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Peppermint for the Holidays

Hiram Walker Candy Cane cocktail

Peppermint is a ubiquitous, commonplace flavor associated with the winter holiday season. To get in the spirit of the season, I tried combining peppermint schnapps with another all-natural Hiram Walker flavor that remind me of  December – pomegranate schnapps.

Behold the Candy Cane Cocktail, an extremely mint-forward cocktail whose bright red color is reminiscent of holiday lights dangling from trees and rooftops. I garnished mine with a piece of peppermint brittle  because, well, the candy canes in my apartment seemed to mysteriously “disappear”…don’t you hate when that happens?! Here’s the recipe:

Candy Cane Martini

  • 1 part ABSOLUT® Vodka
  • 1½ parts Hiram Walker® Pomegranate Schnapps
  • 1½ parts Hiram Walker® Peppermint Schnapps
  • ¼ part Simple Syrup

Shake and strain into martini glass, garnish with mini candy cane or mint leaf.

But this drink is nowhere near my favorite expression of the uses for peppermint schnapps. My Cocktail Connection features a few of my favorite cocktails using Hiram Walker’s Peppermint Schnapps, such as the Peppermint Patty.  If you’re looking for a peppermint cocktail fix, that would be my preferred drink of choice.

Peppermint is also a great ingredient to use in a variety of hot beverage during the cold winter months. If you have a favorite Hot Drink that uses Peppermint Schnapps, or a selection of other Hiram Walker flavors, you can enter your drink to the Hot Drink contest of The Quest, Hiram Walker’s search for the country’s greatest cocktail recipes as submitted by consumers. For your chance to win one of two prizes, VISA gift cards valued at up to $500, enter your recipe on Hiram Walker’s website or Facebook page by December 31.

Cheers and enjoy what time remains of this holiday season!

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“The Quest” Hot Drinks Contest Launches Dec. 1

Hiram Walker launched a new year-long program in September that invites cocktail enthusiasts to get involved and submit their own original drink recipes for a chance to win great prizes . “The Quest” is Hiram Walker’s journey to find the country’s best cocktails, and the second leg in the journey launches online on December 1. While you still have a few days to determine your perfect entry drink, below is the press announcement to learn more about submitting your original cocktail recipe:


New York, N.Y., (November 29, 2011) – Hiram Walker, the exceptional line of all-natural and premium schnapps, liqueurs, brandies and triple sec, today announces the second chapter in “The Quest”, the brand’s year-long search for the country’s best cocktail creations. In this second chapter of The Quest, Hiram Walker invites consumers to develop and submit online original Hot Drinks using a wide selection of the brand’s liqueurs and schnapps for a chance to win one of two top prizes – one $500 and one $250 gift card.

Launching on December 1, consumers will be invited to create innovative, winter-warming Hot Drinks recipes that feature at least one of the following all-natural ingredients: Hiram Walker® Caramel Apple Liqueur, Hiram Walker® Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps, Hiram Walker® Peppermint Schnapps, Hiram Walker® Butterscotch Schnapps, Hiram Walker® Coffee Brandy, Hiram Walker® Blackberry Brandy. A panel of independent judges will select two winners, a first- and second-place cocktail recipe, from all valid entries in accordance with the judging criteria.

“Many of our consumers enjoy our brands during the October through December period and, as such, Hot Drinks was a natural fit for this second stop along The Quest,” said Juli Falkoff, Brand Director for Hiram Walker, Pernod Ricard USA®. “Consumers enjoy pairing our flavorful spirits, such as Peppermint Schnapps, Blackberry Brandy and the new Caramel Apple Liqueur, this time of the year with hot beverages like tea, coffee, hot chocolate and mulled apple cider.”

The Hot Drinks contest follows right on the coattails of The Quest’s first challenge – Fall Drinks, of which one consumer will be awarded an Apple iPad® prior to the Hot Drinks contest debut on December 1. Falkoff added, “Our first contest along The Quest has been very well received by consumers and there has been a tremendous amount of interaction on our Facebook fan page as a result. We hope to inspire even more consumers to participate during this Hot Drinks contest as we will be offering not one, but two, top prizes in the form of gift cards in the busy holiday period.”

To enter the competition, consumers 21 and older, can visit Hiram Walker on the web at www.HiramWalker.com or www.facebook.com/HiramWalkerUSA and upload a Hot Drinks recipe by December 31, 2011. The official rules and regulations can be found on the Hiram Walker website.  Hiram Walker asks all consumers to “Please Exercise Extreme Caution When Preparing and Serving Hot Cocktails.”

*Contest is not open to residents of California
** This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook®.

