Monthly Archives: September 2011

Friday’s Feature Cocktails – Hot Toddies

Hot Toddies don't get much more appetizing than this, folks...

Mother Nature has been teasing me for a few weeks now, but I guess we can all openly say what’s now finally here – fall has officially arrived.

Sigh…so long summer!

If there is one thing, however, that this new season brings with it (especially if you’re in New England!) is an abundance of fresh apple cider, eagerly waiting to be heated up and spiked with liquor to keep me warm and toasty.

I’m not one to deter far from adding brown spirits and a bit of mulling spices to my Apple Cider, but I have found that some of Hiram Walker’s liqueurs, too, make for wonderful additions to a spiked Toddy. So leave the sugar and honey aside and try one of these TWO (yes, that’s right, two cocktails today!) delightful and savory-sweet combinations in your next hot toddy.

Hot Cinn Apple Toddy:

  • 1 ½ parts bourbon
  • 1 ½ parts Hiram Walker Original Cinn Schnapps
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • Fill with 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.

Hot Apple Toddy:

  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
  • Fill with hot apple cider

Build in a warm Irish coffee glass or mug. Stir well.


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Friday’s Feature Cocktail – The Grasshopper

Grasshopper Cocktail shaken up during the Easter holiday

9/18/11: I had intended to post this on Friday, but unfortunately WordPress has been acting up for me since then and is finally allowing me to post, wahoo! Sorry again for the belatedness but I hope you enjoy the cocktail post. Cheers – SJ

I know I have been enveloped the launch of Hiram Walker’s new Caramel Apple Liqueur, that I thought it time to switch gears momentarily.

When it would have otherwise passed under my radar, I noticed a tweet yesterday afternoon from Tasting Panel, via Party Planner, announcing that September 15 was National Créme de Menthe Day. It also happened to be National Linguini Day, but I fail to see any sort of parity there.

But I digress.

I can’t think of a drink more commonly associate with Crème de Menthe than the Grasshopper, a cocktail shaken with equal parts Green Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao and cream. But coming from this recipe are innumerable variations, among which you may find the Flying (add vodka in place of the cream) or Frozen (just add mint ice cream) Grasshopper.

Today’s Feature Cocktail is a Grasshopper recipe straight from the Hiram Walker database that combines the best of both variations. You’ll find the recipe calls for higher alcohol with the ½ part of ABSOLUT Vodka and utilizes two unique liqueurs in place of the cream. But at the center of it all, you’ll still find that Green Crème de Menthe, keeping the traditional Grasshopper intact. Here’s the recipe:
• ¼ part Kahlúa® Coffee Liqueur
• ¼ part Irish Cream Liqueur
• ½ Hiram Walker® Crème de Menthe
• ½ ABSOLUT® Vodka

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

Cheers and have a great weekend!

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“The Quest” Is On!

Hiram Walker's Fantastic Fall Four (say that five time's fast?!) Features Butterscotch Schnapps, Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps, and the brand new Caramel Apple Liqueur

Want to win an Apple iPad? Here’s a pretty easy – and creative! – way to do so.

Hiram Walker, the portfolio of schnapps, liqueurs, brandies and triple sec, has developed “The Quest”, an online cocktail contest set in place to search for original cocktails created by – and who better than – the brand’s consumers. (You can read more about The Quest in the Press Release that went out last week)

This particular segment of The Quest seeks recipes that have an element of the approaching fall season. Consumers submitting recipes can use any of the following iconic fall flavors when making a new drink recipe: Hiram Walker Butterscotch, Original Cinn, Pumpkin Spice, or the brand new Caramel Apple Liqueur.

So grab a bottle of your favorite seasonally-inspired liqueur, your cocktail shaker and a bit of imagination. The Quest is now open to submissions on the Hiram Walker website ( and the Hiram Walker Facebook page ( through October 31.


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Cheers to Drinking and Drawing!

Cover for the directory of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators - this year's theme was "Drawing Under the Influence"

With cocktails serving as the muse, a contingency of members from the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators ushered in the opening of the gallery exhibit “Drawing Under the Influence” with – what else – a number of cocktails that were conjured up by the illustrators themselves.
Among those in attendance at the gallery opening late last month was proud Pittsburgh illustrator and cocktail blogger Doctor Bamboo, who not only attended but served as the evening’s bartender! He shook up the following cocktails that included Hiram Walker Triple Sec, generously provided by the brand. Here are those recipes if you wish to stir one up for yourself:
Earthly Delight
  • 1.5 oz. apple cider
  • .75 oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • .5 oz. brandy
  • .5 oz. lemon juice
Devil’s Advocate

  • 1.5 oz. Bacardi Limon
  • 1.5 oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • .75 sour mix
  • .5 oz grenadine
  • 4 oz. cranberry juice
Of course, not cocktail guide from Pittsburgh would be complete without a submission and illustration from Dr. B himself! But I better leave that one to him sharing for himself… 🙂 In the meantime, if you want to see pictures from the event (including Craig bartending!) visit the gallery website here.
Many thanks again to Doctor Bamboo for including Hiram Walker in his back bar for the gallery opening.

