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The OTHER NY Football Team Cocktail!

A couple weeks back now, Kayla wrote a great blog post to kick off the NFL season featuring a Hiram Walker Blue Curacao Margarita in support of her defending Super Bowl champion team, the New York Giants. And, since the G-Men are back on the field tonight in a Thursday night matchup (…which we’ve already discussed today. Like I said, Kayla’s a HUGE fan!), I thought I’d try to cleverly swoop in and post a little football inspired cocktail of my own today. But this one’s in support of New York’s other football team, the New York Jets!!

I’m a huge JETS fan! I’m always using my Jets beer mug on game day and have my hard helmet on standby as well (and, yes, I’ll wear it into a bar!). So when the task was placed before me to feature a Gang Green inspired cocktail – well, let’s just say the drink’s color was determinately not in question. That left me three choices from the Hiram Walker portfolio – their Melon Liqueur, Creme de Menthe and Sour Apple Schnapps.

Following in Kayla’s lead, I’ve decided to feature a cocktail today that is worldly recognized in its classic form and has been cleverly adapted to match a variety of flavor profiles. Enter the Melon Cosmo Martini, from Hiram Walker’s expansive recipe database:

Melon Cosmo Martini

  • ¾ part Hiram Walker® Melon Liqueur
  • 2 parts ABSOLUT® Citron Vodka
  • Splash White Cranberry Juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake, strain and serve in a martini glass.

I invite you to give this recipe a try this upcoming Sunday for when the JETS hit the road to play the Dolphins in Miami. I would love as well to hear your favorite football-inspired recipes so please do leave us a comment below.

Cheers to a great season and.. J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

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Pleasantly Punched!

Planning to host a summer soiree? One great tip I’ve learned in working with bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts is not to take yourself away from your own party by getting stuck behind the bar and mixing individual cocktails for your guests. Instead, plan to serve a punch!

Having a killer punch recipe on hand is a phenomenal way to impress your guests. Plus, the ease of being able to prepare the drink before your guests arrive and, in turn, have them serve themselves, takes some of the extra duties of playing host off of your shoulders.

Below are three new recipes from Pernod Ricard USA that are sure to leave you and your guests pleasantly punched! Enjoy!

Dre Masso’s Royal Jamboree Punch

Dre Masso’s Royal Jamboree Punch:
Dre Masso is a leading mixologist and bar consultant. Working with some of London’s best bars for almost 20 years,

Dre is internationally renowned for his cocktail recipes. His Royal Jamboree Punch is a fruity twist on the traditional recipe, a quintessentially English flavor perfect for the summer months.

  • 300ml Beefeater London Dry Gin
  • 5 tablespoons Strawberry Jam
  • 5 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 100ml Dubonnet
  • 300ml Red Grape Juice
  • Lemonade
  • Lemon wheels, fresh strawberries sliced in half and sliced red grapes

Pour all ingredients except lemonade into a punch bowl or jug and stir well, making sure the jam is mixed thoroughly. To serve, add ice and punch to a highball glass and garnish. Top with lemonade.

Beefeater Garden Party Punch
Celebrating the quintessential English country garden, the Beefeater Garden Party punch combines the best ingredients from the English countryside.

Beefeater Garden Party Punch

  • 3 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
  • 3 parts Sparkling English Wine
  • 2 parts Good Quality Pressed Pear or Apple Juice
  • 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 part Elderflower Cordial
  • ½ part Sugar Syrup
  • Pear and apple slices

Stir all ingredients with a large ice block and serve with ice in a highball glass. For large ice block: filling a clean, empty juice carton three quarters full with water and freezing. When frozen, carefully cut carton away from the ice.

Sarah Sercia’s “Saas & Spice” Punch

  • 2 bottles of Hiram Walker Watermelon Sour Schnapps
  • 2 gallons of fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 gallon fresh lime juice
  • Pink peppercorn
  • Celery bitters

Add Hiram Walker Watermelon Schnapps and juices to punch bowl.  Stir.  Add about 45 dashes of celery bitters and stir again.  Add ground pink peppercorn on top.  Fill ice with glass and serve over ice.  Yields about 75. 


