7 Easy Tricks to Rock Your July 4th

ThinkstockPhotos-467038483.jpg1. Rum Snow Cones

Who says you can’t have a snow cone as an adult? No one, that’s who. So why not use your adulting powers to add a little fun rum to your snow cone this Fourth of July? The recipe is easy, just remember to make it ahead of time and choose flavors that show red or blue color. Here’s an easy recipe for blue snow cones:

2/3 cup Cruzan Coconut Rum
1/3 cup Blue Curacao or Blue Raspberry Vodka
3 cups Blue Hawaiian Punch (or your favorite blue mixer)

Combine ingredients in a bowl or 9×13 baking dish. Freeze until mostly solid. Scoop into plastic cups or paper snow cone holders and serve. Continue reading

Cigars and Wine

Cigars and wine are two things that you don’t often hear mentioned together. Sure, we all know about port being a natural companion but when it comes to pairings, whiskey and brandy seem to be the more standard partners. This is why it has been fun the last two years to integrate cigars into the San Destin Wine Festival. The response from those enjoying the cigars, mostly women mind you, was overwhelmingly in favor of the relationship.


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Sunday Sippin’: Old Fashioned

Celebrate Father’s Day with a cocktail that is anything but “old fashioned.” With citrus, sugar and a dash of bitters for contrast, this classic whiskey cocktail is so good, the glass is named after it. It’s a strong cocktail with all the right ingredients to make its recipe stick around for generations–kind of like your old man.

2 oz Jim Beam Bourbon
2 drops Angostura Bitters
20 Mint Leaves
1 Sugar Cube
1 Orange Slice
1 Stemless Cherry

Soak 1 sugar cube with Angostura bitters in glass. Add water and muddle ingredients, dissolving the sugar. Add a slice of orange and 1 cherry (without the stem) and gently muddle the orange skin. Fill the glass with ice and add 2 oz of Jim Beam Bourbon. Stir ingredients with mixing spoon.