Mardi Gras Cocktails for Fat Tuesday! Featuring Stoli and Dress The Drink…

4 03 2014

You don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday! Master Mixologist David Brogan showed us how to make some Mardi Gras-themed cocktails!

Mardi Gras Cocktails for Fat Tuesday!

“Stoli Justice”

The Mix…
2 oz Stoli Vanil
½ oz Simple Syrup
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
6 Blackberries
Dry Ginger Soda
Dress The Drink Apple/Blackberry/Wasabi Chip

The Blend…
Muddle Blackberries and Simple Syrup. Add ice, Stoli Vanil and Lime Juice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass filled with crushed ice and top with Dry Ginger Soda. Garnish with a Dress The Drink Apple/Blackberry/Wasabi Chip.

“Stoli Fizz”

The Mix…
2 oz Stoli Ohranj
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 ½ oz Light Cream
2 dashes of Orange Water
Lemon/Lime Soda
Dress The Drink Orange, Lime and Lemongrass Blend
Dress The Drink Orange/Lemongrass Chip

The Blend…
Combine all the ingredients except the Lemon/Lime Soda over ice and shake until frothy. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with Lemon/Lime Soda. Garnish with a rim of Dress The Drink Orange, Lime and Lemongrass Blend on the rim of the glass and an Orange/Lemongrass Chip.


Stoli Cocktails Featuring Dress The Drink For The Oscars And Fat Tuesday…

28 02 2014

Morning Extra: Stoli Cocktails Featuring Dress The Drink For The Oscars And Fat Tuesday… Created By Signature David Brogan… Looking dapper my friend…

The Perfect Gourmet Thanksgiving Signature Cocktails By Dress The Drink…

4 11 2013

Thanksgiving comes but once a year. But when it comes it brings good cheer! So if you’re seeking the perfect gourmet Thanksgiving signature cocktails? Look NO further.

Surprise your guests with some unique and flavorful signature cocktail options this Thanksgiving.

Warm up your guest this year with favorite classics like a Manhattan with an urban twist by DTD’s Master Mixoloist, David Brogan

Sweet Blessings…


The Blend…

3 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz Pomegranate Citrus Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
A touch of Orange Blossom Honey
Dress The Drink Bacon|Horseradish|Cocoa Blend
Dress The Drink Cranberry|Orange|Clove Chip

The Mix…

Pre-rim chilled martini glass with Dress The Drink Bacon|Horseradish|Cocoa blend. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the cocktail glass. Top of rim or float into signature cocktail.

Cranberry|Orange|Vanilla Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
12 oz fresh Cranberries (you can also substitute frozen)
Peel of one orange (ripped into small pieces)
1 tbsp. Vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and stir until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat. Strain contents through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl mashing the cranberries to get the remaining juice out of them and to remove the orange peal. Refrigerate remaining simple syrup. This should be enough to fill a medium sized squeeze bottle.

Simply perfect for any Holiday gathering. The Pumpkin Smash is the ultimate guest pleaser with its visuals, scents and flavors.

Pumpkin Smash…

The Blend…

1 oz of Stoli Elite Vodka
1oz of dark Rum or Tequila
1 large dollop of Pumpkin Puree
3/4 oz of Vermont Pure Maple Syrup
1/2 oz of Fresh Lemon Juice
Pinch of Cinnamon
Pinch of Nutmeg
Dress The Drink Gourmet Roasted Pumpkin Seed dusted with Cranberry and Cinnamon

The Mix…

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a very chilled martini glass. Top it off with Dress The Drink Gourmet Roasted Pumpkin Seed dusted with Cranberry and Cinnamon they even float!

The Pumpkin Spice Signature Cocktail Dress The Drink was inspired by the intensity of Fall colors, textures and flavors.The Cranberry| Pumpkin Garnish brings a new dimension to holiday beverages and cuisine. Cranberries, pecans, pumpkin, herbs and spices are the flavor intensifiers for our Pumpkin Signature Cocktail offers a perfect accented to your Thanksgiving gatherings.

Pumpkin Spice….

