Make Your Own Spiced Wine

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Pumpkins have been grown in North America for roughly 5,000 years — hence, the short-lived, but annual, obsession with this fall fruit (yes, pumpkins are, in fact, fruits). Furthermore, pumpkins are one of the largest fruits on earth, the largest pumpkin on record weighing in at 2,702 pounds.

Though the excitement for pumpkin spice tends to lessen each year as winter’s end looms, in early fall, practically anything goes that is flavored with pumpkin spice — even wine. Below is an easy recipe for making your own pumpkin spice wine.

What you’ll need:

8 cups pumpkin 1 4-inch cinnamon stick 1 whole nutmeg

1 inch fresh ginger root 1 gallon (boiling) water 1 tsp yeast nutrient

5 cups sugar 3 tsp acid blend 1 package wine yeast

1 pound golden raisins

For the first ferment:

Wash, trim, peel, and chop/grind the pumpkin and mix it with raisins. Add spices. Add boiling water and ferment in a large crock (primary fermenter) overnight. Then add all remaining ingredients (except yeast). Don’t skip the acid blend because pumpkins are low in acid, and they need this for proper fermentation.

Stir well to ensure the sugar dissolves completely. Using a hydrometer, ensure the specific gravity ranges between 1.090 and 1.095. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture. Stir daily for three to five days until the specific gravity is 1.040. The mixture should get bubbly and have a pleasant aroma that is mildly yeasty. At the end of the first ferment, the pumpkin should have a mushy consistency, and the raisins should be nice and plump.

At this point, you’ll want to strain the “mush” and raisins using cheesecloth or an unbleached coffee filter. Squeeze as much juice out as possible. This is an important step because when not strained properly, leftover sediment in your wine can produce an undesirable texture.

For the second ferment:

Siphon the pumpkin wine into your secondary fermenter. Fill with water to volume and lock it in airtight with an airlock attachment. Your wine will look very cloudy at this point.

For the final aging:

After three weeks, rack your wine — transfer it into another fermenter or out of the fermenter long enough to clean out the sediment in the original). This removes the good wine from the bad sediment. Sediment can alter flavors in the fermenting process, so it’s a good practice to purify your wine often during the aging process.

Once your wine is removed from the fermenter, add ½ cup sugar and dissolve it in one cup of your wine mixture. Do this each time you rack your wine. Stir the wine gently and place it back into the secondary fermenter in the same manner as above. Do this process every six weeks until adding sugar does not restart fermentation. Then rack every three months until the wine is one year old before bottling. The wine should look clear now with the particles settled at the bottom.

Refrain from drinking your wine for one year from the first fermentation. The longer it ferments, the better, and this will ensure a sweeter-tasting pumpkin wine. If you start now, your wine should be just right by this time next year, just in time for fall! While you wait for your wine to ferment entirely, you can stop by the store to pick up a bottle that’s ready to go or place an order online.

Score a Touchdown With GameDay Spiked Seltzer

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At around 9:00 p.m. on September 22, the fall equinox will occur. During the equinox, the sun will shine directly on the equator. This alignment causes the days and nights to be roughly the same duration, about 12 hours — and that is where it gets the name “equinox.”

After the fall equinox, the northern hemisphere starts tilting away from the sun, causing longer nights and shorter days, as well as cooler temperatures. This phenomenon is also what causes the leaves to change colors because of the reduced amounts of sunlight.

In ancient civilizations, the equinox let farmers know when to plant their seasonal crops. Today, the equinox signifies another season — football season.

With the first game of the 2022 NFL season on the books, football festivities will be in full swing by the time the equinox rolls around, and the shelves will already be stocked with GameDay Spiked Seltzers. These new canned cocktails from GameDay All American Spirit come in three fruity flavors, each with only 99 calories. Six times distilled and gluten-free, these all-natural carbonated cocktails boast a 5% alcohol by volume content. Thus, they pack a punch without the heavy caloric content of other alcoholic drink options.


GameDay Spiked Seltzers come in three flavors:

  • The Goat (fruit punch). The Goat GameDay Spiked vodka cocktail in a can is a good contender for the greatest cocktail of all time, featuring 60mg of electrolytes. Whether you’re trying to pre-hydrate before the big game or recover later, this one is a high-performance alcoholic beverage.
  • Cleat Chaser (lemon-lime). For those fans who prefer the sour to sweet, the Cleat Chaser GameDay Spiked vodka features a lemon-lime twist and packs 75mg of electrolytes. Stay hydrated while you chase the cleats.
  • Cinderella Story (strawberry lemonade). This underdog-inspired spiked vodka canned cocktail is for fans who like it sweet with a little sour. Drinkers who choose the new Cinderella Story GameDay drink have blocked out the haters and defied all expectations.

