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A little sip of summer

It’s officially summer, which means longer days, warmer weather, and of course outdoor imbibing at picnics and barbecues! Whether you’re laying by the pool or or sticking to the shade, these refreshing cocktails are the perfect choice to cool you down as you kick back and relax this season.

For the Whiskey lovers:

Jameson & Ginger

  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 4 parts quality ginger ale
  • 1 lime wedge

Fill a glass with ice. Pour Jameson over ice. Fill with ginger ale. Stir briefly. Squeeze lime wedge and drop into glass. 

For the Rum drinkers:

The Malibu Passion Breeze - perfect for summer!

The Malibu Passion Breeze – perfect for summer!

Malibu Passion Breeze

  • 1 part Malibu Rum
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • 1 part pineapple juice
  • 1 lime wedge

Add ice cubes to a chilled highball glass. Add Malibu, cranberry juice and pineapple juice. Garnish with lime wedge. 


For the Vodka Fans:

Absolut Mule  

  • 2 parts Absolut Vodka
  • 3 parts ginger beer
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1 lime wedge

Fill a mule mug with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Garnish with lime. 

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Summer Blue Lagoon

There are many reason’s to sport red, white and blue this week: the World Cup (Go USA), the 4th of July…okay so maybe there are just two reasons, but they are great reasons! Today I’ve got a delicious, frozen blue cocktail to cool you down from the summer heat while showing off your American Pride (HINT: if you pour your blue drink into a red cup with a white straw, there ya go red, white and blue!)

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

Blue Lagoon

  • ¼ part Hiram Walker® Blue Curacao
  • 1 part ABSOLUT® Vodka
  • 1 part Pineapple Juice

Blend with ice and serve.

Enjoy and Go USA!


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Friday Feature Cocktail: Watermelon Margarita

Today’s featured cocktail is inspired by the favorite fruit of summer, the watermelon. The refreshing and sweet taste of watermelon is the perfect addition to any summertime cocktail, including the summer favorite Margarita. A classic Margarita on the rocks is always a perfect choice, but once August rolls around you may be looking to switch it up, which is where I come in with the Watermelon Margarita:

Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon Margarita

  • 1 part Avion® Silver Tequila
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Watermelon Schnapps
  • 3/4 part Hiram Walker® Triple-Sec
  • Fresh lime juice

Shake with ice. Strain into glass.

If you REALLY want to shake up your Margaritas and you’re a big fan of bacon (and it seems like most people are these days) you can also give the Maplerita a try!

  • 2 parts Reposado Tequila
  • 2 parts Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • .5 part simple syrup

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Strain over ice in highball glass and serve

Happy Friday & Enjoy 🙂


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Friday Feature Cocktail: Blue Hawaiian

It’s a hot and sunny summer day and I’m craving a nice refreshing cocktail! I’ll be going home and lighting the tiki torches and imagining that my CT deck is a Caribbean poolside paradise. A tropical cocktail is the perfect prop to help set the mood, and today’s feature cocktail is a Blue Hawaiian!

Hiram Walker Blue Hawaiian!

Hiram Walker Blue Hawaiian!

Blue Hawaiian

  • 2 parts Malibu® Coconut Rum
  • 2 parts Pineapple Juice
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Blue Curacao

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice

Enjoy and have a great weekend!


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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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July 4th Sparklers!

4th of July is just around the corner, and when I think of the perfect way to spend the holiday I think of hamburgers, pasta salad, fireworks, sparklers, and of course, cocktails! It’s never too early to start planning your drink menu, and below are some festive “sparkler” cocktails to pair with your July 4th festivities!

Pink Berry Sparkler

  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 5 raspberries
  • 3 oz. Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Moscato Rose

In a mixing glass, muddle the raspberries.  Add the pineapple juice and Moscato Rose, with ice, and stir briefly.  Strain into a chilled champagne flute and top off with extra Moscato Rose. Garnish with a raspberry

Mango Peach Sparkler

  • 1.5 oz Absolut Mango
  • .5 oz Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps
  • Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Moscato Rosé

Build in a rocks glass over ice or frozen mango cubes

And why not throw in a little boozy dessert?

Mama Say Mama Sa Ma-Ma-Ma-Su-Ka
• 3 parts Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon Liqueur
• 3 scoops Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
• 3 tsp Chocolate Syrup
Put all ingredients in blender and blend with ice. Pour into highball glass for this frozen treat. Add 1 or 2 sticks of bacon for garnish.

As a disclaimer, I am NOT suggesting drinking sparklers while playing with sparklers, that could get dangerous 🙂 SPARKLERS_-_sparklers_5-9-09_white_bursting_LARGE




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Perfect for Summer Spiked Iced Teas

Iced Tea and summer go hand in hand. When the weather is warm and the sun is shining down a cool iced tea is a great choice of refreshment, and a spiked iced tea can be an even better choice!  Whether you’re relaxing out by the pool or hosting a BBQ, these simple iced tea cocktails are the perfect addition to your warm weather activities!