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Embark on “The Quest” Cocktail Competition

Hiram Walker is launching a new year-long program that invites cocktail enthusiasts to get involved and submit their own original drink recipes for a chance to win an Apple iPad®. “The Quest” is Hiram Walker’s journey to find the country’s best cocktails, and the first leg in the journey launches online on September 15. Below is the press announcement, which you can read in its entirety on


New York, N.Y., (September 06, 2011) – Hiram Walker, the exceptional line of all-natural and premium schnapps, liqueurs, brandies and triple sec, today announces the first chapter in The Quest, a search for the country’s* greatest cocktail creations. The Quest invites the bravest cocktail voyagers and at-home entertaining enthusiasts to compete for an Apple iPad®** by submitting innovative cocktail recipes utilizing either one of Hiram Walker’s select fall-flavored liqueurs and schnapps or Kahlúa® Rum and Coffee Liqueur.

On the first leg of The Quest, “Fall Drinks”, consumers will venture to win the significant prize by creating an autumn-inspired cocktail that features at least one of the following ingredients: Hiram Walker® Caramel Apple Liqueur, Hiram Walker® Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps, Hiram Walker® Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, Hiram Walker® Butterscotch Schnapps or Kahlúa®. A panel of experienced judges will narrow down the entrants to a semi-finalist round where Hiram Walker’s participating Facebook®** fans will have a voice in selecting the winning cocktail recipe.

The Fall Drinks cocktail journey opens to consumers on September 15, when the newest Hiram Walker flavor, Caramel Apple Liqueur, hits retail shelves. Like all 39 Hiram Walker flavors, Caramel Apple is made with the all-natural flavors of sweet caramel and crisp red apple, serving as a versatile cocktail ingredient to a variety of drink recipes.

“We launched The Quest program to focus on developing exciting new cocktail recipes by leveraging our greatest resource – our loyal patrons in the cocktail community,” says Adam Gold, Associate Brand Manager Hiram Walker, Pernod Ricard USA®. “We’re excited to see the creative cocktails our contestants come up with for the Fall Drinks contest.”

…Think you have what it takes? Share your drink on the Hiram Walker Facebook page and enter for a chance to win an Apple iPad®. To enter the competition, visit Hiram Walker on the web at or and upload a Fall Drinks recipe by October 31, 2011. Must be at least 21 years of age to enter. No purchase necessary. The official rules and regulations can be found on the Hiram Walker website.

*Contest is not open to residents of California
** This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook® or Apple, Inc.®.

Although the cocktail contest does not open to submissions for another week, now is the perfect time to start mixing and crafting that exceptional winning cocktail! 


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Hiram Walker Fall Flavors On Shelves

Hiram Walker's newest product, Caramel Apple Liqueur, is now available at retail. A Golden Delicious cocktail is a perfect start to experimenting with the new liqueur.

The transition to fall is officially upon us now with the passing of Labor Day, and that means that you can now find Hiram Walker’s newest product, Caramel Apple Liqueur, on shelves at your local retailer.

The new product, which will be available year-round, is a perfect accompaniment to ringing in the fall season. We’re thinking tailgates and, dare we say, Halloween (yes, I’ve already seen the bags of candy displayed in one of my local supermarkets) are a few prime examples when a Caramel Apple cocktail may become necessary.

To get those “liquid juices” flowing on how you may best find a use for Caramel Apple Liqueur in your own bar, why not try out the Golden Delicious to start? It is a refreshing and perfectly balanced cocktail created for Hiram Walker by Tobin Ellis. Here’s the recipe:

Golden Delicious (created by Tobin Ellis)

Serve up in a cocktail glass. Garnish with an apple slice.

In sampling the liqueur, I have found that this recipe also makes for a deliciously smooth shot. To keep things easy, simply split this recipe between two shot glasses.

I’ve also had some people reach out to me about a favorite Hiram Walker seasonal flavor and I am happy to answer some of those burning questions.

Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur is available now for a limited time only!

Just as you are likely finding the first of many pumpkin ales and pumpkin spice lattes back on the menus at some of your favorite establishments, you too can now find Hiram Walker’s Pumpkin Spice Liqueur back on retail shelves. However, don’t hesitate – this special seasonal liqueur is available for a limited time only.

Whether or not we’re ready, it’s time to embrace fall. I hope you’ll find these, among other Hiram Walker fall flavors, as welcome additions to your back bar at home.


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