60 Seconds Cocktails Helping Our Troops

I was contacted by a representative from Bacardi for a summer program they are doing with the USO to help our troops!

Heather from Bacardi describes the program like this:
" Bacardi USA’s “60 Second Cocktail Program,” an initiative launched by Bacardi, USA in association with the USO. This summer, Bacardi, USA encourages Americans to toast to the troops with its “60 Second Cocktails Program”. Bacardi has committed to donate $75,000 to the USO at the onset of summer, with consumers (21+) able to increase the total donation; each time a fan joins Bacardi’s “60 Second Cocktails” Facebook page at 60 Second Cocktails Program and clicks DONATE, the company will send $1 to the USO. With just one click, anyone can give!"

Sooo, head on over to the facebook link and click to donate! And also, if you're feeling fiesty, try some of these neat recipes Heather included in her email for a sweet BBQ:

BACARDI® Hand-Shaken Daiquiri

3 parts BACARDI Superior Rum

1 part lime juice

1 part simple syrup

(or 2 Tbsp. Sugar)

Directions: In a shaker with ice, combine ingredients. Shake and pour into rocks glass with ice.

GREY GOOSE® Fresh Berry Lemonade

1 ½ parts GREY GOOSE Vodka

Fresh-squeezed lemonade

5 raspberries

1 tsp. sugar

Directions: In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle raspberries with sugar. Pour into a tall glass over ice. Top with GREY GOOSE vodka and lemonade. Present with raspberries and a lemon.

CAZADORES® Margarita

3 parts Tequila CAZADORES Reposado

2 parts premium triple sec

1 part fresh lime juice

Serve blended with or over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.


1 part BACARDI LIMÓN Flavored Rum

3 parts iced tea

Pour over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.


2 parts DEWAR’S® 12 Blended Scotch Whiskey

1 part fresh lemon juice

1 part simple syrup

1 part ginger ale

Lemon wedge

Combine DEWAR’S 12 Blended Scotch Whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker filled 2/3 full of ice. Shake 4-6 times and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with a lemon wedge.



½ part fresh-squeezed lemon juice

¾ part simple syrup

3 parts club soda

Directions: Pour first three ingredients into a Collins glass with ice and stir. Add more ice, top with club soda and stir well once more. Garnish with a lemon wedge.


Grilled Watermelon, Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad

Serves 6

The hotter the grill is the better the “grill marks” will be left on the melon. I love the spicy pepper jelly vinaigrette over the melon before it’s grilled because the sugars will quickly caramelize, creating an incredible flavor. However, feel free to substitute what ever vinaigrette you may have on hand.

6 large slices seedless watermelon, rind removed

2 tablespoons BACARDI® GRAND MELÓN Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 pinch sugar

1 sprig basil, chopped

2 cups tomatoes, peeled (mixed colors of smaller varieties are best)

1/2 cup fresh goat cheese

2 or 3 handfuls of young lettuces

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh garden herbs such as chives, chive blossoms, chervil, parsley and / or dill

  1. Marinate the watermelon in the BACARDI GRAND MELÓN Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette for several minutes before grilling over high heat. Grill each both sides of the watermelon for several minutes and remove.
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, sugar and basil together with enough salt and pepper to tasted.
  3. Toss the small tomatoes with the vinaigrette in the bowl and place on individual plates or a platter along with the grilled watermelon.
  4. Crumble the goat cheese over the top of the tomatoes and watermelon. Toss the lettuces in the vinaigrette remaining in the small bowl and serve over the top of the salad.
  5. Garnish with what ever fresh garden herbs that you have available.

BACARDI® GRAND MELÓN Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

Yields 4 cups

2 red peppers, brunoise

1 cup pepper jelly

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon sambal chili paste

2 cup canola

1/2 cup Bacardi Grand Melón Flavored Rum

Salt and black pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and whisk until well combined.

