Yesterday was National Bloody Mary Day (which seems like very appropriate timing). Since some people might not have been able to celebrate yesterday, I am giving full permission to celebrate today. Bloody Marys are famous for being great brunch cocktails, but I believe they taste just as great at any time of the day, any day of the week. Below are two nontraditional Bloody Mary recipes to try out this year for National Bloody Mary Day!
Mama’s Ruby Shoes
- 2 parts Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon
- 4 parts Tomato Juice
- 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 dashes Hot Sauce
- juice of 1/2 of lemon
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- 1 tsp horseradish
Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice. Roll back and forth. Pour into a highball glass.
If vodka isn’t your favorite, give it a try with tequila:
Avión Bloody Mary
- 2 parts Avión Silver
- 2 parts Tomato Juice
- 2 tsp Horseradish
- .5 part Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Dashes Hot Sauce
- Squeeze Lemon
- Squeeze Lime
- Salt and Pepper
Build, stir, and serve. Do not shake.
It’s not New Year’s Eve just yet, but this weekend is the last weekend of 2013! 2013 has been an excellent year full of many wonderful weekends, so as I ready myself for the New Year ahead, I will make one last toast to the weekends of 2013.
- 1.5 parts Absolut Berri Açai
- .5 part Hiram Walker Raspberry Schnapps
- 1 Squeeze Lemon Juice
- Top with Perrier-Jouet Champagne
Shake and strain ingredients except chilled sparkling wine. Top with sparkling wine.
Holiday party season is in full swing! Tonight I will be hosting a party of my own, and with the role of host comes a lot of responsibilities (prepping food, picking the music, deciding on party entertainment). That’s why I like to mix up large format cocktails ahead of time in order to take the role of bartender off my plate. Since Sangria is not just for summer, I will be mixing up a Winter Spice Sangria!
- 1 Bottle Of Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
- 4oz Hiram Walker Original Cinn Schnapps
- 3 Clementines, Quartered
- 6oz Cranberries
- 18oz Sparkling Clemetine Juice Or Soda
- 6oz Cranberry Juice
- 4 Cinnamon Sticks
- Ground Allspice To Taste
Directions: Combine Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto, cinnamon schnapps, clementine pieces, cranberries, cranberry juice and cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher. Cover tightly and place in the refirgerator for at least 8 hours. Right before serviing, add sparkling clementine juice/soda. Sprinkle allspice on top
Enjoy and Happy Holiday Partying
While there is still another week before the official start of winter, it sure feels a lot like the dead of winter up in New England. With the snow from our first storm still lingering, the
View I’ll be enjoying as I sip on my Black Raspberry Truffle
forecast calls for another storm tomorrow. I’m not complaining (too much) because I have come to expect snow in New England in December, and it does make the holiday season feel
extra festive! So tonight I’ll be bundled up with a nice hot cocktail to warm me up as I await the second snow storm of many this season.
Hiram Walker Black Raspberry Truffle
Black Raspberry Truffle
- ¾ part Hiram Walker Black Raspberry
- ¾ part Hiram Walker Crème de Cacao
- 4 parts Hot Coffee
Pour into a coffee mug and serve
Happy Repeal Day everyone! 80 short years ago today- December 5th, 1933- The 21st Amendment ended Prohibition in the U.S. To celebrate, I will be toasting to this important date in history with a classic cocktail from the Prohibition-era- The Sidecar:
A classic cocktail to celebrate Repeal Day
- 1 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
- 1 part Martell Cognac
- 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Happy Repeal Day!
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