Category Archives: Cocktails

Cocktails and drink recipes covering a multitude of spirit categories from contemporary to classic styles.

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

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.

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

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

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