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.

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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Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante

Moscato Monster Mash

Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante
Moscato Monster Mash Shot

I love Halloween. And there is a specific song that always comes to mind this time of year; Monster Mash. It was obviously the inspiration behind this Moscato Monster Mash recipe. So please indulge my geeky behavior for a moment…

Moscato Monster Mash

I was mixing behind the bar a few weeks ago

And popped the cork on a bottle of moscato

A kiwi, pineapple and lime joined in

With some sugary bits for a cocktail rim

I peeled, quartered, juiced and mashed

Poured the bubbly and made a splash

The mixture glowed an eerie green

With floating flecks of black kiwi seed

I sipped, swished and gave it a taste

A shot like this I could not waste

It’s crisp, light and tangy sweet

The perfect Halloween party treat

So, now try to get the Monster Mash song out of your head. Yeah, I can’t either.

It is things like this that play around in my head while I’m trying to be all serious creating cocktails and then write about them. So now you know. Sometimes serious is just impossible. I’m going to go play the real Monster Mash song now and find a Frankenstein movie to watch.

Do the Moscato Monster Mash

Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante

Moscato Monster Mash – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 Kiwi – peeled and quartered

1-1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

3/4 ounce Simple Syrup

3 ounces Bubbly Moscato Spumante

Sugar Rim Garnish

Rim decorative glass with fresh lime and dip into sugar. Discard lime. Set aside glass. Muddle kiwi in bottom of cocktail shaker. Add juices and simple syrup with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into sugar rimmed glass. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante.

Optional: Divide the drink between two glasses and serve this as a nifty green monster shot.

Repurpose Your Drink

A dual purpose holiday to keep in mind for this lovely green shot is St. Patrick’s Day. There isn’t anything Irish about the drink, but the green will keep the pinch happy people away. If that’s what you want anyway. Perhaps you prefer pinching?!

I used Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante during the creation process. You can find more of my original Barefoot Wine & Bubbly recipes by following the link.

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