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Friday Feature Cocktail: Cinnful Apple

With everybody posting Facebook statuses and Tweets about going apple picking this weekend, I’ve decided that rather than joining in on the apple picking fun (a hobby I have never found too appealing) I’m going to stick with a hobby I do enjoy- drinking cocktails- and will sip a nice spiked Apple Cider instead. The Original Cinn schnapps is the perfect addition to the appley goodness of the cider, and creates a nice apple pie taste in liquid form!

Cinnful Apple

  • 2 parts Hiram Walker® Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 5 parts Apple cider

Serve over crushed ice or try it warm. Garnish with apple slice.

I hope you all have a wonderful fall weekend!



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A Bubbly Cocktail for National Bubble Bath Day

So I just found out today that yesterday was National Bubble Bath Day! Since I love bubble baths, I decided I want to celebrate this wonderful holiday, even if I am a day late. Bubble baths (to me) are the definition of relaxation: light some candles, get some tunes playing, grab a great book, and of course enjoy a nice cocktail. It doesn’t get much better than that folks!

I found in our lovely Cocktail Culture archives a recipe for a Sparkling Original Cinn Punch. This sweet and sparkling creation will warm you up on a cold winter night, but is also refreshing enough to enjoy when soaking in a hot bath. The recipe creates multiple servings, but I plan on scaling down the recipe so the punch can be a single serve cocktail!

Sparkling Original Cinn Punch

Add all ingredients to a punch bowl with large ice block, adding sparkling apple cider just before serving. Garnish punch bowl with sliced apples. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top of each individiual glass.

Happy belated Bubble Bath Day and enjoy some relaxation 🙂


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Friday Feature Cocktail: The HW Trifecta

As I mentioned a couple weeks back, I was put in charge of planning the cocktail menu for my annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner that I will be having with my old pals I went to college with (way back in the day). In my quest to find the perfect drinks for a Thanksgiving Day celebration, I have turned my colleagues into my guinea pigs as I experiment with the various liqueurs, schnapps and spirits we have hanging around at the office bar (don’t worry I don’t have to twist their arms too much to do this for me)!

This week I decided to see what would taste better with Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, Hiram Walker’s Peppermint Schnapps or Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps. After experimenting and polling the coworkers, a combination of all three was declared the winner, and The HW Trifecta Shot is this week’s Friday Feature Cocktail Shot.

The best of Hiram Walker in one delicious shot!

The HW Trifecta

Shake with ice and pour into shot glass.

This shot, like the Fluffy Pumpkin Pie Shooter, is a very sweet one, so this would also work great as an after dinner liquid dessert if you’re too full from the turkey and stuffing to even touch the real desserts (I know, who am I kidding, there’s always room for the dessert).  Since Thanksgiving is a time for indulgence, you might as well indulge with your drinks!



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Friday’s Feature Cocktail – Cinn & Pom Iced Tea

I’m on top of my game! For two weeks in a row I’ve got back-to-back Friday’s Feature Cocktail posts. It also appears that I’ve got back-to-back fabulous Iced Tea recipes. I wish I could say that I had planned for this Iced Tea duo, but fate (and Iced Tea Day) would rather have acted on its own.

A refreshing follow up to last week’s Peach Iced Tea is this crisp Cinn & Pom Iced Tea. Featuring the delicious combination of freshly brewed green tea, pomegranate juice and Hiram Walker’s Original Cinn cinnamon schnapps (direct off earning a Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition), this drink blends together some of the best flavors of both summer and autumn. Here’s the recipe:

Cinn & Pom Iced Tea

Brew tea a package indicates. Chill tea and build in a Collins glass over ice.

Enjoy this Iced Tea recipe all month long or, conversely, make this drink in a coffee mug and serve warm with your freshly brewed hot tea.


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Spiked Christmas Chai

The Spiked Christmas Chai - recipe and photo shared courtesy of Fashionably Bombed

Let it be known that your host at Cocktail Culture is a huge fan of chai. I’ve tried my hand at making  a few chai-flavored cocktails, but I suppose I should just leave those things to the experts and stick to the role I’m best at: taste tester!

