Black Pearl Champagne Cocktail

The Black Pearl champagne cocktail is lush tasting with dark, rich color. It is easy to make with three liquid ingredients and simple maraschino cherry garnish.

Black Pearl is an easy 3 ingredient drink – ideal for brunches, holidays and Pirate themed Halloween parties.

Champagne is one of the ultimate celebratory drinks. It is bubbly, tickles the nose and just feels festive. It’s perfect! So why mess with perfection? Because we can! There are also many opportunities to host celebratory parties and events in the months ahead. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all offer numerous occasions to bust out the bubbly. It’s time to start planning ahead for those brunches, lunches and parties that wake the dead.

The Black Pearl champagne cocktail is lush tasting with dark, rich color. It is easy to make with three liquid ingredients and simple maraschino cherry garnish. Make the Black Pearl even easier to serve to a group by making the cognac and coffee liqueur base ahead of time so it is ready to serve with one pour. This is a perfect drink for pirate themed Halloween parties. You could also include the Pirate’s Punch, Scarlet Pirate, South Pacific drinks for on the rocks sipping and the Wench’s Sister shot for pure fun.

Black Pearl Champagne Recipe

Black Pearl

1 ounce Cognac

1 ounce Coffee Liqueur

3 ounces Brut Champagne

Maraschino Cherry

Place a maraschino cherry in the bottom of a champagne flute. Combine cognac and coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into the champagne flute over the maraschino cherry. Top with chilled brut champagne.

Make this ahead of time in batch quantity with the following directions:

1 – 750ml Bottle Brut Champagne – chilled

Combine the following in a glass bottle with lid:

9 ounces Cognac

9 ounces Coffee Liqueur

4-1/2 ounces Distilled Water*

Refrigerate until well chilled and ready to serve. *Addition of distilled water takes the place of shaking individual servings with ice. This small amount of water compensates for the dilution factor or shaking with ice.

When ready to serve add the following to each glass:

1 Maraschino Cherry

2-1/2 ounces Cognac & Coffee Liqueur mixture

2-3/4 to 3 ounces Brut Champagne

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Alabama Slammer Shot

Some say the Alabama Slammer is the unofficial signature drink of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. Though that is mere speculation, the drink or shot still make a great tailgate drink.

Some say the Alabama Slammer is the unofficial signature drink of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. Though that is mere speculation, the drink or shot still make a great tailgate drink.

There’s a reason shots and shooters are so popular. They are quick, easy and tempt the sweet tooth. Shots are more than straight from the bottle pours. They are creative liquid desserts. Many times we don’t even know what shot to ask for. We just want a shot of something, anything. What we really want is to melt away the work week so the weekend can finally begin.

So, slow down. Unwind. Let the weekend begin.

Alabama Slammer Shot Recipe

Some say the Alabama Slammer is the unofficial signature drink of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. Though that is mere speculation, the drink or shot still make a great tailgate drink.

The Alabama Slammer has a long standing history as a long drink, possibly created in the latter half of 1970. It was most popular with the college crowd in the 1980’s.

Alabama Slammer Shot

1/2 ounce Southern Comfort

1/2 ounce Amaretto Liqueur

1/2 ounce Sloe Gin

1/4 ounce Orange Juice

Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a shot glass.

Alabama Slammer History and Trivia

The Alabama Slammer has a long standing history as a long drink, possibly created in the latter half of 1970. It was most popular with the college crowd in the 1980’s. This drink was once voted by Intoxicologist readers as a top ten favorite drink from younger days. Some say the Alabama Slammer is the unofficial signature drink of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. Though that is mere speculation, the drink or shot still make a great tailgate drink. Tom Cruise’s character in the movie “Cocktail” mentions the Alabama Slammer in some of his ramblings. If Southern Comfort is your style, you might like to try more recipes using this laid back ingredient.

36 Halloween Shots & Shooters - Shots are miniature tasters to pair with small bite appetizers. Download eBook and take recipes on the go.

Find more original, adapted and popular Halloween shots in the new eBook available for Kindle and Kindle apps. Full color photo and description included with every recipe. Click photo to order on Amazon or cut and paste link: http://amzn.to/1tIwory

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Red Letter Days

This seasonal flavored Red Letter Days cocktail displays hints of apple and cranberry, sweetened citrus and crisp zing of ginger ale.

Red Letter Days

Red letter days are those days which carry significant meaning, are important in our lives. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always want to wait for something momentous or noteworthy to happen as reason to celebrate. Our lives are significant.

The other day a friend said to me in a sarcastic sort of way, “I am so lucky.” She’d had a particularly disappointing day. I understood her dissatisfaction of the moment. But, the comment struck me as oddly funny. Because really in all the disappointments we face, each disappointment is a turning point to another direction. One road block allows us the chance to meet someone new, take a journey down a fresh path, and discover areas of talent we might have never considered exploring. It would be a shame to never experience disappointment. We would never grow. We would never appreciate the true bounty of all we have. We might never enjoy true fulfilment. We might never meet the next person who becomes a great friend, business partner or lover. Just think of all we might miss out on if all our days went according to plan, without a hitch, no bumps in the road.

Any day can be a red letter day as long as we embrace the best parts of our lives, focus on making the not so great parts better and can be satisfied with the knowledge that fitting all the parts together will never be perfect.

I hope you have a multitude of red letter days!

Red Letter Days Cocktail Recipe

This seasonal flavored Red Letter Days cocktail displays hints of apple and cranberry, sweetened citrus and crisp zing of ginger ale.

