3 Recipes to Make All of the Emoji Cocktails IRL
It’s no secret we prefer communicating with emoji (and GIFs) over plain ole words when texting any day of the week. Aside from using those visual aids as conversation starters — and sometimes finishers — we like consuming ’em in other forms of our lives. Whether that’s decorating and eating a princess crown emoji cookie or speculating exactly how an emoji movie would play out, we can never, ever get enough of the alternate keyboard options any way we can get them.
Cachaça 51, makers of the Brazilian distilled spirit that’s made directly from the fermentation and distillation of fresh sugarcane juice (ummm YUM!), shared three cocktail recipes inspired by the martini, tropical drink and slushie emoji. Basically we’re doing everything in our power not to run into the kitchen and whip these up right this second — there’s still work to do before the weekend kicks off sadly :( Check out the three emoji cocktail creations below, then head to your local liquor store and freshen up your bar cart, to prep for endless refills all weekend.
1. Yellow Lily: The tangible (and drinkable) martini emoji is concocted by stirring two 1/4 ounces of Cachaça 51 and 3/4 ounces of Yellow Chartreuse with ice. Once combined strain the liquid into a coup, garnish with an olive and then snap a photo for Instagram before downing this sure-to-be dry martini.
2. Pearl Diver: If the tropical drink emoji is your go to then you’re surely gonna shake this island-ready punch up. Craft it by pouring half an ounce of grenadine into the bottom of a hurricane glass and top it with ice. Then pour 2 ounces of Cachaça 51, a half ounce of OJ and 1 ounce of passion fruit juice into that glass before (lightly) shaking it all up. Pour that creation over some fresh ice, garnish with a lime wedge and pretend like you’re lounging beachside.
3. Bitter Coat: Last, but not least, is the slushie emoji equivalent. Fill a shaker with 2 ounces of Cachaça 51, 3/4 ounces of lemon juice and half an ounce of simple syrup. Shake those liquids lightly, pour it into a glass (or bowl) and add crushed ice before finishing this frozen creation with half an ounce of Aperol on top. Boozy dessert, we’re sold!
Will you be recreating any of these emoji drinks at your home bar? Let us know which one(s) in the comments and share your cocktail creation with us on Instagram by using the hashtag #britstagram.
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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