Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch

Multiply the Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch ingredients by 10 for pitcher size & take to your next tailgate party.

Multiply the Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch ingredients by 10 for pitcher size & take to your next tailgate party.

Don’t you just love liquor holidays?! September 20 is National Rum Punch Day. That means this year Saturday morning begins with a holiday and continues on with tailgating and football. Does it get any better than that?

The flavors in this Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch weave together nicely. It is light cider flavor with tart lemon and hints of warming ginger thyme. Don’t let the Ginger Thyme Syrup scare you away from making this drink. The syrup only takes a few minutes to make and will stay fresh in the refrigerator for quite a while. It’s so delicious. I have more recipes to share with it, too, so stay tuned.

Easily multiply each ingredient measurement by 10 for pitcher or punch bowl size and take this rum punch to your next tailgate party.

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch Recipe

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch for National Rum Punch Day with Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup, Shellback Spiced Rum and Apple Cider - September 20 is National Rum Punch Day

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch – September 20 is National Rum Punch Day

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Shellback Spiced Rum

2 ounces Cider

3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup*

2 ounces Club Soda

Apple Slice

Thyme Sprig

Place spiced rum, cider, lemon juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice. Shake briefly to blend and dissolve syrup. Strain into a double old fashioned glass over a large cube of ice or into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with an apple slice and thyme sprig.

Use 1 ounce of club soda for sharper flavor. Use 2 ounces club soda for softer flavor. Sharper flavor lends itself more toward cooler temperatures with more warming notes. Softer flavor lends itself more toward warmer temperatures with lighter notes, bringing more citrus to the forefront.

Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup is easy to make and adds delicious flavor to many cocktail recipes

Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup is easy to make and adds delicious flavor to many cocktail recipes

*Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup

2 cups Brown Sugar

10 – 1/4 inch thick by 1 inch round medallions of fresh Ginger

15 to 20 sprigs of fresh Thyme

1 cup Water

1 ounce Vodka – optional (acts as preservative)

Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously. Bring to a boil. At the boiling point the aroma is that of caramel, vanilla and butterscotch. Boil for exactly 3 minutes and remove from heat. Strain liquid through cheesecloth into a heatproof glass container with lid. Allow to cool. Once liquid is cooled, add 1 ounce vodka as preservative. Seal container. Keep syrup in the refrigerator when not in use. Yields approximately 1-1/2 cups.

This rum punch drink 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.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Just Peachy Punch

Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Ginger peach tea weaves gentle fruit and spice flavor into this delicate autumnal punch.

Just Peachy Punch – Make ahead for fall gatherings

Tea is a traditional addition in vintage punches. The ginger peach tea in this delicate autumnal punch weaves in nicely with gentle flavor. There is no biting bitterness one usually experiences with more abrasive, pungent teas. Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Honey adds a nice cider spin to the flavor profile. The flavor fuses a delicate balance between the Riesling’s lilting apple notes and the punch’s sweet citrus flavors.

Just Peachy Punch serves six. It is excellent for fall gatherings. Make this recipe ahead of time, refrigerate and serve when ready.

Just Peachy Punch Recipe

Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Ginger peach tea weaves gentle fruit and spice flavor into this delicate autumnal punch.

Just Peachy Punch

Just Peachy Punch – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

serves 6

16 ounces Barefoot Riesling Wine

12 ounces Ginger Peach Tea*

4 ounces Lemonade

4 ounces Honey

Lemon Wheels Garnish

Place all liquid ingredients in pitcher. Stir until honey is completely dissolved. Pour into 6 large rocks glasses or decorative glasses over a large cube of ice. Garnish with two floated lemon wheels.

*Ginger Peach Tea – Use Ginger Peach Tea or Peach Tea from the tea bag aisle. Prepare according to package directions using two tea bags instead of one for double strength tea.

This autumnal Just Peachy Punch 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.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate is made with common kitchen ingredients and tastes fabulous with or without rum, so it's perfect for the entire family. Single serve or multiply recipe to serve to many.

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate

Amazing! This is easily among one of my favorite hot chocolate recipes. The Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate is made with common kitchen ingredients, so there is no need to go on an extravagant shopping spree. What I really love about this hot chocolate recipe is its versatility. This Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate is delicious without the rum, so it’s perfect to serve to kiddos, too. That makes this recipe perfect for just about everyone.

Make this recipe for individual serve or multiply it to serve many people. Tailgate parties, Saturday mornings and holidays just got a little easier and tastier!

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate Recipe

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate is made with common kitchen ingredients and tastes fabulous with or without rum, so it's perfect for the entire family. Single serve or multiply recipe to serve to many.

Multiply recipe for tailgate parties, Saturday mornings and holidays.

