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Daily holidays with drink recipes weaved into the theme.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Smoky Martini

There is a day on the calendar to celebrate Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day. Hartford.com has a little fun with this playful holiday by encouraging people to create a hoax, pull off a clever scam or tell an outright light – like the government does on a daily basis. I won’t encourage any swindling here, but I will encourage a bit of smoke and mirror play in the cocktail glass. What looks like an ordinary martini might surprise and delight you.

Two Martinis Outdoors 1 photocopyright Cheri Loughlin - Cocktail Stock Photography www.cheriloughlin.comSmoky Martini

2 measures Premium Orange Vodka

1/4 measure Scotch – Speyside Region

Orange Twist Garnish

Place scotch in chilled glass. Swirl and discard. Set aside. Place orange vodka in mixing glass with ice. Stir or shake according to preference. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with orange twist.

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