Moscato Monster Mash

Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante

Moscato Monster Mash Shot

I love Halloween. And there is a specific song that always comes to mind this time of year; Monster Mash. It was obviously the inspiration behind this Moscato Monster Mash recipe. So please indulge my geeky behavior for a moment…

Moscato Monster Mash

I was mixing behind the bar a few weeks ago

And popped the cork on a bottle of moscato

A kiwi, pineapple and lime joined in

With some sugary bits for a cocktail rim

I peeled, quartered, juiced and mashed

Poured the bubbly and made a splash

The mixture glowed an eerie green

With floating flecks of black kiwi seed

I sipped, swished and gave it a taste

A shot like this I could not waste

It’s crisp, light and tangy sweet

The perfect Halloween party treat

So, now try to get the Monster Mash song out of your head. Yeah, I can’t either.

It is things like this that play around in my head while I’m trying to be all serious creating cocktails and then write about them. So now you know. Sometimes serious is just impossible. I’m going to go play the real Monster Mash song now and find a Frankenstein movie to watch.

Do the Moscato Monster Mash

Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante

Moscato Monster Mash – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 Kiwi – peeled and quartered

1-1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

3/4 ounce Simple Syrup

3 ounces Bubbly Moscato Spumante

Sugar Rim Garnish

Rim decorative glass with fresh lime and dip into sugar. Discard lime. Set aside glass. Muddle kiwi in bottom of cocktail shaker. Add juices and simple syrup with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into sugar rimmed glass. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante.

Optional: Divide the drink between two glasses and serve this as a nifty green monster shot.

Repurpose Your Drink

A dual purpose holiday to keep in mind for this lovely green shot is St. Patrick’s Day. There isn’t anything Irish about the drink, but the green will keep the pinch happy people away. If that’s what you want anyway. Perhaps you prefer pinching?!

I used Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante during the creation process. You can find more of my original Barefoot Wine & Bubbly recipes by following the link.

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

German Chocolate Cake in a Mug

German Chocolate Cake Cocoa is decadent, dangerous dessert in a glass.

German Chocolate Cake Cocoa is decadent, dangerous dessert in a glass.

What’s better than German Chocolate Cake and hot chocolate?

Both.

Together.

In one delicious, decadent mug with no baking required.

Yes. You read that right. Sip worthy German Chocolate Cake ready at your fingertips (make that lips) in a matter of minutes rather than an hour or more. But I give you this recipe with fair warning.

This German Chocolate Cake Cocoa is not only decadent; it is downright dangerous. This isn’t just some pretty mug to look at. It is slurp, devour and lick your lips kind of scrumptious. My idea of dessert is dessert in a glass. And this; This is that kind of dessert.

German Chocolate Cake Cocoa

German Chocolate Cake Cocoa is decadent, dangerous dessert in a glass.

German Chocolate Cake Cocoa

German Chocolate Cake Cocoa – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

1/2 ounce Hazelnut Liqueur

1-1/2 ounce Sweetened Condensed Milk

1/2 ounce Cream of Coconut

4 ounces Boiling Water

French Vanilla Whipped Cream* – recipe with Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Syrup

Place rum and hazelnut liqueur in a heat resistant coffee mug. Set aside. Place water, sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut in microwave safe glass container. Microwave until mixture is completely heated, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Stir. Pour into mug with rum and liqueur. Top with whipped cream. Drizzle chocolate syrup on top of the whipped cream.

Regular whipped cream can be substituted for French Vanilla Whipped Cream. Add additional sprinkle of shredded coconut if you like.

Take it Tailgating Tip

Take this recipe for your next tailgate party for a make and take treat your friends will thank you for. Make the heated base ahead of time. Take the remaining ingredients with you to make individual servings at the tailgate as needed.

German Chocolate Cake Cocoa – tailgating size

This is 5-1/2 times the size of the recipe above. If you’re using small disposable hot beverage cups this recipe should serve more than five people. Then again, your friends will want more than one cup. You might want to hide the flask!

