Category Archives: Daily Holidays

Daily holidays with drink recipes weaved into the theme.

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.

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

Cynar Artichoke Liqueur 013 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Campari & Cynar Potable Bitter Cocktails

Cynar Artichoke Liqueur 008 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Time to celebrate! March 16 is National Artichoke Heart Day!

Dashes, splashes and dabs of bitters have become quite the growing trend in cocktails. Bitters add the faintest hint of nuance to drinks beyond garnishing. Flavors meld together in balanced harmony. Reluctant flavors that might otherwise get lost in the shuffle are given a breath of life by a few robust drops of precise flavor essence. But the small batch specialty bottles of bitters wafting about on back bars and marinating in mason jars with secret recipes aren’t the only bitters mixing magical cocktails.

The flip side to the pungent world of bitters is the potable or drinkable one. Campari is a well-known potable bitter used often in the classic Negroni. Cynar is another. Cynar is a complex Italian digestif often associated with the artichokes it is made from. It contains great depth of flavor from the many botanicals included in the creation process, making it an incredibly complex spirit to work with in cocktails. It works exceedingly well with citrus such as orange juice, grapefruit juice and lemon flavors. The richness of flavor is versatile enough to balance well whether you’re a gin or bourbon fan. Don’t let the category of potable bitter fool you. This isn’t unpleasant bitterness. There’s sweetness, spice, depth and strength of character in the spirit.

Cynar Artichoke Liqueur 013 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

The Picket Fence – Ba’sik, Brooklyn

1 ounce Flor de Cana 7 Year Rum

3/4 ounce Cynar

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Campari and Cocktail 020 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Amer Mousseux – Bouchon, Yountville, CA

1 ounce Cynar

1/2 ounce Campari

1/2 ounce Fresh Orange Juice

3 ounces Brut Champagne

Orange Twist

Combine Cynar, Campari and juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with orange twist.

Cocktail recipes sponsored by representatives of Campari America. @CampariAmerica on Twitter – Campari America on Facebook

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Triple Shot Cafe Latte - Coffee Brandy, Amaretto Liqueur, Blackberry Schnapps, Half & Half

Triple Shot Café Latte

Triple Shot Cafe Latte - Coffee Brandy, Amaretto Liqueur, Blackberry Schnapps, Half & Half
Triple Shot Cafe Latte – Coffee Brandy, Amaretto Liqueur, Blackberry Schnapps, Half & Half

Skip the evening visit to the coffee shop and go straight to an evening latte-like Happy Hour instead. Triple Shot Café Latte combines three Hiram Walker brandy, liqueur and schnapps in one tall latte for laid back, luxurious end of the day unwinding.

Triple Shot Café Latte Drink Recipe

Triple Shot Café Latte – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

3/4 ounce Hiram Walker Coffee Flavored Brandy

1/2 ounce Hiram Walker Amaretto Liqueur

3/4 ounce Hiram Walker Blackberry Flavored Schnapps

3 ounces Half & Half

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into a tall glass or goblet over fresh ice. Up the decadence ante by adding shaved chocolate garnish to the top if desired.

The Triple Shot Café Latte drink recipe was commissioned by representatives of Pernod Ricard USA as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin using Pernod Ricard Brands on this site. Visit the Hiram Walker website and follow Hiram Walker 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