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How to Make a Cherry Smash Cocktail

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

The Cherry Smash sounds like a porn flick from the ’70s, but it’s actually a super-delicious (and strangely hydrating) drink that’s perfect for your poolside throwdowns.

You’ll need:

1 cup of pitted cherries
1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves (and four sprigs for garnish!)
8 teaspoons of sugar
3/4 cup of dark rum
1/4 cup of lime juice
3 cups of cherry-flavored seltzer

The execution:

Divide the cherries, mint leaves, and sugar among four glasses.

Smash everything together with the back of a wooden spoon.

Stir in the rum and lime juice.

Fill those glasses with ice and top with the cherry seltzer.

Grab those mint sprigs and plunk ‘em into the drink.

Drink all four. (Just kidding. Be responsible, kiddos.)

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The French 75

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

In honor of France passing marriage equality, we’re gonna show you how to make your guests “ooh-la-la” with the French 75.

You’ll need:

1 lemon
2 ounces chilled dry sparkling wine

1 1/2 ounces of gin
1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce of simple syrup
Some ice.

The execution:
Grab a zester or a paring knife and slice the lemon peel into a long, thin spiral about six inches long.  In cocktail shaker, add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Toss in some ice and shake it like a Polaroid picture for 20 seconds. Strain the mix into a chilled champagne flute and pour in some sparkling water.Curl the lemon peel around your finger to create your twist, then use it to garnish the drink. Voila! The French 75.


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The Mercy Sunrise

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

Gay-Pride-EditionThis one’s a life saver!

Mercy is a hangover prevention drink, so it’ll assist with the “I’m never drinking again!” stuff. The good folks over there taught us a trick of the trade with the Mercy Sunrise. You’ll get all goodness of a delicious beverage for your raucous parties … only this time, when the sun rises, you won’t feel like Eric Northman coming to in the sunroom.

1 1/2 oz Svedka Clementine
1 oz fresh-squeezed OJ
Dash of grenadine
1 ts orange marmalade
1\2 oz fresh lemon juice

Shake everything up in a cocktail mixer, strain it over ice in a highball glass, and top that delicious mix with 2 oz of Mercy.

Garnish with an orange wheel and honey… enjoy tomorrow morning, too.


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Drink of the Week: The Americano

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

ameriIt’s been a long week, so let’s settle in for a chill weekend with an easy drink. Often, the simplest things in life can be the most extraordinary, am I right? Let’s go with an Americano.

The Americano

1 1/2 ounces Campari
1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
Seltzer or club soda
Orange slice (for garnish)

Step 1: Pour the Campari and vermouth over ice.

Step 2: Top with seltzer and pop that orange slice in there.

Step 3: Take a book outside and enjoy your weekend, pal.



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Drink of the Week: Ice & Fire

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

I don’t know a single member of the FENUXE staff who doesn’t watch and love HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Since it’s Monday, we’re fresh from the latest installment, so this drink (which packs some serious punch) isn’t for the faint of heart.

Ice & Fire

1½ oz  Basil Hayden’s bourbon
¾ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
1 slice jalapeno
Pomegranate juice

Splash of soda water


1. Muddle the lime juice, pomegranate juice, simple syrup, and the slice of jalapeno in a mixing tin.

2. Add the bourbon and shake lightly for five seconds.

3. Strain into a Collins glass, and then add some ice.

4. Top with soda water.

5. Garnish with a lime wheel and pomegranate seeds.

Seven hells, Your Grace! Now you’ve got a drink that not only satisfies the heat you need to warm your bones from our “north of the wall” mornings, but the chill to cool you down from the Dothraki desert of our late afternoons.

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Casa Noble Organic Margarita

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer 

Who doesn’t love a margarita? Answer: my Aunt Shirley, a global total of seventeen feral cats (we’ve done the research), and Satan.

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Don’t be like the Lord of the Underworld … (or Satan). Make yourself a margarita and do it the right way: with damn good tequila.

Casa Noble Anejo Tequila is robust and complex with dried fruits, spices, and toasted oak top notes, complemented by butterscotch, vanilla, and cooked agave. The good stuff is aged in French White Oak barrels for about the same length of time you’ve gone without a dental cleaning two whole years.


Fine, now get to the drink. What do I need?”

2 oz Casa Noble Crystal

1 oz Fresh Organic Lime Juice (or the juice of 1 whole lime)

¾ oz Organic Agave Nectar


“Right. Now how do I make it?”

1) Combine everything in a shaker full of ice.

2) Strain the mix into a glass and serve it on the rocks … or up. Your call.

3) Garnish it with a lime wheel so it’ll be pretty, like you.

Pro-tip: If you like salt with your ‘ritas,  moisten the rim of glass with a some of that lime you just cut up and gently roll the rim (oh yeah) in a saucer of kosher salt.

That’s all it takes, pal, so no more hangovers from bottom-shelf tequila, ok? You’re welcome, dear.

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