Brainstorm

Brainstorm 2 ounces Irish Whiskey 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth 1/4 ounce Benedictine Orange Twist Garnish

Brainstorm

This is one very mixed up classic cocktail! It seems someone started brainstorming ingredients and just couldn’t decide which one was the best for the Brainstorm. I have sampled this classic using Bourbon rather than Irish Whiskey. At first the bourbon seems far removed and lost in the flavor, but after the second and third sip it begins to warm to the soul of the drink. Sip and savor this cocktail with bourbon, whiskey, Scotch or with Irish Whiskey as referenced below.

Brainstorm Recipe

Brainstorm

2 ounces Irish Whiskey

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

1/4 ounce Benedictine

Orange Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange twist.

Brainstorm Recipe Card and Variations

Brainstorm Recipe Card - Click on photo for larger size. Right click to print or save. Personal Use Only Please.

Brainstorm Recipe Card – Click photo for larger size. Right click to print or save. Personal Use Only Please.

The Brainstorm recipe card is another variation of this recipe using Bourbon with greater degree of Benedictine. Brainstorm can lean a bit toward the sweeter side if you get too heavy handed with the Benedictine, so consider easing up just a little on the liqueur.

Cocktail Database uses 1/2 ounce dry vermouth rather than sweet vermouth. Some recipes, such as one found on Man Tested Recipes, use rye whiskey rather than Irish whiskey with varying measurements of Benedictine and vermouth. Difford’s Guide uses bourbon in lower quantity dry vermouth and also changes the measures of the remaining ingredients. Esquire uses Irish whiskey and dry vermouth, but uses tablespoon measurements on remaining ingredients. Play around with the drink and find the spirits and measurements that work for you palate.

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Boiler Maker

Shot of Bourbon for a Boiler Maker

Bourbon Shot

This weekend marks the unofficial close of summer and the official beginning of September’s “Bourbon Heritage Month.” It makes perfect sense to me to celebrate the coming together of both festivities with a two ingredient drink that includes them both. Since it is Labor Day we want to shy away from anything too labor intensive. The Boiler Maker is ideal!

Boiler Maker Recipe for Labor Day Success

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Boiler Maker

1 ounce Bourbon

Pint Beer

Pour a shot of bourbon. Place it on the nearest table to your deck chair. Pull a bottle of choice beer from the cooler. Pop the top on that ice cold beer. While you settle into your deck chair, bring that shot of bourbon to your lips. Remember the good times of summer. You’ll need them to get through winter! Tip that shot of bourbon so the warm liquid glides over your tongue, prickling your taste buds with flavor sensation that rocks your world clear to your toes. Yeah…you know the feeling. Enjoy it as it warms your belly. Then pick up that beer, settle in and enjoy. Savor the moment. Savor the day.

Of course you could always drop a shot of bourbon in a pint of beer and chug it as quickly as possible and call it a Boiler Maker as well. But what’s the point?

Enjoy a labor free Labor Day!

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Boulevardier

Boulevardier 1-1/2 ounce Bourbon 1 ounce Campari 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth Lemon or Orange Twist – according to preference

Boulevardier Classic Cocktail

It’s no secret the Negroni Campari cocktail in its many variations is one of my favorite cocktails. The Boulevardier is the whiskey-based cousin of the Negroni. It is also the stepping stone cocktail of the Left Hand Cocktail that includes chocolate bitters. Yum!

The Boulevardier is said to date back to the 1920s making this a classic cocktail. This is an easy three ingredient drink to make. It can be served cocktail style or on the rocks. The Boulevardier drink tastes wonderful with spicier style bourbons with cinnamon notes. Spice weaves nicely with the bitter sweet flavor of Campari.

Boulevardier Classic Cocktail Recipe

Boulevardier

1-1/2 ounce Bourbon

1 ounce Campari

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

Lemon or Orange Twist – according to preference

Place liquids in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or into a rocks glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with a lemon twist or orange twist. My personal preference is an orange twist.

Photo shows a Boulevardier mixed by bartender Chris Engles, Omaha, Nebraska.

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Peachy Pina Colada

Peachy Pina Colada – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist 2 ounces Spiced Rum 1-3/4 ounces Pineapple Juice 1-1/4 ounce Orange Juice 2 ounces Cream of Coconut 1 ounce Unsweetened Almond Milk 8 Frozen Peach Slices 1 cup Crushed Ice Peach Slice Garnish

Peachy Pina Colada

The best Pina Coladas I ever sipped (repeatedly and often) were served on a cruise ship. That was seven glorious days of someone else making drinks while I basked in the sun. The delicious part of the Pina Colada wasn’t just in the basic recipe. It was the dark rum floated over the top of the drink that made it taste so good. Yum!

I am still a fan of the classic Pina Colada with rich coconut flavor and ample splash of dark rum over the top. But I also love to play with the recipe by adding fruit flavors. This variation keeps true to the flavors of the classic Pina Colada with added fruity kick. A little less pineapple, added orange juice and frozen peach slices give this drink amazing flavor. It’s like slipping into vacation mode the instant the creamy mixture glides over the tongue. Who couldn’t use a little instant vacation?!

Blend up some fun! August 16 is National Rum Day.

Peachy Pina Colada Recipe

This recipe does not call for a rum float over the top, but I would definitely recommend one for added punch. Try with and without. See which way floats your boat.

Peachy Pina Colada – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Spiced Rum

1-3/4 ounces Pineapple Juice

1-1/4 ounce Orange Juice

2 ounces Cream of Coconut

1 ounce Unsweetened Almond Milk

8 Frozen Peach Slices

1 cup Crushed Ice

Peach Slice Garnish

Place all ingredients except garnish into a blender. Blend until mixture is completely smooth. Pour into a Poco Grande glass. Garnish with peach slice.

I used Shellback Rum while creating this Pina Colada variation. However, feel free to use your rum of choice to recreate this drink at home. Happy sipping!

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Frozen Virgin Margarita

Frozen Virgin Margarita – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist 3 ounces Frozen Limeade 2 ounces Orange Juice 3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice 1 cup of Ice Salt & Lime WedgeOne of my daughters has been home from college with me for most of the summer. When I’m working on a cocktail development project she often asks if the drink I am working on can be made into a non-alcoholic version. Many fruited cocktails can be altered into non-alcohol drinks. They will not taste exactly the same, but something similar can be achieved.

Frozen Virgin Margarita – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist 3 ounces Frozen Limeade 2 ounces Orange Juice 3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice 1 cup of Ice Salt & Lime Wedge

This particular hot afternoon she craved something citrusy; leaning more toward sour than overly sweet. A blended Margarita came to mind. As the recipe turned out, the flavor is citrus fresh with a little bite on the back end. Limeade adds sweetness and a bit of pucker to the taste buds at the same time. Orange Juice rounds out the drink with fresh fruit flavor. Lime balances it all out with the tartness expected from traditional margaritas. All that’s left is a swipe of the tongue along the salted rim and a long cold sip. Afternoon heaven!

Frozen Virgin Margarita Recipe

Frozen Virgin Margarita – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist 3 ounces Frozen Limeade 2 ounces Orange Juice 3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice 1 cup of Ice Salt & Lime Wedge

Frozen Virgin Margarita

Frozen Virgin Margarita – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

3 ounces Frozen Limeade

2 ounces Orange Juice

3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1 cup of Ice

Salt & Lime Wedge

Rim a glass with lime wedge. Dip rim into salt. Set aside. Place limeade, orange juice and lime juice in a blender with ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into prepared glass. Garnish with lime wedge on side of glass if preferred.

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