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Cherry Limeade

This Cherry Limeade's secret ingredient is a super easy Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum.

This Cherry Limeade’s secret ingredient is a super easy Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum.

This Cherry Limeade tastes like a very famous drive-in Cherry Limeade drink only this time it is rum soaked and fabulous! Cherry Limeade makes a nice refreshing poolside drink and party sipper. Excellent for summer! This recipe converts nicely for a non-alcohol version, too. Skip the rum and use the frozen limeade concentrate, maraschino cherry juice, sprite and regular maraschino cherries for a kid friendly version.

Cherry Limeade Single Serve Recipe

Cherry Limeade – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Single Serve

1 ounce Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum* (recipe at bottom of post)

1-1/4 ounce Frozen Limeade Concentrate – thawed

1/2 ounce Maraschino Cherry Syrup – (from a regular jar of maraschino cherries)

6-1/2 ounces Sprite (Lemon Lime Soda)

3 or 4 Maraschino Cherries Infused with Rum (or regular maraschino cherries)

Lime Wedge

Place rum, frozen lime concentrate and maraschino cherries in a tall glass with ice. Stir to blend. Top with sprite. Stir again briefly to blend. Be careful not to stir too vigorously or the Sprite will go flat. Garnish with a lime wedge. Squeeze the lime wedge for a hint more tartness to the drink or just drop it in. The option is yours.

Cherry Limeade Party Size Recipe

It wouldn’t be a party without a party size batch of Cherry Limeade. The party size recipe makes approximately 95 ounces. This is too much for an average pitcher size. Make sure your container is large enough or divide the recipe in half and make it in two containers.

Cherry Limeade Party – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

serves 10

10 ounces Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum*

1 – 12 ounce Frozen Limeade Concentrate – thawed

5 ounces Maraschino Cherry Syrup (10 ounce jar maraschino cherries contains 5 ounces syrup)

Maraschino Cherries Infused with Rum (all of the cherries from the original infusion)

1 – 2 liter bottle Sprite (Lemon Lime Soda)

10 Lime Wedges

Pour infused rum, limeade concentrate, syrup and cherries into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Stir to blend all ingredients. Add the Sprite and stir briefly to mix, but not too vigorously so the bubbles don’t go flat. Pour or ladle into tall glasses over ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum Recipe

This infusion is super easy and can be used for several other delicious cocktail recipes. More great cocktails using this simple infusion coming soon!

Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

10 ounces Silver Rum

1 – 10 ounce jar Maraschino Cherries with stems

Pour rum into pint size glass jar with lid. Strain maraschino cherry syrup from jar of cherries, saving the syrup. Add the cherries to the jar containing the rum. Return the maraschino cherry syrup to its original container. Seal both containers and refrigerate. The Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum takes approximately 5 days. Give the jar a shake or two every day to stir the contents of the jar. The rum becomes a little thicker and sweeter and the cherries soak up some of the rum.

Cherry Limeade in single serve or party size is excellent for summer sipping, backyard barbeques, poolside serve and holidays where red drinks are appropriate such as Memorial Day and Independence Day / Fourth of July.

I used Shellback Rum during the creation process. However, feel free to use the rum of choice to recreate this drink at home. Happy sipping!

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

Coco Colada

Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation using coconut water instead of coconut cream. Coco Colada is a lower calorie drink with approximately 128 calories.

Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation using coconut water instead of coconut cream.

A delicious frozen, blended Pina Colada topped with floated dark rum is one of my favorite summer vacation style drinks. They are a bit sweet and heavy on calories though. A few too many traditional Pina Coladas and the girlish figure becomes a little too much for the itty bitty polka dot bikini if you know what I mean.

The Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation. Instead of heavily sweetened coconut cream, this drink uses coconut water and light orange juice. These slight changes cut the calories drastically while still allowing authentic tropic flavor to shine through. Spiced rum adds an extra kick of flavor and hint of vanilla to the drink. If you prefer fresh squeezed orange juice to bottled light orange juice, by all means use that instead. The recipe as written contains approximately 128 calories. The Coco Colada drink is low calorie and full of flavor. Win. Win.

Coco Colada Low Calorie Drink Recipe

Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation using coconut water instead of coconut cream. Coco Colada is a lower calorie drink with approximately 128 calories.

