Category Archives: Christmas Cocktails

Themed cocktails centering around the holiday spirit of good cheer, winter wonderland and jingle bells. Merry Christmas and all that jazz!

Black Pearl Champagne Cocktail

The Black Pearl champagne cocktail is lush tasting with dark, rich color. It is easy to make with three liquid ingredients and simple maraschino cherry garnish.

Black Pearl is an easy 3 ingredient drink – ideal for brunches, holidays and Pirate themed Halloween parties.

Champagne is one of the ultimate celebratory drinks. It is bubbly, tickles the nose and just feels festive. It’s perfect! So why mess with perfection? Because we can! There are also many opportunities to host celebratory parties and events in the months ahead. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all offer numerous occasions to bust out the bubbly. It’s time to start planning ahead for those brunches, lunches and parties that wake the dead.

The Black Pearl champagne cocktail is lush tasting with dark, rich color. It is easy to make with three liquid ingredients and simple maraschino cherry garnish. Make the Black Pearl even easier to serve to a group by making the cognac and coffee liqueur base ahead of time so it is ready to serve with one pour. This is a perfect drink for pirate themed Halloween parties. You could also include the Pirate’s Punch, Scarlet Pirate, South Pacific drinks for on the rocks sipping and the Wench’s Sister shot for pure fun.

Black Pearl Champagne Recipe

Black Pearl

1 ounce Cognac

1 ounce Coffee Liqueur

3 ounces Brut Champagne

Maraschino Cherry

Place a maraschino cherry in the bottom of a champagne flute. Combine cognac and coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into the champagne flute over the maraschino cherry. Top with chilled brut champagne.

Make this ahead of time in batch quantity with the following directions:

1 – 750ml Bottle Brut Champagne – chilled

Combine the following in a glass bottle with lid:

9 ounces Cognac

9 ounces Coffee Liqueur

4-1/2 ounces Distilled Water*

Refrigerate until well chilled and ready to serve. *Addition of distilled water takes the place of shaking individual servings with ice. This small amount of water compensates for the dilution factor or shaking with ice.

When ready to serve add the following to each glass:

1 Maraschino Cherry

2-1/2 ounces Cognac & Coffee Liqueur mixture

2-3/4 to 3 ounces Brut Champagne

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Red Letter Days

This seasonal flavored Red Letter Days cocktail displays hints of apple and cranberry, sweetened citrus and crisp zing of ginger ale.

Red Letter Days

Red letter days are those days which carry significant meaning, are important in our lives. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always want to wait for something momentous or noteworthy to happen as reason to celebrate. Our lives are significant.

The other day a friend said to me in a sarcastic sort of way, “I am so lucky.” She’d had a particularly disappointing day. I understood her dissatisfaction of the moment. But, the comment struck me as oddly funny. Because really in all the disappointments we face, each disappointment is a turning point to another direction. One road block allows us the chance to meet someone new, take a journey down a fresh path, and discover areas of talent we might have never considered exploring. It would be a shame to never experience disappointment. We would never grow. We would never appreciate the true bounty of all we have. We might never enjoy true fulfilment. We might never meet the next person who becomes a great friend, business partner or lover. Just think of all we might miss out on if all our days went according to plan, without a hitch, no bumps in the road.

Any day can be a red letter day as long as we embrace the best parts of our lives, focus on making the not so great parts better and can be satisfied with the knowledge that fitting all the parts together will never be perfect.

I hope you have a multitude of red letter days!

Red Letter Days Cocktail Recipe

This seasonal flavored Red Letter Days cocktail displays hints of apple and cranberry, sweetened citrus and crisp zing of ginger ale.

Red Letter Days

Red Letter Days – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

3 ounces Barefoot Sweet Red Wine

3/4 ounce Apple Juice

3/4 ounce Cranberry Juice

1/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1 ounce Ginger Ale

Lime Slice Garnish

Combine Barefoot Sweet Red Wine and juices in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with lime slice.

The Red Letter Day cocktail is deep crimson color, hence the name. This seasonal flavored cocktail displays hints of apple and cranberry, sweetened citrus and crisp zing of ginger ale. Barefoot Sweet Red shines through with fruited sweetness.

This Red Letter Days 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.

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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.

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Parisian Blonde Recipe Card

Yes, I know. The holiday season seemed to fly by this year. It was a short few weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving. We had even less time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to fit shopping, gift giving and merry making in. Wrapping paper flew faster than Dancer, Prancer and Vixen.

I am exhausted! How about you?!

It’s time for a serious vacation! Or the next best thing… Shake up a cocktail and dream of a fabulous vacation. Cheers!

Parisian Blonde Recipe Card

Parisian Blonde 1 ounce Heavy Cream 1 ounce Curacao 1 ounce Rum Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice.Shake to blend and chill. Strain into martini glass over fresh ice.

Parisian Blonde Recipe Card

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Catch your breath. Put your party hats on. New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. It’s almost party time again!

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Merry Christmas Paisley Martini Recipe Card

Merry Christmas!

The Intoxicologist wishes you and yours a very happy holiday! I hope you enjoy a pleasant day filled with laughter and smiles. A drop or two of spirited cheer would be grand, too!

The Paisley Martini is similar to a Smoky Martini. A typical Smoky Martini usually contains 2 ounces Gin and 1/4 ounce Scotch of choice. The liquids are stirred with ice and served neat in a chilled martini glass. A lemon twist garnish is appropriate. The Paisley Martini brings dry vermouth to the glass for a wee bit of smoky restraint.

Paisley Martini Recipe Card

Paisley Martini 2 ounces Gin 1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth 1/4 ounce Whisky Place liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled martini glass.

Merry Christmas – Paisley Martini Recipe Card

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