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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Victory Champagne Quote

In victory you deserve champagne. In defeat you need it. - unknown

In victory you deserve champagne. In defeat you need it.” – Unknown

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Broken Shed Vodka

Broken Shed Vodka is a product of New Zealand.

Broken Shed Vodka is a product of New Zealand.

Broken Shed Vodka is a product of New Zealand. The company announced their launch into the United States market in June of 2012. This vodka is four times distilled from natural whey product. Whey product is the excess sugar or watery part generated from milk production after curds form. This is a gluten-free vodka, free of additives. Broken Shed is blended using two of New Zealand’s purest water sources from the North and South Islands; Central Otago and East Tamaki.

Tasting Broken Shed Vodka

This vodka tastes clean with very little burn. There is just a smidgen of black pepper in the lingering taste.

Broken Shed Vodka tastes clean with very little burn. There is just a smidgen of black pepper in the lingering taste.

I like to sample vodka in a straight Martini. Broken Shed Vodka does come through with their claim to smooth taste and texture. This vodka tastes clean with very little burn. There is just a smidgen of black pepper in the lingering taste.

Broken Shed Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Broken Shed Vodka is gluten-free, free of additives

Broken Shed Vodka is gluten-free, free of additives

There are more interesting recipes to sample with this vodka. The two recipes below are from their “Middle Earth Cocktails” category.

Negroski

3-1/2 ounces Broken Shed Vodka

1 ounce Campari

1/3 ounce Sugar

2/3 ounce Ruby Port or Spiced Otago Pinot

Citrus Twist

Place ingredients in a mixing tin with ice. Stir for at least ten seconds or until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass or strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon, orange or grapefruit twist according to preference.

Middle Collins

2-1/2 ounces Broken Shed vodka

1 ounce New Zealand Sauvignon Wine

1/2 ounce Lemon juice

1/2 ounce Vanilla Sugar

Limonata

Kiwi Wheel and or Lemon Grass Spear

Build liquids in a highball glass over ice. Top with Limonata. Stir briefly. Garnish with kiwi wheel and lemon grass spear.

Broken Shed Vodka

Sample provided by representatives of Broken Shed Vodka.

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