Coco Colada is a lower calorie drink with approximately 128 calories.

Coco Colada – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Spiced Rum

1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

2 ounces Coconut Water

1/2 ounce Light Orange Juice

Pineapple Spear Garnish – optional

Build in highball glass over fresh ice. Stir. Garnish with pineapple spear if desired. Approximately 128 calories.

Coco Colada is an excellent vacation cocktail. It reminds of summer, cruises and tropical destinations. Sip this poolside or at the beach. Keep the Coco Colada in mind for Fourth of July parties, Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The Coco Colada drink recipe 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

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito – Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

The Raspberry Watermelon Mojito takes advantage of fresh raspberries and succulent watermelon. It is light and refreshing; perfect for what we can only hope are long warm days ahead. The recipe below calls for traditional club soda topper, but take this recipe into celebratory mode by using champagne or bubblies instead.

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito Drink Recipe

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

10 to 12 Mint Sprigs

3 Watermelon Cubes – 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch roughly

6 Fresh Raspberries

1-1/2 ounce Club Soda

Mint Leaf Garnish

Muddle mint leaves, watermelon and raspberries in bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add rum, lime juice and simple syrup with ice. Shake vigorously to incorporate mint flavor into mixture. Strain into tall glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with mint leaf.

Mojito Extras

Raspberry Watermelon Mojito - Shellback Silver Rum, Watermelon, Raspberries, Lime, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda or Champagne

Make a non-alcoholic version for the kiddos with mint, raspberries and fresh watermelon juice.

While you enjoy your delicious Raspberry Watermelon Mojito, whip up a non-alcoholic version for the kiddos with raspberries, mint and watermelon juice or fresh muddled watermelon. There’s an easy recipe to follow in the non-alcoholic Watermelon Raspberry Mojito post from 2011. There are extra flavor addition ideas such as cranberry juice and lemon lime sparkling water to keep the kid’s drink fun and fabulous all season long, too.

Keep the Raspberry Watermelon Mojito in mind for backyard BBQ’s, Fourth of July parties and Memorial Day.

The Raspberry Watermelon Mojito long drink recipe 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 ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

The Patriot Shot

The Patriot Shot for 4th of July. Blue Curacao with float of Bubbly Red Moscato. Garnish with pierced diced apple if desired. - photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Patriot Shot for 4th of July. Blue Curacao with float of Bubbly Red Moscato. Garnish with pierced diced apple if desired. – photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Patriot Shot was named by overwhelming vote on The Intoxicologist Facebook page last week. I posted a photo of the shot and asked, “On sight alone, what would you name this shot?” There were so many great responses, but many responded with The Patriot.

You will never believe the ingredients in this shot. I was in the middle of recipe creation for a brand when creativity directed me toward a shot glass rather than champagne flute. It really is just the size of the glass and how slowly you sip… right?!

The Patriot Shot Recipe

The Patriot Shot – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1/2 ounce Blue Curacao

1-1/4 ounce Red Moscato Bubbly

Diced Red Apple Garnish – Optional

Place chilled blue curacao in bottom of shot glass. Very carefully and slowly pour Red Moscato Bubbly over back of spoon over top of blue curacao so it floats on top. Garnish with speared diced red apple if desired (make sure the white of the apple is visible). For more white (for the red, white and blue effect) rim the glass with granulated sugar.

The Patriot Shot Notes

French Flirt is a miniature shooter version of the French 75 classic cocktail. - French Flirt recipe variation and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

French Flirt is a miniature shooter version of the French 75 classic cocktail. – French Flirt recipe variation and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

So yes, I did try this in a flute as well. But it was just so much better as a little mini shot. And seriously, there are mini French 75 shots out there. To be fair I will mention the brand used did not purchase this particular shot. But their bubbly does work really well in this recipe. You might say it works really well if you want to walk barefoot on the beach. *hint hint*

All content ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Red White and Blue 4th of July Drinks

Fireworks from 4th of July party - posted in Red White and Blue 4th of July Drinks with 3 red white and blue drink recipes - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Fireworks from 4th of July party – posted in Red White and Blue 4th of July Drinks with 3 red white and blue drink recipes – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

4th of July entertaining should be fun and easy. Having a few red, white and blue drink recipes on hand for the day isn’t such a bad idea either. Red white and blue drinks add a splash of festive color to the occasion without purchasing ‘extra’ decorations. There are three red white and blue drinks below; one low calorie drink with full calorie option, one shot and one bubbly drink. Keep an eye on the website for more 4th of July recipe posts this week or scroll the 4th of July tab for previous recipes.

