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National Hot Toddy Day – January 11th

A delectable Hot Cinn Apple Toddy, using bourbon and Hiram Walker Original Cinn

As I sit at my desk with the space heater purring at my feet, I can’t think of any fonder words to shout – Happy National Hot Toddy Day! Below are two of my favorite recipes that add a touch of liqueur to up the ante on the traditional flavor combination. I know I have featured them both en masse before, but I swear, you really can’t have too much of a good thing in this case.

Hot Cinn Apple Toddy:

  • 1 ½ parts bourbon
  • 1 ½ parts Hiram Walker Original Cinn Schnapps
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • Fill with hot apple cider
  • Green apple slice dipped in hot caramel or cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour the bourbon, schnapps, and lemon juice into an Irish coffee glass or mug. Stir well. Fill with hot apple cider. Garnish with the green apple or a cinnamon stick.

For a bit milder of an offering, try this version below. The Caramel Apple Liqueur, with its lower proof, supports the flavor of the hot apple cider without offering powerful alcohol taste.

Hot Apple Toddy:

  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
  • Fill with hot apple cider
  • Green apple slice or cinnamon stick for garnish

Build in a warm mug and fill with hot apple cider. Garnish with the green apple or a cinnamon stick.

What is your ideal Hot Toddy recipe?

Cheers and Keep Warm!
SJ

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Sparkling Original Cinn Punch

I love the combination of flavors in this Sparkling Original Cinn Punch, as created by coworker, Laura. At the forefront of this recipe are cinnamon, apple and vanilla, all accented with a bit of sparkling apple cider. If you’re looking for a last minute drink to serve for your New Years Eve bash, this may just be your new favorite punch recipe!

Sparkling Original Cinn Punch

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Hiram Walker Original Cinn cinnamon schnapps
  • 2 (750 ml) bottles of sparkling apple cider
  • 1/2 (1L) bottle of spiced rum

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.

Another great quality to this punch recipe is that you won’t be spending a whole paycheck to purchase the ingredients. Most of these items cost under $10 per bottle, including Hiram Walker’s Original Cinn that was included in Serious Drinks’ Best Budget Spirits of 2011.

Ring in the new year with this great Sparkling Original Cinn Punch!

Cheers!
SJ

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Holiday Cocktail Planning

‘Tis the Season!

Not sure when it sneaked up, but we’re in the home stretch of 2011. I suppose I should start to figure out my New Years plans. Contrarily, I also don’t know when or how my December calendar got so entirely booked with various holiday gatherings leading up to Dec. 31, though I’m certainly not complaining!

As a guest most gracious for the invites, it’s time to come up with a gift for the party hosts and hostesses. And, in my personal opinion, I think it’s far more fun to show up with a few ingredients to make a festive cocktail rather than any ol’ stocking stuffer.

Below are some fun and festive cocktail suggestions for your upcoming holiday parties, that won’t break the bank either.  The Hiram Walker Original Cinn and Caramel Apple liqueurs will run you about $10 each for a 750ml, while you can also find a quality Applejack, Dark Rum and Spiced Rum in the under $20 price range.

  • The team at My Cocktail Connection featured the Cinnful Sparkler in their fall issue of ZEST Digital Magazine.  The sparkling cider to finish off this cocktail really gives it an elegant and festive holiday feel.
  • The Cocktail Hacker himself gives the Old Fashioned a new twist with the Spiced Cider Old Fashioned, a drink that imbues many winter-warming properties: Applejack, Caramel Apple and Barrel Aged Bitters.

Enjoy giving these two drinks a taste over the next few weeks – they should fit in nicely for the spirited season!

Cheers!
SJ

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Friday’s Feature Cocktails – Hot Toddies

Hot Toddies don't get much more appetizing than this, folks...

Mother Nature has been teasing me for a few weeks now, but I guess we can all openly say what’s now finally here – fall has officially arrived.

Sigh…so long summer!

If there is one thing, however, that this new season brings with it (especially if you’re in New England!) is an abundance of fresh apple cider, eagerly waiting to be heated up and spiked with liquor to keep me warm and toasty.

