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In The News Today…

In case you hadn’t read, there’s been two big stories plaguing media today and – gosh darnit! – neither had to do with cocktails. Yes, I know, insert wailing trombone sound…

But who says we can’t turn these big media stories into a reason for a toast. Here are my suggestions:

Colts Split With Peyton Manning

Poor guy had an sentimental press conference this morning in response to breaking news that the star quarterback and Colts management decided to part ways before owed a $28 million bonus. It’s only a matter of time before Manning

Blue Day cocktail featuring ABSOLUT Vodka and Hiram Walker Blue Curacao

resigns with another NFL franchise but, in the interim, here’s a cocktail called the Blue Day which shares the same cobalt color as the Colts jersey we’ve been accustomed to seeing him wear.

Blue Day (From the AbsolutDrinks database):

  • 1 part Hiram Walker Blue Curacao
  • 2 parts ABSOLUT Vodka

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Apple Shares iPad Details

In other news, Apple, Inc. today unveiled details of the new iPad slated to launch in the US next Friday. The iPad’s sleek new design is certainly eye catching and tech geeks alike will swoon over new features such as the ability to connect to the Internet on 4G broadband networks, among many others. Instead of shelling out $600+ on the latest Apple gadget,

Highland Harvest featuring The Glenlivet and Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur

here’s a useful Hiram Walker bottle for $9.99 – Caramel Apple Liqueur. My favorite drink to make with relatively new liqueur (been available since September) has to be the following, the Highland Harvest:

Highland Harvest(Created by Tobin Ellis):

  • 2 parts THE GLENLIVET Scotch Whisky
  • 1/2 part HIRAM WALKER Caramel Apple Liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Build in a rocks glass with a large ice cube.

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National Hot Toddy Day – January 11th

A delectable Hot Cinn Apple Toddy, using bourbon and Hiram Walker Original Cinn

As I sit at my desk with the space heater purring at my feet, I can’t think of any fonder words to shout – Happy National Hot Toddy Day! Below are two of my favorite recipes that add a touch of liqueur to up the ante on the traditional flavor combination. I know I have featured them both en masse before, but I swear, you really can’t have too much of a good thing in this case.

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.

For a bit milder of an offering, try this version below. The Caramel Apple Liqueur, with its lower proof, supports the flavor of the hot apple cider without offering powerful alcohol taste.

Hot Apple Toddy:

  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
  • Fill with hot apple cider
  • Green apple slice or cinnamon stick for garnish

Build in a warm mug and fill with hot apple cider. Garnish with the green apple or a cinnamon stick.

What is your ideal Hot Toddy recipe?

Cheers and Keep Warm!

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Cookies and Cocktails

My spin at making CocktailHacker's recipe for the Spiced Cider Old Fashioned

Happy New Year, Cocktail Culture fans! Another holiday season has come and gone, and with that, so did the annual Cookie Decorating Party, hosted by my good friend, Tiffany. My Cookie Party duties included bringing something boozy (as seems to be habit), and this year I was given a special assignment – bring other ingredients to mix an assortment of Applejack cocktails.

I showed up with booze bag in tow, ready to make two delicious Applejack cocktails. First, we went for the Jack Rose cocktail. Here’s the ratio I went with, as from my copy of the Cocktail Handbook.

Jack Rose:
2 ounces applejack
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce grenadine

Secondly, the other drink I chose to serve up for party guests was Cocktail Hacker’s inspiring recipe for the Spiced Cider Old Fashioned (I suggest you mosey over to his site to view the recipe for yourself). The verdict on this drink using Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur was one that was sweet, inviting, and reminiscent of mulled cider – perfect for a chilly winter evening while baking cookies.

Even if the holidays have left us for another year, both this drink and the Jack Rose definitely fit the bill as one for year-round entertaining. So put that Applejack to use and get mixing!


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Holiday Cocktail Planning

‘Tis the Season!

Not sure when it sneaked up, but we’re in the home stretch of 2011. I suppose I should start to figure out my New Years plans. Contrarily, I also don’t know when or how my December calendar got so entirely booked with various holiday gatherings leading up to Dec. 31, though I’m certainly not complaining!

