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LGBTQIA+Cocktail #3: The Prideful Mule (from the United States)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 9, 2019

For Pride month, Smirnoff has created six global cocktails inspired by the international LGBTQIA+ community. These are easy to make and delicious enough to whip up for any Pride celebration (and are sure to be a hit).

In support of inclusivity, The Rum Howler will be sharing these cocktails (and maybe one of his own creation) throughout the month of June.

Here is my third share, The Prideful Mule!

The Prideful Mule (from the United States)

1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
4 oz. Ginger Beer
A Squeeze of Fresh Lime
1 Lime Wedge Garnish

Pour the Vodka and a Squeeze of Lime into a Metal Shaker with Ice
Shake until the sides of the metal shaker frosts
Strain into a chilled ice-filled Copper Mug
Complete to taste with Ginger Beer
Garnish with a Lime Wedge.

Enjoy Responsibly!


Note:  Smirnoff “Love Wins” bottles were launched in June 2017 and feature an iridescent rainbow aesthetic and photographs of real couples and real love. For every bottle made, Smirnoff has pledged to donate $1 to HRC totaling nearly $1.5 million by 2021. These bottles are available for retail purchase nationally.  The NEW Smirnoff “Welcome” bottles are launching for Pride 2019 and are meant to support the brand’s “Welcome Home” campaign, welcoming the global LGBTQIA+ community to New York for Pride. There are six versions of this bottle, and on each one the iconic Smirnoff label is replaced with “Welcome” spelled out in a different language – English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and Mandarin – to honor the LGBTQIA+ community globally. While these bottles are not available for retail purchase, they are being created in limited quantities to spread messages of inclusivity and diversity and will be available at Smirnoff’s Pride events.


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LGBTQIA+ Cocktail: The Equality Negroni (From Italy)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 6, 2019

Yesterday, I shared that Smirnoff Vodka has launched their new “Welcome Home” campaign to roll out the welcome mat for the millions of LGBTQIA+ community members and allies expected to travel to New York for Pride celebrations. In fact, this year, New York is hosting the largest global Pride celebration in the world, spanning all of June and marking the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Smirnoff, which is enjoyed in over 130 countries globally, will welcome love in all its forms home to New York. The company will strive to honor and celebrate the strides made towards LGBTQIA+ liberation over the last five decades, as well as those still to come.

The Smirnoff “Welcome Home” campaign includes an ongoing donation commitment to Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the United States’ largest LGBTQIA+ civil rights organization. (See note below)

As well, part of Smirnoff’s “Welcome Home” Campaign includes the creation six global cocktails inspired by the international LGBTQIA+ community. I plan to share a few of these cocktails throughout the month of June. Of course yesterday I shared the LGBTini which is apparently from Russia. Today I am sharing another global inpired cocktail, The Equality Negroni (from Italy).

The Equality Negroni from Italy

1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka or Smirnoff “Love Wins” Vodka
0.5 oz. Aperitif Liqueur
0.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
0.5 oz. Grapefruit Juice
1 Grapefruit Peel Garnish

Add Smirnoff, Aperitif Liqueur, Grapefruit Juice and Vermouth to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake then strain into a highball glass over ice
Garnish with a twist of grapefruit.
Of course, enjoy Responsibly.


Note:  Smirnoff Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Commitment: Smirnoff, and its parent company DIAGEO, are one of HRC’s longest-standing partners and biggest advocates and have been early and active supporters of LGBTQIA+ equal rights. In addition to the commitment of nearly $1.5 million to HRC by 2021 through the Smirnoff “Love Wins” bottles, for the last 11 years Smirnoff and DIAGEO have received a perfect 100% score on HRC Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for LGBTQIA+ workplace equality and in February 2018 were honored with the prestigious HRC Corporate Equality Award.


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June Cocktail: Pale Lemon Sky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 2, 2019

Beginning with a Tequila based cocktails at the start of June. Here is a recipe which mixes El Jimador Reposado with Vodka and sour citrus. This is an elegant serving with the agave held in check ensuring it will be enjoyed by a wide variety of palates.

The Pale Lemon Sky

1 oz El Jimador Reposado Tequila
1 oz Vodka
3/8 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3/8 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3/8 oz Bols Triple Sec
3/8 oz Sugar Syrup (1:1 ratio)
Lemon Peel

Add the ingredients to your metal shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Double strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a strip of lemon peel

Enjoy Responsibly!

If you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!


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May Cocktail: What Rough Beast

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 26, 2019

Here is a cocktail I designed almost 8 years ago which combines Cask Strength Peated Scotch Whisky with London Dry Gin. Recently I refined the serving by removing one unnecessary ingredient (Vermouth) and simplifying the garnish; thus turning the serving into a Gin and Whisky Old Fashioned of sorts.  Sometimes less is more which was certainly the case here.

What Rough Beast

3/4 oz  Bowmore Tempest
3/8 oz  Bulldog London Dry Gin
1/4  oz Orange Curacao
2-3 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
Orange Peel Coil

Add Bowmore Tempest and Bulldog London Dry Gin to a Rocks Glass with Ice.
Add a touch of Curacao and a few dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters
Garnish with an Orange Peel Coil

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!


In case you are wondering about the name of the serving, it is from The Second Coming, written by W. B. Yeats in 1919. A poem written in the aftermath of the First World War; but which seems to have an uncanny ring to our current political and economic climate. (Gosh I hope I’m wrong.)

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May Cocktail: ‘Tail from the Death Star

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 17, 2019

The Last Straw Distillery is Ontario’s smallest production micro-distillery located at 40 Pippin Rd. in Vaughan, Ontario (a wee bit north of Toronto) just off Highway 400 and around the corner from Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre. A couple of months ago I was sent two of their most recent bottlings, an almost whisky – Last Straw Darker Side and their new Double Barreled Blackstrap Rum.

Reviews are coming soon, but I though I would peak your interest in my new Dark Side themed cocktail, the ‘Tail from the Death Star, just in time for the Victoria Day Long Weekend.

‘Tail from the Death Star.

1 1/2 oz Last Straw Darker Side Spirit
3/4 oz Last Straw Double Barrelled Blackstrap Rum
1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Bols Triple Sec
Orange Peel Coil

Add the Five Ingredients into a Cocktail Shaker with ice
Shake until well chilled
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a coil of Orange peel


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