Happy Holidays from the Guru

I’m sick of it.  Sick and tired of this season they call the Holidays.  How’s that for a holiday greeting?

What if I was serious about beginning my post like that.  Funny?  I thought it was funny.  Maybe not. 

I’m no grinch.  I truly would like to wish you and your fams all the best and healthiest for this holiday season. 

Now onto some business: I would like to speak to you about a project that I have been working on for the past few months.  The kind folks at Welch’s Juices, yes, the juices you drank when you were somewhere between the ages of 3 and 13 years old (and hopefully still to this day!), asked me to create an entire line of signature cocktails using their Refrigerated Juice blends. 

What a doozy of a time did I have coming up with these drinks.  Tasting these juices on their own, I immediately saw their potential.  I experimented and came up with tons of great new drinks that I thought would span across all genders, all ages (those over 21, of course), and all seasons of the year. 

We had a cocktail launch event at The World Bar here in NYC.  Press, bartenders, and a relative who’s who of the bar biz showed up and sampled some of my creations. 

If you or any of your friends are wondering what libation to make for this holiday season, look no further.  I’ve included a couple of my recipes, along with pics, for some very festive Welch’s signature cocktails.  Also, please check out our friends at CHOW.com – they have a great interactive piece on festive cocktails from around the world.  You can click here to check it out.

Happy holidays – Happy Chanukkah, New years, Christmas, Kwanza, etc…

Cherry Smash

2 oz. Welch’s Tropical Cherry

1 1/2 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon

3 lemon wedges

Handful of mint leaves (approx. 8-10)

Directions:  Muddle the mint and lemon in the bottom of a mixing glass.  Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake briefly.  Pour into rocks glass.



Independence Sparkler

1 oz. Welch’s Strawberry Breeze

1/2 oz. Navan Vanilla Liqueur

3 oz. Moet & Chandon Champagne

Directions:  Add ingredients to mixing glass with ice and stir briefly.  Strain into chilled champagne flute.  Top off with a little extra champagne.

Garnish: Strawberry slice on rim of glass.



Here are a few more pics from the Welch’s Cocktail Launch at The World Bar in NYC:


For more recipes and images, you can email me.

Pics by Edward Smith Photography.


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