Cracker Barrel is known as a country family restaurant chain, with old school American dishes gracing the menu. As a pretty conservative establishment, it hasn’t had alcohol on the menu in its 51 years in service.
Starting this year, however, the chain has decided to give booze a shot, and is adding beer, wine, and mimosas to roughly 600 of its restaurants nationwide.
Cracker Barrel has been testing the alcoholic options at 100 locations recently, following feedback from its customers that they would love to have adult drinks on the menu. So far, the program has had convincing results, influencing Cracker Barrel to expand the program to most of its 660 locations.
These options include to-go mimosa kits, according to CNN, as well as a selection of beer and wine. Mimosas have also been popular with breakfast and lunch guests, so they’ll be available in the restaurant as well.
Cracker Barrel plans to have alcohol available in 600 locations by July 2021, and also looks to expand their current options to include other boozy choices. We’ll have to see what that exactly includes as time goes.
Speculoos Cookie Butter has easily become one of Trader Joe’s most popular items in the past decade. The cookie-flavored spread pairs with so many things that sometimes we can’t help but throw it on whatever we have in the fridge.
Snack blogger @TheSnacksOfLife spotted a new twist on the iconic Cookie Butter at her local Trader Joe’s: Speculoos Cookie Butter Beer.
An alcoholic take on the cookie spread, the new cookie butter beer is described as an Imperial Golden Ale with toasted coconut, vanilla beans, and other natural flavors. Each bottle boasts a 5.5% ABV.
From the looks of it, you can find the Cookie Butter Beer in the alcohol section of your local Trader Joe’s. Guess where I’m headed after work?
This year many of those who enjoy celebrating Oktoberfest may be stuck at home to limit the spread of COVID-19. Sucks, yes, but hopefully things get better this time next year.
That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the upcoming holiday, however.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels has announced they’re teaming up this year with Samuel Adams beer to create an Oktoberfest At Home experience.
The collaboration brought forth an Oktoberfest kit that features Oktoberfest-inspired recipes, an Auntie Anne’s DIY Pretzel Kit, Samuel Adams OctoberFest brews, and themed apparel from steins to hats and lederhosen.
To set the mood, you can stream a “Prost from Home” playlist that features authentic Oktoberfest tunes.
You can order the Oktoberfest kits at GiveThemBeer.com. Availability is only while supplies last.
The birth of the margarita is much disputed. There are various origin stories, stretching from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, but lost among these wildly specific theories is the fact that the margarita may simply be a variation of a Prohibition-era drink, The Daisy.
The two drinks are remarkably similar– the only difference is that the margarita swaps out The Daisy’s brandy for tequila. In fact “margarita” is the Spanish word for “daisy.” So oddly enough, regardless of the true genesis of the margarita’s journey to stardom, it’s likely that it may have been a result of someone playing with the recipe of an already popular drink.
The lesson here, my friends, is that good things can always be improved upon. Inspired by this ideal, our latest recipe, in collaboration with Bud Light Seltzer, is our own twist on the margarita.
Keeping the essence of fruit in mind, we swapped out the traditional orange-flavored triple sec for a Bud Light Strawberry seltzer. This creates a smoother drinking experience, mellowing out the tequila enough to give consistent, well-rounded sips.
We also threw in some frozen strawberries, which helps the drink blend into a fluid, almost creamy, consistency, while giving things a refreshing edge that compliments the acidity of the lime.
With a rim of chili lime seasoning, and a fresh strawberry to garnish, this drink will certainly make me head to the fridge for a seltzer and some frozen strawberries the next time I get a craving for a margarita.
Check out the full recipe below, and, if you’re in California, make sure to enter iHeartRadio and Budlight Seltzer’s sweepstakes, which could land you a $500 gift card to one of your local Hispanic grocery stores. Click here to enter.
Two iconic brands are coming together in a pretty outlandish way. This week, Red Lobster has announced a partnership with PepsiCo. The first result of that collaboration? A MTN Dew cocktail served at Red Lobster Restaurants.
Yep, that’s right.
Called the DEW Garita, the alcoholic beverage is said to pair nicely with the restaurant chain’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
While Red Lobster hasn’t revealed exactly what’s inside the cocktail, deeming it top-secret in a statement, it kind of fits the spirit of MTN Dew itself. You don’t really know what’s in it — and you kind of don’t want to know — but it tastes pretty good nonetheless.
Hopefully, that includes tequila, though.
Fans of Red Lobster or MTN Dew can find their new collaborative drink in restaurants sometime this fall.
Canned cocktails have become a summer staple as they’re easily portable, not that potent and easily crushable. However, with so many on the market, not to mention hard seltzers (thanks, White Claw), how do you decide which ready-to-drink cocktails should you be grabbing on your next grocery store run? We’ve got the answers below to help this upcoming Labor Day be a little more refreshing.
Vervet stands out because its co-founder Hope Ewing, a Los Angeles-based bartender and cocktail writer, makes everything from scratch, down to their bitters, vermouth, and amaro. They currently have four flavors: Angelicano (a Negroni spritz), Pale Mary (a clarified Bloody Mary), Sundowner (a strawberry hard kombucha), and Tiki Tea (a Margarita meets a Moscow Mule).
