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July Featured Cocktail & Mocktail Challenge

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Each month The Intoxicologist site plays host to a cocktail challenge highlighting a main ingredient, style of drink or base spirit. Cocktail challenge submissions are open to anyone of legal age within their country of origin and interested in participating. No formal bartending or mixology skills required. This challenge is based upon flavor, ease of preparation and presentation without all the bells and whistles. You know what you like, so share it. It’s a sure bet others will love it too! A tasting team will select the winning recipe, which will then be photographed for publication on The Intoxicologist site highlighting the drink creator. All cocktails become part of The Intoxicologist drink database for future reference.

July 2011 Cocktail / Mocktail Challenge: Ice Cream

Last day for Ice Cream entries: July 22, 2011

Pull out the blender and whip up your most fabulous ice cream drink creation. Drink recipe submissions must include ice cream, but this time around you have the option of making this drink with or without alcohol. Two recipes will be chosen as winners; one from the Mocktail category and one from the Cocktail category.

Start mixing! Cheers!

Cheri – The Intoxicologist

Entry Guidelines

Drink recipe must be your original creation.

Recipes must be limited to 5 ingredients or less including garnish.

Ingredients must be easily accessible rather than rare, difficult to acquire items.

Entrant must be of legal drinking age in their country of origin.

Email entries to The Intoxicologist at Include the following information.

Shape Shifter 2 photo copyright Cheri LoughlinYour Name

Date of Birth / Country of Origin

Email (optional)

Website / Social Media Link (optional)

Cocktail Name

Recipe (Please include exact measurements, ingredients, preparation / direction details & appropriate glass for presentation)

Your Cocktail Tasting Notes

Cocktail Inspiration (Naming, ingredients, etc.)

Special Instructions / Tips / Specific Brands Used


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The Bobby Burns cocktail is named for the Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. This recipe is an adaptation by Omaha bartender, Chris Engles. His version uses a fabulous aromatic allspice and lemon twist garnish. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Scotch Cocktail Recipes: Bobby Burns & My Darling

Last week a new cocktail creation contest rolled out on The Intoxicologist Facebook page: Scotch.  Participants were invited to create a simply made cocktail using five ingredients or less.  Participants were welcome to use scotch of their preference, but I would be recreating the cocktails with Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch and Grant’s Blended Scotch.

When I stopped in at a local bar & restaurant, Boiler Room, that serves fabulous old style cocktails this past weekend, the bartender asked if I’d like to try a Scotch cocktail he had been playing around with for the new cocktail menu; the Bobby Burns.  Bobby Burns isn’t new, but Chris put a great new spin on it with the inclusion of barely there allspice rim that he and the chef worked out.  There is also a little fiddling with the ingredient ratios that make Bobby Burns a Boiler Room knock out.

Bobby Burns Cocktail Recipe

The Bobby Burns cocktail is named for the Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. This recipe is an adaptation by Omaha bartender, Chris Engles. His version uses a fabulous aromatic allspice and lemon twist garnish. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
The Bobby Burns cocktail is named for the Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. This recipe is an adaptation by Omaha bartender, Chris Engles. His version uses a fabulous aromatic allspice and lemon twist garnish. – photo credit Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Bobby Burns – Chris Engles, Boiler Room – Omaha, NE

2 parts Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch

1-1/2 part Carpano Antiqua Formula

1/4 part Benedictine

Lemon Twist


Combine Glenfiddich, Carpano and Benedictine in a mixing glass with ice.  Stir until chilled.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Dip fresh lemon strip twist into fresh allspice.  Rub lemon twist with allspice around rim of cocktail glass and place twist in cocktail.

Chris’ take on the Bobby Burns cocktail flavors out fabulously with allspice rounding out the deal.  The aroma lures one in for the first sip.  Carpano Antiqua Formula creates an excellent sounding board for the Glenfiddich Scotch.  Benedictine leaves just enough spice in the finish.  The kicker here is the allspice.  It definitely begins the cocktail and seals the deal beginning to end.

After tasting through entries for the scotch cocktail creation contest Bob Stafford’s, My Darling, took winning place.  There were a handful of great entries, but My Darling kept the integrity of Scotch flavor in mind and simplicity for duplication at the same time.

