brandivate beverage of the week #bbotw

There are few things that are more satisfying than a cold beverage to celebrate the accomplishments of the workweek. Every Friday at 3:30 PM CDT, a brandivate team member will share their beverage of the week! Looking for past beverages? click one of the black buttons below to check out the beverage archives!

July 30, 2021

Golden Prosecco

All that glitters is gold here at the offices of brandivate on this fine Friday, and we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to tip our hats to all of the amazing Olympians chasing their lifelong dreams in Tokyo right now! We have had an exciting week watching all of the incredible athletes shine and are positively giddy that there’s another action-packed week ahead!

 

In their honor, we have chosen a bubbly variety brought to us by the winemakers over at FitVine! They believe that we should know what's in each glass of wine we drink, and they do so by sharing what's in each of their bottles – from low sugar content to calories and carbs. We love their slogan, "Live Your Fit. For healthy people who want to enjoy their wine - and feel good about it". It almost makes drinking healthy!

 

We decided to go for the gold ourselves when it comes to this Prosecco by adding some brew glitter! This edible glitter adds the necessary shimmery glitz, sparkle, and dare we say, glamour to the proceedings and we had to share the discovery with all of you! There are a a rainbow of colors just waiting to brighten up any boozy beverage to truly make it a fun, festive, and golden delight!

 

 How are you going for the gold this weekend? #bbotw

July 23, 2021

Blanton's Single Barrel

It’s Friday and time for the brandivate beverage of the week. However, it’s not just your normal, run-of-the-mill Friday. No, it’s the Friday of brandvocate week 2021 and we are celebrating by raising a glass of Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon in gratitude to each and every one of you who have supported Kelsey and Bill in this entrepreneurial journey:

 

  • Aaron Cunningham and Sandy Petrie (and both our families)

  • The investor who shared in our vision from day one

  • The countless friends who have believed in us

  • Our amazing brandvocates who, even today, share the brandivate love

  • The promotional products industry who has embraced us

  • Our truly fabulous clients who allow us the privilege to work with them every day

 

So, we won’t be waxing poetic about the beverage today – hell, it’s Blanton’s so you know it’s amazing. Today we salute everyone who has been there for us in humble thanks.

 

How are you thanking your tribe as you begin the weekend? #bbotw

July 16, 2021

Angry John Daly

We have a fizzy twist on a summer favorite for you this week with what we are calling the Angry John Daly! Refreshing, bubbly and with a touch of caffeine this cocktail will surely cool you down -  whether you're gripping and ripping on the course or lounging poolside. John Daly famously said "I learned you can't drink whiskey and play golf" so we here at brandivate figured why not try HIS theory with some Vodka instead?

 

Much like John Daly did for golf, we wanted to turn the beverage this week on its side which is why we are enjoying it in the 13oz Deluxe Hiball (#814E) from our good pals at J.Charles. We love how the full brandivate logo looks with the signature deep etch decoration and how it stands out – like the legendary golfer himself – by utilizing the full length of the decoration area.

 

The recipe is as simple as it is delicious:

 

  • 1 ½ ounces vodka

  • 1 part unsweetened black tea

  • 1 part sparkling lemonade (we highly recommend the Trader Joe’s variety)

  • 1 lemon wheel for garnish

  • 1 sprig of fresh mint for garnish


Fill your glass with ice and combine the vodka, tea and lemonade. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a few mint leaves. Enjoy!

How are you turning your Friday on its side after your productive week? #bbotw

July 9, 2021

There are three types of libation lazy:

 

  1. The “I’ll Just Make a Jack and Coke” Lazy

  2. The “Full Cocktail in a Can” Lazy

  3. The “Two Ingredient Cocktail in a Can” Lazy

 

Today on the brandivate beverage of the week, we celebrate slacking souse number three by enjoying a premade gin and tonic from the good folks at Bombay Sapphire. Here’s where we usually wax poetic about how the subtle flavors of the gin combine with the refreshing brightness of the gin to create a lovely summer sip. While that’s all true, we’d rather focus on the convenience of the can to make a hot day just a little more tolerable.

 

How are you making the weekend more convenient? #bbotw

Canned Gin & Tonic

July 2, 2021

Nothing says #merica quite like a tall boy of Bud Heavy! Be safe out there during this fine holiday weekend, friends. 

