Monthly Archives: February 2013

Let the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations begin!

It seems that St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are not limited to March 17th anymore. As soon as the calendar reads March 1, the green, white and orange flags and posters take over the inside of bars and restaurants, and pub crawls and parades take over city streets. Being half Irish, I have no problem making St. Paddy’s a month long celebration, because let’s face it; the Irish know how to have a good time. From now until March 17 I want to help spread the word that there are other festive Irish drinks out there beside green beer (although I do have to admit that I have had my fair share of green colored concoctions).

Most St. Paddy’s parades and pub crawls start during the morning hours or early afternoon, so drinks incorporating coffee or coffee flavors are always a great choice for the first cocktail of the day. With the coffee theme in mind the first St. Patrick’s cocktail to be featured is:

The Irish Coffee Cooler- photo from Pernod Ricard USA Recipe Database

The Irish Coffee Cooler- photo courtesy of the Pernod Ricard USA Recipe Database

Irish Coffee Cooler

  • 1.25 parts Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 part Espresso Syrup
  • 2 parts Half & Half

Shake vigorously and strain into glass with ice.

If (or when) you attend these pub crawls, parties and parades always remember to drink responsibly! St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are always MUCH more enjoyable when celebrated in moderation 🙂


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National Margarita Day!

The Classic- Hiram Walker Triple Sec Margarita

The Classic- Hiram Walker Triple Sec Margarita

Happy National Margarita Day everyone! If you live in the Northeast like I do, you’re most likely sick of the cold and the snow and are in desperate need of a vacation. Your Margarita Day celebrations are the perfect opportunity to turn your average Friday night party into a tropical themed get away. Crank the heat, blast some Jimmy Buffet and most importantly, mix up some Margaritas.

Classic Triple Sec Margarita

Shake & strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass.

Mini Margaritas

  • 1 part Malibu Red
  • ½ Part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • ½ Part Fresh Lime

Shake and strain into a shot glass


  • 1½ parts Avion Silver Tequila
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Peach Schnapps
  • ¼ part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
  • ½ part Lime Juice

Shake or blend with ice into salt-rimmed margarita glass.

Whether you prefer yours flavored, frozen, on the rocks, or in a shot glass, be sure to mix up your favorite margarita and toast to the cocktail so famous it has a chain of restaurants named in its honor.

Enjoy and happy National Margarita Day!


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Celebrating Chocolate…and mint!

chocolate mintThere are many strange holidays out there that seem to slide under the radar and go unrecognized. Normally I let these holidays pass by unnoticed, but today’s holiday caught my eye and inspired me to celebrate. Today my friends, is Chocolate Mint Day! I love chocolate, and chocolate gets its fair share of attention from the popular  holidays (Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween etc.) so why not have a day to celebrate the delicious act of mixing chocolate with mint (if you’re skeptical think: Thin Mints, mint chocolate chip ice cream and the little chocolates fancy hotels leave on your pillows). I’ll be mixing up a cocktail that pairs these two ingredients (almost) as perfectly as a Thin Mint.

Mint Chocolate Martini
• ½ part Hiram Walker® White Crème de Cacao
• 1 part Hiram Walker® Peppermint Schnapps
• 2 parts ABSOLUT® Vodka
Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.



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“Cupid’s Cosmo”

Sandeman Cosmo

Sandeman Cosmo

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! If you aren’t into the whole card buying, chocolate giving aspect of this holiday, I hope you at least take time to celebrate with some festive cocktails. Whether you’re cooking a romantic, candlelight dinner for two or you’re ordering take out in your PJs (and there is nothing wrong with that!), this Sandeman Cosmo is the perfect cocktail choice for Valentine’s Day.
Sandeman Cosmo
• 1 part Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
• 2 parts Absolut® Vodka (well-chilled)
• 1/2 part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
• 1/2 part lime juice
• Splash of cranberry juice

Shake all ingredients with ice. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

If you’re feeling extra festive this year you can even call this something cutesy like “Cupid’s Cosmo” ❤

Enjoy and have a Happy Valentine’s Day no matter how you celebrate 🙂


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Fat Tuesday Tipples

With the arrival of Mardi Gras, I find myself reminiscing about my time spent in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, and I long to be down on Bourbon St. celebrating. Since I unfortunately can’t convince my bosses to send me down to NOLA (again), I will do my best with my Fat Tuesday festivities to turn New England into New Orleans.

The first drink on the menu will be a French Martini to represent the French Quarter.

French Martini-final

Hiram Walker French Martini

French Martini:

  • 2 parts ABSOLUT® Vanilia Vodka
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Black Raspberry
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
  • 1 part Pineapple Juice
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice

Shake and strain into martini glass, garnish with a lemon peel.

A couple years back Cocktail Culture also featured a couple Mardi Gras themed cocktails designed to bring you to NOLA wherever you may celebrating.

Enjoy and happy celebrating!


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Snowstorm Essentials!

If you live anywhere in the Northeast, you’ve been bombarded by weather forecasts warning you to beware of the “crippling and potentially historic” storm that is heading our way. With the threat of 15+ inches expected to hit my little town in CT, I see this as a great opportunity to cozy up with a nice cocktail and watch the snow fall (or watch the dozens of shows left on my DVR).

During snowstorms (or in my case potential blizzards) it is essential to be prepared with the right provisions to help you brave the weather…here are my top 5 must-haves:

  1. Hot Chocolate: When the cold wind is blowing outside your window and you’re bundled up on the couch, nothing warms you up better than a steaming mug of hot chocolate.
  2. Schnapps/Liqueur: Because all hot chocolate needs a friend… I recommend spiking your hot chocolate with Hiram Walker Whipped Liqueur, Peppermint Schnapps or Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps.
  3.  Tea: Some people just don’t enjoy hot chocolate, while I don’t understand how this is possible, a piping hot tea can serve as a nice replacement to warm you up.
  4. Whiskey: Because like hot chocolate, tea needs friends as well. A personal tea-favorite of mine is a hot toddy with Jameson Irish Whiskey.
  5. Red Wine: When all else fails, a nice glass of red wine works wonders in the winter cold, especially when warming up by a toasty fire.

I hope all of you Northeasterners stay safe and warm during the storm!



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