We’re Toasting: Football, Labor Day and New Spirits on The Broadcast


It is a big weekend for college football fans with the kick off of the season coinciding with Labor Day. Yesterday morning on The Broadcast we walked through a few tasty holiday cocktails made with fresh ingredients mixed with incredible spirits, some of which are new to the Dallas area.

Our SMU Mustangs head south to Waco to take on the Baylor Bears on Sunday for a 6:30pm kick off. And with Monday being a holiday you can easily enjoy one or two of these tasty cocktails while relaxing and watching the game. Details on each spirit below with our segment.

And don’t forget, when you are buying one or all of these spirits this weekend to pick up a bottle of Napa Valley and Sonoma wine. The people of the regions are still trying to access the damage from the earthquake, and supporting them and their wines is just one way to help. You can also donate to a fund that the Napa Valley Vintners organization, the group behind Auction Napa Valley, to help with relief efforts. More information here.

New Amsterdam Orange Vodka and New Amsterdam Pineapple Vodka, each $15, widely available – Spec’s, Total Wine and More, Goody-Goody, 5 time distilled and triple filtered for a smooth, high quality vodka, now in crisp citrus filled orange and tropical pineapple. I like both of these because though they are flavored, they aren’t cloyingly sweet so they stay fresh and fruity without over powering the palate. Great vodka for mixing in your favorite summer cocktails

Troy & Sons Platinum Moonshine , $30 at Spec’s – Texas native Troy Ball, is a mom of 3 boys, of which two are special needs, with incredible fight and determination. She has set out to make the finest moonshine in the world, harnessing that determination into making award winning spirits, using an heirloom white corn, the best type of corn for people (yellow corn is better suited for animals.) Platinum moonshine can be used like you would tequila, as it isn’t a neutral spirit, but it is very smooth and subtle.

The London No 1 Gin, $40, just now becoming available, Gonzalez-Byass, the Spanish company best known for their sherry created this lively, fresh London produced gin to celebrate Spain’s favorite spirit. I love this, love the flavor profile and how soft yet vibrant it is without being too herbal.

Herman-Marshall Texas Bourbon – $30 available throughout Dallas, Sigel’s. The first whiskey distributors in Dallas County, Herman Beckley and Marshall Louis created this 100% Texas, small batch bourbon as a passion product that has now grown into a major brand, thriving throughout Texas. Very smooth, without the burn of some whiskey products, filled with caramel, orange and spice.

Pineapple Crush
1 part New Amsterdam Pineapple Vodka
1/2 part Cointreau
Juice of 1 lime
4 mint leaves
Club Soda or Sprite
Preparation: Muddle the lime juice and mint in the bottom of a shaker, Add the spirits and ice and shake until very cold. Strain over ice in a rocks glass and top with soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint

Moonshine Melon Margarita
2 parts Troy & Sons Platinum Moonshine
3 ounces watermelon juice
1 tablespoon agave
juice of 1 lime
Club Soda, optional
Preparation: Shake together everything except the soda in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Strain into a salt rimmed margarita glass or a martini glass. Top with soda if you like.

London French 75
1 1/2 parts London No 1 Gin
1/2 part lemon juice
1/2 part simple syrup
2 parts Champagne
Preparation: Shake the gin, lemon and simple syrup together in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Strain into a champagne coup glass or flute. Top with Champagne.

Bourbon and Ginger
1 1/2 ounce Herman-Marshall Texas Bourbon
1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
2 slices fresh peach
sprig of mint
club soda
Preparation: Add 1 slice of fresh peach and mint to a high ball glass and muddle slightly. Add ice, bourbon and ginger liqueur.  Stir to combine, then top with club soda and garnish with the additional peach slice.



  1. Oh my, I love all these recipes for “spirits”! Can’t wait to try them. And long live Napa! Thanks Hayley : )


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