Saturday Spirits: Gin Lemonade + A Glowing Giveaway

Saturday Spirits: Gin Lemonade + A Glowing Giveaway

I am a little surprised at how much I like these glowing glasses. When PremierGlow.com first approached me to work on a post together I *almost* said no because I couldn’t quite see myself using light up barware. Boy am I glad I ended up saying yes. These are SO fun! I like changing up the colors of the glasses to differentiate glasses for each person (easier than labels). I love how it shows off these drinks with tonic water. (Check out my last post with a glowing cocktail.)

I’m totally excited to get to share the opportunity to win some of these amazing glowing whiskey glasses and more glowing goodies! Continue to read to see how you can win!

This post is a collaboration with PremierGlow.com. All opinions are my own. For more information about my sponsored content please visit my policies page. 

Mint Lemonade Gin Cocktail from A Well Crafted Party

Gin Mint Lemonade

This cocktail was actually inspired by a very overpriced (but delicious looking) beverage sitting in the beverage section of a speciality food store. The drink was a mint honey-lemonade. I instantly began thinking about how delicious a mint lemonade would be with gin. I mean, really. So tasty. I added in some tonic water for a bit of bubbles, light lemon flavor, and the fun glow effect that tonic has in glasses such as these Flashing Whiskey Glasses from PremierGlow.com.

 

Mint Lemonade Gin Cocktail

Single Cocktail Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lemoncello
  • 1 oz mint simple syrup*
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • 1-2 oz tonic water
  • Shaker with ice
  • lemon slices and sugar for rimming the glass
  • Mint for Garnish

Single Cocktail Directions:

  1. Rub the rim of your chosen glass with a lemon slice. Dip the rim into granulated sugar.
  2. In a shaker combine gin, lemoncello, mint simple syrup, and lemonade. Shake to chill and strain into a glass.
  3. Top with tonic water.
  4. Garnish with mint and enjoy!

 

Mint Lemonade Gin Cocktail from A Well Crafted Party

 

Batch Cocktail Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup Gin
  • 1 cup Lemoncello
  • 1 cup mint simple syrup*
  • 2 cups lemonade
  • tonic water to top each drink
  • pitcher
  • lemon slices and sugar for rimming the glass
  • Mint for Garnish

Batch Cocktail Directions:

This cocktail is a great one to create in a batch, put in the fridge to chill, and then bring it out for a dinner alfresco!

  1. Combine the gin, lemoncello, simple syrup, and lemonade in a pitcher. Stir and put in fridge to chill.
  2. Prep glasses with a sugar rim.
  3. Pour 6 oz of mixture into rimmed glass, top with tonic water, garnish with mint, and enjoy!

Mint Lemonade Gin Cocktail from A Well Crafted Party

How to make Mint Simple Syrup:

Mint simple syrup is super easy to make. Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a sauce pan on medium heat. Drop in a few springs of mint. Stir occasionally. Once all of the sugar has dissolved move the temp to low and allow the mixture to absorb the mint flavors for about 15 min. Strain into a bottle and store in fridge up to two weeks.

Mint Lemonade Gin Cocktail from A Well Crafted Party

A Glowing Giveaway!

 

Prize: 4 of the glowing rocks glasses , glow straws, ice cubes and possibly more fun glowing goodies.

Rules/Guidelines: Enter to win a glowing gift box prize from PremierGlow.Com that includes 4 flashing rocks glasses (or equivalent chosen by PremierGlow), glow straws, ice cubes and more glowing goodies. You must be 18 to enter and have a US Mailing Address to win. This giveaway is from A Well Crafted Party and PremierGlow.com. Family and contractors of Jenni Bost are ineligible to win. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. By entering, Entrants agree to a complete release of Facebook or Twitter. No Cash Value. PremierGlow.com will provide the prize to a US Mailing Address. Giveaway begins Saturday, August 20 at 12:00 AM PST and ends Sunday, August 28 at 12:00 AM PST. The winner will be emailed at the email provided and given 48 hours to claim their prize. After 48 hours the prize will be awarded to someone else.

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Saturday Spirits: Herbal Gin and Tonic

Saturday Spirits: Herbal Gin and Tonic

I think Gin and Tonic is the perfect summer sipper. I’ve never been a huge fan of the classic itself with just gin and tonic, but adding in a few elements that bring out the flavors of the gin and I’m THERE. My favorite thing about this drink is that it can easily be made in a batch and served at a dinner alfresco. The directions below will have a batch and single drink version of this cocktail.

Cucumber, Citrus & Herbs Gin and Tonic

Cucumbers, Citrus, & Herbs Gin and Tonic

 

This drink may be served over ice or straight up. I personally enjoy it over ice on a very hot day. You can mix and match the herbs that you use in this drink from what is available. I used Thyme and Basil, but you could also do some Rosemary, Mint, or Sage to complement the other flavors in this beverage.

