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The Journey Cocktail

The Journey is full and lush with nutty sweetness and subtle chocolate notes.

The Journey is full and lush with nutty sweetness and subtle chocolate notes.

The simplicity and style of The Journey cocktail follows along the line of classic cocktails while using spirits with a solid history. This recipe specifically highlights the lush flavors found within The Macallan Single Malt Whisky.

The Journey is full and lush with nutty sweetness and subtle chocolate notes. The Macallan remains flavorful in the underlying character of this cocktail.

The Journey Cocktail Recipe

The Journey - The Macallan 12, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Taylor Fladgate Tawny Porto 10 Year, Grand Marnier, Fee Brothers Peach Bitters, Orange Zest Twist

The Journey – The Macallan 12, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Taylor Fladgate Tawny Porto 10 Year, Grand Marnier, Fee Brothers Peach Bitters, Orange Zest Twist

The Journey – recipe by Cheri Loughlin

1-1/2 ounces The Macallan 12

1/2 ounce Heering Cherry Liqueur

1/2 ounce Taylor Fladgate Tawny Porto 10 Year

1/4 ounce Grand Marnier

1 Dash Fee Brothers Peach Bitters

Orange Zest Twist

Combine liquids in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Zest a fresh orange twist over the cocktail and drop twist into the drink.

The Journey cocktail was commissioned by representatives of The Macallan in 2011 for the Masters of Photography campaign. This recipe has also been featured on The Macallan website and Whiskey Israel. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for The Macallan on this site.

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Thanksgiving Classic Cocktails Suggestions

Classic cocktails are among my favorites. I am not sure these qualify as Thanksgiving classic cocktails specifically. But when I think of families getting together, I think of younger and older generations under one roof. Classic cocktails seem to hold both generations together as each can and do embrace some love of simplicity and tradition. So I’ll share a few of my favorites as starting point and guide to finding a few of your own favorites for the holidays.

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The Manhattan Classic Cocktail

Maker's Mark Manhattan with Carpano Antica Formula is just one variation of a classic Manhattan - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Maker’s Mark Manhattan with Carpano Antica Formula is just one variation of a classic Manhattan – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

My go to cocktail on any given evening is a Manhattan. There are so many variations of this classic cocktail, but I’ll give you my personal favorite. I usually make mine with Maker’s Mark Bourbon if I have it in the cabinet. The recipe I use is found in the comparison review of Maker’s 46 and Maker’s Mark Bourbon. I also like to use my homemade Bourbon Spiced Cherries if I have planned ahead when cherries were in season. I have used Knob Creek Bourbon, Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Elijah Craig Bourbon in my Bourbon Spiced Cherries recipe.

Thanksgiving classic cocktails - Manhattan variation Just for Mary

There are a few other Manhattan variations that I truly love. They go off the beaten path of classic cocktail, but they are simply divine. Tony Abou-Ganim’s Just For Mary with Rye, Heering Cherry Liqueur and Lillet is a nice contemporary change of pace. The San Gennaro Amaro Manhattan is just incredible! I like it martini style and served over a single large cube of ice. It is made with Rye, Amaro, Sweet Vermouth and Campari. I highly recommend it. I usually cut the Sweet Vermouth back to 1/2 ounce and add 2 barspoons of Campari. But I love the way this particular rendition crosses over between a Negroni and Manhattan. Just delicious!

Martini Classic Cocktail

Martini - 2 ounces Gin (Vodka can be used), Dry Vermouth, Lemon Twist. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Martini – 2 ounces Gin (Vodka can be used), Dry Vermouth, Lemon Twist. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

If I am not sipping a Manhattan, odds are there is a Martini in my hand. I don’t care to talk about Martinis much because so many people get their knickers all scrunched up about what is and what is not a Martini. So yes, I drink Vodka Martinis specifically most of the time. I will drink a Gin Martini occasionally. And I’ll tell you flat out, if you want to shake the living daylights out of your Martini instead of stir it, be my guest. I’m not going to judge you. I would suggest you double strain it to get the slushy ice off the top if you choose to go the vigorous shake route though. I’m not a fan of slushy Martinis. But I am also not a fan of anyone force feeding me or you how you should be shaking or stirring your drink. We can put the information out there of why stirring versus shaking is better for one type of drink over another and leave it at that. Do it or don’t. Just enjoy your drink.

So, the Martini. I make Vodka and Gin Martinis exactly the same way. I place ice in my martini glass with a little dry vermouth in the ice. Swirl the vermouth around in the ice and let it sit to chill the glass while preparing the spirit. I make small Martinis so they stay cold while I drink them. 2 ounces of Gin or Vodka in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker (you choose) with ice. Stir or shake until it is nice and cold. Throw the ice and vermouth out of the martini glass. Double strain your gin or vodka into the prepared glass. I garnish with a lemon twist. That’s my favorite Martini.