Grilled Flank Steak with Louisiana Peach and GREY GOOSE® Citron Glaze

Serves 6

3 pounds flank steak

2 teaspoons canola oil

1 shallot, minced

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoon ginger, minced

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1 1/4 cup over ripe peaches, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon sambal chili paste

1/2 cup GREY GOOSE Citron Flavored Vodka

1/4 cup sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a small sauce pan cook the canola oil, shallot, garlic and ginger over medium heat until the shallot becomes translucent but not brown.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil on high, before removing and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Season flank steak with salt and pepper. Coat with olive oil and grill over medium heat. Cook until rare or desired temperature.
  4. Slice flank steak thin and serve with glaze.

Grilled Chicken Breast with Tequila CAZADORES® Reposado Lime Glaze

Serves 6

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

4 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce

4 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 clove fresh garlic, peeled

2-3 teaspoons sambal chili paste

3 tablespoons Tequila CAZADORES Reposado

6 boneless chicken breasts

1 lime, zested

  1. Combine wine vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, garlic, sambal, and Tequila CAZADORES Reposado into a food processor and puree for a moment or so with 1/2 cup water. Do not worry about straining the sauce. Reserve about 1 cup of sauce.
  2. Marinate chicken breast in remaining glaze for 20 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade and grill on a preheated grill over medium heat for about 4 minutes on each side.
  3. Top with grated lemon zest and serve with a side the glaze.

Grilled Peaches with BACARDI® Gold Rum

Yields three cups

2 cups Louisiana Peaches, pealed, pitted and sliced

1/2 cup lemon juice

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup BACARDI Gold Rum

1. Toss the peaches in lemon juice, sugar and rum.

2. Place on a hot grill and cook for 2 minutes on each side.

3. Place peaches back into the lemon, sugar and BACARDI Gold Rum mixture.

4. Serve with ice cream

I'm working on a really serious post right now and one describing my day yesterday, so be on the lookout for two from me!


  1. OOOOOOoooooo this post made me thirsty!!!!

  2. Now this is a program I can get behind! LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I will take one of each cocktails! Thanks.

  4. I have those on FB and love what they're doing with the donation to the USO! The recipes sound awesome and I really can't wait to try them.

  5. So basically this is your hint at saying your working up an appetite to eat?!?! Great...do you want to eat out or come over?!?! Gesh..can you tell my house is a freaking trash pile and I'm still trying to find an excuse NOT to clean it?!?!

  6. Mrs. P, I'm going to pass this on if you don't mind! Thanks so much for making us aware of it! :) I'll do almost anything to get the USO money to support it!!!

  7. Yum! All those recipes sound very yummy and summery! What a great promo/cause too!

  8. If you don't mind, I'm passing this on. It's a great way to help the USO...and the recipes aren't bad either!

  9. Sounds awesome! I will def donate on FB. I wish I could actually have a drink but I am breastfeeding and not able to! I will def try one of these in about 6 months or so...so have an extra one for me :o)

  10. This is something I can TOTALLY do! Thanks for the info! =)

  11. Oh wow, I'm quite thirsty now. I'm definitely going to have to try making this one day. It doesn't seem all that hard to do, thank goodness.

    I also want to mention that I just recently found your blog and read about you. Needless to say, you've helped me to become so much stronger, because my cousin is a Marine as well and will be leaving in December for Afghanistan. Thank you for your story.

  12. going to help by adding and donating!!!

    Great recipes :)

    thanks for letting us all know about this opportunity :)

  13. There is def one thing us military types like- beer and other fun spirits! Hmmmmm...rummmmmmm! And away I go to donate!

  14. That is so awesome! I'm on it!
    I'm gonna pass this on, love, do you think you can share this giveaway specifically for spouses of deployed Marines with your followers? http://semperspouse.blogspot.com/2010/07/our-first-drawing-4-deployed.html I'm kind of disappointed at the -total- lack of turnout. :(

  15. Hey. I love this!
    Just wanted to let you know that you are an inspiration and you got the "one lovely blog" award on my page! :)

  16. You know, this must feel so weird, but I am a lurker who has followed your blog for quite some time.

    Anyway, I am worried about you! You mentioned to be on the lookout for posts, but it has been 10 days. I hope all is well.

  17. Hey girl! How awesome is that? Lol. I feel like I should say congrats because that's pretty awesome! Lol. Well I have something for you on my blog, you should check it out! :)


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