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Guide To Drinking Like A Motherf*ckin’ Pirate

Set sail for the high seas with these contemporary takes on classic pirate cocktails, based on your swashbuckler level.

If you’ve seen every Pirates of the Caribbean movie:


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The Daiquiri gets an undeserved reputation for being a weak vacation drink — mostly due to its slushy sister — but this cocktail is essentially a modern interpretation of grog. Pirates often mixed rum, sugary water, and lime juice to make the alcohol easier to drink, rid their casks of water of bacteria, and stave off scurvy.   And that’s exactly what you tell people the next time your order one.  

  • 1 1/2 oz White rum


  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup



  • 1 oz Lime juice




Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain in chilled cocktail glass.



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Yet another oldie, but goodie, the Bumbo is another health-conscious cocktail created by pirates of yore, but can be surprisingly sweeter than daiquiris.     

  • 2 oz Dark Rum


  • 1 oz Lemon Juice



  • 1/2 tsp Grenadine



  • 1/4 tsp (grated) Nutmeg




In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.


If you’ve always had a fondness for treasure maps and scavenger hunts:


Dark and Stormy

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This drink didn’t surface until the mid-20th century, but its Caribbean roots and seafaring imagery made it worthy of joining this list. The ginger beer takes the warming bite out of the rum while maintaining the integrity of the spice.

  • 2 ounces Gosling’s or Myers’s dark rum


  • 5 ounces ginger beer



  • Lime wedge




Pour the rum over ice in highball and fill with ginger beer. Squeeze in the lime wedge.

(Nouveau) Sangaree

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This is not Sangria. Though there are several variations, sangarees are typically less involved than their Spanish counterparts.

  • 2 oz Beaujolais nouveau wine (you may substitute another red wine)


  • 1 ½ oz apple brandy



  • ½ oz gin



  • ¼ oz dark maple syrup



  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters



  • thin apple slices



  • grated cinnamon




Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with thin apple slices and grated cinnamon.


If you’re wearing a hook and eyepatch right now:


Barbary Coast

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This is one of those “I’m mostly alcohol and you’re about to call your ex” cocktails. If It’s good enough for 19th century San Franciscan sailors, it’s good enough for you.

But you should probably give your phone to someone else beforehand.

  • ¾ oz. scotch
  • ¾ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. creme de cacao
  • ¾ oz. cream
  • grated nutmeg


Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Fog Cutter (Trader Vic’s version)


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“After two of these, you won’t even see the stuff.”

These are terrifying words from the Fog Cutter’s creator, “Trader Vic” Bergeron. This cocktail bullied the Long Island Iced Tea in middle school. You can swap out the sherry from grenadine if you want to lessen the alcohol content, but this will still hit you where it hurts without apologizing the next day.

  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • 2 oz gold rum
  • 1 oz Pisco (a strong, colorless grape brandy)
  • 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz sherry float


Place all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, shake until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice and float sherry on top.


Bloody Mary Topped with a Pepperoni Pizza and a Footlong Sub


Picthx Randy Liedtke


Alcohol-Infused Cupcakes Are the Only Valentine’s Gift We Want Or Need

Hear that? That’s the sound of a million booze-loving significant others going OMNOMNOMNOM.

Southern California-based bakery Hapa Cupcakes takes its name from owners Hanayo and Akemi’s mixed-Asian heritage, and the splash of mixology magic that goes into making their signature alcohol-infused cupcakes and brownies. Though most of the alcohol is cooked off in the baking process (enough so that you don’t need to be 21+ to purchase), a single bite into any of their crème de menthe mint or chocolate whiskey-flavored treats is still enough to make your nostrils do that weird flare thing. You know, the one that lets you know, “yep, that is booze.”

$34 buys a dozen of the liquor-laden sweets, or just enough to keep your favorite lush feeling all warm and fuzzy. Check out a few of our favorites, below:


Chocolate-Covered Strawberry and Champagne:



Crème de Menthe Mint Brownie



“Nuts About You” — Chocolate Peanut Butter



“Will You Remember Me In the Morning?” — Kahlua Cinnamon



“My Cookies Make You Cream” — Chocolate Oreo



“Gonna Get Lucky Tonight” — Chocolate Whiskey






Hapa Cupcakes

105. W Amerige Ave.

Fullerton, Calif. 92832


Here’s How to Make a Boozy Nutella Mint


At Foodbeast, we have a shameless love for Nutella. It’s the sweet, sweet nectar of the gods and if we could, we’d install a fondue waterfall in our office and call it a day. Unfortunately, at the moment, the closest we can get to that fantasy is by turning our favorite childhood treat into a boozy masterpiece.

The inspiration for the Nutella Mint came to me when I saw that my favorite local café, Chapman Coffee House, was serving up “Nutella Lattes.” It swept me off my feet and I immediately set to concocting a liqueur-friendly version. By the end, Amaretto and Frangelico were the perfect compliments to Nutella’s hazelnut flavor and made for a heavenly, iced summer drink.

It’ll have to do ‘til we get that waterfall.