GameDay All American Spirits

Since 2020, GameDay Spirits have been a hit at sporting event parties across the United States. GameDay All American Vodka is the official vodka of 14 NFL and NCAA teams, and many more teams are joining the party.

Born out of a missing necessity of game day parties for team-branded booze, the unique business strategy of GameDay Spirits features attractive team-colored labels and bottling. Geared toward the 200 million sports fans who love to celebrate their favorite teams, the GameDay brand is quickly becoming a staple in the American game day ritual.

Whether the game day festivities are small or large, partygoers will be impressed by these new team-adorned canned cocktails. They are especially popular among the ladies, so if females are going to attend your party, this is your go-to game day drink.

Make GameDay Spiked Seltzers a new essential ingredient for your football party. You can purchase all three flavors of GameDay Spiked Seltzers at Payless Liquors locations in packs of four for just $8.99. Place an order online or visit us in person today!

Join Us in Celebrating Bourbon Heritage Month

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If next month’s beer fest can’t come too soon, perhaps Payless Liquors’ Celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month can ease the wait. Thursday evenings in September, at select Payless Liquors locations, will be dedicated to paying homage to the cultural foundation of bourbon.

By celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month with Payless Liquors throughout the month of September, our customers are assisting us in discovering the smoothest bourbon.

Payless Liquors’ Bourbon Events

To honor this spirit, there will be samplings of special selections of bourbons featuring Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Fusion Series and Discovery Series bourbons. In addition, there will be raffle prizes, catered food pairings, and more surprises. Bourbon fans will also be treated to educational insights surrounding the history of this mysterious spirit.

Seasoned bourbon aficionados and novices alike are invited to join this celebration honoring the history, heritage, and craftsmanship of bourbon. Events include:

  • September 15, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

14580 River Road, Westfield, IN 46033

  • September 22, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

1266 Madison Avenue, Greenwood, IN 46142

  • September 29, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

9520 Uptown Drive, Suite G, Indianapolis, IN 46256

Before you head to the closest Payless Liquors location to sample the newest blend of Bardstown’s finest corn whiskey, brush up on your bourbon trivia below.

An American Native Spirit

In 1964, the U.S. Congress declared bourbon an American native spirit in that it is a unique product of the United States. Thus, federal law defines bourbon as whiskey that contains at least 51% corn and has been matured for a minimum of two years in fresh charred white oak barrels. Thus, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.

Why Kentucky?

Kentucky is the bourbon capital of the world because Kentucky produces the most and the best bourbon in the world. There are more barrels of bourbon distilling in distilleries across the state of Kentucky than there are people living there. At any given moment, around 7.5 million barrels are aging in charred white oak barrels in Kentucky. Bardstown Bourbon Company, located in Bardstown, Kentucky, produces 110,000 barrels and 7 million proof barrels per year.

Bardstown Bourbon Company

For hundreds of years, the exact process of making bourbon has been a mystery, as it became customary for brewers to guard their recipes and means of production from the public. But Bardstown Bourbon Company is changing things. They are unveiling the secrets behind the beloved spirit. They have gone so far as to build a distillery with all spaces open or housed behind clear glass to remain transparent in their plant and process.

Bardstown Bourbon Company’s sophisticated and scientific distillery is technologically advanced and technically flexible. By inviting their customers into their process and educating them about the intricacies of distilling a smooth and timeless bourbon, they are ensuring the Kentucky bourbon legacy will live on for many more years.

Some may say Bardstown, Kentucky is the home of bourbon whiskey, as they host the Kentucky Bourbon Festival every September. Payless Liquors patrons can experience a taste of that by joining in the Thursday celebrations. Let’s engage, dine, and toast to America’s native spirit together. Come by the store or place your order online today!

Cool Down with a Boozy Milkshake

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With the heat on blast this summer, there’s no way we’re going to miss an opportunity for ice cream. Rather than keeping it basic, why not turn up the excitement with a little boozy mix in? Combine two of the most refreshing parts of summer and you’ll have a milkshake that’s sure to please.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite boozy milkshake recipes for the dog days of summer.

Bourbon and Coffee Milkshake

For the coffee lover, this one is a must. Although coffee and bourbon can both be an excellent way to end a meal in their own unique ways, together, they are magical.

2 oz bourbon (we suggest Makers Mark)
2 c coffee ice cream
1 c milk or dairy alternative
1 c ice

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a frosty glass for maximum enjoyment.

Baileys Best Milkshake

Baileys is probably a standby in your liquor cabinet. While you might be used to adding it into your coffee on lazy Sunday mornings, there’s no reason Baileys can’t be part of your adult milkshake.

2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
2 big scoops of vanilla chip ice cream
3 oz milk or dairy alternative
2 c ice

Add each ingredient into a blender and blend until smooth. Add to your favorite tall glass and top with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and a cherry.