How are you popping the top off of your busy week? #bbotw

The King of Beers

June 25, 2021

Coconut Mojito

It’s officially summer which means we need something refreshing to cool us down at the end of the week. After searching high and low, we’ve found the ideal brandivate beverage of the week to accomplish precisely that: the coconut mojito! This tropical twist on the Cuban classic is everything you’re looking for in a tropical drink. The molasses-kissed brown sugar adds a warmth of complexity to the rum and coconut cream, while the mint and lime are like a welcome cool breeze of acidity and freshness. The effervescence of the club soda to finish the cocktail makes this eminently quaffable whether your toes are in the sand or walking through the freshly cut lawn of your backyard.

 

How are you tropicaling into the weekend? #bbotw

 

Ingredients

  • 6 mint leaves

  • 1 oz lime juice

  • 1 barspoon light brown sugar

  • 2 oz light rum

  • 1 oz coconut rum

  • 1 ½ oz cream of coconut

  • Club Soda

 

Directions

Place mint leaves, granulated sugar, lime juice, and cream of coconut into a collins glass. Using a muddler, press and gently twist the mint leaves on the bottom and sides of the glass. Stop muddling when the mint is bruised and fragrant, but not yet torn as tearing the mint too much can create a bitter taste.

 

Add the rums and fill the glass ¾ full with ice cubes or crushed ice. Fill the remainder of the glass with club soda and stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint.

June 18, 2021

It's Friday and we are beating the heat in style with this gorgeous number from the fine folks at J.Charles! A match made in Heaven between their beautiful 14 ounce Scandia Mug and a Texas Twist on the southern classic, Agua Fresca, brought to you by Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, TX.

This beer is a brand new creation from the Shiner brewing team employing the summer fruits of watermelon and lime resulting in a crisp, refreshing and fruity way to cool yourself down. So, kick your feet up, crack this open and slowly pour into the most gorgeous of beer mugs for a surefire way start to a fabulous weekend!

How are you classing it up into your weekend?

Shiner Agua Fresca

June 11, 2021

Spicy Margarita Cloud

Is there anything better than enjoying the brandivate beverage of the week every Friday? Possibly, but there’s no point in burning calories trying, especially when it’s a drink that might define the summer of 2021: the spicy margarita cloud. Yes, we’ve highlighted various margarita recipes before but never like this for the sole fact we created a spicy Cadillac foam to heighten the experience using a whipper.

 

We started with a classic margarita recipe using fresh lime and lemon juice, Cointreau, simple syrup, and, of course, tequila. However, we wanted to elevate this drink with our new toy: the aforementioned whipper. We filled it with egg whites, Grand Marnier, orange juice, and Hella smoked chili bitters, then charged it with NO2. We laid the foam in the glass before pouring the strained margarita over the cloud, which infused the drink with deliciousness. Part of the presentation was watching the foam cloud rise to the top of the cocktail. We then garnished with Hawaiian black lava sea salt and a lime wheel. The slight spiciness of the foam wonderfully complimented the tart, bracing blast of tequila and lime with each sip. Truly a fantastic experience, and you can rest assured we will be trying more foams in the future.

 

How are you floating into the weekend? #bbotw

 

Spicy Margarita Cloud

  • 2 oz tequila

  • 1 oz Cointreau

  • 1 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice

  • ½ oz simple syrup

  • Lime wheel for garnish

  • Hawaiian black lava sea salt for garnish

 

Spicy Cadillac Foam

  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten

  • 2 oz Grand Mariner

  • 4 oz orange juice, finely strained

  • 6 dashes Hella smoked chili bitters

 

Directions

Combine all foam ingredients into your whipper and shake 5-10 times to incorporate, then charge with one NO2 cartridge. Place in the refrigerator to keep cool. Tip: the foam can be made hours in advance and will keep for at least a week if kept cool in your chill chest.

 

Shake all the margarita ingredients together over cracked ice. Fill your glass 1/3 full with the foam and carefully pour your strained drink into the cloud – it will rise to the top of the beverage while it infuses it with additional flavor. Fill in any empty foam gaps, sprinkle the top with the black lava sea salt, and garnish with a lime wheel.

June 4, 2021

It's Pride Month, Y'all!

 

Join us as we celebrate and sip on this crisp Brut Rose brought to you by Barefoot.

 

Winemaker Notes: Each limited-edition Pride package celebrates those who have made a significant impact on the community during our 30-year history of our LGBTQ+ allyship. This design was inspired by the community members and allies who have fought for marriage equality across the United States.

 

Let There Be Bubbly and Love.

