Island Breeze: with Hiram Walker and Malibu
Hi everyone, I hope you had a wonderful Cinco de Mayo/Kentucky Derby weekend and that you’ve all fully recovered! My name is Kayla, and as the newest member of the Cocktail Culture team, I’m writing this post to introduce myself and fill you in on some fun facts I think you all should know about me.
Fact number 1: I love the beach. Nothing says “perfect day” like a warm, sunny day by the ocean, preferably with a cool drink in hand (just please keep the jellyfish out of the picture, I’m irrationally afraid of them).
Fact number 2: While this makes me disliked by half of CT, I admit I am a big fan of the NY Yankees and the NY Giants (if any of you are unfamiliar they’re that football team that just won the Super Bowl). For any Red Sox and Patriots fans we have reading, I promise to keep my posts about either team to an absolute minimum!
Fact number 3: I have been a New Englander my whole life, but I have a weird dream of moving to Nashville. Unfortunately, it’s not because I’m an aspiring country singer, I actually have a terrible singing voice that doesn’t even sound good in the shower (yes, it really is that bad).
So now that we have that out of the way I’d like to make Stephanie proud and share with you a delicious cocktail recipe. I know it isn’t summer just yet, but all that talk about the beach has put me in the mood for a nice Island Breeze.
Shake and serve over ice.
Hope you all enjoy and I look forward to getting to know you!
Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but I’m scared to think about the fact that summer may soon be over as it is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year. As such, it seems now is the time to soak up the last bit of sun that peaks its way through the mid-afternoon clouds and light showers that this summer has brought in New England.
With that also comes the need to savor the last of the seasonal fruit and vegetable offerings – sweet summer corn, asparagus, avocado and melons, among others.
Peaches are also among these top summer hits and are a most useful ingredient in both food and cocktail recipes. As inspiration, I saw this “Perfect Peach” post by Kelly Carámbula on Serious Eats and then meandered to Kelly’s own site where I immediately fell in love with the ideas behind her Peach Slushes recipe.
So now I have a roundup of peach recipes to stir up both around the office and at home, but my next task is how best to incorporate the versatile and all-natural Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps I also have on hand- you know, to keep the drinks boozey and all…
On a hot summer day, it seems best to stick to a tired and true cocktail formula and stir up this recipe for a Fresh Peach Martini.
Fresh Peach Martini:
- 2 parts ABSOLUT Citron® Vodka
- ¾ part Hiram Walker® Peach Schnapps
- 1 part Fresh Sour Mix
- 1 part Cranberry Juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh peach slice (frozen slice will work, too, if you don’t have any fresh handy) and serve.
Expect some follow up on the blog here as I work through these delightful peach recipes for the remainder of the summer. If you have other recipes to share that incorporate some of those great summer fruits and veggies I mentioned above (kudos to the one out there who has a recipe with corn as an ingredient hanging around!) I’d love to hear your ideas!
Oh my, how times does fly…
Just because there’s been time away from the blog doesn’t mean we haven’t been keeping busy here at the office. Somehow we have found ourselves a week into August, a month that still finds myself shifting my sights on all things flavored peach to soak up these last weeks of summer.
So what’s shaking this afternoon? How about a Peach Lemon Drop shot from Hiram Walker? Yeah, I think that will do the trick just fine…
Peach Lemon Drop Shot:
- ½ part ABSOLUT® Mandrin Vodka
- ½ part Hiram Walker® Peach Schnapps
- 1 squeeze Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled shot glass.
Summertime and the livin’s easy. Especially when you’re presently in The Big Easy and at Tales of the Cocktail.
Tales has been a phenomenal showing again this year and I am so glad to be back and reconnecting with all the great people that make this industry so special and fun to be a part of. With that said, I think peachy keen is a nice summary of the weekend’s events.
Need a peach-inspired cocktail to go with all that mushy stuff I just wrote about? 😉
Here’s a nice cocktail recipe to put on your weekend picnic or barbeque menu, the Peach Paloma:
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a salt-rimmed 14 part glass w/ ice. Garnish with a Lime Corkscrew and serve.
I’ll get around soon to posting some recaps from Tales of the Cocktail events this week, so check back again soon.
As always, cheers!
There’s no beating around the palm tree with this one, folks, so I’m just gonna jump right into it today. Our Featured Cocktail for this Friday is the Island Breeze, a perfectly thirst-quenching ode to summer in a tall glass. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 part Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps
- 1 1/2 parts Malibu Coconut
- 1 part Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 part Cranberry Juice
Shake with ice and serve over fresh ice in a tall glass.
This seemed to be the perfect recipe this week, given we are now in the height of summer and, following a Monday holiday, it seems that a lot of people decided to extend their “Out of Office” replies to cover most of this week as well. Yet I’ve felt as busy as ever, so that’s my
poor excuse for not posting any updates (though the “vacation” sounds nice right about now, too!).
Peach is an essential ingredient to summer and I’d love to find more uses for it in cocktails over the next few weeks; August as a whole is dedicated as Peach Month, in fact! In the spirit of all those friends and peers of mine still soaking up sun, the Island Breeze is a tribute to you. Or, rather, those of us stuck at home can escape for a while with this cocktail in hand!
Cheers and have a great weekend!
Go kid-friendly to adult-pleasing with this Peach Iced Tea cocktail recipe.
Another exemplary drink for every outdoor picnic or BBQ is freshly brewed iced tea. That’s why it seemed like a natural choice to be the next drink in line to go from kid-friendly to adult-pleasing on Cocktail Culture.
Friday’s Feature Cocktail simply and cost-effectively kicks up the alcohol notch on that glass of iced tea. The addition of Hiram Walker’s Peach Schnapps, available in 30 and 90 proof depending on your market, adds a burst of fresh fruit flavor to this already refreshing brew.Plus, with a 750 ml bottle costing you around a mere $10, it is a quite cost-effective way to find the formula for a perfect Peach Iced Tea.
Peach Iced Tea
- 2 parts Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps
- 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
- 4 parts brewed Iced Tea
Add all ingredients to a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Want to take this recipe up one more notch? Brew yourself a batch of classic Sweet Tea for this peach-y cocktail. You can’t go wrong with the combination of these two Southern summertime favorites.
Happy New Year cocktail lovers! Cheers!
Triumph by Cheri Loughlin
photo by Cheri Loughlin
1/2 part Hiram Walker White Peach Schnapps
3/4 part Armagnac VSOP
3 parts Brut Champagne
Long Orange Zest Twist
Combine Hiram Walker White Peach Schnapps and Armagnac VSOP together in a cocktail shaker. Zest orange peel over the liquid mixture to capture the essential oils and then place twist as garnish in champagne flute. Add ice to mixture. Shake to chill. Strain into champagne flute. Top with Brut Champagne.