Category Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

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

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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The Commodore

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates one of Ireland’s patron saints; St. Patrick. But honestly most U.S. merrymakers are more focused on wearing green and making certain they are on the party bus with the most Irish pub stops. Though St. Patrick’s Day is not a federal holiday, it is a national phenomenon. It’s also a day (or evening) some significantly call “amateur night.”

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day

You’ve heard it before, but please party your heart out, tip your bartenders and servers and for pity’s sake, make arrangements for sober drivers and cabs.

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The Commodore – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 ounce Spiced Rum

1 ounce Irish Whiskey

1 ounce Apple Juice

1/8 ounce Agave Nectar

1-1/2 ounce Brut Champagne

Apple Wedge Garnish – optional

Combine all liquids except champagne in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled champagne flute. Top with brut champagne. Garnish with apple slice if desired.

Barefoot Brut Champagne and Shellback Spiced Rum were used during the creation of this recipe, but feel free to use spirits and bubblies you keep on hand.

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Concannon Irish Whiskey & a True Irish Coffee

St. Patrick’s Day tradition brings to mind corn beef and cabbage, leprechauns, green beer, Irish soda bread and of course Irish Coffee. Irish Coffee started in the early 40’s in Ireland and was introduced in America in 1952. It has since become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day.

John Concannon,Brand Ambassador to Concannon Irish Whiskey and 4th Generation Vintner, met up with Larry Silva, the general manager of Buena Vista Café in San Francisco, the birthplace of Irish Coffee in America, to see how a true Irish Coffee with Concannon should be made. Watch the video for Larry’s suggestions and watch how easy and fast multiple Irish Coffees can be whipped up just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Concannon True Irish Coffee

6 ounce coffee glass – preheated. 2 sugar cubes. Couple ounces fresh hot coffee – stir to dissolve sugar. Generous helping of Concannon Irish Whiskey. Top with lightly blended heavy cream.

Concannon Irish Coffee 600

Easy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Photo provided by The Baddish Group

But St. Patrick’s Day goes on all day. Pace yourself! You’re going to want even more recipes. Keep reading!

Concannon Irish Whiskey is an independent spirit of Ireland developed as a joint collaboration between Livermore Valley-based Concannon Vineyard and Ireland’s Cooley distillery.

Concannon Irish Whiskey 031 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin copy

Concannon Irish Whiskey is a refined blend of malted barley and corn, craft distilled for proper balance of character and purity. It is matured in bourbon barrels for a minimum of four years, then mellowed in Concannon Petite Sirah wine barrels for four months before blending. John Concannon refers to this as the “Concannon Effect.” This process gives Concannon Irish Whiskey its unique fruity character and full, clean balanced taste. ~ Information from product facts

80 Proof / 40% alcohol

Suggested Retail Price: $25 range / 750ml

Availability: Nationally distributed in the U.S. since 2012.

Concannon Irish Whiskey received Best New Irish Whiskey of the Year in 2012 from the International Spirits Competition (NYISC).

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Concannon Irish Whiskey Official Brand Tasting Notes

Visual: Light golden wheat

Aroma: Toasted malt, red fruit and vanilla

Palate: Balance of honey sweet, spice and citrus

Finish: Medium-length. Warming and round, with hint fresh oak

Possible Uses, Pairings and / or Cocktails: Concannon Irish Whiskey recommends the following cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day and year round sipping enjoyment.

An Old Fashioned ConcannonConcannon Old Fashioned 600

2 ounces Concannon Irish Whiskey

Orange Zest

2 Spoons Vanilla Infused Sugar

3 dashes Orange Bitters

Lightly muddle sugar, orange zest and bitters in bottom of tumbler style glass. Add 1/3 of whiskey and a few ice cubes. Stir, ensuring sugar has lifted from base of glass while mixing. Add another 1/3 of whiskey with few cubes of ice. Stir, mixing whiskey and sugar. Repeat with remaining whiskey. Photo provided by The Baddish Group

By the way… If you want to see something that looks really delicious, visit the Concannon Irish Whiskey website (website & Facebook link at the end of post) and click on the Mix It Up link for more cocktail recipes. Find the Roses & Oranges cocktail created by Master Mixologist Gillian Boyle. She used Orange Marmalade and fresh Rosemary. Her cocktail creation simply looks divine!!!

Concannon Raspberry Basil SmashConcannon Raspberry Basil Smash 600

1-1/2 ounce Concannon Irish Whiskey

5 to 8 Fresh Raspberries

1/3 ounce Simple Syrup

3 to 4 Basil Leaves

1/4 ounce Lemon Juice

Basil Sprig & Fresh Raspberries Garnish

Muddle raspberries and basil in cocktail shaker. Add remaining liquids with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into rocks glass over fresh cracked ice. Garnish with basil sprig and fresh raspberries. Photo provided by The Baddish Group

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Mexico’s Shamrock

Mexico's Shamrock (a lower calorie St. Patrick's Day option) - Camarena Tequila, Irish Whiskey, Apple Juice, Honey, Lime, Ginger Beer

Mexico’s Shamrock (a lower calorie St. Patrick’s Day option) – Camarena Tequila, Irish Whiskey, Apple Juice, Honey, Lime, Ginger Beer

Going lower calorie during St. Patrick’s Day is no problem. You can still shake your shamrocks with this tequila and Irish whiskey combination Mexico’s Shamrock drink. It’s a full size drink, full size flavor without all the calories to weigh you down.

Mexico’s Shamrock Low Calorie Drink Recipe

Mexico’s Shamrock – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1/2 ounce Camarena Reposado Tequila

1/2 ounce Irish Whiskey

1 ounce Apple Juice

1/2 teaspoon Honey

1 ounce Ginger Beer

1/8 Lime Wedge – Squeezed

Combine liquids except ginger beer in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.

Ventures a little toward the sweet side due to both honey and ginger beer inclusion, but contains nice balance. Two lime wedges squeezed would make this a little less sweet while retaining proper balance with only one additional calorie.

Lower Calorie Cocktail: Approximately 106.17 calories

The Mexico’s Shamrock lower calorie St. Patrick’s Day drink recipe was commissioned by representatives of Camarena Tequila as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Camarena Tequila on this site and at tequilacamarena.com and by following Camarena Tequila on Facebook and Twitter.

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