Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hurricane Cocktails

It seems that no one was prepared for the “hiatus” (see most favorite posterous update, possibly ever) that was to strike yesterday afternoon when an earthquake rocked in Virginia and traveled all the way up the shoreline to New England. Not a cocktail recipe was to be found coyly playing off the theme, with the exception of this, ermmm, “gem” that my dear friend decided to tweet at me.

Now, with the impending showers and winds that Hurricane Irene is supposedly thwarting on the East Coast this weekend, the need to have a cocktail recipe on hand seems greater than ever. I resort back to last year’s post when Earl was threatening to hit land amidst my travel plans for a friend’s wedding (a layover through Charlotte, NC was the big hurdle at the time!).

Here’s one of the two drinks I featured before that seems fitting of repeat again this week, The Tidal Wave:

Tidal Wave (pictured above)
1 ½ parts Malibu Coconut
¾ parts Pineapple Juice
Splash of Hiram Walker Blue Curacao
Splash of Coconut Cream

Shake vigorously in a shaker and fine strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a piece of pineapple.


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How To Celebrate National Rum Day

My Summer State of Mind perfectly mixed all in one glass!

Without much explanation needed, here is my pick to best celebrate National Rum Day today, August 16.

It’s pretty simple, really: grab some of your favorite white rum, Hiram Walker’s Raspberry Schnapps, and a little lemon-lime fizz – you’re all set for a day of playing hooky and celebrating on the warm, sunlit beach!

Too idealistic? Perhaps an evening with one of these bad boys on the patio deck with the grill going in the backdrop is way to best enjoy this perfect summer cocktail. Here’s your recipe for the perfect Summer State of Mind:

Summer State of Mind:

Build first three ingredients over ice in a Collins glass and top with lemon-lime soda. Optional garnish with a lime peel.


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Tomorrow is National Rum Day

In over two years of writing the Cocktail Culture blog,  I have discovered an ungodly number of nationally and internationally recognized holidays that give reason to celebrating with a cocktail or two at home. What perhaps entertains me the most is, no matter the amount of background research and ‘googling’ and ‘wikipedia-hunting’ I embark on, the stories behind these designated days of celebration seems to go untold.

Tomorrow being National Rum Day seems to be no exception to this rule (though, if you have the inside story, please prove my Internet lurking wrong!). We won’t let that spoil the celebration – here’s one recipe to start the weekday festivities!

Caribbean Jewel:

Shake all ingredients hard with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry slice. (Recipe is for 2 servings)


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And the New Hiram Walker Product Set to Launch Is…

You may have seen the news already from some trade industry resources, but I’m happy to share some news today that Hiram Walker is launching a new addition to its portfolio on September 1 – here are some pieces from the press announcement that went out yesterday with the exciting news!


New York, N.Y., (August 11, 2011) – As the summer begins to give way to fall, consumers’ tastes gives way from lighter, more refreshing food and drink to the richer, more robust flavors of the new season. This fall, Hiram Walker, the classic, diverse line of all-natural premium liqueurs, schnapps, brandies, and triple sec, is introducing the newest flavor to the line, a combination of two delicious and indulgent autumn flavors – sweet caramel and crisp red apple. Like all of the great flavors in Hiram Walker’s top-selling family of liqueurs, Hiram Walker® Caramel Apple can be mixed with a wide range of spirits and mixers to create decadent yet easy to mix cocktails perfect for the season.

…Like all 46 Hiram Walker flavors, Caramel Apple is made with all-natural flavors adding a fresh and authentic taste to a wide range of cocktail selections. [Associate Brand Manager Hiram Walker, Pernod Ricard USA® Adam] Gold added, “Hiram Walker Caramel Apple is an ideal partner with ABSOLUT® and other premium spirit brands allowing consumers to craft delicious Caramel Apple Martinis, Cosmos or other indulgent drink experiences.”

… Hiram Walker Caramel Apple will be available in 750ml and 50ml sizes. The suggested retail price for a 750ml is $9.99…

Please do continue to check back here as I will be posting updates on the blog throughout the fall launch period with cocktail recipes I try with the new product or you can visit Hiram Walker’s on Facebook for information about the launch of this new brand as well.

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Savoring Summer

Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but I’m scared to think about the fact that summer may soon be over as it is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year. As such, it seems now is the time to soak up the last bit of sun that peaks its way through the mid-afternoon clouds and light showers that this summer has brought in New England.

With that also comes the need to savor the last of the seasonal fruit and vegetable offerings – sweet summer corn, asparagus, avocado and melons, among others.

Peaches are also among these top summer hits and are a most useful ingredient in both food and cocktail recipes. As inspiration, I saw this “Perfect Peach” post by Kelly Carámbula on Serious Eats and then meandered to Kelly’s own site where I immediately fell in love with the ideas behind her Peach Slushes recipe.

So now I have a roundup of peach recipes to stir up both around the office and at home, but my next task is how best to incorporate the versatile and all-natural Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps I also have on hand- you know, to keep the drinks boozey and all…

On a hot summer day, it seems best to stick to a tired and true cocktail formula and stir up this recipe for a Fresh Peach Martini.

Fresh Peach Martini:

  • 2 parts ABSOLUT Citron® Vodka
  • ¾ part Hiram Walker® Peach Schnapps
  • 1 part Fresh Sour Mix
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh peach slice (frozen slice will work, too, if you don’t have any fresh handy) and serve.

Expect some follow up on the blog here as I work through these delightful peach recipes for the remainder of the summer. If you have other recipes to share that incorporate some of those great summer fruits and veggies I mentioned above (kudos to the one out there who has a recipe with corn as an ingredient hanging around!) I’d love to hear your ideas!


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Friday’s Feature Cocktail – Root Beer Float

It’s Friday and you know what that means – gotta get down on Friday. Just kidding.

But Friday does mean that the consistently inconsistent series Friday’s Feature Cocktail is back for your at-home entertaining this weekend!

So in anticipation of tomorrow’s National Root Beer Float holiday (because, really, what frozen beverage doesn’t deserve a holiday in the middle of summertime?!), I offer up Hiram Walker’s alcoholic offering on the diner classic Root Beer Float. Here’s the recipe:

Root Beer Float:

  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Root Beer Schnapps
  • 2 parts Milk or Cream
  • 4 parts Cola

Combine ingredients in a blender with ice. Blend until smooth.

Do you have another variation on this drink that you make at home? I’d love to hear your recipe, too, so please feel free to leave me a comment below.

Have a great weekend, friends!

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What’s Shaking?

Oh my, how times does fly…

Just because there’s been time away from the blog doesn’t mean we haven’t been keeping busy here at the office. Somehow we have found ourselves a week into August, a month that still finds myself shifting my sights on all things flavored peach to soak up these last weeks of summer.

So what’s shaking this afternoon? How about a Peach Lemon Drop shot from Hiram Walker? Yeah, I think that will do the trick just fine…

Peach Lemon Drop Shot:

  • ½ part ABSOLUT® Mandrin Vodka
  • ½ part Hiram Walker® Peach Schnapps
  • 1 squeeze Fresh Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled shot glass.



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