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LGBTQIA+Cocktail #5: Proud Paloma from Mexico

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 23, 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). As you may know, in support of inclusivity, The Rum Howler has been sharing these cocktails (and maybe one of his own creation) throughout the month of June.

With each share I have been including information regarding Smirnoff’s new “Welcome Home” campaign as the company rolls out the welcome mat for the millions of LGBTQIA+ community members and allies expected to travel to New York for Pride celebrations.

Here is my fifth share:

The Proud Paloma from Mexico

1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka or Smirnoff “Love Wins” Vodka
1 oz. Jalapeño Simple Syrup
2 oz. Lime Juice
2 oz. Grapefruit Juice
2 oz. Club Soda
Kosher Salt (for rim)
1 Grapefruit Wedge Garnish
1 Jalapeño slice Garnishes

Run a lime wedge along the rim of a XYZ glass then flip the glass upside down and dip into salt to create a rim
To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Smirnoff, simple syrup and all juices
Shake vigorously
Pour into the salt-rimmed stemless wine glass and add club soda
Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and jalapeño slice
Enjoy Responsibly

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Note: Smirnoff continues its longstanding tradition of participating in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30. In partnership with star of Dancing Queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race, Alyssa Edwards, the brand is creating a fabulous New York City themed float in the spirit of the Smirnoff ‘Welcome Home” campaign, with Alyssa as the star, dressed as “Lady Liberty.” The bold and inspiring Smirnoff float will be supported by 300 marchers, both members of the community and allies.

 

 

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LGBTQIA+Cocktail #4: The Lychee Lover (from China)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 21, 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 has been sharing these cocktails (and maybe later, one of his own creation) throughout the month of June.

Here is my fourth share, The Lychee Lover (from China)!

Lychee Lover from China

1 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka or Smirnoff “Love Wins” Vodka
0.5 oz. Lychee Juice
0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
A Splash of White Vermouth
1 Raspberry Garnish

Add Smirnoff, both juices and vermouth to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake vigorously for 30 seconds
Strain into an iced coupe glass
Enjoy Responsibly!

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Note: Smirnoff is creating a unique pop-up experience for media, influencers and consumers 21+ in downtown Manhattan filled with fun, global-themed Pride cocktails. The space will be inspired by a home, featuring six Insta-worthy rooms where Smirnoff will pay homage to – and celebrate – the history of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as its future. The pop-up will take place Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, June 283, during which time Queer Eye television personality, hairdresser and web series star, Jonathan Van Ness will make a special appearance as the host. 

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June Cocktail: The Kingston Breeze

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 16, 2019

The warm summer days are great for backyard BBQ’s, good times with friends and family, and of course refreshing easy to prepare cocktails.  (Okay I admit that grapefruit wheel in the photograph looks a little intimidating; I’ll be honest and admit I just added a small slice of lime to garnish the servings that I prepare.)

The Kingston Breeze is a recipe sent to me by the good folks at Appleton Rum who also contributed a bottle of Appleton Estate Reserve Rum and another of Appleton Estate Signature Blend VX Rum for me to mix my libations. I preferred the recipe with mixed with the Reserve, although it might just be that the idea of spoiling myself with the more elite brand appealed to my ego and thus swayed my opinion.

I guess I’ll have to try both versions a few more times …

Kingston Breeze

1 1/2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum
Q Grapefruit (Soda)
2 Lime Wedges, Squeezed
Ice
Lime Slice or Grapefruit Wheel

Add Appleton Estate Reserve to an Ice-filled glass
Top with Q Grapefruit soda
Squeeze in two lime wedges
Stir gently to mix
Garnish with a citrus wheel.

Enjoy Responsibly!

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

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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
Ice
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!

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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.

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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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