Inspired by the beauty of the Northwest, 503 Distilling offers three canned cocktails. The Wicked Mule is made by infusing its vodka with lime and ginger, then blending it with a homemade ginger syrup. The Blood Orange Greyhound is made with grapefruit-infused vodka, then blending it with blood orange puree, grapefruit juice and lime. La Vida Mocha is the Portland distillery’s first rum-based canned cocktail made with Riff Cold Brew Coffee cold brew and Mexican chocolate from Holy Kakow.
We’ve covered Azulana before. Here’s a refresher: it is said to be the first sparkling ready-to-drink beverage crafted using 100% blue agave tequila on the market. Produced in Guadalajara, Mexico, it aims to authentically integrate the region’s rich heritage and history, while also contributing to the local economy through its production, manufacturing and distribution.
Cutwater Spirits aims to love all and serve all with its wide variety of canned concoctions. The San Diego-based distillery, recently acquired by Anheuser-Busch, has 16 different cocktails to choose from including Vodka Soda, Cold Brew, Paloma and its newest, Rum Mint Mojito.
Ohza claims they’ve reinvented mimosa in a can! Crafted with premium sparkling wine and real orange juice, the Boston-based brand’s mimosas contain up to 80% less sugar than standard DIY mimosas. Its gluten-free canned cocktail has the calorie count of a hard seltzer, but more flavor – with no added sugar and zero preservatives. Recently, Ohza announced the launch of its kegs – perfect for your next Sunday Funday brunch.
Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew
The cold brew trend has taken caffeinated cocktails to the next level and Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew has led the charge. Made with 100% Arabica Columbian cold brew coffee and fermented agave, the San Diego-based brand offers flavors: Caffe Mocha, Vanilla Cinnamon, Salted Caramel and Espresso Shot.
Novo Fogo brings you Brazil’s signature cocktail in these easily portable cans. The brand produces USDA-certified organic cachaças at its zero-waste distillery in Morretes, located in the heart of the largest protected patch of Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest. Made with its Silver Cachaça, Novo Fogo offers three flavors — original lime, mango and lime, and passion fruit and lime.
Colony Cocktails aim to take you away via their canned confections — which is great because we’re not going anywhere anytime soon. The Virginia-based wine cocktails include The Biarritz (inspired by the French 75), The Tangier (a rosemary, cardamom and grapefruit sipper) and The Charleston (lemongrass and lemon libation).
Social Hour Cocktails
Social Hour began as a passion project of Tom Macy’s during his years long quest for the perfect Gin & Tonic. Together with cocktail-culture pioneer Julie Reiner (Brooklyn’s Clover Club), Social Hour will debut with three crafted expressions: The Gin & Tonic, the Whiskey Mule (a Moscow Mule meets whiskey) and the Pacific Spritz.
This one is for vodka fans looking for something portable and potable. Square One Organic Spirits is a female-owned boutique spirits company founded with the mission of creating innovative products with an eco-conscious mindset. It’s ready-to-drink vodka cocktails include Pear of Roses (flavored with pear, rose, lavender, rosemary and lemon), Basil Berry Fizz (flavored with basil, strawberry and lemon), Mediterranean Pearl (flavored with bergamot, orange, pomegranate, coriander, star anise and lime) and Cucumber Therapy (flavored with cucumber, rose, ginger and lime).
A while back, Dunkin’ partnered with Harpoon Brewery to create a line of Dunkin’ Coffee Porter that you can buy in stores. It appears the collaboration was successful because the two have once again come together to craft a new beverage for both beer and donut fans.
The Dunkin x Harpoon collaboration will be a major donut chain’s first-ever foray into donut-infused beer.
This month, you can buy Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin (Spiced Latte Ale), Harpoon Dunkin’ Boston Kreme (Creamy Irish Stout), and Harpoon Dunkin’ Jelly Donut (Hazy IPA) as the new trio of donut-infused beers.
They will also join Harpoon’s Dunkin’ Coffee Porter, which was inspired by Dunkin’s Original Blend Coffee.
While the donut-infused beer isn’t the first of it’s kind, it appears to be the first major attempt by a prolific fast food donut chain.
As someone who loves Boston Kreme Donuts but isn’t big on stouts, I’m genuinely curious about which way I’ll lean when it comes to the Dunkin’ Boston Kreme. You can find the donut beers anywhere Harpoon is sold.
Fall is still a bit of a ways away, but that hasn’t stopped brands from starting to roll out the pumpkin spice collections early. Baileys has taken a different approach, however, and is kicking off their autumn early with the launch of an Apple Pie Baileys flavor.
The new creamy liquor is meant to combine the notes of vanilla ice cream and cinnamon with the taste of a freshly baked apple pie. Baileys is introducing the new bottles as a limited edition flavor that can be enjoyed now, but is meant to be paired with Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or other fall feasts.
Apple Pie Baileys bottles are already available wherever spirits are sold nationwide, but only in limited quantities. Each 750 mL bottle comes in at a price of $24.99.