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Winter warm ups

Winter warm ups

Bourbon and blankets warm up chilly Northwest nights. Cocktails that are aromatic, spicy and full of bold, warm flavors are what guests crave this time of year. Here are a few recipes from DRY soda.

The Honey Bee’s Knees

Apple is a classic fall flavor (October is National Apple Month), so Fuji Apple DRY is the perfect mixer for this season. This crisp cocktail combines the flavors of honey vodka for a touch of sweetness, cinnamon bourbon or whiskey to add some spice, and Fuji Apple DRY for a lovely sparkle. With so many seasonally classic flavors, we’re sure it’ll be one of your new go-to fall drinks.

Ingredients:
2.5 oz. Fuji Apple DRY Sparkling, chilled
1 oz. honey vodka
1 oz. honey cinnamon bourbon or whiskey

Instructions:
In a rocks glass, mix all ingredients together with ice. Garnish with an apple slice and a dash of cinnamon.

Bourbonbon

If you love an old-fashioned, then this stripped down version is for you! Replace that sugar cube with a splash of Vanilla Bean DRY to balance out the bourbon with a hint of sweetness. This is great on its own if you really love bourbon, but also makes a great base for a more complex cocktail if you prefer more flavors layered into your whiskey drinks.

Ingredients:
6 oz. Vanilla Bean DRY Sparkling
1½ oz. bourbon
Ice

Instructions:
Simply mix all ingredients in a highball glass. Garnish with a lime. Optional: Add a touch of fresh squeezed orange juice and garnish with an orange and Luxardo cherry flag. Or take it in another direction by adding your favorite berry or citrus shrub.

Traveler’s Punch

Are you ready for the punch of all punches? The Traveler’s Punch will be sure to satisfy. The combination of bourbon and cherry are classic. But the addition of St. Germain and orange brings a fresh and light taste. This cocktail is served great served for one in a decorative short glass, but it’s also great if you multiply the recipe and then serve in a pitcher or a large punch bowl for a party!

Ingredients:
4 oz. Rainier Cherry DRY Sparkling
1.5 oz. bourbon
¼ oz. St. Germain
¼ of an orange
Crushed ice

Instructions:
Squeeze the orange into the glass you are using to serve the cocktail and swipe the remaining orange around the inside of the glass. Add a couple small ice cubes, bourbon, St. Germain and chilled Rainier Cherry DRY, the mix gently and serve! If you are making this drink into a large batch punch, wait to top it off with Rainier Cherry DRY until just before serving so it stays nice and bubbly J

Although you may not have solid plans for the next three weekends, at least you know what you and your guests will be drinking. You’re welcome.

Have more fall cocktail ideas? We’d love to see them! Be sure to share using the hashtag #DRYSparkling so they’re easy for us to find.

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