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Where I’ve Been…

Photo from The Hartford Courant

So in case you were wondering as to my absence online for much of this past week, I’ll attribute a lot of it to the fact that Connecticut was hit with a major storm that knocked out power for over 800,000 CT residents – I was one of the very lucky few to be without power for seven very chilly nights. I have more photos to upload still, but Steve posted some on the other blog, if you care to give them a glance. So, without further ado, here are two drinks I did have an opportunity to enjoy while making a carefully-crafted beverage was still an option:

Give ’em Pumpkin!

A Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate - perfect for a cozy fall evening.

We take for granted the ability to heat up liquids to make warming beverages. In this case, it was boiling some milk for a chilly evening’s hot chocolate.

To my hot chocolate, I added in one part of Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur as per the sage advice provided by Will Gordon (you can read his insights on the Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Apple Liqueurs here). It was delightful and added a subtle, but darling taste of vanilla, pumpkin and graham cracker.

Additionally, having ice to shake a proper cocktail also fails one when power is gone for days and the freezer stops running (though I probably could have used snow on the ground the first day or so…). But for a pre-storm Halloween party, the Pumpkin Cocktail made another debut but, this time, without the use of either cream or half and half. I enjoyed making this cocktail for party guests without the creamy texture and also reveled in not providing yet another orange beverage (thank you, Kahlua) on the bar menu.

A Pumpkin Cocktail perfect for Halloween party-goers.

For my Pumpkin Cocktail, perfect for pleasing those in the crowd with sweeter palates, we just measured equal parts of Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice, ABSOLUT Vodka and Kahlua Rum &  Coffee Liqueur. For garnish, a bit of Pumpkin Pie Spice (or cinnamon will do just fine and dandy, too) on top is all you will need.



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Midnight Martini Photo Shoot

Mouth watering yet? It should be. This “Friday’s Feature Cocktail” was among the top picks in our office happy hour where I stirred up a variety of Caramel Apple cocktails. To help whet your appetite a bit more, here is the cocktail recipe for the Midnight Martini, featuring Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur:

Midnight Martini:

  • 3/4 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
  • 3/4 part ABSOLUT Vanilia
  • 3/4 part Kahlua Rum and Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 part Half & Half

Shake with ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.

Also, for garnish, I dusted a bit of ground cinnamon on top.

I highly recommend taking this one for a test drive at your own home bar!


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Embark on “The Quest” Cocktail Competition

Hiram Walker is launching a new year-long program that invites cocktail enthusiasts to get involved and submit their own original drink recipes for a chance to win an Apple iPad®. “The Quest” is Hiram Walker’s journey to find the country’s best cocktails, and the first leg in the journey launches online on September 15. Below is the press announcement, which you can read in its entirety on PRWeb.com.


New York, N.Y., (September 06, 2011) – Hiram Walker, the exceptional line of all-natural and premium schnapps, liqueurs, brandies and triple sec, today announces the first chapter in The Quest, a search for the country’s* greatest cocktail creations. The Quest invites the bravest cocktail voyagers and at-home entertaining enthusiasts to compete for an Apple iPad®** by submitting innovative cocktail recipes utilizing either one of Hiram Walker’s select fall-flavored liqueurs and schnapps or Kahlúa® Rum and Coffee Liqueur.

On the first leg of The Quest, “Fall Drinks”, consumers will venture to win the significant prize by creating an autumn-inspired cocktail that features at least one of the following ingredients: Hiram Walker® Caramel Apple Liqueur, Hiram Walker® Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps, Hiram Walker® Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, Hiram Walker® Butterscotch Schnapps or Kahlúa®. A panel of experienced judges will narrow down the entrants to a semi-finalist round where Hiram Walker’s participating Facebook®** fans will have a voice in selecting the winning cocktail recipe.

The Fall Drinks cocktail journey opens to consumers on September 15, when the newest Hiram Walker flavor, Caramel Apple Liqueur, hits retail shelves. Like all 39 Hiram Walker flavors, Caramel Apple is made with the all-natural flavors of sweet caramel and crisp red apple, serving as a versatile cocktail ingredient to a variety of drink recipes.

“We launched The Quest program to focus on developing exciting new cocktail recipes by leveraging our greatest resource – our loyal patrons in the cocktail community,” says Adam Gold, Associate Brand Manager Hiram Walker, Pernod Ricard USA®. “We’re excited to see the creative cocktails our contestants come up with for the Fall Drinks contest.”

…Think you have what it takes? Share your drink on the Hiram Walker Facebook page and enter for a chance to win an Apple iPad®. To enter the competition, visit Hiram Walker on the web at  www.HiramWalker.com or www.facebook.com/HiramWalkerUSA and upload a Fall Drinks recipe by October 31, 2011. Must be at least 21 years of age to enter. No purchase necessary. The official rules and regulations can be found on the Hiram Walker website.

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

Although the cocktail contest does not open to submissions for another week, now is the perfect time to start mixing and crafting that exceptional winning cocktail! 


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Pernod Ricard Events at Tales of the Cocktail

We’re just one day away from one of the biggest cocktail gatherings of the year. If you’re headed down to NOLA, keep this list of events handy so you can participate in some of the great drinking opportunities throughout the week presented by Pernod Ricard USA.

Pernod Ricard also will play host to two opening and closing parties that flank a plethora of other events at Tales of the Cocktail for 2011 – the Beefeater Welcome Reception on Wednesday and the Plymouth Bartender’s Breakfast on Saturday evening into early Sunday morning.

