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.

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!

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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

Honeydew Me Daiquiri

Honeydew Me Daiquiri – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist 2 ounces Shellback Silver Rum 1 cup fresh Honeydew Melon – cut small chunks 1 ounce fresh Lime Juice 1-3/4 ounce Cream of Coconut 1 cup Crushed Ice Honeydew Slices Garnish

July 19 is National Daiquiri Day. Grab your Honey and get mixing!

The Honeydew Me Daiquiri gets its light green hue from fresh honeydew melon. That is exactly where it gets its fun name, too! The flavor is fresh and fantastically light. The Honeydew Me Daiquiri is ideal for spring and summer. Or put this drink on your “Honey do” list for Valentine’s Day. The light green color makes this a nice alternative cocktail choice for St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras and Easter. Another great day to keep this seasonally fresh cocktail in mind…

July 19 is National Daiquiri Day. Grab your Honey and get mixing!

Honeydew Me Daiquiri Recipe

Honeydew Me Daiquiri – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Shellback Silver Rum

1 cup fresh Honeydew Melon – cut small chunks

1 ounce fresh Lime Juice

1-3/4 ounce Cream of Coconut

1 cup Crushed Ice

Honeydew Slices Garnish

Place all ingredients except garnish in a blender. Blend at high speed until the mixture is completely smooth. This should take 30 to 60 seconds depending on the blender. Pour into a large goblet or decorative glass. Garnish with skewered honeydew slices.

This 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

Fresh Melon Mojito

Melon Mojito – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist 2 ounces Silver Rum 1 cup fresh Watermelon – cut into small chunks 3/4 cup fresh Cantaloupe – cut into small chunks 15 fresh Mint Leaves 1 ounce fresh Lemon Juice 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Mint Sprig Garnish

Fresh Melon Mojito with cantaloupe and watermelon. Perfect for National Mojito Day!

This Melon Mojito uses fresh seasonal fruits and herb for a superb fresh market cocktail flavor experience. Sipping this makes you feel like you’re drinking exceedingly fresh and healthy. Though, I am not making any claims to alcoholic drinks being within the realm of healthy lifestyle choices. The fresh fruit just makes it a little less of a guilty pleasure.

July 11 is National Mojito Day. Choose a simple classic Mojito cocktail to celebrate the day or go with a fresh fruit Melon Mojito.

Melon Mojito Drink Recipe

Melon Mojito – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist 2 ounces Silver Rum 1 cup fresh Watermelon – cut into small chunks 3/4 cup fresh Cantaloupe – cut into small chunks 15 fresh Mint Leaves 1 ounce fresh Lemon Juice 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Mint Sprig Garnish

Fresh Melon Mojito

Melon Mojito – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Silver Rum

1 cup fresh Watermelon – cut into small chunks

3/4 cup fresh Cantaloupe – cut into small chunks

15 fresh Mint Leaves

1 ounce fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Mint Sprig Garnish

Place watermelon, cantaloupe and mint leaves in a large mixing glass. Muddle to extract juices and essential oils from mint leaves. Add rum, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh fruit and mint sprig.

I used Shellback Rum while creating this Mojito variation. However, feel free to use the 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

Cherry Limeade

This Cherry Limeade's secret ingredient is a super easy Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum.

This Cherry Limeade’s secret ingredient is a super easy Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum.

This Cherry Limeade tastes like a very famous drive-in Cherry Limeade drink only this time it is rum soaked and fabulous! Cherry Limeade makes a nice refreshing poolside drink and party sipper. Excellent for summer! This recipe converts nicely for a non-alcohol version, too. Skip the rum and use the frozen limeade concentrate, maraschino cherry juice, sprite and regular maraschino cherries for a kid friendly version.

Cherry Limeade Single Serve Recipe

Cherry Limeade – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Single Serve

1 ounce Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum* (recipe at bottom of post)

1-1/4 ounce Frozen Limeade Concentrate – thawed

1/2 ounce Maraschino Cherry Syrup – (from a regular jar of maraschino cherries)

6-1/2 ounces Sprite (Lemon Lime Soda)

3 or 4 Maraschino Cherries Infused with Rum (or regular maraschino cherries)

Lime Wedge

Place rum, frozen lime concentrate and maraschino cherries in a tall glass with ice. Stir to blend. Top with sprite. Stir again briefly to blend. Be careful not to stir too vigorously or the Sprite will go flat. Garnish with a lime wedge. Squeeze the lime wedge for a hint more tartness to the drink or just drop it in. The option is yours.

Cherry Limeade Party Size Recipe

It wouldn’t be a party without a party size batch of Cherry Limeade. The party size recipe makes approximately 95 ounces. This is too much for an average pitcher size. Make sure your container is large enough or divide the recipe in half and make it in two containers.

Cherry Limeade Party – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

serves 10

10 ounces Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum*

1 – 12 ounce Frozen Limeade Concentrate – thawed

5 ounces Maraschino Cherry Syrup (10 ounce jar maraschino cherries contains 5 ounces syrup)

Maraschino Cherries Infused with Rum (all of the cherries from the original infusion)

1 – 2 liter bottle Sprite (Lemon Lime Soda)

10 Lime Wedges

Pour infused rum, limeade concentrate, syrup and cherries into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Stir to blend all ingredients. Add the Sprite and stir briefly to mix, but not too vigorously so the bubbles don’t go flat. Pour or ladle into tall glasses over ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum Recipe

This infusion is super easy and can be used for several other delicious cocktail recipes. More great cocktails using this simple infusion coming soon!

Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

10 ounces Silver Rum

1 – 10 ounce jar Maraschino Cherries with stems

Pour rum into pint size glass jar with lid. Strain maraschino cherry syrup from jar of cherries, saving the syrup. Add the cherries to the jar containing the rum. Return the maraschino cherry syrup to its original container. Seal both containers and refrigerate. The Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum takes approximately 5 days. Give the jar a shake or two every day to stir the contents of the jar. The rum becomes a little thicker and sweeter and the cherries soak up some of the rum.

Cherry Limeade in single serve or party size is excellent for summer sipping, backyard barbeques, poolside serve and holidays where red drinks are appropriate such as Memorial Day and Independence Day / Fourth of July.

I used Shellback Rum during the creation process. However, feel free to use the 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