Malibu’s new low-cal spiced rum can satisfy your cocktail cravings without leaving you feeling guilty during bathing suit season —Malibu Island Spiced Iced Tea

  • 1 part (50 ml) MALIBU ISLAND SPICED
  • 1 part (50 ml) Iced tea
  • 1 part (50 ml) Lemon juice
  • 1 lemon wedge

Pour all the ingredients over cubed ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

If you’re the type of person that loves experimenting with new flavors, you won’t want to miss ABSOLUT CILANTRO this summer, this new spin on iced tea brings a minty addition to an already refreshing drink – ABSOLUT CILANTRO CHILLANTRO

  • 4 parts Mint Iced tea

Build ingredients in a tall glass with ice.

Refreshing Peach Tea-perfect for a summer picnic

Refreshing Peach Tea-perfect for a summer picnic

This last iced tea recipe is a classic that can’t be left out – Peach Iced Tea

• 2 parts Hiram Walker® Peach Schnapps
• 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
• 4 parts brewed Iced Tea

Build ingredients over cubed ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Enjoy National Iced Tea Month!


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Friday’s Feature Cocktail: Rum Runner

TGIF everybody! I don’t know about you, but after a shortened week last week, this week seemed to feel longer than usual. After a long week at work there is nothing I look forward to more than a nice Friday cocktail, and this week our Friday Feature Cocktail is a Rum Runner. Drinking rum drinks brings me back to vacations in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and that is exactly where I’ll be going in my mind as I enjoy the warming weather, with my sweet and tropical tasting Rum Runner in hand.

Tropical Rum Runner

Rum Runner

  • 2 parts Malibu® Tropical Banana
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Blackberry Flavored Brandy
  • 2 parts Orange Juice
  • 2 parts Pineapple Juice
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice

Serve over ice in a tall glass, garnish with fruit.

If any of you have been lucky enough to get your hands on a bottle of the new Malibu® Red (delicious Malibu coconut rum with tequila) try substituting that in for the Malibu® Tropical Banana and let us know what you think!

It is recommended that while enjoying this beverage you are outside, listening to tropical music (Jimmy Buffet anyone?) and preferably, are in the company of good friends.

Happy weekend!


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“Crab cakes and football”…and Crushes

A lovely view of the Baltimore Inner Harbor from Federal Hill

Last weekend I was visiting a place very near and dear to my heart, my old college city, Baltimore, MD. If anyone has ever seen the movie “Wedding Crashers”, then I’m sure you’re familiar with the quote, “Crab cakes and football! That’s what Maryland does!” While I have discovered this to be extremely accurate, I’ve also noticed that there is another thing Maryland loves: Crushes.

Now I’m not talking about a school girl crush here; I’m talking about the deliciously refreshing, perfect for summer beverage (insert corny joke about having a crush on the crush here). It seemed as though everywhere I ventured the drink menus included a crush of some flavor and even the outdoor concert venue I went to was serving orange crushes with fresh squeezed OJ!

The crush is easy to make, and works as a great addition to the list of summer favorites like Margaritas and Daiquiris.

The Orange Crush

  • 1 part Absolut Mandarin
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 1 part Fresh squeezed Orange Juice
  • Splash of Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Orange slice garnish

Mix all ingredients, except for lemon-lime soda, in a shaker with ice. Strain the beverage over crushed ice and top with soda. Garnish with an orange slice.

The Orange Crush is the basic flavor, but don’t be afraid to get creative with your crushes! Happy summer sipping everyone!


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The Great Memorial Day BBQ


Hiram Walker Citrus Peach Fuzzy-the perfect frozen treat for a hot summer day!

Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which marks the start of summer for many people. Even though it will still technically be spring, Memorial Day is when we all get our first smell of fired up grills cooking hot dogs and hamburgers, the unofficial scent of summer. Memorial Day is also when pools and beaches open up for the season, and wearing white pants becomes socially acceptable again (if anyone even follows that rule anymore).

If you’re like me, your weekend plans include at least one BBQ, and if your BBQs are like mine, then you’ll be looking for some great cocktail recipes to serve your friends and family.  Luckily you came to the right spot, here are some refreshing summer drinks that pair perfectly with cookouts!


  • 2 parts MALIBU® RED
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1 part simple syrup or agave syrup
  • Salt rim

Combine ingredients in a shaker and strain into a rocks glass. Rim glass with salt and garnish with lime.



  • 1-1/2 parts MALIBU® Black
  • Fill with ginger beer

Serve over ice in a highball glass.

Lime wedge optional.

…and since it wouldn’t be a BBQ without dessert, here’s a nice boozy dessert you can drink!

Citrus Peach Fuzz

Pour all ingredients into blender; cover with crushed ice and blend until smooth. Pour into Hurricane glass and garnish with a fresh peach slice.

Mix up your drinks, kick back, relax and bring on the BBQs!


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