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/4 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

3 ounces Half & Half

1-1/2 ounce Heavy Whipping Cream

2 tablespoons smooth Peanut Butter

1/3 cup White Chocolate Chips

French Vanilla Whipped Cream*

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Candy – unwrapped

Place rum in a heat resistant coffee mug. Set aside. Place half & half, heavy whipping cream, peanut butter and white chocolate chips in a microwave safe glass container such as a two cup measuring cup. Microwave mixture on high for 30 second intervals, stirring until mixture is completely heated and smooth. The completed microwave time should take approximately 3 to 4 minutes depending on individual microwave ovens. Once mixture is heated thoroughly and completely smooth, pour into coffee mug over the rum. Stir briefly. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with peanut butter cup on top.

*French Vanilla Whipped Cream – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 Pint / 16 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream

2 Tablespoons French Vanilla Flavored Syrup – Torani or Davinci brands found in coffee aisle

I use a whipped cream whipper (iSi Gourmet Whip from Williams-Sonoma) with cartridges to instantly “whip” my whipped cream. Whip this recipe up by hand if you are so inclined.

This Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate 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.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy Blueberry Milkshake tastes of luscious blueberries wrapped in silky cream. Fashionably divine for summer sipping; decadently delicious for autumn desserts chilling by a warm fire.

Divine Mercy

One sip and this thick and creamy ice cream drink had me saying “Mercy!” So much sweet berry goodness wrapped into one glass should almost be illegal. Divine Mercy tastes of luscious blueberries wrapped in silky cream. Fashionably divine for summer sipping; decadently delicious for autumn desserts chilling by a warm fire. Who says ice cream, milk shakes and frozen treats are for warm weather only?

Divine Mercy Blended Drink

Divine Mercy Blueberry Milkshake tastes of luscious blueberries wrapped in silky cream. Fashionably divine for summer sipping; decadently delicious for autumn desserts chilling by a warm fire.

Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

5 ounces Frozen Blueberries

1 ounce Irish Cream

2 ounces Half & Half

3 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream

Whipped Cream Garnish – optional

Place berries, liquids and ice cream in blender. Puree until completely smooth. Pour into decorative glass. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Flash Freezing Fresh Fruit

You can also flash freeze your own fresh fruits for later use throughout the year.

Fresh Blueberries

I prefer to use frozen fruits when making frozen drinks. Frozen fruits help keep a frozen drink cold longer. Frozen fruits are also available year round. You can also flash freeze your own fresh fruits for later use throughout the year.

Place fresh blueberries in a single layer on a clean tray covered with wax paper. Place the tray with blueberries (uncovered) in the freezer for approximately 20 minutes to just begin to harden the blueberries. Remove the tray from the freezer and place blueberries into small freezer bags with zip seal. Jiggle the berries just enough so the bag lies flat rather than in a large slumped ball in the freezer. This will make storage easier. The first flash freeze will help keep the berries from squishing together when placed in the zip bag for final freezing.

I used Carolans Irish Cream while creating this blended ice cream drink. Keep Divine Mercy in mind when summer rolls back around. July is National Ice Cream Month, July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, and July also Belongs to Blueberries Month

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Bourbon Alexander

Bourbon Alexander variation is soft on the palate with warming notes. It's even more delicious blended with vanilla ice cream.

Bourbon Alexander – Also terrific blended with vanilla ice cream!

The Brandy Alexander is a classic dessert cocktail. It’s creamy and delicious; pure liquid indulgence. This popular classic has inspired many delicious flavored variations using a wide range of base spirits. This Bourbon Alexander is one such creative endeavor. The Bourbon Alexander gives the classic recipe a little more adventurous kick with bourbon and black cherry notes. The bourbon variation is soft on the palate with warming notes that tease the senses.

The warming notes in this version play nicely with cooler temperatures. It’s awesome as is, but… I happen to think ice cream and cooler temperatures work nicely together, too. If you’re feeling adventurous, add two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the ingredients list below. Place it all in a blender and whirl away. Pour it in a tall glass. Top with whipped cream, of course! Sprinkle nutmeg and a little shaved chocolate over the top if you dare. Double the recipe if you’re in a sharing kind of mood.

Bourbon Alexander Drink Recipe

Bourbon Alexander – recipe adapted from the Brandy Alexander classic cocktail, Cheri Loughlin

3/4 ounce Jim Beam Bourbon

3/4 ounce Red Stag by Jim Beam Black Cherry

1/2 ounce Dark Crème de Cacao

1 ounce Half & Half

Grated Nutmeg Garnish

Place liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg over the top of the drink.

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month. Enjoy more bourbon and whiskey based drinks during the month of September and all year long in the Whiskey Cocktails category.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com