Monthly Archives: October 2008

Bloggers Mix It Up With Gingerbread

The Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Competition is well underway. In fact, entries are due this Saturday, and many recipes have already rolled in. Now, I won’t share the details of these recipes with you just yet because the contest is still open for a few more days. I will, however, tell you the lovely photo accompanying this post is by Cheri Loughlin a.k.a The Intoxicologist, and it’s of her drink submission, the Mexican Cafe de Jengibre (full recipe will be up next week).


So far I am blown away by the drink recipes and the greatest thing is they’re all so different! We’ve got drinks with Rum, Tequila, Brandy, Port, and Whiskey and no two are at all alike. If you’re a vodka drinker and just waiting for that vodka & Gingerbread recipe to come in, don’t hold your breath. This crew seems to steer away from the stuff, but don’t worry. I’ll be posting some Ginger-tini (cocktailians are cringing) recipes in the coming weeks as well. Beginning next week I’ll post the full recipe submissions and ask you to weigh in before the judge does. Don’t miss it!   

For more details about the competition see my announcement post with the list of participants.


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An Apple A Day…

It is beautiful in Connecticut right now and it’s forecasted to stay that way for the long weekend. This is just the fall weekend I’ve been looking forward to and that means it’s time to go apple-picking! Apple-picking followed by apple pie-baking and apple-cocktail making of course.

You see…I love apples. A lot. In fact, I love them so much I’m planning to incorporate them into my upcoming (ok…not till next October) wedding. That’s right—centerpieces, invitation design, favors, and you guessed it DRINKS! Unfortunately, I’ve heard the Appletini is dead, so I’ve had to get a little creative and try a new spin on this one.

Here’s one I’ll be trying out this weekend with the fresh apple cider from Lapsley’s Apple Orchard. We’ll see if it makes the cut for next year…

Caramel Apple Orchard Martini:

1 part vodka

2 parts Hiram Walker Butterscotch Schnapps

2 parts fresh apple cider

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an apple slice and enjoy!*

*Drink will be enjoyed best after a hayride, paired with a slice of warm apple pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Bonus points if you’re wearing a flannel shirt and denim jacket. Now that’s Fall.






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Fall Blogger Cocktail Competition Begins!

It’s on! I’ve assembled some of the finest mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts the cocktail blogosphere has to offer to take part in a seasonal cocktail showdown—The Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Competition. The idea: create an original seasonal cocktail recipe featuring Hiram Walker’s Gingerbread Liqueur. The prize: the winner’s favorite hard-to-find spirit. Recipes aren’t due in until November 1st, but Camper and Lance have already submitted some tasty-sounding drinks (haven’t gotten the chance to try them yet but I cannot wait!). Here’s the list of participants—I’ll keep you posted as the recipes roll in and announce the official winner in November.


Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Competition Participants:


Darcy O’Neil

Gabriel Szaszko

Camper English

Lance Mayhew

Jamie Boudreau

Marleigh Riggins

Ted Munat

Blair Reynolds

Craig Herman

Rick Stutz

Blair Frodelius

Cheri Loughlin

Dough Winship

Jacob Grier

Meaghan Dorman

Charles Munat

Chris Stanley

Erik Ellestad

Sam Meyer




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