Category Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

The Baileys Irish Martini is extra thick, rich and creamy. This is a decadent variation of traditional espresso martinis.

Baileys Irish Martini

The Baileys Irish Martini is extra thick, rich and creamy. This is a decadent variation of traditional espresso martinis.

The Baileys Irish Martini is extra thick, rich and creamy. This is a decadent variation of traditional espresso martinis. Be aware the Baileys version is rather sweet. If you prefer just a touch of creamy sweetness, dial back the Irish Cream and add more espresso. Irish whiskey is a nice touch to espresso cocktails in my opinion. I love the hint of smoky warmth it brings to the flavor.

This is an easy to make three ingredient cocktail. The mint sprig adds wonderful aroma to the drink as it is sipped, but it isn’t a deal breaker to leave it off if it isn’t available. This drink could also be shaken and poured over ice if you prefer.

Baileys Irish Martini Recipe

Baileys Irish Martini

3 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur

1 ounce Irish Whiskey

1 ounce Espresso – cold

Mint Sprig

Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with mint sprig.

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Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante

Moscato Monster Mash

Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante
Moscato Monster Mash Shot

I love Halloween. And there is a specific song that always comes to mind this time of year; Monster Mash. It was obviously the inspiration behind this Moscato Monster Mash recipe. So please indulge my geeky behavior for a moment…

Moscato Monster Mash

I was mixing behind the bar a few weeks ago

And popped the cork on a bottle of moscato

A kiwi, pineapple and lime joined in

With some sugary bits for a cocktail rim

I peeled, quartered, juiced and mashed

Poured the bubbly and made a splash

The mixture glowed an eerie green

With floating flecks of black kiwi seed

I sipped, swished and gave it a taste

A shot like this I could not waste

It’s crisp, light and tangy sweet

The perfect Halloween party treat

So, now try to get the Monster Mash song out of your head. Yeah, I can’t either.

It is things like this that play around in my head while I’m trying to be all serious creating cocktails and then write about them. So now you know. Sometimes serious is just impossible. I’m going to go play the real Monster Mash song now and find a Frankenstein movie to watch.

Do the Moscato Monster Mash

Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante

Moscato Monster Mash – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 Kiwi – peeled and quartered

1-1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

3/4 ounce Simple Syrup

3 ounces Bubbly Moscato Spumante

Sugar Rim Garnish

Rim decorative glass with fresh lime and dip into sugar. Discard lime. Set aside glass. Muddle kiwi in bottom of cocktail shaker. Add juices and simple syrup with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into sugar rimmed glass. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante.

Optional: Divide the drink between two glasses and serve this as a nifty green monster shot.

Repurpose Your Drink

A dual purpose holiday to keep in mind for this lovely green shot is St. Patrick’s Day. There isn’t anything Irish about the drink, but the green will keep the pinch happy people away. If that’s what you want anyway. Perhaps you prefer pinching?!

I used Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante during the creation process. You can find more of my original Barefoot Wine & Bubbly recipes by following the link.

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Emerald Dragon Cocktail is also known as the Black Martini made with Vodka, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and Blue Curacao. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Emerald Dragon Cocktail

The Black Martini is more appropriately named the Emerald Dragon Cocktail since the ingredients turn a lovely shade of emerald green when mixed. Perfect for Halloween, Christmas or St. Patrick's Day. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}
The Black Martini is more appropriately named the Emerald Dragon Cocktail since the ingredients turn a lovely shade of emerald green when mixed. Perfect for Halloween, Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

As I sorted through cocktail recipes in anticipation of Halloween, I came across one with a very promising name; the Black Martini. The Black Martini seemed easy enough with three ingredients. It also sounded tasty with black raspberry liqueur and blue curacao. There was one slight problem in mixing the Black Martini. The Black Martini did not make a black drink. But it makes a brilliantly beautiful emerald green cocktail.

Emerald Dragon Cocktail is also known as the Black Martini made with Vodka, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and Blue Curacao. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}
Emerald Dragon Cocktail is also known as the Black Martini made with Vodka, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and Blue Curacao. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

So the Black Martini slips on a Halloween costume and becomes the Emerald Dragon Cocktail. Don’t be fooled by the clever disguise. They are one and the same.

The Emerald Dragon is rather sweet and completely made up of alcohol. Be sure to shake this drink enough to ensure proper ice melt in the drink. I also sampled this recipe with splash of fresh squeezed lime juice (approximately 1/4 ounce) to cut the sweetness factor a bit. A little more could also be added. The lime juice did not change the emerald green color at all.

This drink could also be served on the rocks with squeeze of lime, splash of club soda and served with lime twist garnish. The color makes this drink an excellent choice for Halloween, but also festive enough for Christmas parties and an alternative green drink for St. Patrick’s Day.

Emerald Dragon Cocktail Recipe

Emerald Dragon Cocktail is also known as the Black Martini made with Vodka, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and Blue Curacao. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}
Emerald Dragon Cocktail – Black Martini {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist}

Emerald Dragon

2 ounces Vodka

1 ounce Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur

1/2 ounce Blue Curacao Liqueur

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

Emerald Dragon Cocktail contains Vodka of your choice, black raspberry liqueur and blue curacao. Shake well for plenty of water inclusion in this rather strong and sweet festive cocktail. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}
Emerald Dragon Cocktail contains Vodka of your choice, black raspberry liqueur and blue curacao. Shake well for plenty of water inclusion in this rather strong and sweet festive cocktail. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur while sampling this cocktail. Use brands of your choice when duplicating this recipe at home. The recipe should taste similar, but color could vary slightly due to variations in brand formulations.

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