Category Archives: Holidays

Holiday cocktails includes major holidays such as Christmas & Halloween, but also includes those obscure daily holidays that get thrown in for fun like National Vodka Day and National Coffee Day. The list could go on forever.

Kir Cocktail

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic - Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic – Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

A traditional Kir drink calls for dry white wine and crème de cassis with lemon twist. It is served chilled in a wine glass. Simple. Elegant. The Kir drink is said to be named in recognition of Mayor Canon Felix Kir of Dijon from the Burgundy region of France. The predominant flavor in the Kir cocktail is crème de cassis which is made from black currants. Crème de cassis originated in Burgundy.

Another version and possibly more popular is the Kir Royale. The Kir Royale exchanges dry white wine for champagne or sparkling wine and is served in a champagne flute. The Kir Royale is a sophisticated brunch favorite of many.

While we’re talking Kir cocktails, have you tried the Kir Martini? Yes, of course! The Kir Martini is 2-1/2 ounces Gin, 1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth, 1/4 ounce Crème de Cassis. Stir this mixture with ice until well chilled and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Kir Cocktail Recipe

This contemporary Kir Cocktail variation uses Barefoot Riesling still wine. It is sweeter than the dry white wine traditionally called for in the Kir. When pairing Riesling with gin rather than dry vermouth we come away with a lighter, sweeter cocktail that balances the gin botanicals. Increasing the crème de cassis adds just the right touch to offset any acidity in the cocktail. Blueberries brighten the look of the drink. But the blueberries do serve another purpose. Allow them to soak in the cocktail while you sip and you’re in for a delicious treat once you reach the bottom of the glass. The blueberries soak up some of the flavors of the Kir Cocktail in much the same way fruits soak up the flavor in sangria.

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic - Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

Kir Cocktail

Kir Cocktail – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Barefoot Riesling Wine

1 ounce New Amsterdam Gin

1/2 ounce Crème de Cassis

Fresh Blueberries Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into white wine glass. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

This Kir Cocktail recipe variation 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

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito – Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

The Raspberry Watermelon Mojito takes advantage of fresh raspberries and succulent watermelon. It is light and refreshing; perfect for what we can only hope are long warm days ahead. The recipe below calls for traditional club soda topper, but take this recipe into celebratory mode by using champagne or bubblies instead.

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito Drink Recipe

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

10 to 12 Mint Sprigs

3 Watermelon Cubes – 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch roughly

6 Fresh Raspberries

1-1/2 ounce Club Soda

Mint Leaf Garnish

Muddle mint leaves, watermelon and raspberries in bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add rum, lime juice and simple syrup with ice. Shake vigorously to incorporate mint flavor into mixture. Strain into tall glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with mint leaf.

Mojito Extras

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

Make a non-alcoholic version for the kiddos with mint, raspberries and fresh watermelon juice.

While you enjoy your delicious Raspberry Watermelon Mojito, whip up a non-alcoholic version for the kiddos with raspberries, mint and watermelon juice or fresh muddled watermelon. There’s an easy recipe to follow in the non-alcoholic Watermelon Raspberry Mojito post from 2011. There are extra flavor addition ideas such as cranberry juice and lemon lime sparkling water to keep the kid’s drink fun and fabulous all season long, too.

Keep the Raspberry Watermelon Mojito in mind for backyard BBQ’s, Fourth of July parties and Memorial Day.

The Raspberry Watermelon Mojito long drink 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 ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Love Potion #10

Serve the Love Potion #10 top 10 cocktail this Valentine’s Day and score a perfect 10 with your date.

Serve the Love Potion #10 top 10 cocktail this Valentine’s Day and score a perfect 10 with your date.

Will your Valentine’s Day be filled with diamonds, pearls, roses, candlelit whirlpool tubs, a couple’s massage, Caribbean getaway, chocolate truffles, stylish perfume or frilly lingerie? Or were you thinking more along the lines of all the unmentionables far too racy to spell out here. Pause for a moment, close your eyes and envision exactly what you want for Valentine’s Day. Chances are you won’t find everything you are searching for here, but we can certainly toast to all your fantasies coming true.

