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Martell Cherry Lemon Cooler

Looking ahead to this weekend, the forecast is predicting beautiful almost fall weather. The official last weekend of summer is upon us and the Martell Cherry Lemon Cooler is the perfect cocktail to help you say “farewell” to summer and welcome fall. The warming sips of Martell, combined with the sweet taste of cherries and lemon will make your final summer weekend a delicious one.

martell-cherry-lemon-coolerMartell Cherry Lemon Cooler

• 1.25 parts Martell VS Cognac
• 6 Maraschino Cherries
• 3 Lemon Squeezes
• 1 part Simple Syrup
• Top with Soda Water

Muddle cherries in mixing glass. Add Martell, lemon and simple syrup. Shake vigorously and double strain into glass with ice. Top with soda water.

Enjoy your last summer weekend!

-KJ

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No end in sight this summer!

As Labor Day arrives it brings along with it summer’s last hurrah–the last long weekend of the season and the last chance to soak up the sunny and lazy afternoons that accompany summer BBQs. This year, make summer last forever with a delicious Chivas Regal Endless Summer cocktail. With refreshing muddled cucumber, lime and ginger beer, the Endless Summer is the perfect cocktail to pair with your end of summer celebrations.

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Endless Summer

  • 2 parts Chivas Regal 12
  • Muddled Cucumber Slices
  • .5 part Lime
  • .5 part Simple Syrup
  • Top with Ginger Beer
Shake and strain all ingredients except ginger beer over ice. Top with ginger beer.  
Enjoy and have a safe holiday weekend!
-KJ

 

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J.P. Wiser’s – Official Sponsor of Fantasy Football

While I am a big fan of summer and will never admit to rushing the beginning of fall, I do have to admit that I am ready for football season. As much as I love spending Sunday’s out in the sun, there is something truly wonderful about Sundays spent drinking and eating on the couch rooting for your favorite team (or fantasy football roster).

This 2014-2015 football season North American Whisky brand J.P. Wiser’s®  announced  it will be the Official Spirits Sponsor of ESPN Fantasy Football. Produced at the Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ontario, J.P. Wiser’s is the best-selling whisky family in Canada. It draws everyone from whisky drinkers to seasoned whisky enthusiasts with its unique portfolio including J.P. Wiser’s Rye, J.P. Wiser’s Spiced, and J.P. Wiser’s 18 Years Old. J.P. Wiser’s Rye, in particular, is a smooth, approachable and versatile whisky that tastes great neat, but also pairs well with mixers , such as cola or ginger beer.

I’ll toast to J.P. Wiser’s and Fantasy Football with a Spiced Apple and Ginger

  • 1 part J.P. Wiser’s® Spiced Whisky
  • 3 parts apple juice
  • 3 parts ginger ale

Build all ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a lime zest.

Enjoy!

-KJ

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Holidays We Love – National Root Beer Float Day!

It seems as though every day this summer has been celebrating another food or beverage, and I for one am okay with this, as it gives me a wonderful excuse to honor these foods and beverages I don’t typically indulge in. Today we celebrate the delicious, carbonated and sweet Root Beer Float!

To make this holiday a little more festive – I’m going to share some adult versions of the Root Beer Float we all know and love:

Mama’s Old Time Pop: This cocktail may seem like a simple spiked root beer, but Mama Walker’s Glazed Donut liqueur adds a sweet new spin, sure to be like no root beer you’ve tried before!

  • 1 parts Mama Walker’s Glazed Donut
  • 4 parts Root Beer

Build in a glass over ice

Another sweet and boozy spiked Root Beer float:Root Beer Float_Hiram Walker

  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Root Beer Schnapps
  • 2 parts Milk or Cream
  • 4 parts Lemon-lime Soda

Combine ingredients in a blender with ice. Blend until smooth.

Cheers!

-KJ

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Summer Blue Lagoon

There are many reason’s to sport red, white and blue this week: the World Cup (Go USA), the 4th of July…okay so maybe there are just two reasons, but they are great reasons! Today I’ve got a delicious, frozen blue cocktail to cool you down from the summer heat while showing off your American Pride (HINT: if you pour your blue drink into a red cup with a white straw, there ya go red, white and blue!)

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

Blue Lagoon

  • ¼ part Hiram Walker® Blue Curacao
  • 1 part ABSOLUT® Vodka
  • 1 part Pineapple Juice

Blend with ice and serve.

Enjoy and Go USA!

-KJ

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National Ice Cream Soda Day

On a particularly hot day in 1874, the Ice Cream Soda was invented by Robert McCay Green. Today, on this beautiful (almost) summer afternoon, I’ll be toasting to National Ice Cream Soda Day with a spiked version of this warm weather treat.

Root Beer Float_Hiram WalkerRoot Beer Float

  • 1 part Hiram Walker Root Beer Schnapps
  • 2 parts Milk or Cream
  • 4 parts Lemon-lime soda

Combine ingredients in a blender with ice. Blend until smooth.

Cheers to a wonderful weekend!

-KJ

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National Iced Tea Month!

June is National Iced Tea Month, which I believe to be a fitting beverage for the warming weather and sunshine that comes in this early summer month. Iced tea is extremely versatile and can be sweetened, unsweetened, flavored or my personal favorite…spiked!

Refreshing Peach Tea-perfect for a summer picnic

Refreshing Peach Tea-perfect for a summer picnic

Peach Tea

  • 2 parts Hiram Walker® Peach Schnapps
  • 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 4 parts brewed Iced Tea

Add all ingredients to a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

If you’re feeling adventurous and prefer blueberry flavor over peach, I recommend substituting 2 parts of Mama Walker’s Blueberry Pancake Liqueur and enjoying a nice and sweet breakfast spin on your iced tea.

Enjoy and Happy National Iced Tea Month!

-KJ

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