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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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National Cognac Day

Today is National Cognac Day! It is only appropriate to spend this special Hump Day sipping on a smooth cognac cocktail, and what better cocktail to toast with than a classic Alexander.

Cognac Alexander

  • 1 part Martell Cognac
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Crème de Cacao
  • 1 part Heavy Cream

Enjoy and Happy National Cognac Day!

-KJ

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Punch Perfect!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! It’s the unofficial start of summer and outdoor BBQing and imbibing and I couldn’t be happier. Bring on the warm weather and picnics and bring on the punches and sangrias!

Hiram Walker White Peach Punch

Hiram Walker White Peach Punch

White Peach Punch

  • 2 cups ABSOLUT Citron® Vodka
  • 2 cups Hiram Walker® White Peach Schnapps
  • 1¼ cups Cranberry Juice
  • 1¼ cups Pineapple Juice
  • 2½ cups Fresh Sour Mix
  • 2½ cups Lemon-Lime Soda
  • 1 Scoop Rainbow Sherbet

Combine ingredients in Punch Bowl ¾ full of ice. Scoop sherbet into balls and float on top or float entire quart of sherbet. Multiple servings.

Minty Sangria

(can be served as a pitcher)

  • 3 parts Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3 parts peach nectar
  • 1 part Absolut Mandrin
  • Several mint leaves (for every one serving, use 8-10 mint leaves)

Directions: Slap the mint leaves between your palms to release oils, then drop into glass.  Add ice and remaining ingredients and stir.

Enjoy a nice long weekend everyone!

-KJ

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Fight Slow Mondays with a Sloe Gin Fizz

The weekend is over and another work week is here. Sometimes those Monday blues creep up, intimidating and hard to shake, but the good news is, you have survived the week day and are one day closer to a holiday weekend (yay)! So rather than sulking at home after work, celebrate the little victories of today and combat your Slow Monday Blues with a bubbly and refreshing Sloe Gin Fizz.

Refreshing Hiram Walker Sloe Gin Fizz

Refreshing Hiram Walker Sloe Gin Fizz

Sloe Gin Fizz

  • 1 part Hiram Walker Sloe Gin
  • 1 part Beefeater Gin
  • 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 part Simple Syrup
  • 5 parts Soda Water

Combine ingredients and serve on ice in a highball glass. 

Enjoy!

-KJ

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Sweet Sparkler for National Moscato Day!

Happy National Moscato Day! To celebrate this special holiday, rather than just pouring a glass of your favorite Moscato, I recommend mixing up a delicious cocktail that is sure to impress all of the guests at your National Moscato Day Party (because everyone hosts a Moscato Day Party right?)

This sweet and bubbly cocktail is refreshing and enjoyable for all springtime gatherings:

Mango Peach Sparkler

  • 1.5 oz Absolut Mango
  • .5 oz Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps
  • Fill with Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Moscato Rosé

Build in a rocks glass over ice or frozen mango cubes

Enjoy and Happy Moscato Day!

-KJ

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Seis de Mayo

I know you’re all probably thinking, come on, you’re a day late to the party. However, I am sure a lot of you were like myself and unable to fully celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this lovely holiday falling on a Monday night. Or, maybe you love Mexican food and Margaritas, but wanted to avoid the large crowds of rowdy people in sombreros shaking maracas.  Or maybe you had such a good time celebrating last night that you’re ready for round dos. Whatever the case may be, I have provided some delicious Margarita recipes that are refreshing and satisfying no matter the occasion!

Classic Margarita

  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
  • 2 parts Avion Tequila
  • 1 part Fresh Lime Juice

Shake & strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass.

Maplerita

  • 2 parts Avion Reposado Tequila
  • 2 parts Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • .5 part simple syrup

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Strain over ice in highball glass and serve

Cheers!

-KJ

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