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A Martini for the “Coffeehound”

Throw a coffee bean or two on top and you're set for a perfect Espresso Martini!

You’ve just finished eating the special weekend dinner you cooked all day long and now its time to relax with an after dinner cocktail.

Boozehounds and “coffeehounds” alike (or maybe you’re one in the same, like me!) can sit back and savor this enjoyable caffeinated cocktail, the Espresso Martini. I love the addition of chilled espresso to the already prevalent coffee and chocolate liqueurs. The espresso balances about the sweeter liqueur profiles, perhaps even offering slight bitter tones, making the Espresso Martini well rounded to top off a fantastic evening of eating and drinking at home.

Espresso Martini

Shake ingredients well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a coffee bean on top.

Make sure to check back in tomorrow for one more post as we spearhead our way into National Martini Day on June 19th. I look forward to celebrating with you!

Cheers!
SJ

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Friday’s Feature Cocktail: Your Chocolate Fix

So as I explained yesterday, I’ve probably eaten well worth my weight in chocolate eggs before Easter even rolls in to celebrate (I’m actually a “Member of the Tribe” so Easter is all about the candy for me 😉 ).

But to allow myself a sweet treat, I wanted to create a drink recipe that uses Hiram Walker’s Créme de Cacao with a lightly fruitful component – the Créme de Banana! Along with a small splash of Kahlua, this drink definitely called for the use of Cream to balance the otherwise immensely sweet flavors.

What resulted is what I would consider a Hiram “Simpletini” – a cocktail recipe using a minimal number of ingredients in an easy-to-deliver service method. I hope you’ll enjoy this one as you spend time with family and friends this weekend.

Chocolate Banana cocktail:

  • 1/2 part Hiram Walker Créme de Banana
  • 1/2 part Hiram Walker White Créme de Cacao
  • Splash Kahlua
  • 1-2 parts Cream

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with shavings of semisweet chocolate and serve.
Cheers!
SJ

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You can have your (Black Forest) Cake and drink it too

Just another day at the office...

Today is Black Forest Cake Day and we’re using one of the cake’s staple ingredients, Kirschwasser (Wikipedia says its a mandatory ingredient, so it must be true!), as inspiration to make a fantastic cake-themed cocktail.

We used both Hiram Walker’s Kirsch and Cherry Flavored Brandy in this recipe, whose all natural flavors of the kirsch cherry pit give it a rather tart mouth feel; however, the drink is combated by the smooth chocolate of the Crème de Cacao in the finish.

While cherry is far from being at the top of my favorite fruit lists, the overall consensus around the office is that this is an enjoyable drink and  mirrors both the sweet and tart flavors of the traditional Black Forest Cake. My last thoughts on it would be to top the cocktail with whipped cream (or alcoholic whipped cream if you’re feeling really quite bold!) and a sour cherry garnish. Only then will you really have yourself a sliver of Black Forest Cake worth sipping on 😉

Black Forest Cake Cocktail

  • 1 part Hiram Walker Kirschwasser
  • 1 part Hiram Walker White Crème de Cacao
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Cherry Flavored Brandy
  • 1 part Cream

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass and serve. Top with whipped cream.

Cheers!

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Countdown to V-Day – Part III

Chocolate candies, truffles, and all of the like are Valentine’s Day staples. So why would cocktails be left out of the mix? Incorporating Crème de Cacao, or chocolate liqueur, into your Valentine’s cocktail menu is a boozey way to achieve this cocoa-inspired flavor profile.

In other slightly related/slightly unrelated news, it also happens that today is Peppermint Patty Day. As an homage to that minty chocolate delight from York, here is the recipe. Great for both this Friday’s Feature cocktail and for a sweet Valentine’s dessert drink. To make it lean on the more romantic side, try switching up the garnish; instead of a candy cane, why not float candy hearts on the top of the drink? It’ll add a more personal touch.

Peppermint Patty

  • 2 part Hiram Walker White Crème de Cacao
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 part ABSOLUT Vodka

Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a candy cane on the rim (or candy hearts for Valentine’s Day).

Cheers!
SJ

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The Brandy Alexander

There aren’t very many commonly called for cocktails that use brandy as the main liquor, but the Brandy Alexander is certainly included in that short list (others that come to mind would be the Stinger or the Sidecar).  But did you know that the classic Alexander recipe was originally considered a gin-based drink? I didn’t until I had read Gary Regan’s contributing article on Liquor.com earlier this month on the cocktail once known as the Alexander #2.

A slight variation on this classic cocktail, Hiram Walker adapts the Brandy Alexander using its Dark  Crème de Cacao and adds a splash of coffee to compliment the hints of dark chocolate and nutmeg.

Take a break from Martini Monday (or Margarita Monday, we’re not biased here!) and give the Brandy Alexander a try tonight for Brandy Alexander Day.

Hiram’s Brandy Alexander:

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Cheers!
SJ

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Waistline Woes

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As if December wasn’t already brutal enough to our waistlines – what all with the holiday soirees, gift baskets, and over-indulgent foods –  why shouldn’t we go ahead and throw in another torturous foodie holiday? You know, just to spice things up!

Tomorrow, December 16, is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. And it’s oh so unfortunate that a holiday that sounds so sweet on paper have such a sour reaction to my BMI. Sigh…

Rather than over-indulging with sweets, we may as well stick to a chocolate covered cocktail to pretend that we’re trying to watch the calorie intake this time of year! How does a Chocolate Covered Raspberry Cocktail sound? This two-ingredient cocktail is incredibly simple to stir up at home and will altogether fill the sweet tooth craving you’re deserving of during the holiday season.

Chocolate Covered Raspberry Cocktail

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass garnished with a fresh raspberry. My personal recco. is to be sure and drizzle some chocolate syrup inside the glass

Not to worry, self. The gym will still be there come January!

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