I’m not one to deter far from adding brown spirits and a bit of mulling spices to my Apple Cider, but I have found that some of Hiram Walker’s liqueurs, too, make for wonderful additions to a spiked Toddy. So leave the sugar and honey aside and try one of these TWO (yes, that’s right, two cocktails today!) delightful and savory-sweet combinations in your next hot toddy.

Hot Cinn Apple Toddy:

  • 1 ½ parts bourbon
  • 1 ½ parts Hiram Walker Original Cinn Schnapps
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • Fill with hot apple cider
  • Green apple slice dipped in hot caramel or cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour the bourbon, schnapps, and lemon juice into an Irish coffee glass or mug. Stir well. Fill with hot apple cider. Garnish with the green apple or a cinnamon stick.

Hot Apple Toddy:

  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
  • Fill with hot apple cider

Build in a warm Irish coffee glass or mug. Stir well.


Cheers!
SJ

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“The Quest” Is On!

Hiram Walker's Fantastic Fall Four (say that five time's fast?!) Features Butterscotch Schnapps, Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps, and the brand new Caramel Apple Liqueur

Want to win an Apple iPad? Here’s a pretty easy – and creative! – way to do so.

Hiram Walker, the portfolio of schnapps, liqueurs, brandies and triple sec, has developed “The Quest”, an online cocktail contest set in place to search for original cocktails created by – and who better than – the brand’s consumers. (You can read more about The Quest in the Press Release that went out last week)

This particular segment of The Quest seeks recipes that have an element of the approaching fall season. Consumers submitting recipes can use any of the following iconic fall flavors when making a new drink recipe: Hiram Walker Butterscotch, Original Cinn, Pumpkin Spice, or the brand new Caramel Apple Liqueur.

So grab a bottle of your favorite seasonally-inspired liqueur, your cocktail shaker and a bit of imagination. The Quest is now open to submissions on the Hiram Walker website (http://www.hiramwalker.com/recipes/the-quest-is-on) and the Hiram Walker Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HiramWalkerUSA) through October 31.

Cheers!
SJ

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The End of My Youth As I Know It

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past several months*, the second installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows starts showing to delighted HP fans everywhere at midnight tonight. This theatrical debut is a bittersweet occasion for me, ringing in what can officially be marked as the end of my youth.

I will surely once again be stirring up a cocktail to celebrate the final chapter in The Chosen One’s crusade to defeat the Dark Lord. But why try to reinvent the wheel? I enjoyed this magical (Snape’s) Cinn & Pom Tea I wrote about for Part I’s November opening, so why not serve it again? This time, since the weather is a bit warmer, I’ll perhaps serve this cocktail as an Iced Tea beverage instead. Here’s the recipe:

(Snape’s) Cinn & Pom Iced Tea

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

Looking for a little variance? Grab yourself a chunk of dry ice and check out Pegu Doug’s offering of The You Know Who cocktail, too.

Enjoy the movie, theater-goers, and, as I said last time, “Cheers to more movie and cocktail magic!”

-SJ

*Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

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Weekend Warmers

“Only Irish Coffee provides in a single glass all 4 essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, fat” ~Alex Levine

Irish Coffee will be the talk of the town on Tuesday in celebration of another foodie holiday; however, there are a varying number of other spirits and liqueurs, coupled with coffee, that make for a great winter “pick-me-up”.

As you prep your bar and stock up on Jameson for that traditional coffee pairing, be sure to round up some of these other liqueurs for a plethora of hot coffee cocktails. Try out a different recipe each day leading up to Irish Coffee Day and let me know what you think of each combination.

Hazelnut Coffee

Hazelnut Liqueur

The all natural flavor of hazelnuts is transformed into a 60-proof spirit from Hiram Walker and is a great flavor in coffee drinks. Try out the Hazelnut Coffee or the Nutty Irish Man, a generous cup of Joe with 1 1/2 parts each of Hazelnut Liqueur and Irish Cream.

Peppermint Schnapps

Peppermint Schnapps is a cool, refreshing counterpart to balance out a hot cup of coffee. Give the Alps-inspired Swiss Coffee a try – 1 part each of Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps and Kahlua Coffee Liqueur poured in with 4 parts coffee and garnished with chocolate shavings.