Royal Raelene Red Low Calorie Drink Recipe

Royal Raelene Low Calorie Drink 4th of July Red White Blue Cocktails with Charbay Ruby Red Raspberry Vodka, Light Cranberry Juice, Pomegranate Juice and Club Soda. Approximately 92.5 calories - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Royal Raelene Low Calorie Drink 4th of July Red White Blue Cocktails with Charbay Ruby Red Raspberry Vodka, Light Cranberry Juice, Pomegranate Juice and Club Soda. Approximately 92.5 calories – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I chose Charbay Red Raspberry Vodka because Charbay does an excellent job infusing vibrant flavor into their vodka. The extra kick of fruited flavor fusion in the vodka means less need for additional fruits and sugars in the cocktail ingredients. It also means you can lower the alcohol intake and still get total raspberry flavor! Win win! The Royal Raelene drink is a deeply fruited, garnet colored drink meant for lingering refreshment. It is perfect for 4th of July summer entertaining.

Royal Raelene – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 ounce Charbay Red Raspberry Vodka

3 ounce Light Cranberry Juice

1/2 ounce Pomegranate Juice

2 ounces Club Soda

Fresh Raspberries Garnish – optional

Combine liquids in goblet or stemless wine glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with fresh raspberries if desired.Squeeze in one lime wedge for twinge of tangy excitement and add only 2 extra calories.

Calorie count for this drink is approximate since I don’t have the exact calories for Charbay Vodka. However based upon other flavored vodka estimations of calories this drink should be within the 92.5 calorie range as written.

Calories don’t concern you? No problem! Increase Charbay Red Raspberry Vodka to 1-1/2 ounce and use regular Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice instead.

Endless Summer White Shot Recipe

The Endless Summer Shot tastes like a chilled pineapple creamsicle. Made with silver rum, triple sec, half & half and pineapple juice. - recipe and photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Endless Summer Shot tastes like a chilled pineapple creamsicle. Made with silver rum, triple sec, half & half and pineapple juice. – recipe and photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I don’t know about you, but I wish every summer was an Endless Summer. Just put me on a beach with my toes in the sand listening to the waves as they roll on in. Yes. That’s exactly my idea of the perfect year round, endless summer.

The Endless Summer Shot tastes like a chilled pineapple creamsicle. It could only be better if it were served on that beach I mentioned above.

Endless Summer Shot – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1/2 ounce Silver Rum

1/4 ounce Triple Sec

1/2 ounce Half & Half

1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Piece Garnish – optional

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into shot glass. Garnish with pineapple piece if desired.

Lava Lamp Blue Bubbly Recipe

Lava Lamp blue drink appropriate for 4th of July celebrations - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Lava Lamp blue drink appropriate for 4th of July celebrations – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I asked for help naming this recipe on The Intoxicologist Facebook page. There were many fabulous answers, but one caught my eye. The name might not be 4th of July related, but it just seemed appropriate for the look of this particular drink. Lava Lamp sounds more 70’s era than 4th of July fireworks, but the blue hue has got you covered for red white and blue cocktails.

Lava Lamp – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

3/4 ounce Blue Curacao

1/4 ounce Grenadine

4 ounces Barefoot Brut Cuvee

Maraschino Cherry Garnish – optional

Combine blue curacao and grenadine in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into champagne flute. Top with Barefoot Brut Cuvee. Garnish with sunken maraschino cherry.

Lava Lamp is a recipe I originally created for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. View it on their website as the Barefoot Bubbly Winter Wonder. Seeing both recipes in different contexts shows you the versatility of drinks. You don’t have to scramble for new recipes for every occasion. Use a different glass for presentation, rename a drink with something clever to fit the occasion or use a different garnish to give the drink a new look.

All content ©2013 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com