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Has anyone trademarked that word yet? I like it. Here are a few scotch cocktails to get you through a long holiday weekend spent with the in-laws.

The November Cocktail

2 oz. Chivas Regal 12 yo

Tsp. Vanilla Sugar

Dash Whisky Barrel Bitters

1 Star Anise

Place sugar and bitters in the bottom of an old fashioned glass. Add one ice cube and whisky. Stir until the ice cube has melted.

Regal Roy

1 ½ oz. Chivas Royal 18 yo

½ oz. Dubonnet Rouge

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

UPDATE: As one reader pointed out, the Regal Roy recipe is essentially an “Arnaud’s Special”  cocktail, albeit with different measurements of the same ingredients. According to Ted Haigh, the cocktail was first featured in the 1951 “Bottom’s Up” by Ted Saucier. Apparently it was the signature drink at Arnaud’s restaurant (my favorite in New Orleans!) before they switched their focus to the French 75. You can read more about it HERE.


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What the Deuce!?!

I’ve made my love of champagne cocktails pretty well known by this point, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to shut up about it. This pretty little thing is not your average vodka cocktail—it’s got kick thanks to a dash or three of Pernod Absinthe. Champagne and Absinthe (a la Death in the Afternoon) always have the potential to be amazing.

I’d like to try swapping in Cranberry puree for the Raspberry this Thanksgiving. What do you think?

Le Deuce

1 part Absolut Vodka

½ part Raspberry Puree

3 dashes Pernod Absinthe

Champagne to top

Shake and strain first three ingredients into a flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with a raspberry.


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Are You a Master Mixer?

When I first got engaged, a friend told me I just had to be on, a social website for brides-to-be. With its budget calculator, to-do list, etiquette Q&A and decor ideas, the site was a big help during some pretty stressful times. Now that the wedding has come and gone and my husband and I are moving into a new home, I’ve joined The Knot’s sister site: They’ve got tons of great advice for new (and perhaps not-so-new) homeowners. Another thing they’ve got is (gasp!) cocktail recipes.

Lots, actually. I was perusing their collection the other day when I came across this quick, fun quiz: Are You a Master Mixer? Click through to take it for yourself, though I wouldn’t say a perfect score necessarily means you deserve “Master” status. I actually got 9 out of 10, but I swear it’s because there’s a trick question in there!

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San Juan for the Holidays?

This cocktail, courtesy of Kaiser Penguin’s own Rick Stutz was one of many served-up at September’s Kahlua Coffee Cream sponsored Thursday Drink Night. I really enjoyed the cocktail then, and revisited it recently. I think it’s even better now that there’s a chill in the air, so add it to your list for Holiday cocktails. Just four ingredients! You can do it!

San Juan by Rick Stutz

1 ½ oz. Rye

1 oz. Kahlua Coffee Cream

1 tsp. Cinnamon Syrup

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.

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Something Light for the End of the Night

Here’s a great idea for an after-dinner cocktail on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a delicious follow-up to a holiday feast, but keeps things light and refreshing.


London Sgroppino

2 parts Beefeater 24

1/3 part Galliano

3 1/2 parts Prosecco

1 scoop sorbet

Combine first two ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with Prosecco and add a scoop of sorbet. Enjoy!

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Site Suggestion

Searching for holiday cocktail ideas? Thanks for visiting and please do take a look around. But just for a sec, I’d like to share the love and offer a new site suggestion. Ellen Fork features fantastic drink creations and seasonal dishes to boot! Check out her most recent article, featuring both Pumpkin Spice & Gingerbread flavored cocktails. Enjoy!

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One for the Weekend: Rocky Mountain Ginger Crisp

Like red cups at Starbucks and tinsel in Main Street shop windows, the Hiram Walker seasonal display in your local liquor store is a surefire sign that the holidays are on their way (though I personally refuse to speak of Santa until my Thanksgiving turkey is fully digested). Perhaps you’ve seen these Gingerbread and Pumpkin Spice bottles decked-out and prominently placed at your local retailer? Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle or 10 for this season because I’m going to be hitting you with some great cocktails to share with friends and family.

For instance, several of you may be kicking back with a nice cocktail this evening (TGIF!) and may I suggest Cheri Loughlin’s Rocky Mountain Ginger Crisp? Spicy seasonal goodness!  You’re welcome!

Rocky Mountain Ginger Crisp – created by Cheri Loughlin

1 part Premium Whiskey

1/2 part Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

1-1/2 part Apricot Nectar

1-1/2 part Sparkling Sake

Skewered Crystallized Ginger Round Garnish

Combine Whiskey, Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur, and Apricot Nectar in a mixing glass.  Stir.  Pour into a highball glass over ice.  Top with Sparkling Sake.  Garnish with skewered crystallized ginger.

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