Everyone wants to score a perfect 10 on Valentine’s Day. The Intoxicologist can’t dole out the perfect Valentine gift, but I can suggest a tasty top 10 cocktail for your Valentine’s Day lover’s rendezvous.

Love Potion #10 Drink Recipe

Serve the Love Potion #10 top 10 cocktail this Valentine’s Day and score a perfect 10 with your date.

Love Potion #10

Love Potion #10

2 ounces 10 Cane Rum

1/2 ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

1/4 ounce Maraschino Cherry Liqueur

Lemon Slice

Place liquids in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lemon slice.

Just for fun…

Jack Sparrow loved women almost as much as he loved rum.  Possibly if he’d used the Love Potion #10 cocktail recipe he would have had better success.

Love Potion No. 9 by the Coasters, video from Pirates of the Caribbean, posted by BeachParrot08

Recipe provided by representatives of 10 Cane Rum (reprinted from 2009). Photography and commentary is my own.

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

Be My Naughty Valentine

Forget the chocolates. Add a little fun to Valentine's Day by exchanging Naughty Valentine Cocktails

Forget the chocolates. Add a little fun to Valentine’s Day by exchanging Naughty Valentine Cocktails

Those of you who read here often already know Valentine’s Day is not my favorite holiday. It shouldn’t really be a once a year holiday in my opinion. It feels too manufactured. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if love, sex and romance were part of everyone’s every day rather than a circled date on the calendar? Don’t wait until February 14, an anniversary or your significant other’s birthday to turn up the heat. Get playful, be naughty and have fun starting right now!

Naughty Valentine Cocktail Recipes

Afternoon Delight - Naughty Valentine Cocktail 2 ounces Vanilla Vodka 1 ounce White Chocolate Liqueur 1 ounce Cointreau Maraschino Cherry Garnish Combine all liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

2 ounces Vanilla Vodka

1 ounce White Chocolate Liqueur

1 ounce Cointreau

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Combine all liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Climax

1/2 ounce Vodka

1/2 ounce Amaretto Liqueur

1/2 ounce Triple Sec

1/2 ounce White Crème de Cacao

1/2 ounce Crème de Banana

1 ounce Half & Half

Combine all liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Slippery Nipple Layered Naughty Valentine Shot

Slippery Nipple Layered Shot

Slippery Nipple

1/2 ounce Coffee Liqueur or Sambuca

1/2 ounce Irish Cream Liqueur

1/2 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps

Layer liqueurs and schnapps in shot glass in order given.

Leg Spreader

1-1/2 ounces Coconut Rum

1-1/2 ounces Melon Liqueur

6 ounces Pineapple Juice

1/2 ounce Sprite

Place ice in Hurricane glass. Add liqueur, rum and juice. Stir. Top with Sprite. Stir.

Purple Penis

2 ounces Vodka

1-1/2 ounce Blue Curacao

1-1/2 ounce Raspberry Liqueur

2 ounces Cranberry Juice

1 ounce Lemon Juice

1 ounce Simple Syrup

Combine all liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled Collins glass.

Bald Pussy

1/2 ounce Vodka

1/2 ounce Lime Vodka

3/4 ounce Melon Liqueur

3/4 ounce Blueberry Schnapps

1/2 ounce Triple Sec

1/4 ounce Lime Juice

1/4 ounce Sprite

Fill Collins glass with ice. Add ingredients in order given. Stir.

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The Revolver Cocktail Recipe Card

The Revolver cocktail is such an interesting and easy drink. It is definitely one to add to your winter cocktail lineup. This is darkly interesting, simply intriguing. The Revolver cocktail reminds me of dark delicious chocolate laced with barely there hint of orange. Bourbon flavor profiles vary, so be aware that this cocktail will taste a little different depending upon the brand you choose.

The Revolver Cocktail Recipe Card

The Revolver 2 ounces Bourbon 1/2 ounce Coffee Liqueur 2 dashes Orange Bitters Flamed Orange Peel Garnish Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice.Stir to chill. Strain into coupe. Garnish with flamed orange peel.

The Revolver Recipe Card

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Hangman’s Noose is another easy bourbon cocktail with chocolate notes. Hangman’s Noose uses Godiva chocolate liqueur and sweet vermouth.

All content ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com