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.

National Chocolate Day is the perfect time to indulge in candy bar cocktails. This Almond Joy Martini is a lighter flavored version of the real Almond Joy® candy bar with which this has no affiliation.

National Chocolate Day Almond Joy Martini

National Chocolate Day is the perfect time to indulge in candy bar cocktails. This Almond Joy Martini is a lighter flavored version of the real Almond Joy® candy bar with which this has no affiliation.

While the kids prepare for the sweetest day of the year, you can prepare for your own sugar fest. National Chocolate Day hits the calendar a few days ahead of Halloween. Coincidence? I think not.

Call National Chocolate Day an adult trial run to sample a few Halloween candies. We have to make sure the chosen Trick-or-Treat candies meet expectations after all. It would be just awful to hand out a cauldron full of sub-par treats.

Host an adult night out tasting party before the ghouls and goblins come knocking at your door. Grab a handful of chocolate treats and pair them with a few well-chosen candy bar cocktail recipes. This Almond Joy Martini is a lighter flavored version of the real Almond Joy® candy bar with which this has no affiliation. It tickles the lips with light, balanced sweetness.

Almond Joy Martini

National Chocolate Day is the perfect time to indulge in candy bar cocktails. This Almond Joy Martini is a lighter flavored version of the real Almond Joy® candy bar with which this has no affiliation.

Almond Joy Martini – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

1/2 ounce Amaretto Liqueur

1/2 ounce Chocolate Liqueur (Godiva Original)

1/2 ounce Cream of Coconut

1 ounce Half & Half

Chocolate Syrup

Shredded Coconut

Swirl chocolate syrup inside a chilled martini glass. Refrigerate while preparing cocktail if possible. Place liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds full of ice. Shake to blend and chill liquids. Strain into chocolate swirled martini glass. Top with small sprinkle of shredded coconut.

A few more candy bar sips you might enjoy: Butterfinger layered shot, Joyous Almond, Tootsie Roll Shot or Gummy Worm Martini, Mini Mint shot, and the Smoretini.

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The Almond Joy 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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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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Vampire’s Delight is simple, uncomplicated and delicious. It stays within the realm of sophisticated style and keeps your Halloween party simply tastefully trendy.

Vampire’s Delight

Vampire’s Delight is simple, uncomplicated and delicious. It stays within the realm of sophisticated style and keeps your Halloween party simply tastefully trendy.

Halloween cocktails take on eerie effect with bubbling cauldrons filled with dry ice, floating eyeballs and martini glasses glowing with concoctions of ghastly greens and appalling blood red. Sometimes the flavor combinations necessary to create such frightening presentations are as horrific to swallow as they are to look at. But that isn’t necessary.

Vampire’s Delight is simple, uncomplicated and delicious. Raspberry and raspberry puree are as ghoulish as this drink gets. It stays within the realm of sophisticated style and keeps your Halloween party simply tastefully trendy.

Vampire’s Delight

Vampire’s Delight

1-1/4 ounce Smirnoff Vodka

1/4 ounce Grenadine

3-1/4 ounce Ginger Ale

Lime Juice

Raspberry

Raspberry Puree*

Combine vodka, grenadine and splash of lime or 1/2 fresh lime squeezed into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with lime wedge and fresh raspberry. Drizzle raspberry puree over the top.

*Purchase raspberry puree or make your own by muddling a few raspberries with simple syrup.

Recipe and drink photo provided by representatives of Smirnoff. Recipe card created by Cheri Loughlin

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