Boozy Key Lime Shake

Nothing says summer like the sweet, tangy flavor of key lime. With this recipe, you can have your dessert and booze it too.

¼ c Baileys Irish Cream 1 ½ oz lime vodka (we suggest Burnetts Vodka Lime)
1 oz of tequila—your favorite tequila blanco will do
3 ½ c vanilla ice cream
1 ½ oz fresh key lime juice
1 oz sweetened condensed milk
Graham crackers, crushed

Add all ingredients except graham crackers into a blender and mix on high until fully smooth. Pour into a frosted glass, and top with a sprinkle or two of graham cracker. Kick back and enjoy!

Strawberry Shortcake Boozy Milkshake

Nothing screams indulgence more than strawberry shortcake and ice cream. The sweetness of strawberries combines with the sweetness of cupcake vodka for the perfect boozy dessert treat.

½ oz cupcake vodka (we recommend Desiree Cupcake Vodka)
2 c vanilla chip ice cream
½ c milk or dairy alternative
2 c frozen strawberries, sliced
Angel food cake
Fresh strawberries, halved

Combine the first four ingredients in a blender and mix on high until completely smooth. Serve in a chilled glass with an angel food cake and strawberry topper.

Important to Note

We would never want to ruin anyone’s fun, but it’s important to point out that these beverages will look both fun and enjoyable to a variety of ages. However, they are only intended for adults. If you happen to be enjoying these drinks around children, make sure to have an alternative for them so they can enjoy the festive fun of a milkshake. (Hint: most of these recipes will do fine without the alcohol!)

Need more inspiration for creating a frosty, boozy treat? Head over to Payless Liquors and see where your imagination takes you!

Choosing Wine as a Wedding Gift

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Summer is the traditional time of year for romance—and the weddings that naturally follow. We’re sure you’ve been invited to at least one wedding this year, and if you have, you may be wondering what to give as a gift. With so many more couples cohabiting before marriage, the traditional wish list or gift registry might not be relevant. For couples who enjoy hosting, cocktails and libations, or cooking dinner together, opting for a wine gift can be the perfect solution. Here are a few tips for picking a fabulous wine gift for the happy couple.

Choose by the Label

Listen, we all know the adage “never pick a book by its cover.” We also know almost everyone has done this at some point in their lives, especially when it comes to wine. If the couple is quirky, they might enjoy a wine with a fun label or an interesting backstory. If they’re casual drinkers or wine enthusiasts, they will enjoy their gift and the label as a package deal.

Choose a Classic

If they’re casual drinkers but you’re not sure about their wine preferences, the best option is to pick something that is widely liked. While not everyone is into the California wine craze, the casual consumer will likely be happy with a bottle or two from the Golden State. Dark Horse wines can be a great option, available in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and all the recognizable varieties. Plus, they’re affordable and will be a nice gift that won’t break the bank.

If you’re wanting to choose a well-loved varietal, you should know that cabernet sauvignon is the most popular wine in the United States. Its flavors range from jammy to vegetal, and there’s a great deal of variety out there—plus some great wines. The Arancio Cabernet Sauvignon has a pretty label and is a tasty, affordable bottle. The Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon is an interesting cabernet from Israel, with bold, earthy flavors and a mid-range price that may be more suitable for gift giving.

Don’t Skip the Dessert

Dessert wines are experiencing a resurgence, so why not opt for something a little more special in a dessert wine? Port may be a little old-fashioned sounding, but there’s a great deal of variety and much to explore. The tawny variety typically has a more golden-brown color and can range from sweet to medium dry, while the ruby variety is a rich red in color and typically full bodied and fruity.

Moscato is also gaining huge popularity with the younger crowds and it’s easy to see why. A nice, sweet, fruity flavor makes for easy drinking. When the Moscato has a fizzy element to it, it can seem even more special. The Spinetta Moscato d’Asti has the light effervescence and sweet flavor that’s sought after in a Moscato. Plus, the price is mid-range, making a bottle or two an excellent choice for a wedding gift.

Red, Red Wine

Red wines are more popular among wine-drinking adults in the US, so you can’t go wrong with a red. Aside from cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir is always an excellent choice. Marlborough is a noted region for pinot production, and the Babich Pinot Noir combines elements of sweet, dark fruits, and earthy flavors. With this mid-range price, you can’t go wrong with pinot.

If none of these options suit your fancy, stop into your local Payless Liquors location and chat with our knowledgeable staff. Or, take our ultimate piece of advice—when all else fails, opt for a bottle of Dom Perignon.

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How to Host the Ultimate Mimosa Brunch

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Brunch has become increasingly popular over the last several years, and it’s no secret why. Delectable sweet and savory foods taste great any time of the day, and there are a host of brunch-friendly drinks that are the perfect complement to the many flavors involved. For example, brunch and mimosas go hand in hand.

