As to be expected for New England weather, the end of February does not mean the end of the cold. Just as we have experienced with the beginning of the previous few months, March is expected to begin with another round of snow. With the pavement finally showing again in my driveway, but the green grass still a distant memory, I have decided to get my fix of green through cocktails (which will also be a great prep for the lovely holiday of St. Paddy’s Day just a couple short weeks away).
Here are a couple green cocktails to chase away my winter blues…
Emerald City Martini
- 1 part Hiram Walker® Melon Liqueur
- 1 part Malibu®
- ½ part Hiram Walker® Black Raspberry
Shake and serve straight up over the Black Raspberry at the bottom of the glass. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
(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.
- 1½ parts Hiram Walker® Melon Liqueur
- 1 part Beefeater® Gin
- 1 part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
Shake all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into Martini glass. Garnish with orange wheel.
Enjoy and if you’re in New England, stay warm!
Happy (almost) National Margarita Day! February 22 marks the great, national celebration of Margaritas, the sweet and tangy cocktail that everyone knows and loves. While it seems a tad strange to think about Margaritas while the snow is piled up 3 feet high outside of my window, I will use this holiday as a chance to (mentally) escape the winter and imagine summer days by the beach. Whether you like trying new recipes or sticking with the classic, we have a few suggestions certain to make your National Margarita Day a great one!
- 2 parts 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
- 1 part Malibu Red
- ½ Part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
- ½ Part Fresh Lime
Shake and strain into a shot glass
- 1 part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
- 2 parts Avion Tequila
- 1 part Fresh Lime Juice
Shake & strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass.
The Classic- Hiram Walker Triple Sec Margarita
With Valentine’s Day just 4 days away, it’s time to start thinking about sweets! Even if you don’t have that someone special to celebrate the holiday with (if you even consider it a holiday) there are still plenty of chocolates and sweets that you can enjoy date free. If you’re like me, chocolate is the best part of Valentine’s Day (no offense men) so why not celebrate the holiday with some chocolate cocktails!
Mama’s Boston Cream Pie
Glazed Chocolate Martini
- 1 parts Mama Walker’s Glazed Donut Liqueur
- 1 part Kahlua
- 1 part Irish Cream Liqueur
- 1 part Hiram Walker Creme de Cacao
Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass and serve
Chocolate Heart Martini
- ¾ part Hiram Walker® Crème de Cacao White
- ¾ part ABSOLUT® Vodka
- Splash of Coffee
Shake, strain into a chilled martini glass.
Mama’s Boston Cream Pie
- 1 part Mama Walker’s Glazed Donut Liqueur
- 1-2 drops of chocolate syrup
- .5 part cream
Add ingredients to shaker with ice, and strain into chilled shot glass.
Whether you’re satisfying your sweetie or your sweet tooth this Friday, I hope you enjoy!
It’s that time again! Time for you to pile onto your friend’s couch and load up on all of the best chips/dips/apps/finger foods/etc. you possibly can. Since all of the salty, greasy, delicious food will most likely leave you thirsty, here are some delicious and festive cocktails to help you wash down your feast with:
• 4 cups ABSOLUT vodka
• 2 cups Hiram Walker Triple Sec
• 2 liters ginger ale
• 1/2 cup fresh cranberries (whole)
• 3.5 liters cranberry juice
• 2 cups orange juice
• 2 limes (sliced)
• 2 oranges (sliced)
Mix ingredients in a large serving bowl. Serve over ice in a rock glass. (multiple servings)
• 3 Parts Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc
• 3 Strawberries, Chopped
• 1 Part Beefeater Gin
• Agave Nectar To Taste
• Juice Of ¼ Of A Lemon
In the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle the strawberries in the lemon and agave nectar. Add remaining ingredients and shake well with ice. Strain over ice into a wine glass.
Enjoy and happy watching!
It’s finally Friday, which means it’s time for another cocktail! (Although I may have had a cocktail earlier in the week, but that’s besides the point) This week I’m in the mood for something to warm me up as another cold weekend awaits. This simple, but satisfying cocktail is the perfect drink to sip on by the fire as you fight the chill outside!
The Brandy Cocktail
- 2 parts Martell Cognac
- .5 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 dashes Peychauds bitters
Shake and strain.
Every year once the holidays are over and it’s back to full work weeks and busy days, I begin daydreaming of tropical vacations and lazy days on the beach. Since the weather outside is far from that of the Caribbean, I plan on fulfilling my vacation dreams with a nice tropical cocktail (because of course that’s the next best thing). The Pineapple Paradise mixes the sweet and fruity flavors of coconut and pineapple that are synonymous with warm weather getaways.
Vacation in a Glass
- 1½ parts Malibu® Coconut
- ¾ part Pineapple Juice
- Splash Hiram Walker Blue Curacao
- Splash of Coconut Cream
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice.
Tomorrow is National Hot Toddy Day! While any day of the winter is a good day to enjoy a Hot Toddy, National Hot Toddy Day is a GREAT day to enjoy a Hot Toddy. For a traditional Hot Toddy I’ve featured a Jameson Hot Toddy recipe, courtesy of Jameson Whiskey. If you’re looking for a little more flavor in your Hot Toddy, I recommend the Hot Cinn Apple Toddy!
Hot Cinn Apple Toddy
- 1 ½ parts Bourbon
- 1 ½ parts Hiram Walker Original Cinn Schnapps
- 1.2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- Hot apple cider
- Green apple slice dipped in hot caramel or cinnamon stick for garnish
Pour the bourbon, schnapps and lemon juice into an Irish coffee glass or mug. Stir well. Fill with hot apple cider. Garnish with the green apple or a cinnamon stick.
Classic Hot Toddy
- 3 parts Jameson
- 2 parts lemon juice
- 1 part honey
- 4 parts hot water
- 2-3 cloves
- Lemon slice
Pour all ingredients into a mug or glass with a handle, stir until the honey is dissolved, drop in the cloves and garnish with a thin slice of lemon.
Happy Hot Toddy Day!