National Jerky Day is June 12th, 2015. Here are some cocktail recipes that pair perfectly with jerky.

All recipes created by Russell Davis, Mixology expert on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” and “2012 Bartender of the Year” for the Nightclub & Bar Awards.

Peach Zinger

Peach Zinger

Photo Courtesy of Russell Davis

Peach Zinger

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. London Dry Gin (Beefeater)
  • 1 oz. Amontillado Sherry (Lustau)
  • 1 oz. Aperol
  • 2 dashes Peach Bitters
  • Basil Leaf
  • Duke’s Lemon Zest

Preparation: Combine gin, sherry, aperol, and peach bitters into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe class. Garnish with a basil and zest. Enjoy with KRAVE Basil Citrus Turkey Jerky.


Rye Maple Fizz

Rye Maple Fizz

Photo Courtesy of Russell Davis

Rye Maple Fizz

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Rye Whiskey (Wild Turkey)
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 2-3 drops Aromatic Bitters (Fee Brothers)
  • Egg White
  • 3 oz. Club Soda

Preparation: Combine rye, juice, syrup, and egg white into a shaker and shake without ice for 5 seconds. Add ice and shake again for 10-15 seconds. Double strain (Hawthorne and fine) into a chilled fizz glass and top w/ club soda. Drop bitters on top. Enjoy with KRAVE Black Cherry BBQ Pork Jerky.


Cilantro Mango Margarita

Cilantro Mango Margarita

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Cilantro Mango Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Tequila (Don Julio Blanco)
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 tbsp Mango Preserves (Crofter’s Just Fruit Spread)
  • 3-4 Sprigs Cilantro
  • Cilantro Sugar/Salt Rim (1-to-1 Salt/Sugar mixture may be substituted)

Preparation: Combine Tequila, Juice, Preserves, and Cilantro in a shaker. Add ice. Shake well. Double strain (Fine and Hawthorne) into a salt/sugar rimmed rocks glass filled w/ fresh ice. Garnish w/ a cilantro sprig. Sip. Savor. Enjoy with KRAVE Chili Lime Beef Jerky.


Avocado Milkshake

Avocado Milkshake

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Avocado Milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Vodka (Tito’s)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Avocado
  • 3/4 cup (2-3 scoops) Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 4 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper

Preparation: Combine vodka, avocado, simple syrup, salt, and juice into a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice cream. Blend until smooth once again. Pour into a parfait style glass. Garnish with sliced avocado and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Enjoy with KRAVE Sweet Chipotle Beef Jerky.