That’s why, if you’re considering hosting your very own brunch get together, a mimosa bar is a must. We suggest offering some spins on the classic mimosa, as well as bubbly alternatives. Here are some budget-friendly options as well as more sophisticated choices to keep your mimosa bar exciting.


While the classic mimosa features orange juice, you don’t have to stick to the basics. Offer a variety of juices—just keep the design classy and place your selections in labeled milk carafe-style containers with lids. Apple cider can add an incredible flavor spin to your basic mimosa, and pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice are all great options. If you want to class up a classic, blood orange juice can really elevate your mimosa bar.


Champagne is that bubbly beverage from a region of the same name in France. However, true French champagne can cost a little more than you may want to spend. If you want to elevate your mimosa bar, opt for the luxurious Moet Brut Imperial. If you want to keep the whole event more affordable, Andre Spumante is a classic standby, and the Andre brand carries several options that can change up the basic mimosa flavor. For a middle-of-the-road option, Chandon Brut is still affordable, and delicious. Be sure to keep all your bubbly on ice throughout the event to preserve the flavor and keep the beverage sparkling.


Any fruit is a good fruit for a mimosa. For every juice you have in stock, you should consider offering the same fresh fruit. Fruits with a bit of sturdiness work the best, which means blueberries, pomegranate seeds, apple slices, and strawberries. Strawberries are a classic pairing with champagne, so definitely don’t skip those. Aside from fruit, don’t forget the fresh herbs—herbs are experiencing a serious resurgence in many cocktails, and it’s no mystery why. You can grow them yourself, they add a ton of flavor to any drink, and they can take any plain cocktail from boring to vibrant in mere seconds.


The right glass is essential to the mimosa and choosing a good mimosa glass means considering that a mimosa is a bubbly beverage. A flute is the typical choice for champagne, Prosecco, and mimosas for a few reasons. Primarily, the shape of the glass encourages the bubbles to stick around a little longer than a glass with more surface area. Second, dropping a berry or two into that beverage might be a little more satisfying in a deep glass. Third—it just looks nice!

Now that you have your mimosa bar ingredients, we have a few final tips to keep in mind:

  • Variety is important, but don’t overdo it. A few options in each category still creates a lot of opportunities to mix and match.
  • Make sure there’s lots of color unless you’re going trendy and monochromatic.
  • Be sure to pour the bubbly first—it just mixes better.

Our selection of bubbly can’t be beaten! Visit your nearest Payless Liquors location to stock your next mimosa bar.

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Summer Punches

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Summer is the time when we soak up the sun outdoors and enjoy extra time with loved ones—especially with fun summer celebrations. Whether you’re planning a menu for a birthday party, a retirement celebration, or a housewarming, cocktails always liven up the party. Best of all? You can use different flavors to highlight your theme inspirations. Think tiki drinks for a Hawaiian theme, or bubbly for a slightly more refined affair.

Rather than assigning bartender duties to someone who will miss out on some of the fun, mix up these punches for your festive fete. Keep the sipping fun and responsible!

Breezy “Rum” Punch

Originally consumed by sailors as an alternative to beer, the classic rum punch has been around since the 17th century. In time, it gained popularity in mainland Britain and has been enjoyed by party-goers ever since. While our recipe doesn’t include rum, it still packs a punch. This “Rum” Punch is an easy cocktail to mix up in a batch and enjoy all afternoon.


  • 2 c vodka 1 750 mL bottle La Marca Prosecco
  • 2 L bottle of lemon lime soda
  • 2 c pineapple juice
  • 2 c orange juice
  • 2 c raspberries
  • 2 c sliced strawberries
  • Fresh mint

Combine all liquid ingredients and stir carefully to fully incorporate. Add fruit to the concoction, and carefully stir again. Gently ladle into cups, then top with mint garnish. Be sure to use a container with a lid, and store on ice. Sip, sip, enjoy!

Tiki Afternoon Punch

Tiki drinks gained popularity in the early 1930s, when the man best known as Donn Beach started mixing up these delightful libations. Many of these cocktails were quite elaborate, created with 10 or more ingredients. Our Tiki Afternoon Punch is a simplified version of those classic drinks.


  • 1 750 mL bottle Seagrams Vodka
  • 2 c fresh lime juice
  • 3 c pineapple juice
  • Lime wheels
  • Pineapple wheels
  • Mint
  • Maraschino cherries

In a glass beverage dispenser, combine all liquid ingredients. Stir gently to fully incorporate flavors. Add in lime wheels and pineapple wheels, and gently stir. Add ice to the concoction and cover. After dispensing into cups, garnish with mint and a Maraschino cherry.