The Blend…

1/2 oz Cream Liqueur
2 oz Vanilla Vodka or Carmel Whiskey
1/2 oz Pumpkin Liqueur or Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Dress The Drink Cranberry|Pumpkin Blend
Dress The Drink Cranberry|Pumpkin Swizzle Stick

The Mix…

Rim half chilled martini glass in dark chocolate. Over chocolate rim accent Dress The Drink Cranberry|Pumpkin Blend. Top with Dress The Drink Cranberry|Pumpkin Swizzle Stick.

If you enjoy ginger bread and cinnamon espresso then get ready to experience an explosion of flavors with Dress The Drink Coffee Snap Signature Coffee Drink.
It’s the perfect hot toddy with a twist!

Coffee Snap…

The Blend…

1.5 oz ginger liqueur
1 tsp sugar
Cinnamon espresso
Heavy whip cream
DTD Ginger Bread Blend
DTD Ginger Bread Blend Chocolate Swizzle Stick

The Mix…

Pour the ginger liqueur and sugar into a clear glass coffee mug. Fill with cinnamon espresso. Stir well. Top with heavy whip cream. Sprinkle with DTD Ginger Bread Blend.
Garnish with DTD Ginger Bread Blend Chocolate Swizzle Stick.

Happy Gulp & Gobble…

Dress The Drink Halloween Collection of Garnishes and Blends…

31 10 2013

Dress The Drink Halloween Collection of Garnishes is suited for cocktails, mock cocktails, beverages, food pairings and Tantalizing Treats. Devilish and delicious, Dress The Drink Halloween Collection of Signature Cocktails created by Dress The Drink’s Premier Mixologist would make any witch rethink how she blends and mixes her potion of persuasion. The Halloween Collection offers a munchy medley of berries, fruits, and blends to ignite the fire of festivities for your guests. Goblins and Ghosts will be your party crashers just to taste the liquid treats you are serving.


The Blend…
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1.5 oz Gold Rum
1/2 oz Apricot Brandy
1/2 oz Dark Rum
DTD Black Sea Salt Sugar
DTD Pineapple Slice

The Mix…
Bewitching’s glow is a ray of sunlight peeking through the cobwebs. Beware of the Werewolves and Mummies who are lurching in the shadows with their eyes on the DTD Pineapple Slice garnish. Rim half of martini glass with DTD Black Sea Salt Sugar. Combine all ingredients in ice shaker shake till mixed and pour into glass. Top of with the DTD Pineapple Slice.


The Blend…
1.5 oz Pepper Vodka
1 oz Vodka
2 oz V8 juice Splash of Lemon Juice
DTD Bacon Blend
DTD Tomato Basil Chip

The Mix….
No party at your House of Horrors could be complete without Scary Mary! A very tasty signature Bloody Mary vexed with a ghoulish twist. Rim half of martini glass with DTD Bacon Blend. Combine all ingredients in ice shaker shake till mixed and pour into glass. Top off with the DTD Tomato Basil Chip.


The Blend…
2 oz Sparkling Wine
1 oz Blood Orange Juice
1/4 oz Campari
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Blavod Vodka
DTD Tangerine Sugar
DTD Black Sugar DTD Orange Chip

The Mix…
Screaming Spirits will leave your Halloween guests screeching for more. So refreshing and so very easy to make. For the full effect make sure you use Blavod Vodka! DTD Tangerine and Black Gourmet Rimming sugars double the flavor experience and the DTD Orange Chip will be gobbled up for an added taste sensation. Rim half of martini glass with DTD Tangerine Sugar the other half with DTD Black Sugar. Combine all ingredients in ice shaker and shake till mixed. Pour into glass. Top off with the DTD Orange Chip.

Creating Memorable Garnishes

22 08 2013

Issue Date: 2013-07 Cheers, Posted On: 8/20/2013

Creating Memorable Garnishes
By Kelly A. Magyarics –


Though not always required or called for in a cocktail, the right garnish can add to a drink’s aesthetics, aroma and flavor profile. “We savor our cocktails—and food—with all of our senses, and a beautiful garnish sets the stage for a wonderful cocktail,” says Maeve Pesquera, national director of wine for Tampa, FL-based Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

She says that while salt, sugar and fruit on the rim on the glass have their place, garnishes built in the cocktail can have added visual appeal. “One of my favorite cocktails is our Whiskey Revival, with rye whiskey muddled with Luxardo cherries, oranges and raspberries,” Pesquera notes. “It’s just a gorgeous presentation and an amazing cocktail.”