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©2011 Pernod Ricard USA, Purchase, NY

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Friday’s Feature Cocktail – The Grasshopper

Grasshopper Cocktail shaken up during the Easter holiday

9/18/11: I had intended to post this on Friday, but unfortunately WordPress has been acting up for me since then and is finally allowing me to post, wahoo! Sorry again for the belatedness but I hope you enjoy the cocktail post. Cheers – SJ

I know I have been enveloped the launch of Hiram Walker’s new Caramel Apple Liqueur, that I thought it time to switch gears momentarily.

When it would have otherwise passed under my radar, I noticed a tweet yesterday afternoon from Tasting Panel, via Party Planner, announcing that September 15 was National Créme de Menthe Day. It also happened to be National Linguini Day, but I fail to see any sort of parity there.

But I digress.

I can’t think of a drink more commonly associate with Crème de Menthe than the Grasshopper, a cocktail shaken with equal parts Green Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao and cream. But coming from this recipe are innumerable variations, among which you may find the Flying (add vodka in place of the cream) or Frozen (just add mint ice cream) Grasshopper.

Today’s Feature Cocktail is a Grasshopper recipe straight from the Hiram Walker database that combines the best of both variations. You’ll find the recipe calls for higher alcohol with the ½ part of ABSOLUT Vodka and utilizes two unique liqueurs in place of the cream. But at the center of it all, you’ll still find that Green Crème de Menthe, keeping the traditional Grasshopper intact. Here’s the recipe:
• ¼ part Kahlúa® Coffee Liqueur
• ¼ part Irish Cream Liqueur
• ½ Hiram Walker® Crème de Menthe
• ½ ABSOLUT® Vodka

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

Cheers and have a great weekend!

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No Amore for Amaretto

Even with the given title of this particular blog post, I promise this is no more matter related to Valentine’s Day! Rather, we are talking about the cordial that captures on the all-natural flavors of the super food almonds, Amaretto Liqueur.

I came across the following 1977 Hiram Walker ad on Vintage Booze which is written with oh so much affection (“sensuous flavors of exotic almonds!”). Who wouldn’t want to go and grab a bottle of Amaretto after seeing this?! The advertisement got me thinking of what recipes called for Amaretto in the 1970s. Ironically enough, I have a copy of “The Complete World Bartender Guide – The Standard Reference to 2000 Drinks” in my desk – a pretty basic cocktail guide given to me as a reference item from my boss. It has an original copyright date from…1977!

Straight to the index I went and was disappointed not to find an Amaretto category. That’s fine – maybe it just isn’t a primary liqueur ingredient. They have “Italian Liqueurs” as an index category; however, all those recipes checked out to be mainly either Galliano or Strega. I checked for the words “almond”, “toasted”, “godfather”, “godmother” and none of them could be found in this bartender guide!

So the question I’m posing today is this: What drinks were being made with Amaretto in the late 1970s?

Although the label has changed over the years, Hiram Walker is still making their all-natural Amaretto Liqueur today. There are literally thousands of recipes in cocktail forums online calling for this product ranging from the Amaretto Sour to the Alabama Slammer and more. Today, I’ll share the Amaretto Rose, a drink so simple to build with common ingredients you already have in your bar. Enjoy!

Amaretto Rose:

  • 1 1/2 parts Hiram Walker Amaretto
  • 1/2 part Lime Juice
  • Fill with Club Soda
Pour Amaretto and lime juice over ice in a collins glass. Fill with Club Soda.


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Peppermint Patty Cocktail

Chocolate and mint are, without a doubt, a highly complimentary combination of flavors. In desserts, in cocktails, in dessert cocktails…

The spiced Hot Chocolate is a simple way to utilize that bottle of peppermint schnapps you have behind the bar; however, why not steer yourself in a slightly different direction? In place of those benchmark hot drinks we’ve been sipping on for the past few weeks, consider stirring up instead this chilled cocktail that is full of festive holiday flavors, such as the aforementioned mint and chocolate.

Peppermint Patty

* 2 parts Absolut Vodka
* 1 part Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps
* 1/2 part Hiram Walker White Creme de Cacao

Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a candy cane on the rim.

Enjoy this cocktail during the waning days of 2010 – you and your guests will surely be impressed!

Happy Holidays!

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Winter Wonders

The countdown to spring continues here at Cocktail Culture, but Winter does have a few redeeming qualities. It makes great weather for drinking the following: Mindas Touches, Fireside Sippers, and Chrysanthemums. Curl up with a good book and one of these in your hand and you won’t be disappointed!

