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Satisfy Your Sweetie and Your Sweet Tooth This Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just 4 days away, it’s time to start thinking about sweets! Even if you don’t have that someone special to celebrate the holiday with (if you even consider it a holiday) there are still plenty of chocolates and sweets that you can enjoy date free. If you’re like me, chocolate is the best part of Valentine’s Day (no offense men) so why not celebrate the holiday with some chocolate cocktails!

Mama's Boston Creme Pie

Mama’s Boston Cream Pie

Glazed Chocolate Martini

  • 1 parts Mama Walker’s Glazed Donut Liqueur
  • 1 part Kahlua
  • 1 part Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Creme de Cacao

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass and serve

Chocolate Heart Martini

  • ¾ part Hiram Walker® Crème de Cacao White
  • ¾ part ABSOLUT® Vodka
  • Splash of Coffee

Shake, strain into a chilled martini glass.

Mama’s Boston Cream Pie

  • 1 part Mama Walker’s Glazed Donut Liqueur
  • 1-2 drops of chocolate syrup
  • .5 part cream

Add ingredients to shaker with ice, and strain into chilled shot glass.

 
Whether you’re satisfying your sweetie or your sweet tooth this Friday, I hope you enjoy!

-KJ

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“Cupid’s Cosmo”

Sandeman Cosmo

Sandeman Cosmo

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! If you aren’t into the whole card buying, chocolate giving aspect of this holiday, I hope you at least take time to celebrate with some festive cocktails. Whether you’re cooking a romantic, candlelight dinner for two or you’re ordering take out in your PJs (and there is nothing wrong with that!), this Sandeman Cosmo is the perfect cocktail choice for Valentine’s Day.
Sandeman Cosmo
• 1 part Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
• 2 parts Absolut® Vodka (well-chilled)
• 1/2 part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
• 1/2 part lime juice
• Splash of cranberry juice

Shake all ingredients with ice. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

If you’re feeling extra festive this year you can even call this something cutesy like “Cupid’s Cosmo” ❤

Enjoy and have a Happy Valentine’s Day no matter how you celebrate 🙂

-KJ

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Sparkling Rose Cocktails For Your Valentine

One of the newest products to enter the Pernod Ricard USA portfolio is ZED – an unconventional sparkling wine with a blushing pink color. ZED is a moscato rose, a style of wine that brings sweet and fizzy vivaciousness to your glass. While perfect simply chilled and served in a flute, ZED also makes for an ideal partner to a variety of cocktail recipes, for a special celebration or simply a night spent at home with friends. And, in anticipation of Valentine’s Day, here are a few cocktail suggestions developed by The Cocktail Guru that will truly wow your special someone!

Italian Riviera (created by Jonathan Pogash)

  • 3/4 oz. Limoncello
  • Fill flute with chilled ZED Moscato Rose

Drop in several slices of fruit in season (apple/pear for fall/winter), sip and relax.

The Red ZED cocktail - a cocktail she's sure to love on Valentine's Day

The Red ZED (created by Jonathan Pogash)

  • 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilia
  • Fill with chilled ZED Moscato Rose

In a coupe, add Absolut Vanilia and fill with chilled ZED Mocato Rose. Drop in 2-3 cherry ice cubes**, sip and smile. **To make cherry ice cubes, simply place cherry juice into ice cube trays and freeze…that’s it!

Cheers!
SJ

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Simple and Sweet – Spiked Hot Chocolate

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons (kesara.lk)

There is absolutely no denying that I love myself a well-made hot chocolate. Add a bit of booze and aromatics in the form of mint, hazelnut, or even orange (orange and chocolate = a to die for combination!) and I’m content for an evening of warmth and coziness. Serious Drinks posted a collection of spiked hot chocolate recipes on the site late last week that had me drooling at my desk. And, if you still happen to be looking to wrap up your Valentine’s Day plans, skip the box of chocolates and pick up the necessary ingredients to mix one of these delights instead.

However, if your personal style rather tends to lean towards simple and straightforward, here’s a most basic – yet absolutely delicious – of hot chocolate recipes to keep in your reserves.

Snuggler:

  • 1 part Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps
  • Fill with Hot Chocolate

Build in a mug and garnish with whipped cream.

Trust me on this one, keeping it simple with Peppermint Schnapps, well made hot chocolate and cream (to which you can booze up, too, if homemade!) is a winning combination. Think of it as basically drinking a melted York(R) peppermint patty. What more is there to say?!

Cheers!
SJ

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Countdown to V-Day – Part II

A Strawberry Kir is a beautiful cocktail to serve for Valentine's Day with 1 part Hiram Walker Crème de Strawberry and topped with your favorite sparkling wine.

The Champagne Cocktail is a quintessential romantic drink.

Serving a glass (or two!) of your favorite sparkling wine is a great addition to a Valentine’s Day meal planned at home. By adding a splash of of liqueur to that champagne flute, you can transform your drink from classic effervescence to lively refreshment. Here are a few options to consider as you plan your Valentine’s Day menu:

  • Crème de Cassis – Hiram Walker’s currant liqueur is a  must have for the popular Kir Royale
  • Crème de Strawberry – The beautiful red color and all-natural flavors in Hiram Walker’s product will undoubtedly make you think “love”
  • Peach Puree – Freshly blended is best to make a classic Bellini
  • Pomegranate Liqueur- Pomegranate essence with champagne will make a girl feel truly pampered, and Hiram Walker’s product is a cost-saving alternative to some other pricey liqueurs on the market
  • Elderflower liqueur – This floral component in St. Germain is a classic reminder of summer
  • Homemade syrups – Although these aren’t infused with alcohol, making a homemade syrup with floral notes is sure to pack a punch to your champagne cocktail. Rose and Lavender are among some favorites I’ve tried in cocktails before.

What other liqueurs do you recommend pairing with champagne or sparkling wine? Please, share your suggestions.

Cheers!
SJ

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Countdown to V-Day – Part I

We’ve finally made it to the one week countdown to my boyfriend’s favorite day of the year. Yes, you read that right. Favorite day of the year.

Ahhh, yes. For the majority of Major League Baseball teams, February 14th is the day for Pitchers and Catchers to report to their spring training facilities in either sunny Florida or Arizona to gear up for the new season.  Needless to say, we’re getting pumped up for several months of baseball bliss ahead of us (with a little bit of March Madness thrown in, for good measure).

What? Is there another holiday you had in mind?

While I’m not one to consider myself the ‘romantic’ type, I am happy to share a number of cocktails early on this week to help inspire and prepare you for a memorable Valentine’s (or Single’s Awareness) Day. And, given it is Martini Monday in the Twitter-sphere, I am happy to share Hiram Walker’s adaptation on the quite popular French Martini.

French Martini

Shake and strain into martini glass, garnish with a lemon peel.

The sweet balance of the juices with the raspberry liqueur, coupled with the subtle scarlet color, makes this drink a fine choice for your upcoming V-Day celebrations. Give it a test ride at home tonight!

Cheers!
SJ

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