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The $100 bar revisited

It’s the inevitable time of year that finds Americans scrambling to the post office to file their annual tax reports. If you find yourself among the fortunate bunch who have/will receive a refund this year, well, you’re in luck!

Rather than using that refund to splurge on one expensive bottle of booze, why not take Matt of A Jigger of Blog‘s advice and stock your entire bar for $100? Sourcing out products where quality can be found with a reasonable price tag to boot, Matt stocks his bar for $100 and has a slate of cocktails that can be made from the combination of ingredients.

Among those products featured (I’ll encourage you to visit his post to read the entire list) is Hiram Walker’s Triple Sec.

Used in many a popular cocktail recipe, such as the Cosmo, Sidecar and Margarita, among others,  I know I go through Triple Sec rather quickly at my home bar. As my go-to Orange Liqueur, I was excited to see Matt’s inclusion of the triple sec that makes for a great substitute of the more expensive Cointreau ($7 for Hiram Walker versus $30+ for Cointreau). So today’s questions are: What are the other affordable spirit products that you keep stocked at your home bar? Expanding our interests a bit: What’s your favorite $15 or under bottle of wine?

It definitely is possible to use less expensive ingredients to make a great tasting cocktail. Here’s some other posts from bloggers who have shared similar viewpoints.

Cheers!
SJ

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The Cinnamon Sidecar Strikes Again!

Are you familiar with the website Served Raw? If not, well, what are you still doing here? Go give them a read!

Wait, actually, don’t go yet! Let me tell you some more about them first.

San Fran-based Served Raw is all about sharing what’s new, crafty, and distinctive in the food and cocktail scenes, whether it be interviewing the “Genius” minds behind the stick or offering suggestions for inventive food and party tips. The Cinnamon-forward “Cidecar” recipe I wrote about last week, featuring Hiram Walker Original Cinn, is back in action again today; yet this time, I’m thrilled to say that Served Raw’s “Raw Bar” has the full scope of this new recipe’s ingenuity.

Ok, now go ahead and give their site a peek. 🙂

Cheers!
SJ

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Plan Your Halloween Party

Photo courtesy of WhatToDrink.com

There are plenty of other Halloween cocktails out there deserving of being stirred up on Halloween that don’t necessarily incorporate pumpkin. Here are a few adaptations of beloved cocktails that may be perfect to accompany the Halloween party you’re hosting this weekend.

Blood and Sand
The name is derived from the 1920’s movie of the same name. Many argue the drink’s equal proportions and – to eliminate a level of ‘sweetness’ – often double the serving of scotch.

  • 3/4 part scotch
  • 3/4 part cherry brandy (most versions call for Cherry Heering, but Hiram Walker’s Cherry Brandy is a good bargain buy here)
  • 3/4 part  sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 part orange juice

Shake all ingredients well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with flamed orange zest.

Cidecar
Adapted from a classic Sidecar, this Cidecar tones down the level of sour while amping up the fall flavors with a smooth, vanilla-forward cinnamon schnapps. Another Halloween addition –  find orange crystal sugar for the rim of your cocktail glass as I did in the photo below! The original recipe dates back again to the 1920s in Paris.

Hiram Walker Cidecar in the Nova office. I like the sort of "Angel's share" glow happening in the photo, too!

  • 1 part cognac
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 1/2 part Hiram Walker Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 1/2 part lemon juice

Shake with ice, and serve up in a sugar-rimmed chilled cocktail glass.

Also, did you notice the picture at the beginning of this blog post? The website WhatToDrink.com sent out a Halloween newsletter with these great home decor tips to liven up any Halloween house party. I would love to get my hands on the skeleton garnish bowls! 

Have a safe and happy Halloween!
SJ

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