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.

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Ward Eight Classic Cocktail

Ward Eight Cocktail Recipe 2-1/4 ounce Bourbon or Rye Whiskey 3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice 3/4 ounce Fresh Orange Juice 1/4 ounce Grenadine Orange Slice and Cherry

Ward Eight Classic Cocktail

Ward Eight was a voting district in Boston notorious for political corruption. The Ward Eight cocktail creation is credited to Tom Hussion of the Locke-Ober Café in Boston circa 1898. The drink pays tribute to the café’s owner, Martin Lomasney, who ran for election in Ward Eight. Strip the recipe down to bare basics and you will see it looks much like a Whiskey Sour.

Some prefer scotch rather than bourbon or rye in this recipe. Scotch brings a bit more smoke to the drink. Other recipes call for 2 ounces whiskey and a mere teaspoon of grenadine. That will work of course, but be prepared for a prickle of tart that will make your eyes water and your toes curl. Ward Eight leans toward both sweet and sour, so be prepared to pucker up. Add a little more OJ and / or grenadine if that suits your taste buds. Either way, this drink will ready you for kissing babies just like a real politician!

Ward Eight Classic Cocktail Recipe

Ward Eight

2-1/4 ounce Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 ounce Fresh Orange Juice

1/4 ounce Grenadine

Orange Slice and Cherry Place liquids in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

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Omaha Beer Fest 2014

West O Beer – West Okoboji, Iowa Smoked Red, American Amber / Red Ale, 6.5% This was by far my favorite beer of Omaha Beer Fest. The dark flamed red color carries through to the deep flavor structure of the beer. It’s full bodied, smoky with a bit of nut, dark chocolate and caramel rolled into one. The hint of espresso sharpness is just enough to wave and say hello, mix and mingle and balance all the flavors in this incredibly delicious beer. Smoked Red is a wish list must have!

West O Beer – West Okoboji, Iowa

A friend and I attended the 4th annual Omaha Beer Fest a couple of weekends ago. There were hundreds of craft beers, of which I was only able to reasonably taste a fraction. Though volunteers generously poured 2 ounce sips, I limited myself to an ounce or less, except a few I truly enjoyed. There was one incredible standout that I will definitely hunt down for purchase. Thank you West O Beer! Your Smoked Red is incredible!

A big thank you to my friend for attending with me and holding my glass for photo ops! We have completely different taste in beer which was super cool. She introduced me to one that tastes like Fruity Pebbles. Who knew?!

Omaha Beer Fest 2014

Omaha Beer Fest 2014

If you didn’t get a chance to attend Omaha Beer Fest 2014, stay tuned. Hopefully you’ll get a chance next year. In the interim, gear up for Omaha Crush for wine lovers. It happens Saturday, August 2, 2014. There’s still time to purchase tickets, so make plans to attend.

Omaha Beer Fest 2014 Beer Tasting Notes

West O Beer – West Okoboji, Iowa

West O Beer – West Okoboji, Iowa Smoked Red, American Amber / Red Ale, 6.5% This was by far my favorite beer of Omaha Beer Fest. The dark flamed red color carries through to the deep flavor structure of the beer. It’s full bodied, smoky with a bit of nut, dark chocolate and caramel rolled into one. The hint of espresso sharpness is just enough to wave and say hello, mix and mingle and balance all the flavors in this incredibly delicious beer. Smoked Red is a wish list must have!

West O Beer – West Okoboji, Iowa
Smoked Red,

Smoked Red, American Amber / Red Ale, 6.5%

This was by far my favorite beer of Omaha Beer Fest. The dark flamed red color carries through to the deep flavor structure of the beer. It’s full bodied, smoky with a bit of nut, dark chocolate and caramel rolled into one. The hint of espresso sharpness is just enough to wave and say hello, mix and mingle and balance all the flavors in this incredibly delicious beer. Smoked Red is a wish list must have!

http://westobeer.com/

Zipline Brewing Co – Lincoln, Nebraska

Zipline Brewing Co – Lincoln, Nebraska Oatmeal Porter / 6% Zipline’s Oatmeal Porter ranked somewhere between my second and third favorite of the beers sampled at Omaha Beer Fest. I loved the espresso and chocolate notes of this beer. It is easily sippable with creamy, smooth feel and just enough bitter to take notice.

Zipline Brewing Co – Lincoln, Nebraska
Oatmeal Porter

Oatmeal Porter / 6%

Zipline’s Oatmeal Porter was quite possibly my second favorite of the beers sampled at Omaha Beer Fest. I loved the espresso and chocolate notes of this beer. It is easily sippable with creamy, smooth feel and just enough bitter to take notice.

http://www.ziplinebrewing.com/

Boulder Beer – Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Beer – Boulder, Colorado Shake Chocolate Porter, Porter, 5.9% In a word; delicious. Third favorite perhaps. This is dark chocolate with hints of bitter cacao nib smoothed out with creamy sweet caramel and espresso. Just look at the wonderful color and you know you’re getting full bodied, decadent flavor.

Boulder Beer – Boulder, Colorado
Shake Chocolate Porter

Shake Chocolate Porter, Porter, 5.9%

In a word; delicious. Third favorite perhaps. This is dark chocolate with hints of bitter cacao nib smoothed out with creamy sweet caramel and espresso. Just look at the wonderful color and you know you’re getting full bodied, decadent flavor.

http://www.boulderbeer.com/

Deep South Barrels

Deep South Barrels Just as I had favorite tasting favorites, this was by far my favorite giving and gifting idea favorite. Barrel aging cocktails is popular in bars, restaurants and for home cocktail enthusiasts. Deep South Barrels makes this possible in large and small quantity. They even personalize the barrels. Their display was quite impressive and drew quite the crowd at Omaha Beer Fest. I know it’s a bit early to start thinking about holiday gifts, but something like this makes a fantastic gift for the liquor enthusiast on your list. It’s also something to keep in mind if you’re looking to age your own spirits or cocktails to give as gifts when holiday season comes around.