As a guest most gracious for the invites, it’s time to come up with a gift for the party hosts and hostesses. And, in my personal opinion, I think it’s far more fun to show up with a few ingredients to make a festive cocktail rather than any ol’ stocking stuffer.

Below are some fun and festive cocktail suggestions for your upcoming holiday parties, that won’t break the bank either.  The Hiram Walker Original Cinn and Caramel Apple liqueurs will run you about $10 each for a 750ml, while you can also find a quality Applejack, Dark Rum and Spiced Rum in the under $20 price range.

  • The team at My Cocktail Connection featured the Cinnful Sparkler in their fall issue of ZEST Digital Magazine.  The sparkling cider to finish off this cocktail really gives it an elegant and festive holiday feel.
  • The Cocktail Hacker himself gives the Old Fashioned a new twist with the Spiced Cider Old Fashioned, a drink that imbues many winter-warming properties: Applejack, Caramel Apple and Barrel Aged Bitters.

Enjoy giving these two drinks a taste over the next few weeks – they should fit in nicely for the spirited season!



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Friday’s Feature Cocktail – Golden Delicious

I like the Golden Delicious for its versatility as a drink to sip slowly or as a shooter to enjoy with a group.

Rounding out the apple craze that is October, I thought I’d share one more idea that you may find intriguing to incorporate into your upcoming weekend sure to be complete with Halloween festivities.

One of the trends most commonly associated with Halloween is that of bobbing for apples. And while the idea seems, well, kind of unsanitary at its best in hindsight, the game lives on.

To up the adult-appropriate level of fun for this Halloween classic, may I perhaps suggest the idea of invoking a group together taking a Caramel Apple-flavored shooter? Both involve jerking your head backwards with roughly the same amount of force, no? And both offer the same delicious prize upon winning — revelers get to enjoy a similar treat of caramel apple. I think I’ve made my tasty point. 🙂

The Golden Delicious recipe is extremely easy to make and can be readily prepared for a group in a few moments time.

Golden Delicious Shot:

  • 1 part ABSOLUT Citron
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
  • 1 part fresh sour mix

Shake well with ice to chill and strain between two shot glasses.

Enjoy the shooter recipe and have a fun Halloween!

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Friday’s Feature Cocktail – Highland Harvest

My my my…well, isn’t this convenient? Today is National Caramel Apple Day and I have JUST the product to fulfill the day’s request!

I know I’ve waxed poetic already about the newest product release by Hiram Walker but I don’t think I’ve really explained truly with how much ease this product delivers both on the nose and palate the beloved fall flavors of rich caramel and crisp red apples.

For an easy-to-build cocktail that delivers other hearty, earthy components of the cooler season ahead, try out the Highland Harvest cocktail, today’s Friday Feature Cocktail.

Highland Harvest: Created by Tobin Ellis, BarMagic

  • 2 parts The Glenlivet Scotch Whisky
  • 1/2 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters

    Have a fall cocktail as delicious as the Highland Harvest? Enter your recipe into The Quest fall cocktail contest by Hiram Walker.

Build in a rocks glass with a large ice cube.

Have you had a chance yet to try Caramel Apple Liqueur for yourself? Did you

create a recipe you enjoy? There is still time to enter your recipe into Hiram Walker’s fall cocktail contest The Quest for your chance to win an Apple iPad! Entries are being accepted on the web through October 31st.

Cheers and have a great weekend!

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Midnight Martini Photo Shoot

Mouth watering yet? It should be. This “Friday’s Feature Cocktail” was among the top picks in our office happy hour where I stirred up a variety of Caramel Apple cocktails. To help whet your appetite a bit more, here is the cocktail recipe for the Midnight Martini, featuring Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur:

Midnight Martini:

  • 3/4 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
  • 3/4 part ABSOLUT Vanilia
  • 3/4 part Kahlua Rum and Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 part Half & Half

Shake with ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.

Also, for garnish, I dusted a bit of ground cinnamon on top.

I highly recommend taking this one for a test drive at your own home bar!


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