Thirsty Thursday: Frozen Mango Margarita Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen unsweetened mango
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • ¾ cup fresh orange juice
  • ½ cup grand marnier
  • juices of 3 limes
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • garnish the rim with chili lime seasoning (optional)

Instructions

  1. To a blender add, frozen mangos, ice cubes, tequila, orange juice, grand marnier, lime juice, and agave nectar. Blend until smooth and no chunks remain.
  2. To coat the rim of the glass. Add chili lime seasoning to a plate. Take a lime wedge and go around the rim to cover with lime juice then gently dab the lime rimmed glass in the seasoning. Pour mango margarita in glass and garnish with a lime. Serve!

Why April 7 is National Beer Day

Friday, April 7, is National Beer Day, which commemorates April 7, 1933, the day that the Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted.

It was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on March 22, 1933.

The law allowed for the legal sale of low-alcohol beer in the United States, several months before Prohibition was completely repealed.

Roosevelt made his famous remark upon signing the legislation: “I think this would be a good time for a beer,” noting the end to the nation’s 13-year-long dry spell.

The low-alcohol beer that the act allowed could have alcohol by volume of as high as 4 percent.

Lower-alcohol beer is the biggest seller in the U.S. today.

“By far the largest segment of beer today is the light beer segment and has an average ABV (alcohol by volume) of about 4.2 percent,” Jim McGreevy of the D.C.-based nonprofit Beer Institute.

The beer business is big business in the U.S. today.

“Beer across the country is a $253 billion contributor to the U.S. economy, and the amount of beer sold in the U.S. each year could fill the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool over a thousand times,” McGreevy said.

There are more than 4,000 active breweries in the United States, and the Beer Institute said roughly 1.75 million Americans have jobs as a result of the American beer industry. Those jobs contribute nearly $79 billion in wages and benefits each year to the U.S. economy.

The beer business is big enough that it registers about 1.5 percent of the nation’s total gross domestic product.

The most rapid growth in the past decade has been the number of craft brewers. The number of small and independent craft brewers in the U.S. is at a record high.

According to the Brewers Association, based in Boulder, Colorado, craft brewers have seen double-digit growth in eight of the last 10 years.

Nearly 2,400 of the nation’s active breweries are classified as microbreweries, and craft brewers now hold a 12 percent share of the overall beer industry’s market.

Thirsty Thursday: Salty Dog Punch Recipe

Salty Dog Punch – this easy cocktail recipe is made with grapefruit juice, vodka, and soda with lime for garnish and a salted rim! It’s the perfect not-to-sweet spring or summer punch!

INGREDIENTS:

FOR ONE COCKTAIL:

  • 3 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce lemon lime soda
  • Lime slices, for garnish
  • Morton Kosher Salt, for the rim of the glass

FOR A PITCHER:

  • 6 cups grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka
  • 4 cups lemon lime soda (or a combination lemon lime soda and club soda, or diet lemon lime soda)
  • Lemon slices, for garnish
  • Morton Kosher Salt, to rim the glasses

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To make one cocktail: rub a slice of lime around the rim of your glass. Dip glass upside down on a plate of salt to salt the rim. Add ice to the glass, then add juice and vodka. Add a splash of soda to taste and a slice of lime for garnish.
  2. To make a pitcher: Mix juice, vodka, and soda in a pitcher. Add lime slices for garnish. Rub a slice of lime around the rim of each serving glass, then dip them upside down on a plate of salt to salt the rim. Serve drink over ice.

Create a Custom Beer with Your DNA

Modern beer drinkers can be tough to please. With liquor store shelves overflowing with cinnamon IPAs and chocolate stouts, craft brewers are faced with the daunting task of finding recipes that will resonate with their oft-bearded end users. But one UK-based brewery is taking things up a notch. For a hefty price tag, the Meantime Brewing Company offering customers the ultimate personalized beer. And all they need is a bit of your spit.

For the pioneering project, the brewery partnered with personal genomics and biotechnology company, 23andMe. Using simple saliva samples, the folks at 23andMe are able to analyze customers’ genetic profiles and evaluate their taste tendencies. The brewers at Meantime then interpret that info to tailor-make 12 hectolitres (about 2,500 pints) of tipple suited to individual taste preferences.

Just in case the genetically determined flavor profile doesn’t perfectly match up with customers’ preferred tastes, a consultation with the brewmaster is included in the package to allow for a bit of flavor tweaking if necessary. And it just may be necessary. 23andMe have admitted that “scientists aren’t yet sure how much of our taste preferences are genetic, but estimates are generally around 50%.”

