Halloween parties have finally concluded, which means no more costumes, no more pumpkin carving, and hopefully, for my sake, no more candy! It’s not that I don’t enjoy Halloween as much as the next person; I just LOVE Thanksgiving much more. No pressure to find a costume or buy gifts, just one holiday dedicated to being with friends and family for eating (and drinking).
Here are some delicious cocktails for the fall season and Thanksgiving, because it’s never too soon to start planning your Thanksgiving menu!
Hiram Walker’s delicious take on the classic fall treat, Caramel Apples
Caramel Apple Martini
- 1 part Hiram Walker® Caramel Apple Liqueur
- 1 part ABSOLUT® Vodka
Shake with ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.
Maple Bacon Choco-Tini
- 1 part Mama Walker Maple Bacon
- 1 part Kahlua
- 1 part Hiram Walker crème de cacao
- 1 part Irish Cream Liqueur
Add all ingredients to shaker and shake with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass
Hiram Walker Pumpkin Pie Martini, perfect for Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I for one am extremely excited! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and while I do love Christmas and the ‘season of giving’, how can you beat a holiday that is comprised of eating, drinking, watching football and then napping when all of those activities become too strenuous?! The answer is you can’t…
Here are 3 cocktail recipes that fit in perfectly with the activities of the holiday:
The Pumpkin Pie Martini: You all know the joke…and especially on Thanksgiving it’s completely acceptable to ‘have your cake (pie) and drink it too!’
Combine ingredients in shaker w/ ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass. Garnish and serve.
The CosmoWHIPolitan: If pumpkin isn’t really your thing, this sweet treat is the perfect drink to accompany a day of feasting.
- 1 part Hiram Walker Whipped Liqueur
- 1.5 parts Hiram Walker Triple Sec
- 1.5 parts Cranberry Juice
- .5 part fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients in shaker and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
The Pumpkintini: If pumpkin is your thing, but you need to save more room for the actual dessert, this martini is a little less sweet than the Pumpkin Pie Martini…but still delicious!
- 1 part Absolut Vodka (Regular or Vanilia)
- 1 part Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
Shake and strain into a martini glass. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.
Enjoy and happy feasting/drinking/napping everyone 🙂
As I mentioned a couple weeks back, I was put in charge of planning the cocktail menu for my annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner that I will be having with my old pals I went to college with (way back in the day). In my quest to find the perfect drinks for a Thanksgiving Day celebration, I have turned my colleagues into my guinea pigs as I experiment with the various liqueurs, schnapps and spirits we have hanging around at the office bar (don’t worry I don’t have to twist their arms too much to do this for me)!
This week I decided to see what would taste better with Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, Hiram Walker’s Peppermint Schnapps or Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps. After experimenting and polling the coworkers, a combination of all three was declared the winner, and The HW Trifecta Shot is this week’s Friday Feature Cocktail Shot.
The best of Hiram Walker in one delicious shot!
The HW Trifecta
Shake with ice and pour into shot glass.
This shot, like the Fluffy Pumpkin Pie Shooter, is a very sweet one, so this would also work great as an after dinner liquid dessert if you’re too full from the turkey and stuffing to even touch the real desserts (I know, who am I kidding, there’s always room for the dessert). Since Thanksgiving is a time for indulgence, you might as well indulge with your drinks!
Experimenting in the office kitchen to create the perfect seasonal Hiram Walker Cocktail
This Friday I am back in New England and back in the fall mindset. In a couple of weekends I will be getting together with some friends from college for our annual pre-Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Feast, and this year I was put in charge of making “festive cocktails”. While I am much more qualified to play bartender than Iron Chef, there is still a lot of pressure that comes with providing party refreshments. To ensure I don’t ruin the whole fun of the evening, I have forced my co-workers to be my guinea pigs for the next few weeks while I test out a variety of “festive” cocktails to prepare at pre-Thanksgiving.
This first creation was inspired by one of my college roommates who is an avid baker. We all have her to thank for the wonderful desserts at pre-Thanksgiving (and for those last 5 pounds I could never shed at school). One of her most beloved baked goods is her secret family recipe for “Fluffy Pumpkin Pie”. I am told that a Fluffy Pumpkin Pie becomes “fluffy” when some sort of whipping takes place (like I said, I’m not the baker) and this inspired me to do some “whipping” of my own to create a “Fluffy Pumpkin Pie Cocktail”. After playing around with some recipes, I decided that this creation was better off as a shooter (it’s a little too sweet to be served as a martini), and with my co-workers’ approval I will be serving these shooters at pre-Thanksgiving.
Fluffy Pumpkin Pie Shooter (created by KJ)
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into shot glass.
Enjoy and Happy Friday 🙂
This is the first in a series of posts that will profile participants in the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Competition and their drink entries. The winner of the contest will be announced the week of Thanksgiving.
First to be profiled in this series is Marleigh Riggins of Sloshed! and her Time Change Cocktail. I’ve been reading Marleigh’s blog for months now and I have to say this lady from LA-LA land has some of the most beautiful drink photos on the web (this one’s hers though it’s not the Time Change Cocktail). I love the images, the colors, the format, it’s just a great design. Add in the fact that there’s an encyclopedia of drink recipes with witty commentary to boot and you’ve got an RSS staple. Give her a click but not before reading her lovely drink recipe.
Time Change Cocktail by Marleigh Riggins
1 oz Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur
3/4 oz ginger syrup
2 tsps Stroh 80% rum
dash Angostura bitters
2 1/2 oz sparkling wine (cava)
Shake liqueur, syrup, rum and bitters over ice. Strain into a cocktail glass or champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.
Drink up everyone & try not to fall asleep when it gets dark at 4pm. Cheers!