Fireside Sipperdrink and photo by Cheri Loughlin

1-1/2 part Premium Single Malt Scotch Whisky

3/4 part Hiram Walker Peach Flavored Brandy

1/8 part Hiram Walker Amaretto Liqueur

1/4 to 1/2 part Filtered Water to taste

Place liquids in a mixing glass – no ice.  Stir gently to blend.  Pour into snifter.


2 oz. Dry Vermouth

1 1/2 oz. Benedictine

1/4 tsp. Pernod Absinthe

Stir Vermouth and Benedictine with cracked Ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Add Pernod and garnish with an orange twist (flamed, if you prefer).

Mindas Touch

1 oz. Chivas Regal 12yo

1/4 oz. Apricot and Butterscotch Syrup

1 dash Orange Bitters

Stir and serve in a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings.

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Something Light for the End of the Night

Here’s a great idea for an after-dinner cocktail on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a delicious follow-up to a holiday feast, but keeps things light and refreshing.


London Sgroppino

2 parts Beefeater 24

1/3 part Galliano

3 1/2 parts Prosecco

1 scoop sorbet

Combine first two ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with Prosecco and add a scoop of sorbet. Enjoy!

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Game Time


Super Bowl Sunday is upon us and, as always, I am looking for cocktail & appetizer ideas for a party. While I could care less who wins this year (if the Pats aren’t in it, I’m not interested), I still love to gather ‘round the tube with friends and enjoy a few tasty tipples and yummy treats.


Most people opt for beer when watching sporting events, but for a party you want to make sure there’s something for everyone—even the picky non-beer drinkers (ahem…like me). Here are a few cocktails that should please just about everyone watching the game and go great with nachos, pigs in a blanket, and chili (but then again, what doesn’t?). Enjoy!


 Butter Float:


1 1/2 parts Vanilla flavored vodka

1 part Hiram Walker Butterscotch Schnapps

5 parts cola or root beer


Serve over ice in a tall glass.



Gingerbread Man-tini:


1 part Beefeater Gin

1 part Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

1/2 part Fresh Sour Mix

Unfiltered Apple Juice or Cider


Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon sugar rim and a lemon corkscrew.


Russian Root Beer:


1 part Vanilla flavored vodka

1 part Kahlua

1 part Hiram Walker Root Beer Schnapps


Serve over ice in rocks glass.


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Cheri Loughlin’s Mexican Café de Jengibre

mexican-cafe-de-jengibreThis post is a part of a series that will profile participants in the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Competition and their drink entries. The winner of the contest will be announced the week of Thanksgiving.


The Intoxicologist’s Cheri Loughlin is great about filling her readers in on the latest buzz in the world of booze. Not a day goes by without a write-up on the newest item on the market, timely cocktail recipes, press releases, and videos. She does a lot of research and puts a lot of time into ensuring she gives her readers the top stories first. Check her out any day of the week and you’re sure to learn something new.


For her entry in the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Competition, Cheri crafted the oh-so-delicioso Mexican Café de Jengibre.


Mexican Café de Jengibre by Cheri Loughlin:


1-1/2 ounces Anejo Tequila

1/2 ounce Kahlua Especial

1 ounce Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

1/2 ounce Half & Half


Build in a rocks or old-fashioned glass over ice.  Stir.  No garnish.


Lucky for us, Cheri included this beautiful photo (which might look familiar) with her drink entry. She has a knack for drink photography and, judging from her entry, mixology too. The combination of Kahlua and Gingerbread just works, as you’ll find in several recipes on the Hiram Walker site, but I like the addition of tequila here, to spice things up. Nice work, Cheri!

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Jacob Grier’s Fall Dessert Drink

jacob-grierThis post is a part of a series that will profile participants in the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Competition and their drink entries. The winner of the contest will be announced the week of Thanksgiving.


Jacob Grier’s blog is a well-written site chock-full of interesting insights, but it’s difficult to describe or label because it covers so many subjects—a few of which are coffee, wine, libertarianism, magic and weird sea creatures.


Somewhere in the midst of all that there’s some good talk about cocktails.  


What kind of person would blog about this strange mix of topics? Well, Jacob describes himself as “a freelance writer, barista, and bartender. He writes, eats, and drinks a lot. He recently left a political life in Washington, DC for better things in Portland, OR.”


My guess is Jacob will be covering cocktails more often since Portland is known for its craft cocktail scene. Click through to see what’s top-of-mind lately.


For the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Contest Jacob whipped up this number, an untitled cocktail that’s simple yet decadent.


The Untitled Fall Dessert Drink by Jacob Grier:


2 oz Scotch
.75 oz Hiram Walker gingerbread liqueur
.5 oz whipping cream

Shake over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.


I love drinks I can make in a pinch with just a few ingredients on hand & I like the combination of gingerbread and scotch here. Thanks for the recipe, Jacob!

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