Category Archives: Classic Cocktails

Classic cocktail recipes, vintage recipes and those classically styled recipes that have stood the test of time.

Butterscotch Espresso Martini Rum Creme de Cacao Butterscotch Schapps Espresso

Butterscotch Espresso Martini

Butterscotch Espresso Martini  Rum Creme de Cacao Butterscotch Schapps Espresso

Everyone knows the day starts off a little better when coffee is involved. So in theory every Happy Hour burns a little brighter when coffee is there to shake things up.

Espresso Martinis have long been a cocktail hour favorite. In my opinion, Espresso Martinis are best served with fresh made espresso and rely on light sweetness rather than heavily sweetened, dairy froth. In fact, one of my favorite twists on the traditional Espresso Martini uses a mix of rum and Irish whiskey for depth of whispered smoke throughout the cocktail.

The Butterscotch Espresso Martini adds an extra turn of events to this cocktail’s usual flavor profile. The cocktail is still heavily laced with espresso flavor and lightly sweetened. But the butterscotch schnapps softens the bitter flavor edges often present in strong espresso. It also brings the slightest bit of vanilla to the cocktail. Very nice indeed!

Butterscotch Espresso Martini

Butterscotch Espresso Martini  Rum Creme de Cacao Butterscotch Schapps Espresso

Butterscotch Espresso Martini – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

1 ounce Dark Crème de Cacao

1/2 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps

1-1/2 ounce fresh Espresso – cooled

3 Coffee Beans

Place liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds full with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Mixture should become frothy. Double strain with fine mesh strainer into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with coffee beans on the top.

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The Butterscotch Espresso Martini recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of The Intoxicologist Corporate Mixology program. 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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Zombie - Walking Dead excellent adapted drink for Halloween parties. Repurpose this drink for football tailgate parties by calling it the 1st and 10.

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

Brainstorm 2 ounces Irish Whiskey 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth 1/4 ounce Benedictine Orange Twist Garnish

Brainstorm

Brainstorm 2 ounces Irish Whiskey 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth 1/4 ounce Benedictine Orange Twist Garnish
Brainstorm

This is one very mixed up classic cocktail! It seems someone started brainstorming ingredients and just couldn’t decide which one was the best for the Brainstorm. I have sampled this classic using Bourbon rather than Irish Whiskey. At first the bourbon seems far removed and lost in the flavor, but after the second and third sip it begins to warm to the soul of the drink. Sip and savor this cocktail with bourbon, whiskey, Scotch or with Irish Whiskey as referenced below.

Brainstorm Recipe

Brainstorm

2 ounces Irish Whiskey

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

1/4 ounce Benedictine

Orange Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange twist.

Brainstorm Recipe Card and Variations

Brainstorm Recipe Card - Click on photo for larger size. Right click to print or save. Personal Use Only Please.
Brainstorm Recipe Card – Click photo for larger size. Right click to print or save. Personal Use Only Please.

The Brainstorm recipe card is another variation of this recipe using Bourbon with greater degree of Benedictine. Brainstorm can lean a bit toward the sweeter side if you get too heavy handed with the Benedictine, so consider easing up just a little on the liqueur.

Cocktail Database uses 1/2 ounce dry vermouth rather than sweet vermouth. Some recipes, such as one found on Man Tested Recipes, use rye whiskey rather than Irish whiskey with varying measurements of Benedictine and vermouth. Difford’s Guide uses bourbon in lower quantity dry vermouth and also changes the measures of the remaining ingredients. Esquire uses Irish whiskey and dry vermouth, but uses tablespoon measurements on remaining ingredients. Play around with the drink and find the spirits and measurements that work for you palate.

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