Harvest Shandy

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Happy Halloween my Wanderers! Ok ok, I know Halloween was actually yesterday, but that’s when I made these cocktails, so it’s basically still Halloween on this blog.

This month just flew by. October is always one of my busiest months, cause it’s my favorite and I like to pack it full of seasonal fun! Apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, parties, eating and drinking pumpkin everything, haunted houses, and just all sorts of spooky goodness. I love it all, and I wouldn’t change any of the craziness.

However with an unusually packed social calendar comes a certain level of neglect towards regular life stuff. So I also always look forward to November. The Halloween insanity has passed, and the whirlwind that is Christmas hasn’t started yet. It’s like a calm between two storms, and a perfect chance to catch up on life.

Meaning all those apartment projects I’ve been putting off might actually get finished. And I MIGHT even work on dealing with all the random stuff I left behind at my parents house during my move this past spring. Maybe. This also means that I will have some extra time to give some much needed love and attention to this blog.

Ok this intro got really long…oops. I made this cocktail last night to enjoy while carving pumpkins and watching the original “Dracula” with Robbie and my sister, and it was the perfect addition for our festive evening!

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Harvest Shandy

AUTHOR: Natalie Bates | PREP TIME: 5 min | COOK TIME: 5 min | YIELD AMOUNT : 2 cocktails

INGREDIENTS

  • 6oz your choice of pumpkin beer (I used Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Wheat…make sure it’s chilled well)
  • 6oz chilled sparkling apple cider
  • 2oz bourbon (I used Maker’s Mark)
  • Apple slices and cinnamon sticks to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine pumpkin beer and sparkling cider in a glass.
  2. Pour a shot of bourbon over the top.
  3. Garnish will apple slices and cinnamon sticks, if desired.

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Seriously guys, this drink is fast and easy to make. And it’s practically impossible to mess up. And it tastes like pure fall in a cup. This is a drink I’m gonna keep making all through the rest of November! Pre-Thanksgiving dinner cocktails, anyone? Slainte!

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Recipe and photos are my own, but feel free to share anywhere you wish! Just give me credit and link back to The Whiskey Wanderer 🙂

 

 

Freixenet Presents, Night of the Living Dead!

It’s no secret that I ADORE movie screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Especially the Halloween screenings. I mean, horror movies in a cemetery? It’s perfect!! The only thing that makes it better? Free alcohol.

This year’s final showing of the season was sponsored by Freixenet, and all of the guests were given free bottles of bubbly!

“Night of the Living Dead” + a McDonald’s picnic + free bottles of cava (Spanish champagne) + a night with my awesome girl gang = pure happiness.

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Woooo free Freixenet!

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My picnic feast. So fancy.

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My awesome girl gang. Love these gals!!

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Freixenet photo booth!

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Awesome photo of the event that I stole from the Cinespia website, cause it’s waaaaaay better than any of the photos I took lol.

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ZOMBIEEEEEEEEESSS. Love the Cinespia photo booths!!

Though the screenings are over for this year, they will be back next summer with more great movies and fun events! Check out their website and sign up for their mailing list to stay posted about upcoming showings!


 

 

Blood Orange Wit Margarita

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Life has a way of getting crazy, and things tend to fall by the wayside. Like this blog. In a perfect world, I would have time to post everyday. But somehow that never seems to happen. I get sidetracked by job hunting, working at my current job, staying on top of my freelance writing gigs, trying to maintain a clean apartment, trying to organize and decorate said apartment, going to Robbie’s shows, trying to take care of myself and be healthy… Basically, there is never a shortage of things to do, and there never seems to be time anymore to do all the things I want to do after all the things I HAVE to do are done. I’m working on fixing this.

Where was I going with all this? I originally made this delicious cocktail recipe during a summer visit to Lake Mead in Nevada, when the temperature was 115° outside. And am just getting around to posting it now, thus why it is seasonally out of place. I am all about hot toddys and spiked cider now, not citrus margaritas! But it would be a shame to let this recipe go to waste, and it is still hot out here in southern CA, so why not make margaritas?

I found this recipe on Beer Girl Cooks, which is a delightful website full of beer fun. Check it out, or look her up on Pinterest. She always posts a bunch of great recipes! I couldn’t find some of the ingredients in the original recipe, so here is my adapted version:

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Blood Orange Wit Margarita

AUTHOR: Rachelle, Beer Girl Cooks – Altered by: Natalie Bates | YIELD AMOUNT: 2 margaritas

INGREDIENTS

  • Juice of 1 orange (blood orange if you can find one, about 6 tablespoons)
  • 8 oz silver tequila
  • 4 oz triple sec
  • 1 can blood orange wit beer
  • Margarita salt for the rim
  • Lime and orange slices to garnish, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine orange juice, tequila, and triple sec in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake
  2. Pour some beer in a bowl and margarita salt in another bowl
  3. Dip the rims of two tall pint size glasses into the beer then the salt to coat
  4. Add ice to the glasses, pour tequila mixture over ice, top with remaining beer, garnish with orange and lime slices if using

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This drink was so tasty! The original recipe called for blood orange gose and blood orange juice, so I definitely will be wanting to try making these again when I can find those ingredients. But, if you’re like me and can’t seem to find those things anywhere, subbing in other juices and other types of beer (as long as they are citrusy) works just fine!

Enjoy this beverage anytime you want it to feel like summer.

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Recipe by Beer Girl Cooks. Check out her website for more great recipe ideas!

All photos and thoughts are my own, recipe by Beer Girl Cooks.

Bulleit Whiskey Neon Sign Launch Party!

Bulleit just unveiled a new neon sign in Grand Central Market, and I was invited to attend the party to celebrate! And I brought my handsome partner in crime 😉

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The sign was created in collaboration with the Museum of Neon Art (MONA), by graphic designer Brendan Donnelly, and neon artist Lisa Shulte.

We were also invited to go on a Neon Cruise to check out all the neon signs still on display throughout LA before the party, but traffic was a nightmare and we missed the tour. #laproblems. However MONA operates those tours throughout the year, so now it’s going on our local fun bucket list.

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The party was held at LA event venue Millwick in the arts district, and was absolutely delightful! Cocktails inspired by designs in the sign and created by local LA bartenders were served all night long. We tried “Mermaid Vibes” (left) and “The Mandela Effect”. Super yum.

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The whiskey and finger foods were free-flowing, and were the perfect accompaniment for the warm, LA night.

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Hottest date at the party. I am one lucky gal 😀

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The party might be over, but that doesn’t mean the awesomeness has to stop. For every 21+ adult who shares a photo of the Bulleit neon sign on social media and includes the hashtag #FrontierWorks, Bulleit will make a donation to MONA’s sign restoration effort. Pretty cool.

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For more information about Bulleit Whiskey (including tons of tasty cocktail recipes), check out their website! To learn more about the long-standing history of neon art in LA and maybe sign up for one of their Neon Cruises, visit the MONA website!

And as always, drink responsibly my friends.