My Darling Cocktail Recipe

My Darling Scotch cocktail created by Bob Stafford uses Grant’s Blended Scotch, Cointreau, Plymouth Sloe Gin, Fresh Squeezed Clementine Juice and Regan’s Orange Bitters. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist}
My Darling Scotch cocktail created by Bob Stafford {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist}

My Darling – Bob Stafford

1-1/2 parts Grant’s Blended Scotch*

1/2 part Cointreau

1/2 part Plymouth Sloe Gin

1/2 part Fresh Squeezed Clementine Juice

2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker filled 1/2 way with ice. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Rub rim of glass with a Clementine twist and garnish drink with the twist. *Bob used Johnnie Walker Black Blended Scotch Whisky

This cocktail rang out a little sweeter than my preferred taste for cocktails, especially Scotch cocktails – however My Darling plays to the strengths of Scotch rather than cover it up.  This is a great cocktail for someone who wants to play with the flavor of Scotch without going hard core straight on the rocks.

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Mixing Up Something Beautiful

This weekend the ‘Mix Up Something Beautiful’ contest came to a final close as the winner became exquisitely clear.  Judges for this cocktail contest included myself (Cheri Loughlin-The Intoxicologist), Virginia Roode and Steff Childs (The Kitchen Trials).  We started out with a quick sampling of Pinky Vodka to get a sense of the base spirit. Virginia Roode - Pinky Vodka Contest

Pinky Vodka certainly lives up to its reputation of the world’s most beautiful vodka with its pretty pink hue, but there is more to this sexy bottle than girlish good looks.  Comments from Steff and Virginia leaned toward the floral garden feel of this spirit.  Steff said the pretty presentation of Pinky leant itself well to a Girl’s Night Out theme party.  There is undeniably feminine appeal to this spirit, yet both judges agreed their male friends would sample Pinky if it were offered at a gathering.  Though it has floral tones there are also herbal notes in the background with a hint of citrus.

Winning cocktail of The Intoxicologist ‘Mix Up Something Beautiful’ with Pinky Vodka contest is 3,2,1…Pinkies Up entered by Charles Steadman, Palm Beach Bartender.  This particular cocktail has fabulous color, exquisitely deep strawberry flavor with a bit of Pinky Vodka flavor still coming through underneath. 

321 Pinkies Up Club Soda Version - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin3,2,1…Pinkies Up

3 Fresh Strawberries

2 ounces Pinky Vodka

1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1 ounce Agave Nectar

Soda Water

Garnish: Thin slice of strawberry (taken from the ingredients)

Preparation: Remove the green and muddle the strawberries in a mixing tin. Add the Pinky vodka, lime juice and agave nectar into the mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain into a highball glass with ice. Top with a nice splash of soda.

Steff Childs 321 Pinkies Up“I like this,” said Steff.  “I can imagine this being served at a bar with fun outdoor patio.  I’d serve it at a Sunday brunch or bridal shower.  It’s cute!  Visually it looks like it could be strawberry limeade.”

“I like the burst of citrus,” Virginia commented immediately after the first taste.   However, Virginia’s feeling was a bit mixed about presentation.  “I don’t know if I would use the same glass.” 

There was much discussion about the 3,2,1…Pinkies Up cocktail before choosing it as the contest winner.  This cocktail is rather nice without the addition of soda water for starters.  The soda water actually thins it out just a little rather than adds to the flavor.  The soda water addition and conversation among judges gave us the idea of substitution.  This cocktail would be better suited for champagne rather321 Pinkies Up Champagne Version - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin than soda water.  Champagne also suits the Pinky Vodka flirty, fun, sexy spirit a little better.  Thinking of where we might order or serve this particular cocktail and what type of glass might fulfill that need better we topped this cocktail with champagne and loved it even more.  This showed the versatility of this particular recipe.  The only drawback on this cocktail is the name.  Three female judges concur that we would never order the 3,2,1…Pinkies Up cocktail from a menu based on the name.  Something more suited to the flavor of the cocktail and characteristic of Pinky Vodka would be much more appealing.

Many thanks to all who participated in the ‘Mix Up Something Beautiful’ with Pinky Vodka contest.   Charles Steadman will receive his contest prize shortly.  Stay tuned to The Intoxicologist site for a new cocktail contest to be announced soon!

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