Red Letter Days

Red Letter Days – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

3 ounces Barefoot Sweet Red Wine

3/4 ounce Apple Juice

3/4 ounce Cranberry Juice

1/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1 ounce Ginger Ale

Lime Slice Garnish

Combine Barefoot Sweet Red Wine and juices in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with lime slice.

The Red Letter Day cocktail is deep crimson color, hence the name. This seasonal flavored cocktail displays hints of apple and cranberry, sweetened citrus and crisp zing of ginger ale. Barefoot Sweet Red shines through with fruited sweetness.

This Red Letter Days recipe was commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly on this site and at BarefootWine.com and by following Barefoot Wine on Facebook.

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Mary’s Morning After Green Bloody Mary

it’s time to get your Green Mary on! Fresh cucumber and cilantro blend beautifully in this delicious spicy green frozen Mary's Morning After Bloody Mary.

Mary’s Morning After Green Bloody Mary – Get your green on!

Yes, it’s green! And yes, it does taste great! The spice is a real kicker, too. After a weekend with a little too much imbibing, a little spice and a lot of fresh veggies is a good thing.

Since green smoothies are all the rage, it’s time to get your Green Mary on! Fresh cucumber and cilantro blend beautifully in this delicious spicy green frozen Mary’s Morning After Bloody Mary. I won’t go so far to say that alcoholic beverages are healthy, but this green Bloody Mary with fresh veggies blended in are one small step in the right direction. You will truly be drinking fresh. Take fresh a step further by substituting peeled fresh tomatoes for the tomato juice.

Mary’s Morning After Green Bloody Mary Recipe

it’s time to get your Green Mary on! Fresh cucumber and cilantro blend beautifully in this delicious spicy green frozen Mary's Morning After Bloody Mary.

Mary’s Morning After Green Bloody Mary

Mary’s Morning After – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

4 ounces Tomato Juice

1/4 ounce Lemon Juice

2 teaspoons Green Olive Juice

2 long dashes Worcestershire Sauce

2 long dashes Tabasco (1 for less spicy)

7 – 1/4 inch slices Fresh Cucumber – Peeled

20 Fresh Cilantro Leaves

1 cup Ice

Celery Stalk, Cilantro Sprig, Cucumber Slice, Tomato

Place rum, tomato juice, lemon juice, green olive juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, cucumber slices, cilantro leaves and ice in a blender. Blend on high until mixture is completely smooth. Pour into a large rocks glass (no ice) or tall glass. Garnish with a celery stalk, cilantro sprig, cucumber slice and fresh tomato.

This Mary’s Morning After green Bloody Mary recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

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Halloween Party Shots & Small Bite Pairings

36 Halloween Shots & Shooters - Shots are miniature tasters to pair with small bite appetizers. Download eBook and take recipes on the go.

Do you know what I love about Autumn? Halloween! I am not a huge fan of scaring myself silly, so no haunted houses and clown horror movies for me. But I do love decorating for Halloween and throwing a big Halloween party. It’s just super fun. I’m also all about planning ahead.

Introducing 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters eBook

36 Halloween Shots & Shooters eBook contains 36 original, adapted and popular shots ideal for scaring up a devilish Halloween party. A full color photo of the exact drink is included with every recipe. Photography and text: Cheri Loughlin Design: Concierge Marketing

This year I’m even more excited about Halloween, because I get to introduce my new Halloween recipes book, 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters. The eBook is filled with 36 drink recipe with matching full color photos so you know exactly what the drink looks like. Each drink has been tested and has a short flavor description.

Why shot recipes for parties instead of Halloween cocktails? Plain and simple; they’re fun! They also make terrific miniature tasters to pair with appetizers and small bites. Perfect for parties! Shots are no longer reserved for the younger set. Shot tasters are for the young at heart who enjoy sampling lots of flavors.

Party Shots and Small Bite Pairings

Pumpkin Pie to Die for pairs wonderfully with Pie Crust Cookies sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar - 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist LLC

Pumpkin Pie to Die for pairs wonderfully with Pie Crust Cookies sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar

The Pumpkin Pie to Die for shot pairs deliciously with easy pie crust cookies sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Check out The Ultimate Pie Crust Guide for an experimental journey toward the perfect pie crust.

My adaption of the Banshee shot pairs nicely with miniature waffle cones filled with an assortment of diced fresh fruit and pecans. The Cupcake Project has a terrific Waffle Cone recipe if you’d like to try your hand at making your own.

Poison Apple and Spiked Caramel Apple both pair deliciously with Crunchy Pecan Granola - 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist LLC

Poison Apple and Spiked Caramel Apple both pair deliciously with Crunchy Pecan Granola

The Poison Apple and Spiked Caramel Apple shots are both totally yummy paired with Crunchy Pecan Granola from PinchOfYum.com.

Pair either the Blood Shot or Vampire Killer shots with a fresh mozzarella ball, cherry tomato and fresh basil leaf on a miniature kabob. Provide a small dish with mixture of olive oil or chili oil and aged balsamic with salt and pepper for dipping. I’m also a fan of the Caprese Bites with cheese tortellini and basil pesto from GarnishWithLemon.com.

These are just a small handful of shot recipes and small bite food pairings that would make the perfect serve at your next party. But you don’t have to wait for a party to start sampling these delicious recipes. Download 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters today and start sampling! Don’t forget to take your eBook with you on the go so you can be the life of the party.

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