For 95 years the United States went without a real Absinthe due to a ban in 1912. After a 95 year prohibition, genuine absinthe has now been reintroduced to the States. Using centuries old techniques, Viridian Spritis’ creates Lucid – the first genuine absinthe made with real Grande Wormwood since the prohibition to be legally accepted in the United States. Lucid is distilled in the historical Combier Distillery in Saumur – located in France’s Loire Valley. It is created using original antique copper absinthe stills, many of which were designed by Gustav Eiffel in the 1800s.
The taste profile of Lucid is characterized by upfront flavors of anise and fennel. These flavors are followed by mild mid-palate earthy textures attributable to the absinthe. The herbs round out the flavor with additional spice and grassy notes, which linger in a moderately long finish.
The traditional method of absinthe consumption is called “louching”. In this method, cold water and a sugar cube are dissolved into the absinthe, turning it a cloudy white color. Lucid can also be consumed in a variety of classic and modern cocktails and shooters. It is 124 proof (62% alcohol/volume). Lucid is available in 750 ml and 375 ml bottles ($59.99 & $34.99 respectively.)
Given the amount of herbs found in Lucid Absinthe I thought mixing it with sweet tea would be a great start to Thirsty Thursday. But we couldn’t stop there – we had to take it to a whole new level. The sweet, fruitiness of raspberry nectar was just what we needed to bring this drink front and center. The flavors play off of each other giving us a sweet and savory drink that isn’t overly potent. In fact the flavors play so well together that the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. You know what that means – time to drink responsibly!
So Thirsty Thursday is a day late. Not because we forgot it but because the drinks were SO good we might have had a few more than we should have. No one drove though, so we drank responsibly!
This is Grace’s invention and it was a huge hit. Everyone loved it, hence the drinking more than originally planned, *wink, wink*. The drink is called Tainted Love and I totally get it. The amount of alcohol in it might be a little scary at first and the fact you cannot taste it at all is a double edge (edged?) sword.
I asked her how to make it and she insists that I tell you parts instead of measurments. She’s the bartender and my bestie so I do as she says 🙂
So, the recipe for Tainted Love is as follows:
1 part Malibu Rum
2 parts Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1 part Triple Sec
1 part Peach Schnapps
Fill with equal parts of the following juices
Splash of Sprite
Mix all the ingredients together with ice. Strain into glasses and enjoy
… and enjoy we did! It was absolutely amazing times had yesterday and I wish you all were here to enjoy it with us.
Last night, while discussing our Thirsty Thursday plans, Grace was telling me there was a woman who came to the bar and ordered a Long Island Iced Tea. She specified that she did not want any tea. I guess she didn’t understand there was no tea in the drink. Today’s drink, Spiked Pink Lemonade, has no pink lemonade! Heck, there is no lemon involved anywhere but I swear it tastes like pink lemonade! Well, to me at least.
It started when I was shopping around for new juices/mixers. OJ and Pineapple juice was getting boring and I wanted to liven it up a bit. I found a bottle of Tampico Island Punch and thought it would be perfect for a drink. It had the OJ and Pineapple along with some other tropical fruits. Perfecto! I came home and started playing with proportions. I got it to the point where you can’t taste the alcohol but after one or two drinks you can bet you are going to feel it!
We start the Spiked Pink Lemonade with Captain Morgan White Rum. Captain Morgan White Rum is inspired by the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Created using fine cane molasses, Captain Morgan White Rum is five times distilled, resulting in a rum as smooth as the Captain himself. It is found at nearly every ABC store nationwide and retails for $15.99.
Along with the White Rum we’re going to use Tampico Island Punch, a little bit of Midori and Sprite. Shake it all together with ice, strain it into a glass, and voila! I love this drink and so cannot wait to try it with some other juices. The Captain Morgan definitely brings the drink together so do not even think about substituting it.
Come mister tally man, tally me bananas… Does that make anyone else think of Beetlejuice? That was my first thought when I tried the Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum (sent to us for Thirsty Thursday!) I couldn’t believe how smooth it was, not like some of the other banana flavored and/or infused liquors I’ve had. Some just set your throat on fire and I’m not a big fan of that. After a bit of experimenting with the Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum Grace came up with this week’s Thirsty Thursday drink.
If you happen to be a fan of banana cake then this shot is definitely a winner. I added my own twist to lessen the alcohol content that you can try as well.
Blue Chair Bay is a collection of premium-blended rums by singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney. There are four original flavors – Banana, Coconut, Spiced Coconut, and White. Now I’m a huge Kenny Chesney fan so immediately I was excited to try his rum. Like I said before, the banana rum is extremely smooth. It is perfect for creating tropical inspired drinks or even simple cocktails like this one.
The Blue Chair Bay website has some great recipes that I can’t wait to try. I used the “Where to Buy” option on their website to see where I need to go to find more Blue Chair Bay rums. Turns out there are a ton of places to get it nearby! Be sure to check it out so you can get yours ASAP. With the holidays upon us I think the Spiced Coconut rum would make some holiday guests super happy! What a great replacement to the tired Eggnog people normally drink.
I can highly recommend the Blue Chair Bay brand and the recipes on their site. And I’m not just saying this because of my lingering crush on Mr. Chesney. So, head out and pick some up and then be sure to connect with Blue Chair Bay on their social media channels.
I’m super excited to be able to give one Simple Beautiful Life reader a bottle of Banana Rum from Blue Chair Bay! This giveaway is open to US readers who are 21 and over. Good luck and remember to always drink responsibly!
Candy is awesome. You know it, I know it – Candy rocks! That’s why this week’s Thirsty Thursday addition is inspired by …drum roll please… candy! We received the Bulleit 10 Years Old for inspiration and this drink comes together perfectly. We could have went the traditional route with the whiskey – you know, mix it with coke or some other manly combination. I’m just so over whiskey being so masculine I thought it would be fun to girly it up a bit.
I’m a fan of sweet drinks and I realize not everyone is so don’t worry not everything will be sweet, fruity, or girly; but this is 🙂
This drink is fairly simple to put together. There’s no cream based anything so curdling isn’t going to be an issue. We start by adding 1 shot of Bulleit Whiskey then 1/2 shot each of Peach Schnapps and Melon Liqueur. Next a shot of Grenadine and fill with orange or pineapple juice – it’s really a personal preference and I use a little of each.
The final results are sweet with a slight tartness. The alcohol taste is undetectable so be sure to drink responsibly! Before you get started, here is a little more about Bulleit – head to your local ABC store and ask for it by name 🙂
Bulleit 10 Years Old
Bulleit 10 is the brand’s selected reserve, a limited edition from Founder, Tom Bulleit. A delicious bourbon that is consistently smooth, russet in color, rich with oaky aromas and hints of vanilla and dried fruit with a long smoky finish.