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Newest Member of the C.C. Team

Island Breeze: with Hiram Walker and Malibu

Hi everyone, I hope you had a wonderful Cinco de Mayo/Kentucky Derby weekend and that you’ve all fully recovered!  My name is Kayla, and as the newest member of the Cocktail Culture team, I’m writing this post to introduce myself and fill you in on some fun facts I think you all should know about me.

Fact number 1: I love the beach. Nothing says “perfect day” like a warm, sunny day by the ocean, preferably with a cool drink in hand (just please keep the jellyfish out of the picture, I’m irrationally afraid of them).

Fact number 2: While this makes me disliked by half of CT, I admit I am a big fan of the NY Yankees and the NY Giants (if any of you are unfamiliar they’re that football team that just won the Super Bowl).  For any Red Sox and Patriots fans we have reading, I promise to keep my posts about either team to an absolute minimum!

Fact number 3: I have been a New Englander my whole life, but I have a weird dream of moving to Nashville. Unfortunately, it’s not because I’m an aspiring country singer, I actually have a terrible singing voice that doesn’t even sound good in the shower (yes, it really is that bad).

So now that we have that out of the way I’d like to make Stephanie proud and share with you a delicious cocktail recipe.  I know it isn’t summer just yet, but all that talk about the beach has put me in the mood for a nice Island Breeze.

Island Breeze

Shake and serve over ice.

Hope you all enjoy and I look forward to getting to know you!


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Friday’s Feature Cocktail: Hiram Walker Watermelon Daiquiri

Welcome to another edition of Friday’s Feature Cocktail! While there is a big cocktail weekend ahead for us all (best of luck, liver!) today’s featured cocktail is neither a Julep nor a Margarita. And while I kind of really do want to explore mixing up that Mint Margarita idea I pondered about yesterday, today I feature a beverage that already comes tested and approved from the Cocktail Culture bar. I introduce to you, the Hiram Walker Watermelon Daiquiri:

Hiram Walker Watermelon Daiquiri:

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass.

Cheers and I hope you enjoy mixing up this new cocktail for you and your friends!

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St. Patrick’s Day cocktails – Round 2

Nobody said it was easy being green. So why resort to food coloring to accessorize your St. Patrick’s Day cocktails? Here are a few other suggestions for St. Paddy’s drinks of a different color. Enjoy!

Jameson Irish Apple (pictured):
1 part Jameson® Irish Whiskey
1 part Hiram Walker® Sour Apple Schnapps
3 parts Cranberry Juice

Combine ingredients in a glass with ice. Garnish with an apple slice.


Red Dawn:
1 ½ oz. Jameson® Irish Whiskey
1 ¼ oz. fresh strawberry puree
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
¼ oz. Agave nectar
3 mint leaves

In a tall mixing glass place two mint leaves.  Add Jameson, strawberry puree, lemon juice and agave nectar.  Add ice and shake vigorously.  Strain into a pre-chilled martini glass and garnish with a single mint leaf.


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How to Celebrate Pi Day

Today’s cocktail is brought to you by the number Pi. Which makes me think of pie. That subsequently gets me on the path to Key Lime Pie. And now here I am bringing out a Key Lime Pie inspired cocktail.

Key Lime Pie Martini: 

  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Melon Liqueur
  • 2 parts ABSOLUT Vanilia® Vodka
  • Splash Hiram Walker® Amaretto
  • 1 part Lime Juice
  • 2 parts Cream

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime.

To quickly summarize so you can get back to celebrating with a tasty key lime beverage, I say unto you in the styling of the sagacious “Most Interesting Man in the World”:  I don’t always drink pie, brownie, cake or other dessert-inspired cocktails. But when I do, I prefer Key Lime Pie cocktails. (Okay, okay – or chocolate cake shots!)


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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!


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