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Once upon a time, long, long ago, I used to be a bartender.  Well, maybe not so long ago. Let me do the math…15 years ago, to be exact.  In my early 20s, I was a young bartender in NYC. I was a certified mixologist (if that’s actually a thing).  I actually went to a bartending school, where I spent 2 weeks learning the art of slinging cocktails and classic drink recipes.  Armed with my new skills, I went to the first place that I saw a bartending opening, and that was the local bar in my neighborhood. I spent a few years bartending, and it was then that my love for making a cocktail was born.

That’s a long time ago, but I do like to make cocktails at home from time to time, especially using Malibu® Caribbean Rum with Coconut Liqueur and Jameson® Irish Whiskey.  Malibu is Caribbean rum mixed with coconut liqueur that’s perfect in any summertime cocktail, like this Pineapple Coconut Rum Punch.  The pineapple juice and Malibu rum are a perfect pair, and if fruity drinks are your thing, then you will love this one.

Jameson is a triple distilled whiskey, which is a blend of pot still and grain whiskey – it’s perfect in a cocktail or by itself.  This Orange Vanilla Cocktail is sort of a nod to an Old Fashioned but with a fresh spin with the ginger beer and a little less sweet for those that aren’t into fruity cocktails.  I call these His and Hers Cocktails.

To help you create my cocktails, I have great ways of saving on Jameson and Malibu.  From 7/15/2018 to 8/18/2018, you can save $2.00 off on any ONE (1) 750ml bottle of JAMESON® IRISH WHISKEY or MALIBU® (valid in Alaska, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, West Virginia, Wyoming) or save $3.00 BY MAIL on the purchase of any ONE (1) 750ml bottle of JAMESON® IRISH WHISKEY or MALIBU® (valid in Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Washington).

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SIP EASY. ENJOY MALIBU RESPONSIBLY. MALIBU® Caribbean Rum With Coconut Liqueur. 21% – 24% Alc./Vol. ©2017 Pernod Ricard USA, New York, NY

JAMESON® Irish Whiskey. 40% Alc./Vol. (80 Proof). Product of Ireland. ©2018 Imported by John Jameson Import Company, New York, NY