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Friday Feature Cocktail: Peppermint Mocha Martini

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is already the first day of December! December means snowfall, the holidays, and my favorite-Peppermint Mocha Lattes. I am not normally a latte drinker, if you hand me a regular coffee from any diner I will enjoy it just as much as a fancy coffee brewed from any ‘must go-to’ café, but once the holidays roll around I crave Peppermint Mocha Lattes! I blame this addiction on my college days when I would be up all night writing papers and cramming for finals before the holiday break (don’t be fooled, I was not an over-achiever, I just had a horrible problem with procrastination), and these lattes were my secret weapon for staying awake.

Now when December is here I can relax, sip happily and toast to the holiday season with my favorite holiday combo of Peppermint and Mocha mixed together in a cocktail.

Peppermint Mocha Martini

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for at least ten seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Another delicious way to make a boozy twist on the Peppermint Mocha Latte is by adding Kahlúa’s holiday limited edition, Peppermint Mocha, to your coffee or hot chocolate. Their Peppermint Mocha offering is amazing and I highly suggest stocking up on it before it’s gone!



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See ya next year Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, food, and of course, booze! I personally couldn’t have had a better Thanksgiving week, and am already looking forward to next year’s Thanksgiving. But now that I have had a few days to mourn Thanksgiving’s end, I am ready for the Holiday Season! Here in CT there have been rumors of snow for tomorrow (we already had 6 inches a few weeks ago, but luckily I missed that storm as I was in Kansas City for BarSmarts Live, you can read about that trip here)

This Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Midnight Martini is perfect to enjoy during the cold weather!

Tonight to prepare for the cold (and possible snow) to come I plan on cozying up by a fire with a nice Caramel Apple Midnight Martini. This is a great recipe for the winter, and also a great martini to serve at holiday parties, which are sure to start popping up shortly!

Caramel Apple Midnight Martini

Shake with ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.

Enjoy and bring on the Holidays 🙂


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Holiday Season Shines Brighter With Cosmo Variations

Topping up a cocktail with a bit of champagne is an easy solution to make a holiday cocktail feel more festive, as with this Sparkly Cosmo cocktail recipe.

Yesterday, while out for a office holiday lunch, someone ordered an ABSOLUT Citron Cosmopolitan. It was then I had a realization — a Cosmo would not typically be a drink I associate with a lunchtime drink of choice, but it dawned on me that this really was a perfect cocktail for the occasion. Bright, citrusy, and with just the right hint of sweetness, the Cosmopolitan really is a delightful choice for a holiday cocktail.

To further develop upon this concept, I uncovered some unique twists to this classic and universally recognized cocktail. It’s a fun and festive way to flex your cocktail muscles and take  a new recipe idea for a spin (you know, to ring in the new year!). As such, we’re featuring the White Cosmopolitan and the Sparkly Cosmopolitan.

I like this White Cosmo for its simplicity in utilizing white cranberry juice in place of the cranberry juice that gives the cocktail its all-too-familiar pink hue. What I think really ties this drink together is the zest of the orange peel, giving it a crisp citrus burst.

White Cosmopolitan: 

  • 1 1/4 Parts White Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 Part Lime Juice
  • 1/4 Part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 1 Peel Orange

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

What more can I say to tease you up for this drink? A bit of champagne bubbly-ness in this Sparkly Cosmo can be just the trick to make a holiday cocktail festive and memorable!

Sparkly Cosmo: (pictured above)

  • 2 Parts Cranberry Juice
  • 1 Splash Lime Juice
  • 1 Part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • Champagne (I like the Mumm Napa Brut Prestige or Brut Reserve)
  • 1 Slice Lime

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add ABSOLUT Citron, cranberry juice, lime juice and triple sec. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Topup with champagne. Garnish with lime. (Cocktail Culture note: Be sure to grab your larger 8 oz cocktail glass for this one so you have room for ingredients and to top up with the champagne!) 

Hope these cocktails brighten your season with a bit more holiday cheer, enjoy!

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San Juan for the Holidays?

This cocktail, courtesy of Kaiser Penguin’s own Rick Stutz was one of many served-up at September’s Kahlua Coffee Cream sponsored Thursday Drink Night. I really enjoyed the cocktail then, and revisited it recently. I think it’s even better now that there’s a chill in the air, so add it to your list for Holiday cocktails. Just four ingredients! You can do it!

San Juan by Rick Stutz

1 ½ oz. Rye

1 oz. Kahlua Coffee Cream

1 tsp. Cinnamon Syrup

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.

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Site Suggestion

Searching for holiday cocktail ideas? Thanks for visiting and please do take a look around. But just for a sec, I’d like to share the love and offer a new site suggestion. Ellen Fork features fantastic drink creations and seasonal dishes to boot! Check out her most recent article, featuring both Pumpkin Spice & Gingerbread flavored cocktails. Enjoy!

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One for the Weekend: Rocky Mountain Ginger Crisp

Like red cups at Starbucks and tinsel in Main Street shop windows, the Hiram Walker seasonal display in your local liquor store is a surefire sign that the holidays are on their way (though I personally refuse to speak of Santa until my Thanksgiving turkey is fully digested). Perhaps you’ve seen these Gingerbread and Pumpkin Spice bottles decked-out and prominently placed at your local retailer? Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle or 10 for this season because I’m going to be hitting you with some great cocktails to share with friends and family.

For instance, several of you may be kicking back with a nice cocktail this evening (TGIF!) and may I suggest Cheri Loughlin’s Rocky Mountain Ginger Crisp? Spicy seasonal goodness!  You’re welcome!

Rocky Mountain Ginger Crisp – created by Cheri Loughlin

1 part Premium Whiskey

1/2 part Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

1-1/2 part Apricot Nectar

1-1/2 part Sparkling Sake

Skewered Crystallized Ginger Round Garnish

Combine Whiskey, Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur, and Apricot Nectar in a mixing glass.  Stir.  Pour into a highball glass over ice.  Top with Sparkling Sake.  Garnish with skewered crystallized ginger.

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Sandeman for the Holidays

sandeman_porto_founders_reserveag_11652550001This time of year it’s unlikely a weekend passes without some sort of holiday party or gathering to attend. I love to cook and often jump at the chance to make a dish to share like my awesome cream cheese & sausage stuffed mushrooms, or my yummy spinach-artichoke dip. But I’ve got to tell you—I’m just exhausted. The holiday shopping, planning, decorating combined with the fact that its dark half the day has already taken its toll on me. I’m looking for the easy way out, but I still want something that everyone at the party will love.


So, what did I bring to Thanksgiving this year? A bottle of Sandeman Port Founder’s Reserve. Only a few people at dinner had ever tasted port, and they were eager to try something new. So, I served it up with dessert and it was a huge hit! Sweet, fruity, and a little bit nutty, I found it absolutely fabulous just sipped straight. I left the remaining half of the bottle with my parents and, I’m told, it didn’t last too long.


If you really prefer cocktails, you should try working port into them. There were a few entries in the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Competition that used port & on Thursday, December 18th, Sandeman is hosting Thursday Drink Night over at the Mixoloseum. All night, cocktailians will be mixing innovative new cocktails using the product, providing us all with fantastic ideas for our own holiday parties! If you haven’t already, sign up and join in on the fun!

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