Place water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut. Stir continually until mixture is thoroughly heated and smooth.

22 ounce Boiling Water

8-1/4 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk

2-3/4 ounces Cream of Coconut

Pour mixture into a 40 ounce capacity stainless steel vacuum flask (otherwise known as a Thermos®).

Add to the vacuum flask mixture:

5-1/2 ounces Silver Rum

2-3/4 ounces Hazelnut Liqueur

Put a lid on it and roll it around just a little to allow the ingredients to mix.

Take the full flask, a can of whipped cream (or fresh whipped cream if you’re ambitious) and bottle of chocolate syrup with you to the tailgate.

When you’re ready to serve, just pour the German Chocolate Cake Cocoa from the flask into small heat resistant cups, top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Enjoy.

This out-of-this-world amazingly delicious hot cocoa 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

Repurposing the Zombie

Zombie - Walking Dead excellent adapted drink for Halloween parties. Repurpose this drink for football tailgate parties by calling it the 1st and 10.

Classic Zombie adapted to the Walking Dead – perfect for Halloween Parties

The classic Zombie rum cocktail is a heavily over-proof cocktail. The name makes it a perfect drink for Halloween parties. But you don’t want your guests stumbling around like the walking dead.

Adding more fruit juice to the recipe brings a little balance to the drink. This variation of the Zombie recipe includes Apricot brandy and brown sugar syrup. Molasses could be used in place of brown sugar syrup for deeper flavor. Bitters lend a hand by layering a little spiced flavor throughout the drink.

Walking Dead Halloween Drink

Zombie - Walking Dead excellent adapted drink for Halloween parties. Repurpose this drink for football tailgate parties by calling it the 1st and 10.

Walking Dead – multiply the ingredients for party serve

Walking Dead – adaption by Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce Shellback Spiced Rum

1 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

3/4 ounce Apricot Brandy

1/2 ounce Cointreau (Premium Orange Liqueur)

2 ounces Orange Juice

2 ounces Pineapple Juice

1 ounce Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Brown Sugar Syrup

2 dashes Classic Bitters – optional

Cherry Garnish

Combine all ingredients except garnish in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds full of ice. Shake to blend. Strain into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry. Optional garnishes could include orange slice or pineapple.

Repurpose that Drink

I am a big fan of finding new uses for things. Cocktails are no different. Why leave this drink to just a classic Zombie or adapt it to a Walking Dead for Halloween and call it good? It would be a shame to let this recipe sit on the shelf for an entire year and only serve it for Halloween. So what else is it good for?

Sure, there’s that popular television series people talk about by the same name. Buy a season or two on DVD, host a watch party and serve these Walking Dead drinks. Guests will love them!

But then I counted. There are 10 ingredients in this drink. Perfect for football and tailgate parties… Rename this drink the 1st and 10, multiply the ingredients so it serves a crowd and you’ve got the perfect serve for game day.

See, every drink has a purpose. Sometimes it can be repurposed.

This repurposed Zombie cocktail 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

Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction

You’ve all known I love to shake things up as The Intoxicologist. This time I’m shaking things up from bar to bedroom by pairing cocktails with sexy stories and vignette photography.

Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction

Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction Erotic short stories and artisanal Cocktail recipes bookcover. Author Cheri Loughlin

Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction
October 2014

Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction invites adventurous lovers to share steamy sexual fantasies and thirst quenching drinks. Sensual encounters are the indulgent quickies many fantasize about. Erotic adventures stimulate desire, allowing passion to smolder throughout the busy day.

Let’s face it, we’re all busy whether it is with frustrating commutes, demanding work days, tedious to-do lists or running after toddlers. At the end of the day we’re tired. Romance let alone jaw dropping, peel the paint off the wall sex rarely makes the top of the to-do list. Opening a bottle of wine or popping the top off a beer and plopping into a recliner are more likely to happen.

Stir your desire.

Share the stories. Quench your thirst.