Here’s the rest of the handy list:

  • Absolut San Francisco Tasting Room
    2:30 PM to 4 PM, Wednesday
    The Iberville and Bienville Rooms, Hotel Monteleone
  • Absolut Bloody Mary Bar
    9 – 10:30 AM, Thursday & Friday
    Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar
  • Kahlua Coffee Bar
    8:30 – 10:30 AM, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat
    Hotel Monteleone Mezzanine
  • Irish Distillers Tasting Room
    2:30 PM to 4 PM, Thursday
    The Iberville and Bienville Rooms, Hotel Monteleone
  • Pernod Absinthe Green Hour
    3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Thursday & Saturday
    Hotel Monteleone Mezzanine
  • Negroni with a Twist Party
    4:30 PM to 6 PM, Thursday
    Acadia Suite, The Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • Ricard Petanque
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Friday
    300 Block of Royal Street
  • The Spirited Award Ceremony sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA
    8:30 PM to 11:30 PM, Saturday
    Mahalia Jackson Theatre

A visit to Tales of the Cocktail on the web here or a download of the mobile application is the perfect way to keep a running tab (pun intended!) of all the week’s happenings.

I look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces in NOLA this week. Definitely feel free to shoot me an email so we can try to cross paths, or follow my action via Twitter at @stephaniejerzy.

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¡Ay, que rico!

Falling perfectly in time with Día de los Muertos, NOTCOT has the full scoop on a fantastic looking Kahlúa event at New York City’s Zarela, where the rum-based coffee liqueur unveiled its newest ad campaign. Definitely give NOTCOT’s article a read for exclusive pictures of the Kahlúa cocktails, food pairings, and decorative ambiance that sets you directly in the heart of Veracruz, Mexico, where Kahlúa shares its deeply-rooted history.

Or, you can go directly to the fun stuff:

Screenshot of the new Kahlúa delicioso videos on Kahlua.com.


A visit to to the new Kahlúa website brings you to a series of delicioso videos that allude to the culture and spirit of all things Veracruz, including Kahlúa itself. There are also interactive links ranging from simple-to-make Kahlúa cocktails at home, to a downloadable new iPhone application.

What I’m finding most exciting through all this is the new holiday Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha. The limited edition product boasts a blend of 100% Arabica coffee beans, dark chocolate and cooling peppermint; I’m sure it’s warming qualities will come in handy for a spiked hot chocolate during the chilly winter months ahead of us. Mmmm….as the title implies, que rico indeed!


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Have all my prayers been answered?

Have all my prayers been answered? We can’t confirm for certain…yet. We’ll know once the Amazon delivery fairy arrives at our office with K-Cups in hand.

As if spiking my coffee with Kahlúa during Tales‘ Kahlúa Coffee Bar wasn’t enough, Timothy’s World Coffee has introduced Kahlúa Original K-Cups, a blend of  rum, vanilla, caramel, and 100% Arabica bean coffee. I don’t think the events took place in this particular order; I just happened across the option when perusing Amazon for my at-home collection of K-Cups. The customer reviews on the web pages are wide and varied so we really have no clue what to expect.  However, having a Mexican Coffee  in an individual serving, brewed and ready to drink in less than a minute sounds pretty much like a dream come true!

Has anyone yet tasted this product? I’d love the feedback as we anxiously await the arrival of our Kahlúa Original K-Cups.


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24 hours ’til Tales

New England’s recent sweltering heat wave (complete with humidity that this desert gal is not quite experienced in dealing with) was certainly great preparation for my upcoming descent upon New Orleans, the unofficially official birthplace of the cocktail. The occasion is Tales of the Cocktail, the spirits industry’s premier event for bartenders, bloggers, liquor reps, and brand ambassadors, and enthusiasts, among others to gather and celebrate the culture of the cocktail community.

There is still much more to learn upon my arrival from those veterans who have attended Tales before and – more importantly – survived. I’m slightly afraid for the safety of my liver, but as they say: When in NOLA, do as the N’awlins do or, rather, drink as the N’awlins drink.  Selena of The Dizzy Fizz did a great write-up of tips from the pros that have conquered this event before, so give it a read. If you have more tips and suggestions, please get in touch!

Anyways, since I can’t imagine any of you would be interested here in tracking my every move at Tales (plus, that’s what Twitter is around for. No stalkers, please.), here’s what I’m most looking forward to during my NOLA adventures. In no particular order:

  • The Beefeater Welcome Reception for a truly exciting Tales kickoff filled with Beefeater gin cocktails! It’s Wednesday evening at the Contemporary Arts Center , which looks to be a beautiful facility. I’ll be taking off from the CAC to the Elms Mansion for A Promenade of Jubilation, presented by William Grant & Sons
  • Breakfast at THE breakfast establishment, Brennan’s. Oh Banana’s Foster, here I come!
  • Celebrating the spirit of Le Paris at a Spirited Luncheon at Antoine’s. I’ll be there to celebrate French food and, of course, cocktails.
  • And then there’s the Tales Spirited Dinner series. We’re off to Le Meritage to enjoy a great meal with cocktails prepared by Jeffery and Jonathan Pogash.
  • You’ll probably catch me bright and early most mornings grabbing a complimentary cup (or two) of Joe at the Kahlúa Coffee Bar, along with a Kahlúa-inspired cocktail from Kaiser Penguin called “Black Paloma”.
  • Beignets and Po’boys
  • Catching some live music. The Tales After Dark series at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse has me intrigued, particularly the Brazilian-influenced Chegado.
  • Wednesday is also Steve Raye’s birthday so I’m sure we’ll be hoisting a few glasses to his youth. 😉 Join up and celebrate with us!

See you in NOLA!

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