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End of the Summer Cocktail: Mint Summer Splash

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 11, 2019

For those of you who are concerned about the amount of sugar in your drinks and cocktails, Smirnoff has come up with this new line-up of flavours for your enjoyment, their new Zero Sugar Infusions. My understanding is that the new Smirnoff line-up is available throughout the US, and that the Infusions come in three new flavors: Cucumber & Lime, Watermelon & Mint and Strawberry & Rose.

The recipe I am sharing is for Smirnoff’s Watermelon & Mint Infusion. It’s a highball style libation called the Mint Summer Splash.

Mint Summer Splash

2 oz. Smirnoff Watermelon-Mint Zero Sugar Infusions
2 oz. Watermelon sparkling water
1 oz. bottled watermelon juice
1 oz. club soda
Mint leaves for garnish

Combine all the Ingredients in a highball glass and serve.

I assume that for a true sugar free libation, care must be used when selecting the sparkling water and club soda brands, but I will leave that up to you.

Stay tuned for my full review of Smirnoff’s Watermelon & Mint Infusion in the coming weeks.

And its good to be back writing again, this summer was fraught with distractions and difficulties which kept me away. Please forgive.




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August Cocktail: The Cantarito

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 4, 2019

The Cantarito is a tall mixed serving where Orange and Lemon juice are added to the Paloma’s mix of to the mix of Tequila, Lime, and Grapefruit soda making this a refreshing highball to enjoy on your back deck during warm sunny days (and evenings).

It is customary to use grapefruit soda to complete the serving, my current favourite is Q Grapefruit, but if you want a more authentic Mexican serving by all means use Squirt which is commonly found south of the US border.

The Cantarito

1 1/2 oz. Patron Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz. fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz. fresh Orange Juice
3/4 oz Sugar Syrup (1:1 Ratio)
4 ounces Grapefruit Soda (Q Grapefruit or Squirt)

Shake the first five ingredients with ice
Strain into a tumbler filled with ice.
Complete with grapefruit soda.
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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July Cocktail: Juan Collins

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 14, 2019

This mixed drink is an agave take on the popular gin cocktail, the Tom Collins. The recipe is simple, Tequila, lemon juice, agave syrup, and soda. Because the Juan Collins is such a simple drink to mix, it is a favourite on back decks or Sunday afternoon barbecues.

Juan Collins

1 1/2 oz. El Jimador Silver Tequila
1 oz Lemon juice
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
2 oz. Sparkling Water or Club Soda
Lemon Wedge

Add Ice to a tall serving glass
Pour the tequila, lemon juice, and agave nectar into the glass
Top with club soda
Stir Gently
Garnish with a citrus wedge

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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July Cocktail: The Trovador

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 9, 2019

Here is a recipe I constructed as part of my review of Jarnal de Berrio Mezcal. I originally dubbed the serving, the Pompadour (which of course is the extravagant hairstyle named for Madame de Pompadour, who was a mistress of King Louis XV of France); however, I decided to rename the libation when I became aware of a  completely different agricole rhum serving which shares the name.

Trovador, in case you are wondering, is a Spanish translation of the French word Toubadour. This implies my cocktail should cause you to burst into poetic songs of love. Make sure you have a suitable partner when you enjoy the libation.


1 1/2 oz Mezcal Jarnal de Berrio
1/2 oz Bols Apricot Brandy
2/3 oz Lemon Juice
1/3 oz Sugar Syrup (1:1 ratio)
dash Fees Old Fashioned Cocktail Bitters
Orange peel for garnish (option)

Chill a cocktail glass
Add the ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into the chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with Orange Peel if desired

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more 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
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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