Cocktails with a Tryst shoes and lingerie vignette photo Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction (The Intoxicologist LLC, 2014) $16.95 paperback, 192 pages, $8.95 Kindle, will be available at http://intoxicologist.net/books or email str8upcocktails@gmail.com. ISBN: 978-0-9905680-1-8 Also available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1uqvzCO

Cocktails with a Tryst Shoes and Lingerie Vignette

Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction is a multi-genre erotic stories and cocktails book. It mixes the best of my creative talents; cocktail knowledge, photography, and creative writing. The book invites readers to stir their desire and quench their thirst while reading alone or while sharing with someone special.

We’ve all heard the saying, sharing is caring. This time sharing is gratifying. You can read one indulgent short story in Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction in the time it takes to catch up on social media. Would you rather “like” all the adorable babies, prom photos and cute puppies, or allow desire to simmer all day and share it with a lover for an evening of passion? I vote for the desire thing, wrapped up with a silk bow and blindfold.

Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction (The Intoxicologist LLC, 2014) $16.95 paperback, 192 pages, $8.95 Kindle, will be available at http://intoxicologist.net/books or email str8upcocktails@gmail.com. ISBN: 978-0-9905680-1-8 Also available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1uqvzCO - Silk Sheet recipe - Vanilla Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Creme de Cacao, Espresso

Cocktails with a Tryst Silk Sheet

After things heat up, Cocktails with a Tryst is the only book you need to cool down and quench your thirst. The book pairs 25 original cocktail recipes with the 12 erotic stories. Two standard syrup recipes are included. All the recipes use easy to find ingredients and have simple step-by-step instructions. The recipes include full color photos of every drink with brief description of the drink’s flavor profile. Each short story includes a mood setting black-and-white vignette photo.

The objective of Cocktails with a Tryst: Spark your desire early, frequently and carry it with you all day. And then share it!

Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction (The Intoxicologist LLC, 2014) $16.95 paperback, 192 pages, $8.95 Kindle, will be available at http://intoxicologist.net/books or email str8upcocktails@gmail.com. ISBN: 978-0-9905680-1-8 Also available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1uqvzCO

Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction (The Intoxicologist LLC, 2014) $16.95 paperback, 192 pages, $8.95 Kindle, will be available at http://intoxicologist.net/books or email str8upcocktails@gmail.com. ISBN: 978-0-9905680-1-8 Also available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1uqvzCO

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

Mini Mint Shot

Mini Mint Layered Shot is minty fresh with light chocolate flavor and barely there hint of coconut. If you love the mini chocolate covered mint candies from the theater, you'll love this shot.

Mini Mint Shot tastes similar to Junior Mints® candies

If you love those little chocolate covered Junior Mints® candies commonly sold at theaters, then this Mini Mint shot is for you. The bigger bonus is you get to share this shot with a friend. Sharing is caring after all. The Mini Mint shot is an easy layered shot. A slow pour is all it takes to keep this shot perfectly clear.

The Mini Mint shot is minty fresh with light chocolate flavor and barely there hint of coconut. It rolls over the tongue with glossy smooth finish. The lush factor makes this shot completely decadent. You might want to save that second shot for yourself!

Mini Mint Layered Shot Recipe

Mini Mint Layered Shot is minty fresh with light chocolate flavor and barely there hint of coconut. If you love the mini chocolate covered mint candies from the theater, you'll love this shot.

Pour slowly and carefully so the chocolate doesn’t combine with the rest of the ingredients.

Mini Mint – recipe by Cheri Loughlin

serves 2

3/4 ounce Coconut Vodka

1 ounce Crème de Cacao

1 ounce Crème de Menthe

2 Dollops Chocolate Syrup

Place a dollop of chocolate syrup in the bottom of two shot glasses. Set aside. Combine coconut vodka, crème de cacao and crème de menthe in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain half of the contents of the shaker into each of the prepared shot glasses. Pour slowly and carefully so the chocolate doesn’t combine with the rest of the ingredients.

Sip sweetly!

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