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Friday Feature Cocktail: Winter Spice Sangria

Holiday party season is in full swing! Tonight I will be hosting a party of my own, and with the role of host comes a lot of responsibilities (prepping food, picking the music, deciding on party entertainment). That’s why I like to mix up large format cocktails ahead of time in order to take the role of bartender off my plate. Since Sangria is not just for summer, I will be mixing up a Winter Spice Sangria!

  • 1 Bottle Of Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
  • 4oz Hiram Walker Original Cinn Schnapps
  • 3 Clementines, Quartered
  • 6oz Cranberries
  • 18oz Sparkling Clemetine Juice Or Soda
  • 6oz Cranberry Juice
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Ground Allspice To Taste

Directions:  Combine Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto, cinnamon schnapps, clementine pieces, cranberries, cranberry juice and cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher. Cover tightly and place in the refirgerator for at least 8 hours. Right before serviing, add sparkling clementine juice/soda. Sprinkle allspice on top

Enjoy and Happy Holiday Partying 🙂


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4 Great Cocktails for 4th of July!

It’s finally the 4th of July and I’ve got 4 cocktails that will be a great addition to any Independence Day party menu! These summery cocktails are sweet, refreshing and sure to please!

Sandeman Lemonade

Refreshing Sandeman Lemonade

Refreshing Sandeman Lemonade

  • 1/2 part Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
  • 1 1/2 parts Absolut® Citron vodka
  • 2 parts lemonade
  • Ice cubes

Prepare and serve in a long drink glass. Fill the glass with ice. Add the ingredients and stir well. Garnish with a lemon wheel.


White Peach Lemon Drop

  • 2 parts ABSOLUT® Mandrin Vodka
  • 2 parts Hiram Walker® White Peach Schnapps
  • 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ part Simple Syrup

Combine ingredients in shaker w/ ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a lemon sugar rimmed rocks glass and serve.

Mama's Barbados Holiday

Mama’s Barbados Holiday

Mama’s Barbados Holiday

  • 1 part Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon
  • 1 part Malibu Rum
  • 3 parts pineapple Juice
  • Splash of grenadine
  • Splash of orange juice

Mix in a shaker over ice. Serve in a shot glass.

Malibu Spiced Beach Hero

  • 1 ½ parts Malibu® Island Spiced
  • 2 parts cranberry juice
  • 2 parts lemon lime soda

Build ingredients over ice in a collins glass. Top with lemon lime soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Enjoy and have a safe and wonderful holiday!


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Sangria, Not Just For Summer!

It is a common belief that Sangria is only to be enjoyed out on the deck, on a warm summer evening (preferably by the beach) with family and friends around. While I wish that I could be back in summertime, enjoying that Sangria by the beach right about now, it is important to acknowledge great winter Sangrias as well. Below is one winter Sangria recipe that pairs perfectly with an evening of family and friends sitting by the fireplace as snow falls outside your window!

While your family gatherings may not be as picture perfect as the one I just described (don’t worry my family isn’t straight out of a Christmas movie either) it is still a great recipe to serve during the holidays!

Sandeman Winter Spice Sangria

  • 1 Bottle Of Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
  • 4oz Hiram Walker Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 3 Clementine’s, Quartered
  • 6oz Cranberries
  • 18oz Sparkling Clementine Juice Or Soda
  • 6oz Cranberry Juice
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Ground Allspice To Taste

Directions:  Combine Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto, cinnamon schnapps, Clementine pieces, cranberries, cranberry juice and cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher. Cover tightly and place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Right before serving, add sparkling Clementine juice/soda

Garnish:  sprinkle allspice on top



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Prep for Port Day – Part III

Prep for Port Day charges forward at Cocktail Culture (too much alliteration? nahhhhh!) with a variation to a cocktail recipe that consumer just cannot get enough of – the Cosmopolitan.

But before I get to the recipe, let me just say a few things about celebrating Port Day today. There is a great EventBrite website where you can find a slew of Port Day tastings, cocktails, and educational seminars happening nationwide. And, even as I begin writing this at 9 am, there is a wild flurry of #PortDay conversations happening on Twitter and blogs. But if you are interested more in finding use for a bottle of Sandeman Founders Reserve at home, I’ll get back to the Cosmo recipe at hand.

Adding Sandeman Founders Reserve to this cocktail may deprive the drink of its primarily pink hue, but what it may lack in color is made up for with flavor. Here’s the recipe so you can try this winner of a cocktail recipe for yourself:

Sandeman Cosmo

  • 1 oz. Founders Reserve Porto
  • 2 oz. Absolut Vodka
  • .5 oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • Splash of lime juice
  • Splash of cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain and serve up in a chilled martini glass.

Also, please feel free to go back to find more Port recipes in Parts I and II of this series.

Cheers and Happy #PortDay to you!

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Prep For Port Day – Part I

Sandeman Founders Reserve, a Ruby Porto at 20% ABV, can be a perfect companion to celebrate Port Day on January 27th.

Port primarily does not come to mind when one initially thinks of ingredients for a cocktail. But with Port Day slated for this Friday, January 27, I thought it ideal to showcase a few ways over the next couple of days in which port can really add a depth in flavors to your cocktail recipes.

After a week of mixed rain and snow, a hot drink seemed ideal to ease us into the port cocktail conversation, showcasing Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto. Here’s what you’ll need:

Sandeman Mulled Port Wine

  • 1 bottle of Sandeman Founders Reserve Port
  • 6 oz. Martell VS Cognac
  • ½ cup of Sugar
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 orange cut in small slices
  • 4 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a medium size sauce pan and bring to heat but not boil. Serve hot in traditional mulled wine glasses.

You can also find photos and many more recipes on the Sandeman brand Facebook page. Stay close by – there’s plenty more to come this week!


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Embracing the Holidays with Port

Mixing up a Diavlo cocktail with Sandeman Founders Reserve port.

Normally prepared on its own as served in a large wine glass, port is recently gaining traction as a versatile and welcomed addition to a cocktail recipe. The rich and fruity components of this ruby red wine make for an even more fitting cocktail ingredient as we finally usher in the start of the holiday season.

So how does one use port in a cocktail? A ruby port, such as Sandeman’s Founders Reserve, comes in at 20% ABV, in the ranks of many liqueurs on the spirits side. Simply start with making port an additional ingredient in your upcoming holiday cider or sangria recipes. Founders Reserve has been aged for five years, giving it depth to complement a variety of powerful fruit flavors.

At home, I gave the following recipe a try, as was found on the brand’s Facebook page, the Diavlo:


  • 1 oz Sandeman Founder’s Reserve Port
  • 1 1/2 oz. Avion Tequila
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • ginger beer

In a tall Collins glass, pour tequila, lime juice and simple syrup. Add ice. Top off with ginger beer up to 1/2 inch from the top of the glass. Float Sandeman Founders Reserve on top and garnish with a lime wheel.

This drink intrigued me for it has the strong foundation of looking to be a Buck style of cocktail (spirit, citrus, ginger beer). Typically, I associate a Buck as a summer beverage, but the float of the Founders Reserve added a truly earthy depth. As such, the Diavlo developed into a cocktail layered with flavor that, to me, would be welcomed at an upcoming holiday party.

So the question of the day is: How do you use port wine as a cocktail ingredient? I’d love to see some of your ideas in the comments below!



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