Boozy Nutella Mint


  • 1 tablespoon of Nutella
  • 6 ounces of milk
  • 1.5 ounces of Amaretto
  • 1.5 ounces of Frangelico
  • Mint

Here’s How to Make It

1. Using a butter knife, rim glass with Nutella. Set aside.
2. Pour in Amaretto and place a few mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Muddle mint.
3. Pour in Frangelico, Milk and add Nutella.
4. Shake with ice.
5. Strain into glass.
6. Garnish with mint.
7. Drink!

* If you’re making this in the winter, I suggest leaving out the ice and heating up the milk instead for a warm, cozy take on the recipe.


Here’s How to Make Asian Spicy Cucumber Honey Green Tea


Bored of the plain, old sweet tea that everyone starts sipping when June roles around?  Asian Spicy Cucumber Honey Green Tea gives you the same refreshment with a kick of red pepper for those hot summer days.


Asian Spicy Cucumber Honey Green Tea

Yields: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 10 slices of cucumber (about 1/4-inch thick)
  • 2 slices of lime (about 1/4-inch thick)
  • Pinch ground red pepper
  • 1 bottle Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea


1) Crush cucumber, lime and red pepper with wooden spoon in 1-quart glass measuring cup.

2) Stir in Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea.

3) Strain and serve in ice-filled glasses.

4) Garnish, if desired, with additional cucumber and lime.

5) For a cocktail version, simply add 1/4 cup vodka.


Here’s How to Make A Cîroc Coconut Limeade


Before taking a “summer sesh” class at Mixology 101, I had never associated the word “savory” with boozy goodness. A few drinks into the class (the only way school should be taught, in my opinion), 101’s liquor-wielding profs taught us how to make a Cîroc Coconut Limeade.

The drink was as marvelous as it gets. The sweetness of the coconut and simple syrup was cut by the acidity of the lime, while the muddled basil provided an unexpected and bright aroma that ultimately created a savory flavor profile. Heavenly, I tell you.


Cîroc Coconut Limeade

  • 1.5 OZ.- CîROC COCONUT
  • ½- of one lime
  • .75 oz.- Simple Syrup
  • 6- Basil Leafs

Build: Cut lime and place half in a mixing tin. Add a handful of basil, then muddle. Add the remaining ingredients and shake over ice.

Double Strain: Into a chilled old fashion glass.

Garnish: With a sprig of basil.



Here’s How to Make a Flaming Goblet of Fire Cocktail

goblet of fire drink harry potter

This Goblet of Fire drink recipe from Little Pink Blog won’t get you into the TriWizard Tournament but it will probably make you the most popular kid in Gryffindor.

Putting this drink together is like brewing yourself a potion, just without Snape giving you his judge-y looks. Once your concoction is on fire, the addition of the cinnamon will cause some sparks, but alas, don’t expect your name to come shooting out. And to think, you didn’t even have to rescue a Dragon’s Egg or traverse a dangerous maze to partake in this Goblet of Fire. Take that Harry.

goblet of fire drink


Flaming Goblet of Fire



  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Blue Curacao
  • 3 oz Lemonade
  • Splash of 151
  • Pinch of Cinnamon



  1. Pour vodka, blue curacao, and lemonade into a goblet-type glass
  2. Top with a splash of 151 proof rum
  3. Light on fire
  4. Add the pinch of cinnamon to the flames (cinnamon will spark)


*** Blow out flames before consuming! ***

Photo and Recipe Courtesy of Little Pink Blog


Here’s How to Make a Bourbon Raspberry Float

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Perhaps the only way to enjoy a solid, well-crafted bourbon, other than neat, is to pour it over a frothing glass of raspberry-doused cherry ice cream. At least, that’s the conclusion we came to when we concocted these Bourbon Raspberry Floats.

Last week, the good folks over at Knob Creek sent over a few bottles of Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon and Rye Whiskey. While the latter went down our gullets like fire, the former had a nice, chocolate warmth to it. After finishing off a couple shots of the stuff, here’s looking at you Rudy, we decided the liquor would make a great boozy treat on a Friday afternoon. Thus, the Bourbon Raspberry Float was born.

Knob Creek’s bourbon packs a punch at 120 proof and is bottled at cask strength; so depending on your palate, feel free to add more or less of the spirit to your float. The recipe as a whole compliments the  bourbon’s sweet vanilla and caramel flavors, while still keeping its bold aroma.


Bourbon Raspberry Float



  • Tub of black cherry ice cream (we picked the Safeway Select brand ‘cuz we bougie like that)
  • Reed’s Raspberry Ginger Brew
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
  • Oreos
  • Knob Creek’s Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon

bourbon raspberry float ingredients


1. Take several Oreos and separate the creme from the cookie.

2. Dip the rim of a glass in chocolate syrup, then coat with crushed Oreo cookies. Discard the creme, if you didn’t already lick it off.

3. Fill glass with cherry ice cream.


4. Pour 1-2 shots of bourbon over ice cream.

5. Pour in raspberry soda until it reaches the rim of glass.

6. Stick an Oreo on top of the whole sheebang.

7. Eat & Drink.


 TGIF Foodbeasts!