 

How are each of you celebrating your busy week? #bbotw

Barefoot Bubbly Rose

May 28, 2021

Spicy Ranch Water

That's right, it's time for the brandivate beverage of the week and we can't think of a better way to kick off the first holiday weekend of summer than with this attitudinal cocktail! It packs a punch and sets your mouth on fire. We present to you the greatness that is the Spicy Ranch Water. This is a fan favorite in the thick of the hottest months and is virtually guilt free - no sugar added! None! Sip away and toss out the calorie counter.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces Silver Tequila - We adore the Camarena brand

  • 5 ounces of Topo Chico or your favorite club soda - the bubblier the better

  • 1/2 ounce lime juice

  • Two thin slices of fresh jalapeno

  • 1 T. of chopped cilantro


Grab a glass and muddle the jalapeno slices, fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro into the Tequila. Fill glass with ice, top with Topo Chico, stir and garnish! Simple, easy and delicious!  

How are you spicing up your holiday weekend? #bbotw

May 21, 2021

WhistlePig 10 Year Rye

It’s Friday, right in the middle of graduation season, so you know it’s time for the one and only brandivate beverage of the week! Being in a celebratory mood, we are enjoying one of the finest rye whiskies on the planet in our equally impressive Glencairn Glass (#333S2) from our good friends at J.Charles! The glass is beloved by whiskey drinkers worldwide because it’s designed to show off the color and aroma of the libation, which allows full appreciation of the complex flavor profile of the spirit. Plus, the addition of that gorgeous deep etch decoration from J.Charles showcases the brand in a treasured keepsake glass that will create memories with every dram.

 

If you’re not familiar with WhistlePig, it’s time to expand your horizons. They have a single goal of creating the world’s finest rye whiskeys, and with this Single Barrel 10 Year version, they may have done it. As the Glencairn glass is raised, waves of oak, rye grain, dark cherry, pear, roasted rosemary, fennel, and star anise envelop the nose. When the lips meet the tipped glass, they are met with an explosion of intense rye character along with caraway seed, toasted cinnamon, and a pleasant oakiness that defines a good rye. The finish is smooth with hints of toasted grain and faint tobacco.

 

At 106 proof, the WhistlePig Single Barrel 10 Year is most definitely a beverage that should be enjoyed in a proper glass while making lasting memories and celebrating with family and friends.

 

How are you graduating into the weekend? #bbotw

May 14, 2021

Blueberry Lime Smash

It’s Friday, and school is about to be out for the summer. That means you better pour your brandivate beverage of the week before the echoes of “I’m bored” fill your abode! This week we are ushering in summer with a Blueberry Lime Smash made with the gorgeous blueberry vodka from our friends at Pickers. While the complete recipe is below, we must brag about the sublime base spirit as it’s made with natural fruit to bring a burst of fresh blueberry flavor that perfectly balances the overall tartness of the beverage.

 

How are you smashing into the weekend? #bbotw

 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Pickers Blueberry Vodka

  • ½ oz simple syrup

  • 5 fresh blueberries

  • ½ lime, cut into wedges

  • Soda water

 

Directions

Muddle blueberries and lime in a cocktail shaker before adding the vodka and simple syrup. Fill with ice and shake to chill (about 30 seconds) before transferring all the contents to a collins glass and top with soda water.

May 7, 2021

Sangria

Happy Friday and welcome back to another edition of brandivate beverage of the week! We hope you all have recovered from Cinco de Mayo and are ready to enjoy a glass of Sangria Wine with us. Sometimes mixing up some goodness in a pitcher to share with friends is just what the doctor ordered. A huge shout out to our dear friends and loyal brandivate supporters, Cheryl Drew and Bobby Briggs for sharing this fine recipe with us. We salute you!

This refreshing summer favorite is simple and delicious.

 

Ingredients

  • Fresh berries - any of your favorites will do here, but a minimum of three is recommended

  • A bottle of Pinot Noir

  • 4 ounces of Brandy

  • 6 ounces of Orange Juice

  • 12 ounces of Club Soda

 

Instructions

Place your berries in a pitcher, pour in all of the ingredients, stir and enjoy!

 

How are each of you mixing it up this weekend? #bbotw

April 30, 2021

It’s the final Friday of April, and you know it’s time for the brandivate beverage of the week! While we could go for one of the more obvious drink choices this week – Mint Julep for the Kentucky Derby tomorrow or a margarita for Cinco de Mayo next week – that’s not the way we roll here at brandivate. So instead, we are enjoying a great beer with a better name: Adios Pantalones from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company in Texas. This Mexican-inspired lager is light, crisp, and clean with citrusy notes and a light body as it’s brewed with both lemon and lime. The best news of all? Pants are optional.

