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.

Halloween Party Shots & Small Bite Pairings

36 Halloween Shots & Shooters - Shots are miniature tasters to pair with small bite appetizers. Download eBook and take recipes on the go.

Do you know what I love about Autumn? Halloween! I am not a huge fan of scaring myself silly, so no haunted houses and clown horror movies for me. But I do love decorating for Halloween and throwing a big Halloween party. It’s just super fun. I’m also all about planning ahead.

Introducing 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters eBook

36 Halloween Shots & Shooters eBook contains 36 original, adapted and popular shots ideal for scaring up a devilish Halloween party. A full color photo of the exact drink is included with every recipe. Photography and text: Cheri Loughlin Design: Concierge Marketing

This year I’m even more excited about Halloween, because I get to introduce my new Halloween recipes book, 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters. The eBook is filled with 36 drink recipe with matching full color photos so you know exactly what the drink looks like. Each drink has been tested and has a short flavor description.

Why shot recipes for parties instead of Halloween cocktails? Plain and simple; they’re fun! They also make terrific miniature tasters to pair with appetizers and small bites. Perfect for parties! Shots are no longer reserved for the younger set. Shot tasters are for the young at heart who enjoy sampling lots of flavors.

Party Shots and Small Bite Pairings

Pumpkin Pie to Die for pairs wonderfully with Pie Crust Cookies sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar - 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist LLC

Pumpkin Pie to Die for pairs wonderfully with Pie Crust Cookies sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar

The Pumpkin Pie to Die for shot pairs deliciously with easy pie crust cookies sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Check out The Ultimate Pie Crust Guide for an experimental journey toward the perfect pie crust.

My adaption of the Banshee shot pairs nicely with miniature waffle cones filled with an assortment of diced fresh fruit and pecans. The Cupcake Project has a terrific Waffle Cone recipe if you’d like to try your hand at making your own.

Poison Apple and Spiked Caramel Apple both pair deliciously with Crunchy Pecan Granola - 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist LLC

Poison Apple and Spiked Caramel Apple both pair deliciously with Crunchy Pecan Granola

The Poison Apple and Spiked Caramel Apple shots are both totally yummy paired with Crunchy Pecan Granola from PinchOfYum.com.

Pair either the Blood Shot or Vampire Killer shots with a fresh mozzarella ball, cherry tomato and fresh basil leaf on a miniature kabob. Provide a small dish with mixture of olive oil or chili oil and aged balsamic with salt and pepper for dipping. I’m also a fan of the Caprese Bites with cheese tortellini and basil pesto from GarnishWithLemon.com.

These are just a small handful of shot recipes and small bite food pairings that would make the perfect serve at your next party. But you don’t have to wait for a party to start sampling these delicious recipes. Download 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters today and start sampling! Don’t forget to take your eBook with you on the go so you can be the life of the party.

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

Just Peachy Punch

Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Ginger peach tea weaves gentle fruit and spice flavor into this delicate autumnal punch.

Just Peachy Punch – Make ahead for fall gatherings

Tea is a traditional addition in vintage punches. The ginger peach tea in this delicate autumnal punch weaves in nicely with gentle flavor. There is no biting bitterness one usually experiences with more abrasive, pungent teas. Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Honey adds a nice cider spin to the flavor profile. The flavor fuses a delicate balance between the Riesling’s lilting apple notes and the punch’s sweet citrus flavors.

Just Peachy Punch serves six. It is excellent for fall gatherings. Make this recipe ahead of time, refrigerate and serve when ready.

Just Peachy Punch Recipe

Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Ginger peach tea weaves gentle fruit and spice flavor into this delicate autumnal punch.

Just Peachy Punch

Just Peachy Punch – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

serves 6

16 ounces Barefoot Riesling Wine

12 ounces Ginger Peach Tea*

4 ounces Lemonade

4 ounces Honey

Lemon Wheels Garnish

Place all liquid ingredients in pitcher. Stir until honey is completely dissolved. Pour into 6 large rocks glasses or decorative glasses over a large cube of ice. Garnish with two floated lemon wheels.

*Ginger Peach Tea – Use Ginger Peach Tea or Peach Tea from the tea bag aisle. Prepare according to package directions using two tea bags instead of one for double strength tea.

This autumnal Just Peachy Punch recipe 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

Boiler Maker

Shot of Bourbon for a Boiler Maker

Bourbon Shot

This weekend marks the unofficial close of summer and the official beginning of September’s “Bourbon Heritage Month.” It makes perfect sense to me to celebrate the coming together of both festivities with a two ingredient drink that includes them both. Since it is Labor Day we want to shy away from anything too labor intensive. The Boiler Maker is ideal!

Boiler Maker Recipe for Labor Day Success

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Boiler Maker

1 ounce Bourbon

Pint Beer

Pour a shot of bourbon. Place it on the nearest table to your deck chair. Pull a bottle of choice beer from the cooler. Pop the top on that ice cold beer. While you settle into your deck chair, bring that shot of bourbon to your lips. Remember the good times of summer. You’ll need them to get through winter! Tip that shot of bourbon so the warm liquid glides over your tongue, prickling your taste buds with flavor sensation that rocks your world clear to your toes. Yeah…you know the feeling. Enjoy it as it warms your belly. Then pick up that beer, settle in and enjoy. Savor the moment. Savor the day.

Of course you could always drop a shot of bourbon in a pint of beer and chug it as quickly as possible and call it a Boiler Maker as well. But what’s the point?

Enjoy a labor free Labor Day!

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

Peachy Pina Colada

Peachy Pina Colada – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist 2 ounces Spiced Rum 1-3/4 ounces Pineapple Juice 1-1/4 ounce Orange Juice 2 ounces Cream of Coconut 1 ounce Unsweetened Almond Milk 8 Frozen Peach Slices 1 cup Crushed Ice Peach Slice Garnish

Peachy Pina Colada

The best Pina Coladas I ever sipped (repeatedly and often) were served on a cruise ship. That was seven glorious days of someone else making drinks while I basked in the sun. The delicious part of the Pina Colada wasn’t just in the basic recipe. It was the dark rum floated over the top of the drink that made it taste so good. Yum!

I am still a fan of the classic Pina Colada with rich coconut flavor and ample splash of dark rum over the top. But I also love to play with the recipe by adding fruit flavors. This variation keeps true to the flavors of the classic Pina Colada with added fruity kick. A little less pineapple, added orange juice and frozen peach slices give this drink amazing flavor. It’s like slipping into vacation mode the instant the creamy mixture glides over the tongue. Who couldn’t use a little instant vacation?!

Blend up some fun! August 16 is National Rum Day.

Peachy Pina Colada Recipe

This recipe does not call for a rum float over the top, but I would definitely recommend one for added punch. Try with and without. See which way floats your boat.

Peachy Pina Colada – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Spiced Rum

1-3/4 ounces Pineapple Juice

1-1/4 ounce Orange Juice

2 ounces Cream of Coconut

1 ounce Unsweetened Almond Milk

8 Frozen Peach Slices

1 cup Crushed Ice

Peach Slice Garnish

Place all ingredients except garnish into a blender. Blend until mixture is completely smooth. Pour into a Poco Grande glass. Garnish with peach slice.

I used Shellback Rum while creating this Pina Colada variation. However, feel free to use your rum of choice to recreate this drink at home. Happy sipping!

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