The idea to merge genetics with brewing was sparked late last year when Meantime brewmaster Ciaran Giblin obtained his own DNA blueprint from 23andMe. According to the results, Giblin’s oral taste receptors (the TAS2R38 gene) show that he has a proclivity for bitter flavors like those found in coffee or Brussels sprouts.

Hophead Giblin used the taste analysis to create the world’s first DNA-dictated beer: Double Helix. The super bitter IPA is packed with American hops and erupts with the full-bodied flavor that you’d expect from a chest hair-sprouting 10% ABV beer.

His potent personalized brew was made available at a selection of exclusive venues across London. Following its success, the craft brewer announced the launch of ‘Meantime Bespoke,’ “a one-of-a-kind service aimed at offering passionate craft beer fans the opportunity to brew the ultimate
in personalized beer.”

Sounds good, right? Well before you sign up, let’s talk about that hefty price tag. A DNA-designed beer will set you back an eye-watering $31,360 (and that excludes features like a custom-designed label or home draft dispenser). Sure, you head home with a truckload of beer, but you’re paying three times as much per pint as you would if you had just wandered into any London pub and ordered a beer from the bar.

But according to the team at Meantime, their custom beer project is about more than just the product. Marketing director, Richard Myers told The Register that it is about the experience of creating a unique beer in consultation with the brewmaster that makes Meantime Bespoke worth mortgaging the house.

“It is true that someone could just tell us whether they like sweet or bitter flavors, however we are interested in how much they really like them,” explains Myers. “For example, from the test we now understand that Ciaran (our brewmaster and first to try the concept) has an 80% tolerance to bitter flavors. Far higher than he actually thought he would, that led him to create a beer with 100 IBUs [International Bitterness Units]. The one-on-one consultation will provide further insight into the individual’s preferences to help create the perfect beer.”

Meantime Brewery, an Anheuser-Busch InBev company, are strong believers in embracing modern technology in the quest for better beer and are keen to push the boundaries of the industry to create new drinking experiences. “Drinkers are developing more adventurous tastes thanks to the abundance of new and unheard of ingredients and flavor combinations becoming even more readily available,” says Giblin. “We are finding our consumers want to be continually surprised, excited and at times even challenged by what’s on offer.”

Thirsty Thursday: Blood Orange Bourbon Sparkler Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Ice cubes
  • Prosecco or other sparkling wine
  • Fresh mint & orange wedges (slices or zest), for garnish

Options:

  • Add 2 teaspoons all-natural sweetener, like maple syrup or agave, if desired
  • Opt for sparkling water instead of wine, if you’d like

Instructions:

  1. Add the blood orange juice, the bourbon and ice (and sweetener if you’re using it) to a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake shake shake.
  2. Strain into two glasses and top with the sparkling wine, garnish with fresh mint and an orange wedge, slice or zest.

Thirsty Thursday: Duffy’s Sports Grill’s Godiva White Chocolate Peep-tini Recipe

No Easter is complete without those wonderful marshmallow candy-coated bunnies and chicks —Peeps. Duffy’s Sports Grill in Sarasota is incorporating one of the season’s most fun and iconic sweet treats into a spring cocktail.

The Godiva While Chocolate Peep-tini features Stoli, Whipped Vodka, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, a Peeep and fresh cream – handcrafted to order.

No Easter is complete without those wonderful marshmallow candy-coated bunnies and chicks —Peeps. Duffy’s Sports Grill in Tampa is incorporating one of the season’s most fun and iconic sweet treats into a spring cocktail.

The Godiva While Chocolate Peep-tini features Stoli, Whipped Vodka, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, a Peeep and fresh cream – handcrafted to order.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Stoli
  • 1 oz. Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
  • 1 oz. of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 oz. of Fresh Cream
  • Splash of Agave
  • Lemon Zest
  • Sugar for rim

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in cocktail shaker
  2. Rim glass with sugar
  3. Shake vigorously and serve in a chilled martini glass
  4. Garnish with zest of lemon and a Peep of your choice

Thirsty Thursday: Boozy Lucky Charms Milkshake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Pinch of vanilla extract
  • Optional: 3 oz vanilla vodka

Toppings

  • 1 cup of Lucky Charms marshmallows
  • 1 cup of mini colored marshmallows
  • 3 large marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup funfetti frosting
  • 3 tablespoons sprinkles
  • Whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Frost the top of your milkshake glasses with the funfetti frosting and stick the Lucky Charms marshmallows to it. Set aside.
  2. Add ice cream, milk, and vanilla to your blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour your milkshake into the glasses, keeping a little room at the top.
  4. Top off your milkshake with whipped cream.
  5. Add additional Lucky Charms marshmallows, mini marshmallows, and sprinkles.
  6. Place a few mini marshmallows and your large marshmallows on a skewer and add as a final touch.