Cinnamon Schnapps

Stay away from the hot and spicy schnapps that occupy this category; instead, I would recommend reaching for Original Cinn, which has warming cinnamon and vanilla flavors that will complement any cup of coffee. As previously attempted in a hot chocolate recipe, I have found that simply one part of Hiram Walker Original Cinn with a splash of cream can enhance your cup of coffee, whether it be early in the morning or a simple evening dessert.

Stay warm, my friends!

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Whip Up Another Spiked Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate, Original Cinn, and alcoholic whipped cream - a winter match made in heaven!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that your holiday celebrations went off without a hitch.

Yesterday was National Whipped Cream Day and I decided to celebrate in a most boozey fashion (I’m not very good with new years resolutions, et. al… 😉 ) . Here is the step-by-step progression:

  1. Brew hot chocolate. Believe it or not, I made my hot chocolate using the Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee’s Hot Chocolate K-cups. It makes a surprisingly above-par hot cocoa!
  2. Add 1 part Hiram Walker Original Cinn to make it a “Cinnful Hot Chocolate”.
  3. Top with a hearty serving of alcohol-infused Whipped Lightning (given to me as a gift from a friend) to make what I’ve dubbed a “Cinnfully Whipped Hot Chocolate”.
  4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, because why not?

My boyfriend and I found this to be an absolute delight for dessert last night, and the best part is that it took practically no time at all to make! The Whipped Lightning flavor my friend sent along was the Chocolate Raspberry, which I worried at first wouldn’t pair with the cinnamon bun-like profile of Original Cinn. Luckily, the flavor in the whipped cream was pretty muted – in fact, there really wasn’t much flavor at all – and didn’t interfere with the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla that the Original Cinn gives off.

Give this one a try this weekend if you’re looking for a quick and simple drink to make while cozying up by the fireplace.

Cheers and welcome to 2011!

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Cider, Cookies, and Cinn – Oh my!

A few of the creative designs from the cookie decorating party. Well, before I ate them all...

We’ve moved from carrot cake to cookies in this quick cocktail post, as I thought to share with you a few photos from my friend’s annual Christmas Cookie Decorating Party. All the gals invited were asked to bring something to contribute to the party and, as per normal, I supplied some booze.

Spiked Apple Cider was our treat for the evening’s festivities (along with a great bottle of Australian syrah, but I digress…), and Hiram Walker’s Original Cinn was there for the fixin’. I added some muddling spices to the cider to start things off: allspice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg… Once heated up and  ready to go, I added two parts Original Cinn, 1/2 part fresh lime juice, and a healthy pour of local, New England apple cider. I grabbed a few cinnamon sticks for a garnish and – Done!

Spiked Apple Cider with Hiram Walker Original Cinn

Most traditional Toddy recipes would call for another spirit, such as whiskey or brandy or rum, to be added to the drink, but I thought the high proof of the Original Cinn held up nicely with the warm cider. However, if you are looking for a drink with a few more complex flavors joining the party, the Hot Cinn Apple Toddy just may do the trick:

Hot Cinn Apple Toddy:

  • 1 ½ parts bourbon
  • 1 ½ parts Hiram Walker Original Cinn Schnapps
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • Fill with hot apple cider
  • Green apple slice dipped in hot caramel or cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour the bourbon, schnapps, and lemon juice into an Irish coffee glass or mug. Stir well. Fill with hot apple cider. Garnish with the green apple or a cinnamon stick.

Happy Holidays!
SJ

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Carrot Cake Cocktail

We’ve made it to the final home stretch before Christmas! But are you still searching for a cocktail to serve over the weekend?

Ryan, of the site Boozeblogger, offers up this dessert-inspired cocktail in his “12 Drinks of Christmas Series”, the Carrot Cake Cocktail. I decided to stir this one up for the office crew early in the week (we had all the ingredients on hand!) and I was surprised at how the warming flavors of cinnamon, butterscotch, and caramel came together so pleasantly in this drink. I probably should have been more generous with the garnish on top; it’s a lesson learned for the next go-around! Below are some of the shots from my mini photo shoot, but here’s the recipe (with a link to Boozeblogger’s site, so be sure to read the rest of the holiday series) as well so you can stir one up at home.

Carrot Cake Cocktail

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Happy Holidays!
SJ

Updated at 7:16 pm, 12/21/10

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