Monthly Archives: February 2012

National Kahlúa Day

Nothing says National Kahlua Day better than a Kahlua on the Rocks. Fill a glass with ice, add Kahlua, stir and garnish with fresh orange zest.

We don’t need a reason to celebrate our favorite rum and coffee liqueur but we’ll take today as a sign from the liquor gods above to mix up a drink with Kahlúa.

Kahlúa can be simply enjoyed simply on the rocks stirred and topped with a bit of orange zest (trust me, you won’t want to skimp on it!), served in a shot, or mixed into a variety of cocktails and warm coffee beverages. I also simply enjoy adding Kahlúa with some homemade whipped cream (my boyfriend makes great whipped cream using Hiram Walker’s hazelnut liqueur!) to hot chocolate for a different dessert option. And, “upping the ante” a tad bit more, another warm Kahlúa beverage is the Monte Cristo, as featured below:

Monte Cristo:

  • ¾ oz. Kahlua
  • ¾ oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 1 cup coffee
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Orange zest

Rim a glass coffee mug with sugar. Add liqueurs and fill with hot coffee. Stir. Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and orange zest.

Cheers!
SJ

 

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Ashamed of Myself…

A brand new margarita recipe for you! The Watermelon Margarita featuring Hiram Walker's award winning Triple Sec and brand new Watermelon Schnapps.

You guys, I’m not gonna lie. I’m terribly disappointed in myself for not getting up the National Margarita Day post that you all most certainly deserved. My Southwestern upbringing has established a deeply rooted love for all things Margarita – the good, the bad, and the slushie – and I let both myself and you readers down by not posting yesterday.

But, never fear! I have a brand new margarita recipe in store for you today, featuring Hiram Walker’s newest product, Watermelon Schnapps. This new 30 proof liqueur adds bold color yet delicate, natural flavors (not that pucker quality you may think of) to make a bright, refreshing margarita. There is also no denying the great balance of sweet and acidic properties in this margarita, which is enough to make me content and longing for summer to creep back into the picture. Here’s the recipe:

Watermelon Margarita

  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Watermelon Schnapps
  • 1 part Avion® Silver Tequila
  • ¾ part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
  • ¾ Fresh Lime Juice

Shake with ice. Pour into a coupe, margarita or rocks glass. 

I hope you enjoy taking this recipe for a test run!

Cheers,
SJ

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Fat Tuesday Tipples

Equal parts unexpected and imaginative, the Tidal Wave cocktail has become a popular Hiram Walker cocktail for Mardi Gras celebrations.

Mardi Gras. Carnivale. Shrove Tuesday. International Pancake Day(Yuppp, that too!). No matter which designation you prefer,  today is a great day to enjoy a cocktail beverage or two.

The Sazerac is recognized as the official cocktail of New Orleans and comes highly recommended today from yours truly, but there are plenty of other beverages reminiscent of NOLA. The Hurricane is among them and this cocktail recipe from Hiram Walker, with its coy play on the Hurricane name (this one’s called the Tidal Wave) is one that had a welcomed reception last year for Mardi Gras. Check out last year’s post and enjoy a cocktail to celebrate Mardi Gras tonight!

Cheers!
SJ

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Sparkling Rose Cocktails For Your Valentine

One of the newest products to enter the Pernod Ricard USA portfolio is ZED – an unconventional sparkling wine with a blushing pink color. ZED is a moscato rose, a style of wine that brings sweet and fizzy vivaciousness to your glass. While perfect simply chilled and served in a flute, ZED also makes for an ideal partner to a variety of cocktail recipes, for a special celebration or simply a night spent at home with friends. And, in anticipation of Valentine’s Day, here are a few cocktail suggestions developed by The Cocktail Guru that will truly wow your special someone!

Italian Riviera (created by Jonathan Pogash)

  • 3/4 oz. Limoncello
  • Fill flute with chilled ZED Moscato Rose

Drop in several slices of fruit in season (apple/pear for fall/winter), sip and relax.

The Red ZED cocktail - a cocktail she's sure to love on Valentine's Day

The Red ZED (created by Jonathan Pogash)

  • 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilia
  • Fill with chilled ZED Moscato Rose

In a coupe, add Absolut Vanilia and fill with chilled ZED Mocato Rose. Drop in 2-3 cherry ice cubes**, sip and smile. **To make cherry ice cubes, simply place cherry juice into ice cube trays and freeze…that’s it!

Cheers!
SJ

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Simple and Sweet – Spiked Hot Chocolate

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons (kesara.lk)

There is absolutely no denying that I love myself a well-made hot chocolate. Add a bit of booze and aromatics in the form of mint, hazelnut, or even orange (orange and chocolate = a to die for combination!) and I’m content for an evening of warmth and coziness. Serious Drinks posted a collection of spiked hot chocolate recipes on the site late last week that had me drooling at my desk. And, if you still happen to be looking to wrap up your Valentine’s Day plans, skip the box of chocolates and pick up the necessary ingredients to mix one of these delights instead.

However, if your personal style rather tends to lean towards simple and straightforward, here’s a most basic – yet absolutely delicious – of hot chocolate recipes to keep in your reserves.

Snuggler:

  • 1 part Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps
  • Fill with Hot Chocolate

Build in a mug and garnish with whipped cream.

Trust me on this one, keeping it simple with Peppermint Schnapps, well made hot chocolate and cream (to which you can booze up, too, if homemade!) is a winning combination. Think of it as basically drinking a melted York(R) peppermint patty. What more is there to say?!

Cheers!
SJ

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January Boozey News Recap

Hello awesome readers! Sorry for the gap, yours truly has been really under the weather for the past week and has spent minimal time on the Internet as a result. But I’m back and (nearly completely) back to health!

Since I missed sharing a lot of great blog posts I have read over the last few weeks, I thought I’d do a January Boozey News Recap today and share some links to other great reads online.

January started with a bang with the announcement of Hiram Walker’s newest flavor, Watermelon Schnapps. Lots of press wrote excitedly about the latest product launch, now available nationwide.  And the month capped off with a celebration of the Brandy Alexander, a cocktail that has many consumers pulling Hiram Walker off the shelves for their customized recipes.

Some other recipes of note:

  • Blair over at Good Spirits News showcases the Admiral Perry cocktail – a drink he developed with special consideration for the launch of Hiram Walker Original Cinn.
  • A History of Drinking pays homage to one of the most revered TV commercials with The Macintosh cocktail 
  • And Mark of Cocktails, 365 features Hiram’s Caramel Apple Liqueur paired with Barenjager in his Bit o Honey cocktail. It’s one I’ll surely keep in my pocket for the Jewish New Year in September 😉

Cheers!
SJ

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