 

How are you saying adios to the workweek? #bbotw

Adios Pantalones

April 23, 2021

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The Dirty Texas 'Tini

It’s Friday afternoon and time to celebrate the arrival of the weekend by joining us by savoring a brandivate beverage of the week with us! This week we are putting a spicy twist on a classic dirty martini with the Texas ‘Tini! Regardless of the libation you indulge in today, it will look and taste sublime in the 10 oz Lyrica Martini Glass (#3042S2) from our good friends at J.Charles. Not only is the deep etching the most elegant way to showcase a brand, the generous size and long stem will keep your concoction cold while you sip your stress away in a dignified manner.

 

Made with Tito’s Vodka, olives, and olive juice (full recipe below), this peppery potable has not one, but two, secret weapons hidden in the olives. First, they are grilled, adding an earthy, smoky flavor that genuinely elevates the drink. Second, that’s no pimento hidden in the green fruit – those are jalapenos, and they add JUST the right kick making this a beverage to be savored as you unwind from the pressures of the week.

 

How are you putting a spicy spin on your weekend? #bbotw

 

The Dirty Texas ‘Tini

  • 5 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka

  • 2 oz Grilled Olive Brine

  • 1 Grilled and Jalapeno Stuffed Olive

 

Directions

Add the vodka and brine into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into your chilled 10 oz Lyrica Martini Glass and garnish with your grilled and jalapeno stuffed olive.

April 16, 2021

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The Southside

With the onset of spring and the promise of warmer temperatures, we are taking a lighter spin on today’s brandivate beverage of the week with the bright and delicious Southside. While there are as many variations as origin stories, this version is vivid, radiant, and bright with the delicious combination of dry gin, fresh lime juice, and just enough mint to add a touch of fresh flavor. This potent potable is perfect for the porch or patio all day long.

 

How are you shining into the weekend? #bbotw

 

The Southside

  • 2 oz London Dry Gin

  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice

  • ¾ oz simple syrup

  • 6 drops or one dash of Peychaud’s bitters

  • 1 grip of mint

 

Directions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with fresh ice. Shake that bad boy for about 30 seconds or 10 seconds after your hands turn numb from the cold. Strain the beverage into a coupe glass to keep it classy. Garnish by floating a single mint leaf on top and enjoy!

April 9, 2021

It's near quittin' time and for this brandivate Beverage of The Week we are taking you out to a little place called Agave & Rye (Lexington)! We figured it would be a nice little treat to see what good sippin' was happening out in the wild and we stumbled upon this chic and funky Tequila bar during our travels in Kentucky. 

This pink drink may look dainty, but don't let it fool you - it packs a spicy and boozy punch! 

Hibiscus Habanero Margarita - House Silver Tequila, Hibiscus Jugo, Fresh Ginger, Fresh Lime Juice and Habanero Sugar Water served over ice for a smooth $12.00.

 

How are you spicing up your way into the weekend? #bbotw

Hibiscus Habenero Marg

April 2, 2021

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Michelada

It’s Friday – a Good Friday – and time for the brandivate beverage of the week! This week we are enjoying one of the most refreshing and bracingly flavorful beer drinks on the planet: the Michelada. Think of it as a Mexican Bloody Mary – but far bolder and more flavorful – that must be savored in a sturdy, handled beer vessel like the 13 oz. ARC Distinction Beer Mug (#A77346) from our friends at Bel Promo. Plus, we love the way the logo pops against the slightly coral hue of the spicy drink.

 

The fiery brew/cocktail is made from a mixture of cold Mexican lager, Clamato, fresh lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce, which brings a balance of bold acidity with the noticeable heat. The Clamato and soy sauce add a deep umami flavor giving the drink further depth of flavor, while the hot sauce brings some kick to the party. Finally, adding the right amount of fresh lime juice keeps the drink exhilaratingly tart and fresh, while the salted lime rim ensures every sip of hie bold beverage is perfect.

 

How are you boldly going into the weekend? #bbotw

 

Ingredients

  • 6 oz of Mexican Lager

  • 6 oz of Clamato juice

  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 dashes of soy sauce

  • 5 dashes of hot sauce

  • Juice of ½ lime

 

Directions

Rim your 13 oz. ARC Distinction Beer Mug with Tajin or, as we prefer, Hardcore Carnivore Meat Chelada Texas Chili Lime Rub. Fill the glass with ice and set it aside. Pour the Clamato, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, and hot sauce into the glass. Top the mixture with the beer, garnish with a lime, and feel chill wash over you.