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Anyone for brunch?

Brunch is an activity that can be (and should be) enjoyed all year long, but there is something about the springtime that has me longing for a nice Saturday brunch in the outside seating area of a restaurant or out on my back deck with some friends. Mimosas and Bloody Marys go hand in hand with brunch (if you’re of legal drinking age of course) and below are some fun ways to put a new spin on the classic cocktails.absolut tune mimosa

Mix up the classic Mimosa by serving a Screwdriver Mimosa with ABSOLUT TUNE instead of Champagne:

Screwdriver Mimosa

  • 4 Parts Chilled ABSOLUT TUNE™
  • 1 Part Chilled Orange Juice
  • Splash of Hiram Walker Triple Sec (optional)
  • Garnish with an Orange Twist

You can also add a splash of bacon to your Mimosa with Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon Liqueur:

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  • 1 part Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon
  • 1 part fresh orange juice
  • 2 parts Prosecco

Add MW Maple Bacon and orange juice in shaker with ice, shake. Strain into champagne flute and top with prosecco

When it comes to Bloody Marys there are many variations on garnishes and how much of each spice should be used, but you can really shake things up by making bacon bloodies using bacon flavored liqueur and a bacon garnish.

Mama’s Ruby Shoes

  • 2 parts MW Maple Bacon
  • 4 parts Tomato Juice
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 dashes Hot Sauce
  • juice of 1/2 of lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 tsp horseradish

Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice. Roll back and forth. Pour into a highball glass. Garnish with a slice of bacon.  

Enjoy and happy brunching 🙂

-KJ

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National Pretzel Day!

Today is National Pretzel Day my friends! Pretzels are a snacker’s best friend and I, personally, love all forms of the pretzel: pretzel rods, classic twists, jumbo soft pretzels, the list goes on! So with all of the pretzel deliciousness out there, why not try out a donut pretzel?

Mama’s Glazed Pretzel

Add Mama Walker’s and Hiram Walker to shaker with ice, and strain into chilled shot glass. Lick salt off hand after taking shot.

This fun recipe is a great way to celebrate National Pretzel Day and I hope all you pretzel lovers out there give this salty sweet shot a try!

Enjoy

-KJ

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Friday Feature Cocktail: The Chicago Cocktail

I’m heading off to the Windy City tonight to spend the weekend with some friends. Since this will be my first time visiting Chicago, I plan to be an extreme tourist: Navy Pier, the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower?) the Bean, you name it I plan on seeing it!

Okay, so in reality I only have one day for sightseeing so I may not get to everything, but I am very excited to explore a new city. This excitement about my trip has inspired me to make this week’s featured cocktail the Chicago Cocktail. Recipes for the Chicago Cocktail can vary, but below is one variation:

Chicago Cocktail

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass.

Enjoy!

-KJ

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Friday Feature Cocktail: The Sidecar

It’s a dreary Friday here at the office and I need a drink to brighten my mood. Unsure what I was in the mood for today, I asked my coworker what she would drink on a day like today and since I was pleased with her suggestion I am borrowing her idea for today’s featured cocktail- a classic sidecar.

Since it is once again chilly outside, the cognac will help to warm me up, and the citrus flavors from the Triple Sec and lemon juice, along with a nice sugar rim, will add some sweetness to the drab day.

Sidecar

  • 1 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 1 part Martell Cognac
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice

Shake over ice and serve in a chilled cocktail glass with a sugar rim.

Enjoy and happy weekend!

-KJ

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Root Beer Cocktails!

As I was sitting outside yesterday eating lunch and enjoying the beautiful weather, I found myself craving a carbonated beverage. While I am primarily a water drinker (when it comes to non-alcoholic drinks, of course) something about the warm sun made my mouth water for a nice soda. Since then I have been craving a bubbly (and sugary) glass of root beer, which inspired me to dig up some great root beer cocktails!

The first is a Root Beer Fling: While technically this cocktail does not include actual root beer, this carbonated cocktail still hits the spot if you’re craving that distinct root beer flavor!

  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Root Beer Schnapps
  • 1 part Kahlua® Coffee Liqueur
  • ½ part ABSOLUT® Vodka
  • 5 parts Cola

Serve in a tall glass filled with ice.

Next we have Mama’s Old Time Pop: This cocktail may seem like a simple spiked root beer, but with the delicious flavor of Mama Walker’s new Glazed Donut liqueur, this cocktail is sure to be like no root beer you’ve tried before!

  • 1 parts Mama Walker’s Glazed Donut
  • 4 parts Root Beer

Build in a glass over ice

What kind of a person would I be if I highlighted root beer drinks and didn’t include a root beer float? (Don’t answer that) So here you go, your root beer float:Root Beer Float_Hiram Walker

  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Root Beer Schnapps
  • 2 parts Milk or Cream
  • 4 parts Lemon-lime Soda

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

Enjoy and happy soda sipping 🙂

-KJ

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Friday Feature Cocktail: White Peach Blossom

Well guys, I don’t want to jinx things, but I think we may have finally found spring up in the Northeast! With the sun shining outside of my office window, and the snow mounds in the parking lot (almost) completely melted, I’m ready to toast to the weekend with a light and sweet spring cocktail.

Perfect for spring White Peach Blossom Martini

Perfect for spring White Peach Blossom Martini

White Peach Blossom

  • 1 part ABSOLUT Mandrin Vodka
  • 1 part Hiram Walker White Peach Schnapps
  • ½ part Pineapple Juice

Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

The White Peach Blossom contains the sweet and fruity flavors associated with warmer weather, and I for one welcome this season with open arms.

Enjoy and have a wonderful (and warm) weekend everyone!

-KJ

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