Bubbly Punch

We love a good fizzy cocktail, especially ones that take advantage of the bright, bold flavors of a classic Prosecco. Prosecco is the Italian counterpart of your classic champagne, but it features flavors that are a bit sweeter and lighter, like honeydew and pear. The bubbles are also less aggressive—instead of being in the nose, they are light and soft. We think Prosecco is the perfect complement to a fun summer punch.


  • 1 750 mL bottle Ruffino Prosecco
  • 1 c Svedka Vanilla vodka
  • 3 c pineapple juice
  • 3 c seltzer water
  • 2 c pineapple wedges
  • 2 peaches, sliced thinly
  • Ice
  • Extra pineapple wedges
  • Mint

Combine all the liquid ingredients in a large, screw top jar. Stir gently to fully incorporate. Add 2 c pineapple wedges, sliced peaches and ice, and gently stir these ingredients into the liquid mixture. Close the lid. After dispensing, top the beverage with a pineapple wedge and mint. Enjoy.

Payless Liquors has everything you need to make these fantastic summer punches. Stop in and concoct your favorite!

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High-End Bourbon Barrel Aged Rums — A Summer Challenge for Whiskey Purists

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Whiskey, or whisky, comes with a lot of opinions. Spirit lovers know that whiskey is a mighty beast, frequently enjoyed in the late evenings sitting around a fireplace in the dead of winter. While this may not be true for all whiskey purists, what is true is that whiskey doesn’t usually conjure up images of summer. Whiskey enthusiasts can rejoice because Bourbon Barrel Aged Rums are perfect for summer sipping.

Hear us out, everything associated with summer extravaganzas — pools, peaceful beachside homes, heaping barbecues of flavorful meat and seafood, freshly shucked corn — works better with rum. There is also no room for error. Any method you choose is acceptable, including rum on the rocks, rum punch, a fun cocktail, or even a large pour consumed neat.

Let’s look at some of the best rum out there for whiskey drinkers:

Zacapa XO

Because Zacapa rum is matured in two distinct bourbon barrels, first in bourbon barrels that had previously been uncharred, then in barrels that had been charred, it is often suggested to bourbon lovers. The whiskey tastes it formerly carried come back to life when the char level is set to #4. The flavors and fragrances of vanilla, cherry, and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon all come through and increase the rum’s richness. It continues into sherry casks, which are used to mature a lot of scotch.

Diplomatico Mantuano

The Diplomatico Mantuano Extra Anejo features lots of oak and vanilla notes, as well as lovely dried fruit characteristics. Serve it straight up to convert any bourbon drinker to a rum enthusiast.

The Real McCoy 12

The Real McCoy 12-Year Aged Rum is one of the best rums you’ll ever have. The finest of both the rum and whiskey worlds are combined in this rum from Barbados without any additional sugar or coloring. The fact that it was matured for 10 years in charred American oak bourbon barrels gives it the wood and spice aromas that some of the greatest bourbons are known for. It has just enough sweetness to remind you that you’re drinking rum.

It’s perfect for bourbon drinkers who prefer a little sweetness without the syrupy mouthfeel of a mass-produced beverage.

Rhum Barbancourt 8

For fans of bourbon, Rhum Barbancourt 8 Year is a fantastic rum. It has a lot of depth and funk since it is a Rhum Agricole, and the French oak barrel aging brings out the vanilla and baking

spices that bourbon lovers like from the rickhouse. Barbancourt also finishes with a pleasant, grassy taste and has enough fire to flare up the back of your palate like good rye.

Rhum Clément 10

Rhum Clément 10 Year is the ideal rum for bourbon lovers since it tastes similar to a 10-year bourbon. To replicate bourbon, it also contains a little vanilla flavor and a rich barrel aroma.

Santa Teresa 1796

This rum has flavors of bitter chocolate, almonds, and buttery biscuits in addition to being dry, smooth, and well-balanced. Santa Teresa 1796 is rich with wood and cherry aromas, making it a good choice for whiskey drinkers.

Flor de Cana Centenario 12

This top-shelf aged rum was aged in American oak barrels for 12 years. The result is a very sophisticated, oaky rum with flavors of caramel, vanilla, and honey. It’s a rum fit for a whiskey enthusiast who enjoys patient drinking.

Find Your Favorite at Payless Liquors

Whiskey drinkers needn’t throw out their brew, but rum gives them the option of a complex flavor that’s more suited for summer, especially with the higher-end Bourbon Barrel Aged Rums. Check out our full catalog of rum, and find your new favorite today

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Best Drinks for Enjoying Your Favorite Summer Music Festival

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Summer is synonymous with music festivals. Whether you’re attending something more bluegrass-focused or a genre with more kick, sprucing up your festival experience with libations is an important decision that you want to get right. From beer to liquor and wine, here are some pairings for your festival experience to suit the vibe.

