Cocktail Tasting: Walking On Sunshine!

Tomorrow, Saturday September 20th, from 4-6pm, we’ll be tasting the Walking On Sunshine cocktail at Tipsy in Brooklyn.

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It’s only three days until fall is officially here and I don’t know about you all but I feel like…I’m walking on sunshine! Whoa, yeah. And don’t it feel good?

All right now.

For serious, this summer-straddling-fall weather in New York is the MOTHEREFFING BEST. I’m pretty much taking every opportunity I can to rub it in the faces of everyone I know in Southern California (where they are having a horrible heat wave and drought), not because I’m a garbage person, but because… c’mon! We never get to brag about the weather here. Give us that. I mean, fall is our jam! The northeast does exploding Autumnal gorgeousness like nobody’s business. But we’re not quite there yet. We’re just in that heavenly limbo of slightly cooler days and crisper nights and never-ending, amber-hued sunshine-y sunshine. I moved to NYC from the west coast in the middle of a glorious month of September. And I’ll never forget it. The city wooed me hardcore. And those perfect first few weeks sealed the deal on my torrid love affair with the place. If I had moved just a month earlier, during the dog days of August or just a few months after, when the bone chilling cold starts to set in, who knows where I might have ended up? I mean, no one moves to New York for the weather…but I like to think that this city eased me into it’s clutches in order to trap me forever and ever. Because, that’s sort of romantic, right??

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This is also the time of year that I start dreaming up whiskey cocktails. And, luckily, I had few fun excuses to come up with this bourbon/prosecco/hibiscus mash-up, that is basically September sunshine in a glass…

WOS tonic decanter logoI’m super excited to announce that effective immediately, I’ll be participating in a sort of cocktail residency with the Strong Tonic folks out in Oklahoma City. These new, hand crafted tonics are not only delicious, but are made with all-natural ingredients and were inspired by and created for forward thinking cocktails – the kind of new-fangled tipples that show up on this here blog all the time! As well as the classics. So, I’ll be creating an original cocktail, once a month using their yummy products and then will feature the recipes here. I’ll also keep you updated on any new products from them coming down the pike. As you might have noticed, this is not the first time Strong Tonic has appeared on this site. And it won’t be the last!

WOS above close logoSo, in honor of this most perfect time of year, the cocktail tasting tomorrow at Tipsy, my love of Four Roses Bourbon and the first official Bit by a Fox cocktail for Strong Tonic, I’ve created Walking On Sunshine! Think of this cocktail like that favorite light jacket of yours that you can finally wear during that in-between time of summer and fall.

The Hibiscus Tonic, prosecco and lemon juice keeps this cocktail bright, floral and citrus-y, with some caramel, warm spice and woodsy notes coming from the Four Roses Bourbon to help usher in Fall!

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Walking on Sunshine 
2 oz Four Roses Bourbon
3/4 oz Hibiscus Strong Tonic
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 tsp Agave Syrup
1 oz Prosecco
lemon peel garnish

Add the bourbon, tonic, lemon juice and agave syrup to an ice-filled shaker. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a large, ice-filled rocks glass and top with about an ounce of Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon peel.

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6 Comments on Cocktail Tasting: Walking On Sunshine!

    • Prairie Rose
      September 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be sure to check out your cocktail picks!

  1. Chad
    September 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Sounds tasty. Do the tonics have a tonic water/quinine flavor or are they more like flavored syrups? Thanks for the recipe.

    • Prairie Rose
      September 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm (6 years ago)

      Strong Tonics are made with quinine so they definitely have a tonic-y depth of flavor. I made a g&t (Pear & Sage Gin & Tonic) last month with their regular tonic and it was delicious!

  2. Wendy Watson
    September 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm (6 years ago)

    Love the garnish!! This looks delicious!

    College Cheese | You Only College Once.

    • Prairie Rose
      September 25, 2014 at 12:20 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks! I peeled an entire lemon and skewered it! Sort of wasteful but it looked pretty!


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