Don’t Be A Poser… Drink These Beers Tomorrow…

Ireland is beautiful country. It’s rich with rolling green fields, grazing sheep, and automobiles hugging tight windy curves. There’s also bajillion little dreamy pubs, warm and cozy, where thirsty patrons congregate to drink, chat and listen to small three-piece bands comprised of a hand drum, violin and a guitar. And most importantly, they can drink Irish beer without irony on St. Paddy’s Day unlike the rest of us slobs. Here are seven of the best Irish beers that you can enjoy on March 17 without feeling like an imposter in bright green attire.

Smithwick’s Irish Ale

If you take one lesson rom this list, let it be this: this beer is pronounced Smitt’icks. Not Smith-wicks. Okay? Take a moment and just internalize that. Okay, got it? This ale is easy drinking and a favorite of Irish townspeople from Dublin to Killarney.

Murphy’s Irish Stout

When you think of a stout, you often think of something one step away from a rye loaf. But Murphy’s is softer, fluffy and sweet. While the brewery is considered one of the Big Three in Ireland, it’s making headway in the States.

Killian’s Irish Red

Originally brewed in Ireland in 1864, the beer is named after George Killian Lett. It’s a perfectly balanced red, dry with a kick of hops, that, when compared to most reds, leaves you satisfied and not thinking you just ate candy.

Irish Death

This one’s strong (7.8%). It has to be to live up to its playful name. This dark ale — is it more of a Stout? A Red Ale? Who cares, it’s delicious! — is just plain good. And while the beer isn’t from Ireland (it’s made by Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg, WA), it offers a loving nod to the world’s most renowned drinkers.

Harp Lager

Classic. Leave it to the Irish to create a delicious beer for the people. Harp is everywhere in Ireland and with good reason. It’s crisp, flavorful and damn near perfect.

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Killkenney is one of those Irish towns with pubs on ever block and music flying out every window. The Irish Cream Ale is velvety and puts a smile on your face like a delicate violin solo.

Guinness

No surprise here. The world’s most famous Irish beer is dark, creamy but lighter in ABV (only 4.1%) and don’t let anyone else tell you it’s not! If you get a chance to travel to Dublin, check out the Guinness brewery. The top floor is a view to remember.

Starbucks Now Has Whiskey Barrel Aged Coffee

It’s not a very well kept secret that the best coffee from Starbucks comes from their roastery in Seattle. Their Seattle exclusive offerings are expanding into Willy Wonka territory because Starbucks now has whiskey barrel aged coffee. Each batch of the Starbucks Reserve Whiskey Barrel Aged Sulawesi beans are frequently hand-rotated over the course of a few weeks while they’re living in Woodinville Whiskey barrels that were freshly emptied. This process insures that all of the beans get infused with whiskey flavor because of their contact with the barrel, but it’s worth noting that the roasting process itself cooks off all the alcohol. The barrel aged beans will be available by themselves or in one of two specialty drinks: a vanilla sweetened cold brew and a “con creme” drink with cascara sugar. Unfortunately, all your Starbucks Reserve Whiskey Barrel Aged Sulawesi drinking dreams are crushed unless you live in Seattle or know someone there who can ship you some.

Make $12,000 Traveling the US and Drinking Beer

World of Beer is back with another Drink It Internship that will give you the opportunity to make $12,000 traveling the US and drinking beer. If you’ve never visited a World of Beer location, the selection of craft beers, food, and the staff’s expansive knowledge show why the name works. It really is a world of beer. And what better company to fund three interns travel and beer experiences than the company that’s all about sharing the global story behind the beer? Hit up the Drink It Intern section of the World of Beer site below to submit your entry, and then cross your fingers you get chosen to explore, share, photograph, blog and try new things while still getting paid $12,000 for something that shouldn’t be considered work. Applications are due by March 26th, so you have around three weeks to create your magnum opus and get it to World of Beer.