Make the Beefeater 24 Martini smaller by cutting the ingredients in half. The cocktail stays chilled as you sip and enjoy the company of friends. - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Make the Beefeater 24 Martini smaller by cutting the ingredients in half. The cocktail stays chilled as you sip and enjoy the company of friends. – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

A few variations that I also love include the Beefeater 24 Martini. Beefeater 24 tea infused gin works lovely with Lillet Blanc and the grapefruit twist garnish. I’m not a Dirty Martini girl, but I do love the 801 Special Martini. It is half vodka, half gin and these wonderful hand stuffed bleu cheese olives. No olive juice in this particular martini though.

Sidecar Classic Cocktail

Brandy Sidecar - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

The Sidecar is a great classic cocktail for those who want a little more sweetness to their drink experience. I drink mine interchangeably with cognac or brandy. I am not a fan of the sugared rim, so that never goes on the lip of my glass. If you’re not sure if you want the sugared rim or not, rim half the lip of the glass with lemon and dip that half in sugar. Leave the other half without sugar. That way you can try the Sidecar with and without sugared rim.

Spiced Sidecar with Spiced Rum - photo credit Cheri Loughlin

There is of course a spiced rum version that brings a little spice to the table. The Spiced Sidecar is more contemporary, but still keeps the feel of the basics. It’s a good change of pace once in a while. This one is much better the spicier the rum.

Old Fashioned Classic Cocktail

Old Fashioned 1 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

I am a fan of the Old Fashioned. I still muddle and I never add sugar or club soda. The very best Old Fashioned I ever had was in New York. I always aspire to recreate that very same Old Fashioned, but I don’t think I will ever be able to do that. The Spicy Old Fashioned is as close as I can get. The recipe shows optional simple syrup for those who like to sweeten the deal.

Champagne Classic Cocktails

There is always a bottle of bubbly in my chiller just waiting for me to pop the cork. I don’t think bubbly should just be saved for special occasions. Life is special enough. Pop the cork on your life and savor every effervescent drop!

French 75 - Cocktail Stock Photography www.cheriloughlin.com

The French 75 is a favorite. I have loved it for years. I like mine with cognac rather than gin. For this reason, the French 75 reminds me a little of the Sidecar.

Another favorite is the Seelbach Cocktail. This is a bourbon based bubbly drink with healthy doses of bitters. Really terrific.

More Favorite Classic Cocktails

Cinnabar Negroni variation on the Negroni classic cocktail - photo by Cheri Loughlin

Cinnabar Negroni variation on the Negroni classic cocktail – photo by Cheri Loughlin

There are so many more favorite classic cocktails to choose from. It is so difficult to narrow the choices. I love nearly every variation of the Negroni I have come across. There are so many Scotch Cocktails that are lovely as well. Daiquiris are always a favorite, but classic style recipes lean more toward summer. Apricot Bonfire and the Pear Daiquiri are two contemporary variations that lean more toward fall.

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Autumn Breeze

Autumn Breeze Drink Recipe - London Dry Gin, Aperol Aperitivo Liqueur, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Mineral Water, Lime Slice or Grapefruit Twist Garnish - {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Autumn Breeze Fall Cocktail {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Fall cocktails are usually heavily laced with flavors of apple and pumpkin. They remind us of pies baking in the oven with flaky cinnamon and sugar sprinkled crusts. Delicious! But this season is also about lovely autumn breezes, colorful leaves and in some cases, mild sweater weather.

The Autumn Breeze drink recipe embraces the carefree days of fall by way of color and flavor. The drink’s color reminds me of the beautiful, vibrant color of fall leaves. The flavor is fresh, light and full of juicy sweetness with barely there bitter spice. There is almost a slight peach flavor in the background. Autumn Breeze is ideal for Thanksgiving, but could easily carry through to spring with its airy freshness.

Autumn Breeze Drink Recipe

Autumn Breeze Drink Recipe - London Dry Gin, Aperol Aperitivo Liqueur, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Mineral Water, Lime Slice or Grapefruit Twist Garnish - {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Autumn Breeze Drink Recipe – London Dry Gin, Aperol Aperitivo Liqueur, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Mineral Water, Lime Slice or Grapefruit Twist Garnish – {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Autumn Breeze – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

3/4 ounce London Dry Gin

1/2 ounce Aperol Aperitivo Liqueur

1-1/2 ounce Cranberry Juice Cocktail

2-1/4 ounce Perrier Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Mineral Water

Lime Wedge or Grapefruit Twist Garnish

Place large cube of ice or several small cubes of ice in large rocks glass. Add gin, Aperol and cranberry juice. Stir briefly. Top with pink grapefruit sparkling water. Garnish with choice of sliced lime wedge or fresh grapefruit twist.

Perrier Sparkling Mineral Water

Autumn Breeze Drink Recipe - London Dry Gin, Aperol Aperitivo Liqueur, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Mineral Water, Lime Slice or Grapefruit Twist Garnish - {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Autumn Breeze {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Perrier Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Mineral Water while creating this cocktail. In addition to the Pink Grapefruit flavored Perrier Sparkling Mineral Water, I have also sampled the Unflavored, Lime and Lemon flavors. Unflavored is interchangeable or comparable to products such as San Pellegrino if you are familiar with that product. Lime flavor has proven to be a big hit in my home, served chilled straight from the bottle or poured over ice. It could also be used in the lower calorie Margarita on the Rocks recipe. The Lemon flavor contains too much lemon oil / lemon furniture polish aroma and flavor in the initial taste and aftertaste for my preference.