At the second floor, 90-seat Izakaya at the Japanese restaurant Daikaya in Washington, D.C., beverage director Eddie Kim offers Dai-drops for $7 each. These spherified orbs—a cross between a garnish, ice cube and flavor enhancer—are a decidedly classier take on a “sake bomb,” in which a shot of sake is dropped into a beer.

Kim uses calcium chloride and sodium alginate to encapsulate sake that’s been lightly flavored with yuzu. Bartenders drop them into a glass of Asahi or Sapporo, they slowly melt as guests drink the beer, and the molecular mixology-made sphere bursts when gently bitten.

“The bar embodies easy accessibility to an often misunderstood cuisine/culture,” says Kim. “We are creating a convivial environment where guests can sample Japanese products and ingredients.”


Dress the Drink is a Las Vegas-based company that offers a variety of mixology services, including creating customized garnishes. President and partner Diane Svehlak has noticed an increasing use of fruits, berries and herbs, grilled vegetables and fruits and edible flowers as drink adornments.

“At the most basic level, produce garnishes should be edible, no bigger than the actual drink and act as an aromatic or a flavor extension of the drink they adorn,” she says. Svehlak also notes that bartenders are rimming and garnishing these days with flavored, smoked and sweet salts, swizzle flavor sticks, edible flowers and flower syrups.

“Beverage garnishes often consist of fancy fruits or layers of veggies, sprigs and leaves which add visual appeal but are rarely eaten,” Svehlak says. For instance, Dress the Drink’s Bloody Mary collection includes dried cucumber, tomato and pepper strips, while the cold beverage collection has dried citrus and tropical fruit chips.

Dress the Drink also has Sippable Edible straws made from cantaloupe and coconut, honeydew and dill or apple and caramel. Six different edible drink stirrers mix ingredients including habanero, sea salt and bacon.

The company’s Champagne Bar collection boasts edible gold flakes, silver dusted “diamonds” or a blend of crushed flowers and raspberry for flutes. These aromatic, edible and artistically appealing fruits, vegetables and edible flowers “have the power to punctuate, compliment, clarify and elaborate on what’s happening in the glass,” Svehlak says.

Since pre-Prohibition-style cocktails are still in vogue, Stefan Trummer, owner of Trummer’s on Main in Clifton, VA, has seen a movement away from garnishes for many drinks. But if a bartender decides to use a one—whether a simple twist of lemon or a custom-crushed rimming creation—he advises putting some thought and effort into it.

You don’t want to just place a garnish on the glass rim or in the drink as an afterthought, he says. And make sure any fresh ingredients used are ripe and in season and also a good fit with the drink’s flavor profile.

“Don’t put garnishes that overpower or don’t taste right” with the cocktail, Trummer says. “Everything on or in the drink should add to the flavor, not take away.”

Kelly Magyarics is a wine and spirits writer and wine educator in the Washington, D.C. area. She can be reached through her website,, or on Twitter @kmagyarics.


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Liquor Shots and Shooters Meet Dress The Drink’s Edible Vessel Product Line

17 06 2013

Originally, the “shot glass” was a measuring device – a means to figure out a 1.5 oz. serving of a spirit until now…

Want something unique that your clients will EAT IT UP?

Dress The Drink Hand Crafted Edible Shot Vessel

Perfect for just about anything. Each shot glass measures about 2.5 inches tall. Just like a real shot glass and will hold up to 1.5oz of liquid!

Each product SKU is edible and deliciously unique. Cold Beverages hold for up to 1 hour excluding the caramel or chocolate coming soon. Shelve life -3-6mo’s depending on product SKU. Edible Vessel flavor infusions and blends upon request.

Check out Dress the Drink’s Edible Vessel’s

One of the web’s largest collections of Shot recipes, with a list of the most popular drink recipes in this section.


27 03 2013

All Dressed and ready to go…

VIBE Beam and DTD

Cindy & Philip craving DTD stir sticks…

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BEAM’s BREWtail…

VIBE BrewTails with BEAM & DTD
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A long and very sucessful day @ VIBE!

Yep! we are ready to have a cocktail at a very sucessful day!<
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