Lightning Bug Music Festival

The Lightning Bug Music Festival brings beauty, nature, and music together in a weekend-long bluegrass extravaganza. If you’re interested in suiting the ambiance of the venue, there are a few different options you can explore:

● Whiskey. With some of bluegrass’s origins in the Appalachian Mountains, moonshine can be a great addition to your festival journey. While authentic moonshine can’t be found legally, whiskey can certainly do the trick. Maker’s Mark is an excellent option for Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky. For an earthier and more complex flavor, look for our Rittenhouse Whiskey or Bulleit Rye.

● Beer. Beer is a versatile option that can be enjoyed at any time, and the right variety can complement the atmosphere of a bluegrass festival. Abita’s Andygator features a light and crisp mouthfeel and grassy tasting notes. Saison’s are great seasonal choices for your festival needs. Snag a Saison Dupont to really capture those end-of-summer vibes.

● Cider. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, give the cider a try. Ace Apple Cider features a clean finish and dark honey notes, while Crispin’s The Saint shows off a sweeter finish with just a touch of tartness.

Riot Fest

Riot Fest is another area favorite with a nostalgic lineup as well as up-and-comers. This year’s lineup promises to be a riot, so you want the drinks to go with the fun. Try these options for your Riot Fest experience:

● Vodka. Vodka is a great choice due to its versatility and fairly neutral flavor. You can mix it with just about anything to your taste, whether that’s juice or something with carbonation, and you can enjoy it responsibly all day long. Try our Indiana Vodka Honey Lemon for an interesting twist or stick with your favorite brand.

● Tequila. Nothing amps up a shindig like tequila. From a traditional Margarita to the bright flavors of a Paloma, nothing screams fun quite like tequila. Whether you’re a reposado lover or prefer the more aged Anejo tequilas, Payless Liquors has something for everyone. Try the Cazadores reposado or stick to Patron in a variety of ages and flavors.

● Ready-to-drink cocktails. Cocktails are excellent, but a cocktail that’s already prepared is even better. With perfect serving sizes, and perfect pours every time, ready-made cocktails are the perfect endnote to any music festival. Bols Ready to Enjoy Cocktail Tubes are not only tasty but also conveniently shaped for transport. They maximize flavor while minimizing space. On the Rocks Premium Cocktails are another great option. Carefully curated cocktails made by mixologists, On the Rocks are ready for your glass.

Get Ready for Summer Festivals

While many festivals don’t allow outside food or beverages, nothing stops you from a little pregame happy hour. If you’re camping out, you’ll want to keep your cooler ice cold and ready for your cocktails, and your body well hydrated. That means don’t forget the water and other N/A options too.

Keep your music festival experience as fun as it can be and shop Payless Liquors for all your beverage needs. We have over 20 locations around and outside of Indianapolis, and we’re ready to help you pick the perfect treats for your festival. Don’t forget our weekly ad if you need help picking out your perfect libation. Visit us today!


What’s in Your Cooler for Summer 2022?

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To pack for a picnic, put some club sandwiches, a seasonal fruit salad, and a delectable beverage in a cooler. There are a variety of delicious picnic drink recipes to suit every taste. Whether you’re a devoted Pimm’s Cup drinker or prefer a Kaliber NA beer, a good beverage might quickly transform your picnic from average to ideal. Try an excellent bottled cocktail or pack the basic ingredients and top them off with soda water once you’re seated and ready for a drink.

Cucumber G and T

You’ll never drink another traditional gin and tonic after trying our light spin on it. Four simple ingredients are all you need to make our beautiful elderflower and cucumber G&T. First, combine Thatcher’s Elderflower Liqueur, your favorite gin, and cucumber slices in a sealable container. When you’re ready to enjoy, top off the mixture with tonic water and enjoy this summery concoction.

Whether you prefer the heavy juniper flavors of a classic gin like Beefeaters or opt for something more citrusy like Whitley Neill, gin and summer go hand in hand.

Pimm’s Cup

Pimm’s Cup is an old standard from the 1840s. With the ageless combination of citrus flavors and a bite of ginger, a Pimm’s Cup is sure to please and will complement whatever goodies are packed in your picnic basket. The classic recipe requires just 2 ounces of Pimm’s and half an ounce of fresh lemon juice and is topped off with ginger ale. We recommend packing your glass with strawberries, mint, and a slice of orange and lemon to really amp up the essence of the cocktail.

Looking to mix up a twist on a classic? Add a splash of bourbon along with the rest of the recommended ingredients for a Southern twist on this bright recipe.

Simple Sangria

The best place to enjoy a bottle of pre-mixed sangria is on a tablecloth with a hotdog. This classic summer drink is easy to prepare and wonderful to share. Enjoy a cup of red wine, Spanish brandy, and diced fruit, topped with sparkling water, to celebrate the warm evenings.

