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National Liqueur Day!!!

To start off, I need to give a quick shout out to my friends at A History of Drinking  for reminding me of this very special day, National Liqueur Day!!!  I am very excited about this holiday (that I nearly missed!) because Hiram Walker has one of the broadest portfolios of liqueurs, schnapps and flavored brandies in the world, and they’re made from all natural ingredients! Today I will be celebrating Liqueur Day with none other than Hiram Walker Liqueur, and I hope you choose to do the same!

Hiram Walker Whipped Celebrating National Liqueur Day!
Photo courtesy of Hiram Walker’s Facebook Page www.Facebook.com/HiramWalkerUSA

For a day like today, Hiram Walker’s newest liqueur, Hiram Walker Whipped, seems like the perfect sweet liqueur to make a celebratory, dessert-like cocktail with. I have decided that I’ll be mixing up Hungry Goddess’s Birthday Cake Martini, because what’s a good celebration without cake? You can find her amazing recipe HERE, and I promise once you see the photo of this cocktail you won’t be able resist!

If you’re in the mood for something a little less sweet than the Birthday Cake Martini, but still want to celebrate National Liqueur Day with Hiram Walker, then I recommend trying out A History of Drinking’s own Liqueur Day creation, The “Whipped” Mule!

I hope you all have a wonderful National Liqueur Day 🙂

-KJ

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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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How ‘Bout Them Apples?

October is National Apple Month and marks a fabulous time to test out that new bottle of Hiram Walker’s Caramel Apple Liqueur you’ve seen featured online and in your local retail stores.

Though this week has proven to be somewhat regarded as an Indian Summer here in Connecticut (please don’t let me have just jinxed it!!), I am finding a lot of uses for Hiram’s Caramel Apple Liqueur in what can be described as “fall-forward” cocktails. Photos and recipes will soon follow!

But don’t just take my word for it – the spirits reviewers as Tastings.com took a sip of Caramel Apple Liqueur and awarded it both a silver medal and a “Best Buy” distinction. Also, take a peek at what some other influential bloggers in the cocktail community are saying about this new liqueur:

  • Our friends at A History of Drinking simply state: “Definitely tastes like the name.”
  • Mutineer Magazine stirred up a signature Caramel Apple Liqueur cocktail that was “MUTINEER APPROVED!”
  • Over at Drinking in America, the team found Caramel Apple Liqueur to be a “perfect addition to autumn activities” – of note on their list of activities is bobbing for apples!!
  • Sporting a newly-redesigned website, Drinkhacker rates the “light and minimalist liqueur” from Hiram Walker
  • The rating system at Bob’s Brew and Liquor Reviews is pretty straightforward: Drink This “if you want a tasty, well-made, and not cloyingly sweet Caramel Apple Liqueur…”
  • Cocktails, 365 writes approvingly of the Caramel Apple Liqueur and offers several original cocktails, including the Turning Leaf Cider.

I’d love to hear what response you have had to trying the new Caramel Apple Liqueur. Leave me a comment or, if you feel your  cocktail recipe has the right stuff, enter your drink into Hiram Walker’s fall cocktail contest “The Quest” to be entered to win an Apple iPad.

Cheers!
SJ

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Friday Feature Cocktail: The Dude’s New Drink

"That rug really tied the room together."

WWTDD? What Would The Dude Do? Or, better yet, What Would The Dude Drink?

Seems I forgot myself that  WWTDD, is more commonly referred to “What Would Tyler Durden Do?” so I’ve changed the title to avoid any confusion!

That’s But it’s still the question I’m posing today for Friday’s Feature Cocktail. The most obvious answer would be the White Russian, the cocktail The Dude famously downs throughout his feature film, The Big Lebowski (1 1/2 parts vodka, 3/4 part Kahlua, 3/4 part cream built over ice in an Old Fashioned glass). But what if The Dude was having an “off day”? I think we can all fairly assume that The Dude has many particulars in his daily ritual, but I think this recipe may offer just enough of a different “pep in his step” to make it acceptable. Our friends at A History of Drinking featured the Liquid Caramel cocktail this week that holds many similar components to the White Russian: lose the vodka and sub in some Irish Cream and Butterscotch Schnapps. Click on the link to see his version of the recipe with his own tasting notes; I made a few tweaks to the recipe and have my own versions (oops, did I just give away too much?!) disclosed below.

Liquid Caramel (adapted by SJ)

  • 1 part Irish cream
  • 1 part Kahlua
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Butterscotch Schnapps
  • Top with chilled milk (I opted to use cream)

Pour the first three ingredients into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Stir and slowly top with cream. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Opening up my bottle of Hiram Walker’s Butterscotch Schnapps, I was immediately met with a nose of sweet butterscotch and caramel. Even among competing ingredients, the schnapps has a nice underlying presence in the final drink; it’s not a sickly sweet additive like some schnapps may tend to be. I can see this making for a great dessert cocktail or – better yet – here comes cocktail number two!! Here is a warm hot coffee beverage (because, yes, there still are amazingly some piles of snow on the ground here in Connecticut):

Hotscotch & Caramel

  • 1 part Irish cream
  • 1 part Kahlua
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Butterscotch Schnapps
  • Splash Milk (I opted to use cream)
  • 3-4 parts Fresh brewed coffee

Pour the first three ingredients into a Boston shaker filled with ice. Stir and strain into an Irish coffee mug. Fill with fresh brewed coffee and top with a splash of milk. Sprinkle grated nutmeg on top.

I think The Dude just may abide by these.

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What’s the Occasion?

Mmmm... Coffee, Coffee, Coffee....

My oh my, what a busy week we’ve all had!

Monday was National Chocolate Milk Day, Tuesday was Drink a Beer Day, Wednesday was a celebration of Coffee Day, and today is Hot Mulled Cider Day.

Phew! Minus the fact that I sorta switched Monday’s and Tuesday’s holidays (I HAD to throw back a few beers watching Da’ Burrs pull off that Monday Night Football victory over the Packers!), it goes without saying it’s been a thirst-quenching week.

Gregory over at A History of Drinking has been keeping an immaculate archive of our country’s many beverage related holidays, as well as finding excuses in history worthy of a toast.

This week alone, Greg found some great uses for Hiram Walker’s new 90-proof Cinnamon Schnapps, Original Cinn. First, there’s the Irish Coffee adaptation – The American Coffee #3. Then, there is his household favorite – the appropriately named “Jacked Up” Mulled Cider.

Grab those Irish coffee mugs, a bottle of Original Cinn, and give these recipes a try in your home!

Cheers!
SJ

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