The goofy and chic sisters at Fashionably Bombed are making a splash with their “12 Days of Christmas Cocktails” series, and day three featured one of my favorite flavor combos ever – chai! Considering that Katherine lived and studied in India for quite some time, I’ll take her recipe to be pretty authentic; add in a bit of booze (vodka, some Irish cream, and Hiram Walker Original Cinn, to be exact)…well, then you have yourself a delicious Christmas treat!

I know the recipe calls for vodka, but I’d be curious as to how this would taste with a brown spirit (I’m thinking bourbon…) in place of the vodka. Would it mask some of the chai flavor? Guess I know what I’m experimenting with this weekend, now… Enough blabbering, here’s the Fashionably Bombed Spiked Christmas Chai:

Spiked Christmas Chai (created by Katherine and Flannery Good)

1 cup water
1 cup whole milk
2 black tea bags
1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
5 cloves
5 cardamom pods (slightly crushed)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons vodka
1 tablespoon Bailey’s Irish Cream
2 teaspoons Hiram Walker Original Cinn cinnamon schnapps

In a saucepan combine water, milk, tea bags, ginger, cloves and cardamom pods.  Bring to a boil and stir continuously.  Turn stove to low and add sugar.  Keep stirring for 3-4 minutes until it’s a light brown color.  Remove from heat and strain.  Stir in vodka, Bailey’s and cinnamon schnapps.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Oh, this is gonna keep me nice and toasty through all 12 days of Christmas…



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Over the River…

Yup, this is pretty much the extent of my drawing capabilities. I even managed to capture the tailwinds! Watch yourself, Dr. B! 😉

11/29/10 Update: I’ve added in another “original” Original Cinn recipe that found its way into my inbox and onto the ‘interwebz’ over the weekend from The Pegu Blog. Please view the recipe link below.

…and through the woods just to make it to the Bradley International Airport. Then into security lines to be patted down by TSA, through the gate, up in the air, across 2,500 miles, and gain back two hours (I couldn’t think up a preposition that worked for that last tidbit…). All to make it to sunny Phoenix, Arizona for the Thanksgiving holiday and a couple of days of R&R. I’m sure I’ll be checking in on my email at some point, but please don’t fret if I don’t respond to you right away.

In the interim, I wanted to share a few “original” Original Cinn recipes that I have seen appear in the online cocktail community this month. I hope you’ll find these recipes calling for the new 90-proof Hiram Walker cinnamon schnapps as appetizing as I have and give them a try on this holiday weekend.

  • Santa Fe Barman Chris Milligan offers up the CINN-ful Celt
  • The Intoxicologist is in and serves up this remedy shot – adorably named the Cinnamini Bun
  • Doug Winship of The Pegu Blog created the “sweet and pleasantly spicy” Gin ‘n Cinn cocktail


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Black Angel Cocktail Recipe

Even over a thirty year span, Hiram Walker is still living in sin.

Now, that’s not normally a way I would talk about a brand I actively work with, but in this case I think the statement holds true.

Check out this ad circa 1978 that the Vintage Booze crew recently posted to their fantastic site. The ad is promoting a recipe, the Black Angel, using Hiram Walker’s highly desirable Blackberry Brandy. But, the way I see it, the gist of the ad is all about walking that fine line between naughty and nice.

Ironically enough, Hiram Walker recently released a new 90-proof cinnamon schnapps, aptly called Original Cinn. Yeah, you see the play on words here: cinn, sin.

But for me, the Cinn is not so much a sin, but rather, is a virtue to enhance the options for a cinnamon-flavored schnapps. It is not hot and spicy like many others on the market; instead, it boasts a subtle aroma of cinnamon, caramel, and vanilla that finishes sweet and smooth.

While I have plenty more Original Cinn recipes in the queue, let’s for today stick with the sinfully simple recipe for the Black Angel, a la 1978.

Black Angel:
1 ½ parts Hiram Walker Blackberry Brandy
1 lime, juiced
Splash of Club Soda

Pour the Blackberry Brandy and lime juice into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a lime wedge.

Just like a bottle of fine wine, the Black Angel recipe seem only better with age.


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