Category Archives: Fall & Thanksgiving

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.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch

Multiply the Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch ingredients by 10 for pitcher size & take to your next tailgate party.

Multiply the Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch ingredients by 10 for pitcher size & take to your next tailgate party.

Don’t you just love liquor holidays?! September 20 is National Rum Punch Day. That means this year Saturday morning begins with a holiday and continues on with tailgating and football. Does it get any better than that?

The flavors in this Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch weave together nicely. It is light cider flavor with tart lemon and hints of warming ginger thyme. Don’t let the Ginger Thyme Syrup scare you away from making this drink. The syrup only takes a few minutes to make and will stay fresh in the refrigerator for quite a while. It’s so delicious. I have more recipes to share with it, too, so stay tuned.

Easily multiply each ingredient measurement by 10 for pitcher or punch bowl size and take this rum punch to your next tailgate party.

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch Recipe

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch for National Rum Punch Day with Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup, Shellback Spiced Rum and Apple Cider - September 20 is National Rum Punch Day

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch – September 20 is National Rum Punch Day

Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Shellback Spiced Rum

2 ounces Cider

3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup*

2 ounces Club Soda

Apple Slice

Thyme Sprig

Place spiced rum, cider, lemon juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice. Shake briefly to blend and dissolve syrup. Strain into a double old fashioned glass over a large cube of ice or into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with an apple slice and thyme sprig.

Use 1 ounce of club soda for sharper flavor. Use 2 ounces club soda for softer flavor. Sharper flavor lends itself more toward cooler temperatures with more warming notes. Softer flavor lends itself more toward warmer temperatures with lighter notes, bringing more citrus to the forefront.

Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup is easy to make and adds delicious flavor to many cocktail recipes

Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup is easy to make and adds delicious flavor to many cocktail recipes

*Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup

2 cups Brown Sugar

10 – 1/4 inch thick by 1 inch round medallions of fresh Ginger

15 to 20 sprigs of fresh Thyme

1 cup Water

1 ounce Vodka – optional (acts as preservative)

Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously. Bring to a boil. At the boiling point the aroma is that of caramel, vanilla and butterscotch. Boil for exactly 3 minutes and remove from heat. Strain liquid through cheesecloth into a heatproof glass container with lid. Allow to cool. Once liquid is cooled, add 1 ounce vodka as preservative. Seal container. Keep syrup in the refrigerator when not in use. Yields approximately 1-1/2 cups.

This rum punch drink 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 ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Just Peachy Punch

Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Ginger peach tea weaves gentle fruit and spice flavor into this delicate autumnal punch.

Just Peachy Punch – Make ahead for fall gatherings

Tea is a traditional addition in vintage punches. The ginger peach tea in this delicate autumnal punch weaves in nicely with gentle flavor. There is no biting bitterness one usually experiences with more abrasive, pungent teas. Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Honey adds a nice cider spin to the flavor profile. The flavor fuses a delicate balance between the Riesling’s lilting apple notes and the punch’s sweet citrus flavors.

Just Peachy Punch serves six. It is excellent for fall gatherings. Make this recipe ahead of time, refrigerate and serve when ready.

Just Peachy Punch Recipe

Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Ginger peach tea weaves gentle fruit and spice flavor into this delicate autumnal punch.

Just Peachy Punch

Just Peachy Punch – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

serves 6

16 ounces Barefoot Riesling Wine

12 ounces Ginger Peach Tea*

4 ounces Lemonade

4 ounces Honey

Lemon Wheels Garnish

Place all liquid ingredients in pitcher. Stir until honey is completely dissolved. Pour into 6 large rocks glasses or decorative glasses over a large cube of ice. Garnish with two floated lemon wheels.

*Ginger Peach Tea – Use Ginger Peach Tea or Peach Tea from the tea bag aisle. Prepare according to package directions using two tea bags instead of one for double strength tea.

This autumnal Just Peachy Punch 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.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

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.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com