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!

October 16, 2020

The weather is getting colder which means it’s time for an autumn brandivate beverage of the week!! This week we are imbibing in a cinnamon vanilla old fashioned as we warm our bones by the fire. This is, obviously, a twist on a classic drink which adds the fall notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and clove making this a very complex tasting beverage while only using a few ingredients. And, somehow, it just tastes better at night with a fire.


How are you lighting up your weekend? #bbotw


Cinnamon Vanilla Old Fashioned Recipe 

  • ¾ oz Cinnamon Vanilla simple syrup (recipe below)

  • 3 oz Old Forester Rye (or bourbon, if that suits your fancy)

  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Orange peel

  • Luxardo cherry

  • 7 drops Old Forester smoked cinnamon bitters (optional)


In a mixing glass, combine the simple syrup, rye (or bourbon), and Angostura bitters and fill with ice. Stir – that’ right, stir…you don’t want to shake this – for at least 30 seconds. Strain and pour over a large ice cube and Luxardo cherry in an old-fashioned glass. Express the orange peel over the drink, rim the glass, drop in the beverage, and place seven drops of the smoked cinnamon bitters on top.


Cinnamon Vanilla Simple Syrup Recipe

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean - split

  • 2 cinnamon sticks


In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, pour in the sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Remove from heat and add the split vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks. Stir combine and let fully cool. Strain and put the syrup in a glass or plastic container and refrigerate. Use within three weeks.

October 9, 2020

pouring one out for EVH

It's Friday afternoon and you know what that means! Bevvy time! We felt this week's selection was appropriate as we celebrate the life of Eddie Van Halen with a can sporting one of the most iconic and recognizable designs of all time. As a marketing, sales and branding company it is hard not to respect the Van Halen brand. It has stood the test of time no doubt.

Named "Little Dreamer" this Extra Pale Ale embodies the greatness that is the collaboration between Revolution Brewing and Piece Pizzeria & Brewery. Unfortunately, they are no longer making this pint so this is an extra special edition of #bbotw.

Join us as we pour one out for one of the most musically talented geniuses of the ages, Mr. Eddie Van Halen.

October 2, 2020

It’s Friday and time for a fall-themed brandivate beverage of the week! As temperatures begin to consistently fade into the high 40s each night, we are warming ourselves with a delicious twist on a classic with an Apple Cider Mule. While the detailed recipe is below, know you can warm your bones by the fire with this bright and spicy combination of Tito’s vodka, sparkling cider, and ginger beer. It’s quite the perfect concoction after a day of fall yardwork or while enjoying a crisp outside evening with family and friends.


How are you raking in the weekend? #bbotw


Recipe: Apple Cider Mule

  • 2 oz vodka

  • Sparkling Apple Cider

  • Ginger beer

  • Granny Smith apple

  • Cinnamon stick


Fill a copper mule mug with ice. Pour the vodka into the cup then fill 2/3 full with the cider. Top with ginger beer, garnish with an apple wedge and a cinnamon stick, and embrace the perfect autumn temperatures.