Make sure to pick the correct wine, know which mixers to use, and choose some delectable optional additions for your sangria recipe. You could consider a lighter choice for a base like the Umberto Moscato, or even opt for a bubbly such as Chandon Brut for an effervescent spin. From there, pick out a variety of fruits like peaches and apples for a more exciting mix.

Aperol Spritz

For a picnic, there is no better drink than the Aperol Spritz. The Aperol Spritz is a traditional summer beverage that is bubbly, lemony, herbaceous, mildly bitter, and gently sweet. This beverage is well-known around the world and attained its peak popularity in the 2000s. This drink has its origins in the 1950s. For years, people have been captivated by this Italian drink,

and the buzz is justified. For a less bitter taste, opt for a little less Aperol and a little more prosecco. If you’re looking for the drink to be lighter and less boozy, up the amount of club soda, and cut back a little on the prosecco and Aperol. The best thing about the Aperol Spritz is it can be customized to your taste.

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With summertime in full swing, your picnic basket is begging for you to bring along any of these beverages. From bright citrus notes to rich and mineral tastes, each concoction will highlight different palettes. We have a wide variety of liquors for you to choose from to make your favorite picnic cocktails. Shop Payless Liquors today!

summer of rum

Summer of Rum

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It’s summertime, so everyone’s indulging a bit, even those who don’t usually drink much booze. For us, it’s the summer of rum! The warm months are the ideal time to experiment with lighter cocktails that give something sweet and colorful to sip, even if you typically have a more spirit-forward drink in hand or something just on the rocks. Rum, easier to consume than other liquor, is a staple of mixed drinks and punch-like cocktails in tiki-style glasses. Here are some suggestions for varying your summer drinks:

Blue Hawaii

Many famous drinks’ beginnings have been lost to time, yet certain libations’ legends have persisted. A few originated at hotel bars — the Singapore Sling, for instance, was created at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. A tiny bit closer to home, bartender Harry Yee made the first pour of rum, Blue Curaçao liqueur (to produce the characteristic hue), and pineapple juice (as a reference to the Hawaiian form of pineapple — sweet and golden, with minimal acidity) in 1957 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The ideal celebratory beverage for a trip.

Sex on the Beach

This fruity cocktail may be the first alcoholic beverage many Gen Xers had in college (along with their introduction to the delights of schnapps). It was so well received that it has become a classic and is recognized as an IBA Cocktail. Sex on the Beach is traditionally made with peach schnapps, vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice. If you are short of orange juice, the now three-component drink is known as Woo Woo. Fitness enthusiasts could compare Sex on the Beach to their favorite smoothie sans the blender.

Piña Colada

In addition to white rum and coconut cream, which give the drink its dessert-like flavor, pineapple juice also makes a cameo in this sweet classic poolside cocktail. The Piña Colada is the national cocktail of Puerto Rico, whether blended or served on the rocks, even if its beginnings on the island are still up for debate. Most people credit the Caribe Hilton Hotel — the company’s first establishment outside the continental U.S. The classic Piña Colada is perfect for poolside, summer barbeques, or even an after-dinner sip.

Mai Tai

The Mai Tai, Tahitian for “good,” was created during World War II at Trader Vic’s in Oakland, California, when soldiers returned to the United States with fascinating tales from the South Pacific. The initial inspiration for this timeless cocktail may even have started in the 1930s by Donn Beach. It has since become the signature cocktail of every tiki bar worldwide. The Mai Tai, which is still served at hotels and pool parties and is made with light and

dark rum, lime juice, orgeat syrup, and orange liqueur, symbolizes the mid-century obsession with exoticism. Adding a little pineapple juice can sweeten the deal if you’re looking to cut down on the boozy taste.

Create Your Own Summery Rum Cocktails

Summer is a great time to break out of your comfort zone and try these classic rum drinks. With more access to exciting flavors, and a desire to experiment, you could create your spin on any of these traditional rum drinks and end up with a delightful signature cocktail all your own. Payless Liquors is here to facilitate your tasting journey, whether you’re looking to try something new or stick with an old favorite. With a wide selection of rums, you can’t go wrong with your choice of light or dark rum. Check out our impressive summer inventory of rum in-store. Happy sipping!

Gardening and Cocktails: A Perfect Match

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Creating your own cocktails at home is a great way to experiment with different flavors and ingredients. This goes beyond using different liquors and mixers. If you are someone who enjoys gardening, odds are you’ve planted fresh herbs. These herbs can make a great addition to a variety of sauces, soups, and other food recipes. Herbs can also be an excellent addition to a number of different cocktails. Your home garden can have the fresh ingredients you need to kick any cocktail up a notch.


