes, and planning your Summer vacations or stay-cations. After all is said and done, you’ll want to treat yourself to a deliciously refreshing cocktail on your patio, porch, or whatever relaxing spot you’ve made for yourself. Here are a few excellent cocktails to help you usher in the essence of Spring:

Lynchburg Lemonade
1 oz Jack Daniels
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Sweet N Sour Mix
4 oz Lemon Lime Soda (Try the new Citrus Blast Product!)

Add all ingredients except the soda into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled collins glass and top off with 7 up. Garnish with a Lemon Wedge.

Spiked Arnold Palmer (The John Daly) – Great for Making Pitchers
2 Oz Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
2 Oz Lemonade (Preferably home made)
Garnish with a lemon wedge

Rum Ting Cocktail
2 oz Wray & Nephew Jamaican Rum
Juice of one half a lime
4 oz Ting Grapefruit Soda (Hard to find so substitute with other grapefruit sodas if you must)

Pour your rum into a tall glass filled with ice. Add in Lime juice and top with your soda and that’s it! Tasty, refreshing, perfect for spring and summer.

Red Berry Blast (Created by the Professional Drinker)
1.5 oz Ciroc Red Berry
3 oz Lemonade
1 oz Lemon Lime Soda
.25 oz Grenadine

Add your Vodka and Lemonade into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top off with your Sprite and then add in a dash of grenadine. Garnish with a lime wheel

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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in 4th of July, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey


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