As Hurricane Sandy envelops the Eastern seaboard, there's not much that can be done aside from hunkering down and riding out the storm from home.
Might as well make a cocktail. Here are a few cocktail recommendations from Effen Vodka and Cruzan Rum.
Cruzan® Single N' Stormy
2 parts Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum
4 parts Ginger Beer
Cruzan® Blackstrap Rum Float
Method: Combine all ingredients over ice in tumbler and shake for 20 seconds.
Pour into a tall glass.
Squeeze lime juice and float Cruzan® Blackstrap on top.
Effen Black Cherry Cyclone
1 1?2 parts Effen Black Cherry Vodka
1?2 part DeKuyper® Peachtree Schnapps Liqueur o 1 1?2 parts Fresh Apple Juice
3?4 part Lemon Juice
1?2 part Simple Syrup
6 Basil Leaves
Method: In a mixing glass, muddle basil, lemon, and simple syrup. Add remaining ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into a low tumbler over ice. Garnish with Basil.
Cruzan® Mango Hurricane
1 part Cruzan® Mango Rum
1 part Cruzan® Aged Dark Rum
Splash of Grenadine
Method: Combine ingredients with ice in a hurricane glass.
Add a splash of grenadine.
Garnish with orange wedge and cherry.
Effen Stormy Weather
1 1/2 parts Effen Vodka
1/2 part Triple Sec
1/2 part Lime Juice
3/4 parts Spiced Syrup (see recipe below)
1 dash Angostura® Bitters
Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Strain and pour into a cocktail glass with ice.
8 parts Water
8 parts White Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 Whole Cloves
1 Star Anise
1/8 tsp Ground Allspice or 5 Whole Allspice Pods
Method: Combine all ingredients, except sugar, in stove-top pan and bring to a boil.
Turn off heat, add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Strain all particles and refrigerate. Spiced Syrup will last up to two weeks.