Refreshing Craft Cocktails and Summer Recipes from Emeril

By: Rachelle Lucas


As summer temperatures kick it up a notch, Emeril Lagasse's restaurants have a few chilled cocktails that will help you say "Bam" to the heat.  

Through Sept. 1, Emeril's Orlando, located at Universal Orlando Resort’s CityWalk, will offer an Herbal Chill (vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, rhubarb bitters, $9), Summer Storm (gold rum, crème de violet, ginger liqueur, fresh lime juice, $8.50), and Moonshine Cobbler (white moonshine, Peach Schnapps, sour mix, fresh berries, $9.50) as additions to its regular cocktail menu.

Emeril’s Tchoup Chop also kicked up its specialty cocktail menu, with summer sippers such as the Bangkok Beauty (mandarin vodka, X-rated Fusion liqueur, fresh strawberries and lime juice, and rhubarb bitters), Emeril’s Tchouptail (Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar Rum, Strega, a house-made citrus and thyme mix, fresh lemon juice, elderflower syrup), and Moai Punch (10 Cane rum, Malibu Island Melon rum, passion fruit, pomegranate syrup, fresh lime juice, and angostura bitters).

Both restaurants are offering great food and drink specials during happy hour over the summer. Emeril's Orlando offers specials every day from 4-8 p.m. including $5 select red and white wines, ½-priced well cocktails, ½-priced beer, and $6 specialty cocktails and tasty light bites and appetizers.

Emeril’s Tchoup Chop offers great deals on sips and light bites every day from 5-8 p.m., including their summer hotspot outside at the lush Tiki Bar. Tchoup Chop’s happy hour features $4.50 domestic beers, $5 well cocktails, $5.50 imported beers, $6 select craft beers, $6 wines and house-made sangria, and $4–$5 appetizer specials.

And if you want to try these cocktail recipes at home for your summer barbeque, here are two that Emeril generously shared with us ...

Summer Storm
Recipe courtesy Emeril’s Orlando

1 1/2 ounces gold rum
1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/4 ounce creme de violet
1/4 ounce ginger liqueur
Ginger beer, for topping off drink
1 strip of lime zest, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except the ginger beer in a tall glass over ice and stir to blend. Top the glass off with the ginger beer and garnish with the strip of lime zest.

Bangkok Beauty
Recipe courtesy Emeril's Tchoup Chop

1 1/2 ounces Hangar One Mandarin Blossom vodka
3/4 ounce X-Rated fusion liqueur
1 1/2 ounces strawberry puree
3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
3 dashes Fee Bros. rhubarb bitters
1 fresh strawberry, halved, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker combine all ingredients with a scoop of ice and shake until thoroughly chilled. Strain the drink into a double old-fashioned glass over fresh ice and garnish with the strawberry and a cocktail umbrella.

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