Kentucky Buck Fifty Cocktail

A spicy twist on the classic Old Fashioned, the Kentucky Buck Fifty Cocktail is a fun way to spice up your next party. Based on a drink at The Raines Law Room in NYC.

Kentucky Buck Fifty Cocktail | ChezCateyLou.com

New York is a great city if you like to eat. As you may have noticed, Cate and I try and take full advantage of this. But New York is also great if you like to drink. And while you can get a drink just about anywhere in New York (and at any hour, as bars don’t close until 4am), one of my favorite spots is Raines Law Room, a “speakeasy” cocktail bar just north of the West Village. My go-to cocktail at Raines Law Room is the Kentucky Buck Fifty, which is a spicy twist on an Old Fashioned. The secret to the heat is the addition of Cholula hot sauce.

Today I have a quick and easy recipe for a Kentucky Buck Fifty – so easy you can probably make it right now with ingredients already in your house (and if not, consider this a wake up – you should always have rye whiskey and hot sauce in your pantry, or else I’m not visiting).

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Michelada

A Mexican beer cocktail that is full of lime juice and spices. A Michelada is a refreshing and addicting way to enjoy a beer!
Michelada | chezcateylou.com

I love beer. It’s just the best. And there’s no better time to be a beer fan than right now. There’s over 3000(!) breweries in America – up from a only 89 in the late 1970s and 1000 in 1995. And this is a good thing. I bet your local grocery store carries 10 different varieties of IPAs (except you Pennsylvania, you’re still the worst), your corner bar probably sells craft beers from across town and imports from across the globe, and even your hometown baseball team’s stadium likely has over 100 different beer options (which, in fairness, makes sense – have you ever tried to watch a baseball game sober?) Gone are the days when Budweiser, Bud Light, and Coors Light were the only game in town.

Despite the shift from mass produced lagers to more flavorful local beers, one mega brand has been able to maintain (and even grow) its status as a summer-time favorite, and that’s Corona. Corona, as well as other Mexican imports (Pacifico, Sol, Dos Equis, Modelo Especial), just seem to hit the spot on sunny, summer days. And sure, beer snobs may not hold Corona in very high regard (ahem, BeerAdvocate), but I don’t care. As much as I love a great IPA, there’s something about squeezing a lime into an ice cold bottle of Mexican lager.

But what if there was a way to appease both the beer snobs and those just looking for easy-drinking refreshment? A way to elevate a relatively pedestrian beer and keep all of its refreshing characteristics? I think this is why the Michelada was invented.

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Limoncello Cocktail

A light and refreshing Limoncello Cocktail is the perfect drink to sip on all summer long, and it couldn’t be easier to make!

Limoncello Cocktail | chezcateylou.com

It is a beautiful summer Friday, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a Limoncello Cocktail!  This is probably the simplest recipe I have ever posted on Chez CateyLou.  And that’s why it is so perfect – you only need two ingredients to make a delicious, refreshing, and pretty summer cocktail!  That’s right – with just limoncello and club soda you can have a summer party started in no time!

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Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail with Chocolate Bitters

This Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail with Chocolate Bitters, modeled after a drink at the popular Seattle bar Sun Liquor, is the perfect combo of sweet and tart.

Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail with Chocolate Bitters | chezcateylou.com

It is an absolutely gorgeous day here in NYC! Sunny, 75, just a few puffy white clouds in the blue sky – perfect! It rained about every day this week, including an absolute monsoon last night, so we are ready for some sunshine. And chez CateyLou, beautiful weekend days mean rooftop cocktails! One of the perks of NYC living:) So today I have a Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail with Chocolate Bitters for you.

Yes, chocolate bitters!! Perhaps my new favorite cocktail ingredient.
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Mango Smoothie made with Greek Yogurt

Frozen banana slices and mango greek yogurt make this mango smoothie so creamy and decadent tasting, even though it is light and healthy! So simple and easy to make.

Mango Smoothie made with Greek Yogurt | chezcateylou.com

Did you all have a nice Easter weekend? TheBetterHalf and I were in St. Louis for a quick trip to see my family and we had the most gorgeous weather – it almost felt like summer! Which means that it must be smoothie season! I love making smoothies year round, but once it starts to get warm out, I can’t get enough of them. Smoothies are so easy to make- this mango smoothie only has four ingredients! Plus it tastes delicious and is healthy too.
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