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Flamed Orange Horizon Cocktail

Flamed Orange Horizon Cocktail uses Aperol, citrus vodka, peach schnapps and fresh ruby red grapefruit juce. {recipe adaption and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Flamed Orange Horizon Cocktail uses Aperol, citrus vodka, peach schnapps and fresh ruby red grapefruit juice. {recipe adaption and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Let me just say right off; Oh My! This cocktail is simply divine. The Flamed Orange Horizon is a must have, must taste cocktail for fall. Any season for that matter.

The delightful, fresh grapefruit aroma greets the senses in such a pleasing manner. You know this is going to be good. The hint of peach gives this cocktail just the right balance of sweetness. Not too sweet. Aperol’s sweet to bitter flavor plays perfectly with the citrus quality of the grapefruit for wonderful lilting softness. I love the way these flavors come together.

The Flamed Orange Horizon is a must have, must taste cocktail. {recipe adaptation and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

The Flamed Orange Horizon is a must have, must taste cocktail for fall. Any season for that matter. {recipe adaptation and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

As always I had a little difficulty naming this cocktail. Nothing seemed quite appropriate. I even took to Facebook asking for help. Someone suggested Hula Hoop. A reference to the beautiful glass and its delicate rings I imagine. But this morning I noticed the beautiful red and orange colors ribbon across the cool fall sky. There is just nothing quite like the first burst of brilliant color in the quiet morning. That color reminded me of this drink.

Savor quiet moments of beauty. Savor good cocktails with friends.

Flamed Orange Horizon Cocktail Recipe

Flamed Orange Horizon Cocktail contains just the right balance of Aperol bitter sweetness to citrus grapefruit and light sweetness of peach for wonderful lilting softness. {recipe adaption and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Flamed Orange Horizon Cocktail contains just the right balance of Aperol bitter sweetness to citrus grapefruit and light sweetness of peach for wonderful lilting softness. {recipe adaption and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Flamed Orange Horizon – recipe adaption by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

3/4 ounce Aperol

3/4 ounce Citrus Vodka

1/4 ounce Peach Schnapps

3/4 ounce Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

Orange Twist Garnish

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

Flamed Orange Horizon Cocktail uses Aperol, citrus vodka, peach schnapps and fresh ruby red grapefruit juice. {recipe adaption and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Flamed Orange Horizon Cocktail

I used Hiram Walker White Peach Schnapps, Pucker Citrus Squeeze Vodka and Aperol Aperitif brands while sampling this cocktail recipe. Use the brands of your choice when duplicating this recipe at home. The recipe should taste similar, but not precisely the same due to variations in brand formulations.

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P.S. I Love You Cocktail

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe is a decadently rich cocktail. It is a dessert lover’s dream come true. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe is a decadently rich cocktail. It is a dessert lover’s dream come true. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

This decadently rich and creamy cocktail is a dessert lover’s dream come true. P.S. I Love You is deeply warming with its combination Irish cream and nutty sweet flavor. Irish cream and amaretto flavors shine through as primary.

I found P.S. I Love you just a tad bit too sweet for my taste. Easing back on the sweetness factor could be an easy fix for those who still want to give it a whirl. Lower the Irish Cream and amaretto to 1/2 ounce each for a little less sweetness. Carolans Irish Cream could also be substituted for Bailey’s Irish Cream. Carolans is a little less sweet. I also find it to be a little less thick than Bailey’s. These minor tweaks could bring the P.S. I Love You cocktail into the “love you forever” range.

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe contains Irish Cream, Amaretto, Gold Rum, Coffee Liqueur and Heavy Whipping Cream with Grated Chocolate Garnish {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe contains Irish Cream, Amaretto, Gold Rum, Coffee Liqueur and Heavy Whipping Cream with Grated Chocolate Garnish {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

P.S. I Love You is an excellent creamy cocktail to serve for festive holiday gatherings, girls night out parties, as an after dinner dessert style cocktail or just make when you feel a little indulgent. Let’s not forget Valentine’s Day for obvious “I Love You” reasons.

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe is a decadently rich cocktail. It is a dessert lover’s dream come true. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

P.S. I Love You Cocktail

3/4 ounce Irish Cream

3/4 ounce Amaretto Liqueur

1/2 ounce Gold Rum

1/2 ounce Coffee Liqueur

3/4 ounce Heavy Whipping Cream

Grated Chocolate Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grated chocolate on top.

The P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe is deeply warming with its combination Irish cream and nutty sweet flavor. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

The P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe is deeply warming with its combination Irish cream and nutty sweet flavor. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Bailey’s Irish Cream, DonQ Rum, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur and Hiland Dairy brands while sampling this cocktail recipe. Use the brands of your choice when duplicating this recipe at home. The recipe should taste similar, but not precisely the same due to variations in brand formulations.

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