Single Summer Sipper Gin & Tonic Cocktail Ingredients & Tools:

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  • 1 Shaker with ice, strainer, & muddler*
  • 3-4 slices cucumber (extra for garnish)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Juice of 1/2 lime squeezed fresh- you’ll throw the wedges in the drink before straining as well
  • Juice of 1 lemon squeezed fresh- you’ll throw the half in the drink before straining as well
  • 2-4 springs of fresh herbs- I used Basil and Thyme
  • 1 1/4 oz Gin
  • 3-4 oz of Tonic
  • Glassware of choice – I chose a collins glass* with ice

Single Summer Sipper Gin & Tonic Cocktail Directions:

  1. Place 3-4 slices of cucumber and herbs in cocktail shaker. Squeeze lemon and add into the shaker. Squeeze lime and add into the shaker.
  2. Muddle the cucumber, herbs, lemon, and lime until the natural juices are released and you can smell the herbs.
  3. Pour in simple syrup & gin. Add ice and SHAKE.
  4. Strain the mixture into your glass of choice.
  5. Top with tonic, give it a little stir, garnish and enjoy!

 

Cucumber, Citrus & Herbs Gin and Tonic from A Well Crafted Party

 

Batch Summer Sipper Gin & Tonic Cocktail Ingredients & Tools:

(Serves 8)

  • 1 bowl
  • 1 muddler*
  • Fine mesh strainer*
  • 1 full cucumber sliced (slice some extra for garnish)
  • 8 oz simple syrup
  • Juice of 4 limes squeezed fresh- you’ll throw 2 limes in the mixture before straining as well
  • Juice of 6-8 lemons squeezed fresh- you’ll throw the 2 lemons in the mixture before straining as well
  • 10-12 springs of fresh herbs- I used Basil and Thyme
  • 10 oz Gin
  • bottles or cans of Tonic on side
  • Pitcher*
  • Collins glasses with ice & cucumber slices as garnish

Batch Summer Sipper Gin & Tonic Cocktail Directions:

  1. In a bowl place the cucumber slices, herbs, lemons, limes, lemon juice, and lime juice. Muddle well. This will take some time because there is just so much there!
  2. Once you smell the herbs and everything looks well muddled, add in the simple syrup and gin. Let the batch sit together for about 30 minutes to really incorporate.
  3. Strain the mixture into a pitcher.
  4. Serve along side collins glasses filled with ice and garnished with cucumber.
  5. To serve, pour about 3 oz of the mixture into the glass and then top with tonic water. Give it a little stir and enjoy!

 

Cucumber, Citrus & Herbs Gin and Tonic from A Well Crafted Party

Saturday Spirits: Blueberry Tangerine Cocktail

Saturday Spirits: Blueberry Tangerine Cocktail

The final month of Summer is here and I’m trying to soak in as much as I can of these late nights with friends. One recent summer evening we enjoyed an evening out amongst the glow of the fire pit and these beautiful beverages served in LED barware from PremierGlow.Com. The Blueberry Tangerine Cocktail features Ménage à Trois Vodka. I was sent a bottle of  Ménage à Trois Vodka and PremierGlow LED Barware for purposes of creating a recipe to share with readers. All opinions are my own. For more information about my sponsored content please visit my policies page. 

 

Blueberry Tangerine Cocktail featured on A Well Crafted Party

 

When I received these fun LED Black Tie Martini Glasses I knew I wanted to do a girls night or a summer glow themed party. Really though, they would work simply as a way to keep track of glasses since the LED lights can be set to a desired color.

I wanted a flavorful summer beverage that would accentuate the glow of the glass. The flavors of blueberry and orange came to mind almost immediately! I chose a blue/purple colored light to accentuate the drink. They turned out beautiful!

 

Blueberry Tangerine Cocktail featured on A Well Crafted Party

 

Blueberry Tangerine Cocktail

This was an easy party beverage because it didn’t require a ton of different ingredients and very little prep. I picked up the Blueberry Juice and Tangerine Italian Soda at our local 365 by Whole Foods Market, though you can likely find similar products at your local natural grocery store.  You can absolutely make this more of a craft blueberry tangerine cocktail by creating a blueberry simple syrup and orange or tangerine simple syrup and topping with soda water. The drink can also easily be made in a pitcher or served over ice instead of up.

Ingredients/Supplies:

  • Shaker with ice & strainer
  • 1 1/4 oz of your favorite vodka – I used Ménage à Trois Vodka
  • 1 oz of your favorite orange liqueur
  • 1 oz of blueberry juice
  • 3 oz of tangerine Italian Soda (orange soda would work in a pinch)
  • Optional: Sugar & orange juice for a sugared rim on glass
  • Optional: Frozen and sugared blueberries on a skewer for garnish

Directions:

  1. Sugar the rim of your martini glass by dipping the rim into orange juice (or rubbing an orange slice around the rim) and dipping rim into a plate of sugar.
  2. Pour 1 oz of blueberry juice into your martini glass.
  3. Pour vodka, orange liqueur and tangerine Italian Soda over ice in a shaker.
  4. Shake just to chill, strain into the martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a skewer of sugared blueberries and enjoy!

 

Blueberry Tangerine Cocktail featured on A Well Crafted Party

 

Want more cocktails featuring vodka?

Check out the posts below!

  • Salted Caramel Apple Hot Toddy
  • Spiked Ice Cream
  • Classic Martini
  • Twists on the Classic Martini
  • Lemon Ginger Drop Cocktail
  • Vodka Slushies
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