Mint is a refreshing herb that goes great in a number of different cocktails. Mint is most commonly recognized in a mojito. All you need to make a perfect mojito at home is fresh mint, simple syrup, clear rum, soda water, and lime. Just follow these steps to make a crisp and refreshing mojito:

  • Place 2 limes, 4-5 mint leaves, and ½ ounce of simple syrup into the bottom of a glass. Simple syrup is sugar and hot water combined and cooled in equal parts. You’ll muddle these ingredients together
  • Leave muddled ingredients at the bottom of the glass and fill with ice to the rim
  • Add 2.5 ounces of rum to your glass
  • Shake rum and ingredients together before adding soda water
  • Add soda water and enjoy

Mint can also be used to create the classic Kentucky Derby cocktail, a Mint Julep. You’ll need bourbon, sugar (you can use your simple syrup), mint, and crushed ice. A Pimm’s Cup is another popular summer cocktail. Pimm’s is a gin-based liqueur that is commonly topped with ginger ale and garnished with mint, cucumber, and other veggies and fruit.


Basil offers a savory-sweet flavor with a peppery edge. Basil can be added to almost any type of cocktail for an added flavor, especially for cocktails that are on the sweeter side. A popular cocktail option is the Pineapple Basil cocktail. To make this cocktail you’ll need:

  • Place 4-5 basic leaves into a glass with freshly squeezed lime.
  • Add ice to the top of the glass
  • Add 1.5 ounces of your favorite gin
  • Top with pineapple juice and club soda

You can also use basil to create a refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade. All you need for this cocktail is strawberry vodka, sliced strawberries, basil, and lemonade.


Rosemary provides piney notes that are great as an additive to the cocktail as well as a simple garnish. Rosemary does a great job of balancing out flavors. A Rosemary Greyhound is a light and refreshing drink that is perfect for summer. To create a rosemary greyhound, you’ll need:

  • Place rosemary in your cocktail glass and top with ice.
  • Add 1.5 ounces of your favorite vodka
  • Top with grapefruit juice
  • Shake and enjoy

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If you have the herbs, we have the liquor and mixes you need to create a summer cocktail that is fresh and satisfying. Herbs are a great way to experiment with your cocktails to awaken flavors you’d never suspect. You can stop into our store or use our pickup order form for on-the-go convenience.


It’s a Very Sangria Summer

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There is just something about unwinding with a refreshing cocktail in the hot summer months. Whether you are soaking up the sun while enjoying a good book or making a splash in the pool, the best way to cool off is with sangria. Sangria is a light and refreshing cocktail that typically includes a wine base, fresh fruit, and a mix of juices to create a drink so tasty you’ll forget it has alcohol. Sangria can be made with red or white wine. This creative cocktail is great for those who don’t consider themselves wine drinkers. When you’re looking for your next favorite summer cocktail, consider the classic yet versatile sangria.

Sangria History

It is believed that the concept of sangria originated more than 2,000 years ago when the Romans were expanding their reach and planting vineyards along the way. Water wasn’t safe to drink at the time, so it was often fortified with wine, spices, and herbs. The earliest version we are most familiar with was made in England and France in the 1800s. In the United States, sangria was popularized after its formal arrival at the 1965 World’s Fair in New York. Sangria is often associated with Spain but tends to be a more popular drink for tourists than natives.

Selecting Your Wine

The best part about making sangria is that the possibilities are truly endless. You’ll want to start by selecting your wine. A bold, fruity, dry wine is ideal, as is a crisp white wine. Since you can add numerous ingredients to a sangria, you can choose any affordable bottle of wine. Your wine selection should make up the bulk of your sangria.

Add Liquor

Many sangria recipes call for adding a bit of liquor to enhance the flavor. If you are working with red wine, brandy or rum will pair well with the flavor profiles of the wine. If you are working with white wine, a silver rum can work well, as can vodka. You should have one-part liquor to 2-3 parts of wine, depending on how strong you want your sangria to be.


Sangria cocktails tend to be on the sweeter side. This is achieved through the addition of fruit, as well as a sweetener. This could be brown sugar, cane sugar, or simple syrup. All you need to make simple syrup is equal parts sugar and hot water. This simple solution is a great additive to sangria, mojitos, and flavored margaritas. If you want to keep the sugar amount low, you can substitute agave nectar. You can also add citrus soda and other mixers to balance out the liquor and wine.


You can’t go wrong when it comes to your fruit selection. Berries such as blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries make a perfect addition to a red wine sangria. Citrus fruit such as oranges and limes, as well as peaches, and grapes work well with white wine. You can even add mint when you want to add another layer of refreshment.

Experiment and Enjoy

There is no wrong way to create a sangria. If you add too much of one ingredient, you can compensate with another. Payless Liquor is a one-stop shop for all your ingredient needs. We can help you create the perfect sangria for your tastes. Stop into our store or use our convenient pickup-order form and we’ll have all you need ready to go.