Friday, May 23, 2014

Berry-licious Memorial Day Weekend Cocktails!

Who's ready for more cocktails?!

Total Wine is back again to share a couple awesome, fresh strawberry cocktail recipes with us!
But keep the vodka and rum on the shelf.  We're branching out and trying a floral gin and a spiced and herbal Italian liqueur.  And pairing both with freshly muddled strawberries, along with a few other ingredients.


Kick off the unofficial start of summer by raising your glass with these tasty, refreshing and easy to make drinks.  Strawberries' sweet, juicy taste make them ideal for warm weather cocktails!

Numero Uno!

G’Vine Gin is a unique, ultra-premium gin from France, crafted by EWG Spirits and Wine located in the French region of Cognac.  While most of the world’s gin is made from grain spirit, G’Vine Gin is crafted from grape spirit.
G’Vine Floraison is a modern-style gin generously infused with the vine flower as well as over 9 different botanicals. These botanicals include juniper berries, ginger root, licorice, cassia bark, green cardamom, coriander, cubeb berries, nutmeg and lime. These botanicals are macerated over a two to five day process to extract their pure essence and distilled in the neutral grape spirit.  The extended infusion of the vine flower produces a floral gin that brings intricacies to any cocktail it is used for. Smooth and well balanced in the mouth, G’Vine is a full-bodied and delicate gin, unlike any other.  With a 40% abv - 80 proof, G’Vine Floraison is smooth, vibrantly floral and warmly spice. 

I "don't like gin. It tastes like a pine tree"
I love this gin!  Especially in this fruity and fresh cocktail!
It's like a strawberry mojito, with this great gin instead of the rum.
Check it out!

The Garden Cocktail
(like a fresh strawberry gin mojito)
So refreshing!
Created by Award-Winning Mixologist Junior Merino of The Liquid Chef


1 1/2 ounces  G'Vine Floraison Gin
1 ounce White Grape Juice
1/2 ounce Agave Nectar
1 Lime, cut into wedges
2 Basil Leaves, torn
1 Strawberry, chopped roughly.


In a Cocktail Shaker, muddle together Strawberry, Basil Leaves, Lime Wedges and Agave Nectar.
Fill with ice.
Add in G'Vine Gin and White Grape Juice.
Strain into a Cocktail Glass.
Garnish with 1/2 a Strawberry and a Basil Sprig.

For more info on G'Vine Gin, follow them on Twitter!

Numero Dos!
Averna Amaro – Italian liqueur
Centuries ago, Benedictine friars in Sicily created a recipe for an herbal tonic that became known for its healing powers as well as its delicious taste. Today, Averna is Italy’s premier Amaro, and one of the most celebrated Amaros in the world. Richly textured and made from 100% natural ingredients, Averna is distilled from a secret blend of flowers, herbs, dried fruits, spices and licorice. These ingredients are immersed in alcohol with a touch of caramel, and the final result is unique: A complex spirit with a smooth yet firm taste to the palate and a full-bodied, bittersweet finish.

This second cocktail is a bit richer, but the orange soda and fruit cut the richness, and it is really delicious!
I love trying new liqueurs, and this one is especially good.

The Top Cat 
Created by Tad Carducci of the Famed Mixologist Duo The Tippling Bros.


2 ounces Averna Amaro
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 strawberries, chopped roughly
4 ounces orange soda, chilled (I love the couple options at Trader Joe's! Think carbonated fresh juice, not "soda" )
Lemon slice to garnish


Place the strawberries in a cocktail shaker and muddle well.
Add the Averna Amaro and lemon juice to the shaker and then fill with ice.
Vigorously shake the mixture for about 30 seconds and then strain into a cocktail glass filled with freshly crushed ice.
Top the drink with the orange soda and then garnish with a lemon slice; serve immediately.

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Both of these 'berry delicious cocktails will be crowd pleasers at your Memorial Day weekend barbeques and parties, as well as all summer long!

Check out more of my cocktail recipes: Here and Here!
and check out my Total Wine wine class review HERE!

Disclaimer:  I was compensated in several mini-bar size bottles of booze in exchange for sharing these recipes.  Booyah.