Instead of rushing through crazy crowds of people, why not spend the Friday after a gluttonous holiday getting ready for the duration of the holiday season with a tad more excess? If you’re in the cold weather as I am, I suggest avoiding the shopping malls and the windy weather and instead pop on some holiday music, pick out your favorite holiday movie and get comfy on the couch with a nice spiked hot chocolate!
I suggest spiking with either Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps (a classic) or for those with a sweet tooth- Hiram Walker Whipped!
It’s almost here! With only two days left it’s very important to prep your palates for an overload of food and beverages and to stock your kitchens and bars with all of the ingredients you need for a perfect Thanksgiving. While I leave the cooking to the experts, I can help you to plan your cocktail menu! Here are a couple of Thanksgiving cocktails that all are sure to enjoy this holiday season!
If you’re in New England or the Northeast, chances are you are going to be extremely cold this Thursday, warm up a little quicker with an Absolut Apeach Toddy:
- 2 parts Absolut Apeach
- 1 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
- 1 dash Honey
- 1 part Apple Juice (hot)
Build all ingredients into a footed toddy glass, and garnish.
Because it’s not Thanksgiving without Pumpkin Pie (martinis):
Combine ingredients in shaker w/ ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass. Garnish and serve.
I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday! If you over-drink, don’t drive and if you over-eat, make sure you’re wearing comfy pants
This morning parts of my lovely state saw the first snowfall of the season. Luckily, in my neck of the woods it was only rain, but the cold chill of winter is still making its way in. If there is one good thing about the cold weather ahead, it is the warm cocktails that make everything better. Tonight I will heat up my first cocktail and (attempt to) enjoy the cold weather. Since it’s still fall I think a warm cider drink is in order:
Spiced Caramel Cider
- 3 parts hot cider
- 1 part Malibu Black Spiced Rum
- 1 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
Add Malibu Black Spiced Rum and Hiram Walker Caramel Apple to glass of hot cider. Stir and serve hot.
Enjoy and stay warm!
Halloween parties have finally concluded, which means no more costumes, no more pumpkin carving, and hopefully, for my sake, no more candy! It’s not that I don’t enjoy Halloween as much as the next person; I just LOVE Thanksgiving much more. No pressure to find a costume or buy gifts, just one holiday dedicated to being with friends and family for eating (and drinking).
Here are some delicious cocktails for the fall season and Thanksgiving, because it’s never too soon to start planning your Thanksgiving menu!
Hiram Walker’s delicious take on the classic fall treat, Caramel Apples
Caramel Apple Martini
- 1 part Hiram Walker® Caramel Apple Liqueur
- 1 part ABSOLUT® Vodka
Shake with ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.
Maple Bacon Choco-Tini
- 1 part Mama Walker Maple Bacon
- 1 part Kahlua
- 1 part Hiram Walker crème de cacao
- 1 part Irish Cream Liqueur
Add all ingredients to shaker and shake with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass
Halloween is just a couple days away, and while it seems as though many Halloween celebrations took place over this past weekend, the actual holiday is not over yet! Whether you’re staying in and watching scary movies, having a party, or not celebrating at all, it is always the right time for a cocktail.
- 1 part Absolut® Vanilia
- 1 part Hiram Walker® Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
Shake and strain into a martini glass. Sprinkle with pinch of cinnamon.
It’s my favorite day of the week again folks! It’s Friday! Dust off your cocktail shakers and get your glasses ready for another round of Friday’s Feature Cocktail!
The leaves outside have taken over driveways, sidewalks and lawns and fall is in full swing. Which in my mind means that pumpkin season is in full swing as well. This weekend I will be getting my pumpkin fix through a nice Pumpkin Eater cocktail!
Not the prettiest cocktail, but the taste of Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice makes up for it!
The Pumpkin Eater:
- 3/4 part ABSOLUT Vodka
- 3/4 part Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice
- 1/2 part Hiram Walker Amaretto
- 3/4 part Irish Cream Liqueur
Fill glass with ice. Pour ingredients as listed. Garnish and serve.
Happy Friday everyone! Tomorrow is a big day for me, as I will be running my first (and most likely my only) ½ marathon! For those who don’t know, a ½ marathon consists of 13.1 miles…straight…and I will admit to you all that I am very nervous. So I’ve decided to settle my nerves tonight and toast to my big day tomorrow with a cocktail! To keep the theme of marathons and running, I’ve decided this Friday’s Feature cocktail will be a Rum Runner!
- 2 parts Malibu® Tropical Banana
- 1 part Hiram Walker® Blackberry Flavored Brandy
- 2 parts Orange Juice
- 2 parts Pineapple Juice
- 2 parts Cranberry Juice
Serve over ice in a tall glass, garnish with fruit.
Cheers and wish me luck everyone!
Happy Friday and Happy National Vodka Day! In honor of such a lovely holiday, I want to feature two vodka cocktails (try to contain your excitement here) one classic and one new cocktail!
The first cocktail is the classic, but still delicious, Cosmopoliton:
•1½ parts ABSOLUT® Vodka
•½ part Fresh Lime Juice
•½ part Cranberry Juice
Shake & strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime or lemon wedge.
This second cocktail is definitely not your classic cocktail, this mixes savory and smokey bacon flavor with spicy jalapeno flavor, all mixed up in one sizzling cocktail- The Mama Sizzle!
• 1 part Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon Liqueur
• 1 part Absolut Vodka
• 1 part fresh lime juice
• dash of Angostura Bitters
• 4 jalapeno slices
Add all ingredients to shaker with ice, shake. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass
Enjoy and happy celebrating!
With everybody posting Facebook statuses and Tweets about going apple picking this weekend, I’ve decided that rather than joining in on the apple picking fun (a hobby I have never found too appealing) I’m going to stick with a hobby I do enjoy- drinking cocktails- and will sip a nice spiked Apple Cider instead. The Original Cinn schnapps is the perfect addition to the appley goodness of the cider, and creates a nice apple pie taste in liquid form!
- 2 parts Hiram Walker® Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps
- 5 parts Apple cider
Serve over crushed ice or try it warm. Garnish with apple slice.
I hope you all have a wonderful fall weekend!
Sunday marks the official beginning of fall and I will be toasting to the change in season with a sparkling cranberry cocktail!
Rosé Cranberry Sparkle
- 1 oz Absolut Vodka
- .75 oz Cranberry Juice
- .25 oz Hiram Walker Triple Sec
- Squeeze of Lime
- Fill with Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Moscato Rosé
Add Absolut, cranberry juice, Hiram Walker Triple Sec and squeeze of lime to a mixing glass, and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass, and top with Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Moscato Rosé. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and happy fall!