Deep South Barrels

Just as I had tasting favorites, this was by far my favorite giving and gifting idea.

Barrel aging cocktails is popular in bars, restaurants and for home cocktail enthusiasts. Deep South Barrels makes this possible in large and small quantity. They even personalize the barrels. Their display was quite impressive and drew quite the crowd at Omaha Beer Fest. I know it’s a bit early to start thinking about holiday gifts, but something like this makes a fantastic gift for the liquor enthusiast on your list. It’s also something to keep in mind if you’re looking to age your own spirits or cocktails to give as gifts when holiday season comes around.

http://www.deepsouthbarrels.com/

Blue Blood Brewing Co – Lincoln, Nebraska

Blue Blood Brewing Co – Lincoln, Nebraska 1335 Wicked Snout Farmhouse Ale, Saison / Farmhouse Ale, 6.4% The yeast does the hard work to produce the flavors one expects from this Farmhouse Ale.

Blue Blood Brewing Co – Lincoln, Nebraska
1335 Wicked Snout Farmhouse Ale, Saison / Farmhouse Ale

1335 Wicked Snout Farmhouse Ale, Saison / Farmhouse Ale, 6.4%

The yeast does the hard work to produce the flavors one expects from this Farmhouse Ale.

http://bluebloodbrewing.com

Founders Brewing Co – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Founders Brewing Co – Grand Rapids, Michigan Dirty Bastard, Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy, 8.5% This is a beer with attitude. It has gorgeous garnet color to lure you in and rich peaty smoke too keep you coming back for more. It’s all hopped up on flavor. What more could a girl ask for in a beer with a name like that?

Founders Brewing Co – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dirty Bastard, Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

 

Dirty Bastard, Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy, 8.5%

This is a beer with attitude. It has gorgeous garnet color to lure you in and rich peaty smoke to keep you coming back for more. It’s all hopped up on flavor. What more could a girl ask for in a beer with a name like that?

http://foundersbrewing.com/

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse – Loveland, Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse – Loveland, Colorado Little Red Cap, Dusseldorf Altbier, 6.3% This little red head is malty with bready notes and chocolate. It’s creamy and smooth and goes down clean and easy. She’s a hint sweet, full of charm and doesn’t pull any punches.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse – Loveland, Colorado
Little Red Cap, Dusseldorf Altbier

Little Red Cap, Dusseldorf Altbier, 6.3%

This little red head is malty with bready notes and chocolate. It’s creamy and smooth and goes down clean and easy. She’s a hint sweet, full of charm and doesn’t pull any punches.

http://www.grimmbrosbrewhouse.com/

Lagunitas Brewing Co – Petaluma, California

Lagunitas Brewing Co – Petaluma, California Little Sumpin' Sumpin', American Pale Wheat Ale, 7.5% Golden color with a bit of sunshine misting the glass. This is a nice refreshing summer beer with delicate, smooth rather than bitter finish. Great for wheat and IPA fans.

Lagunitas Brewing Co – Petaluma, California
Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, American Pale Wheat Ale

Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, American Pale Wheat Ale, 7.5%

Golden color with a bit of sunshine misting the glass. This is a nice refreshing summer beer with delicate, smooth rather than bitter finish. Great for wheat and IPA fans.

http://lagunitas.com/

Millstream Brewing Co – Amana, Iowa

Millstream Brewing Co – Amana, Iowa Blitzen, Baltic Porter This was part of the Brewmaster’s Extreme Series beer, winter 2013. Dark color, rich and creamy with lovely roasted malted flavor.

Millstream Brewing Co – Amana, Iowa
Blitzen, Baltic Porter

Blitzen, Baltic Porter

This was part of the Brewmaster’s Extreme Series beer, winter 2013. Dark color, rich and creamy with lovely roasted malted flavor.

http://millstreambrewing.com/

There were so many more beers and ciders that I did not have a chance to sample. Who could with that many on tap with so little time?! This is merely a sample of a few that I tasted, found interesting and wanted to share. Check out the Omaha Beer Fest website for information on the participating breweries and vendors. And be sure to attend next year!

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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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Purple Paradise

Purple Paradise - Spiced Rum, Marshmallow Cream, Half & Half, Blueberries, Cinnamon Spice

Purple Paradise – Spiced Rum, Marshmallow Cream, Half & Half, Blueberries, Cinnamon Spice

The photo shows a delicate little dab of whipped cream atop this gorgeous Purple Paradise frozen dessert cocktail. Don’t let the photo fool you. After setting the camera aside, I generously slathered the top of this blended concoction with whipped cream, stirred it in ever so sweetly and enjoyed every creamy sip. Whipped cream makes everything better, don’t you think?! With the beautiful purple color, this is just an amazing, happy drink! Make two and share. Everyone deserves a little time in paradise.

Try not to go overboard with the cinnamon spice. Too much cinnamon will leave a bit of drying texture to the drink. Use the spice sparingly for just a hint of spice flavor. You can always add more. The Purple Paradise flavor overall is much like a decadent blueberry pie or blueberry buckle dessert with hint of spiced blueberry. Only this time it’s a frozen treat whipped up blender style for warm weather sipping. Enjoy!

Purple Paradise Frozen Drink Recipe

Purple Paradise - Spiced Rum, Marshmallow Cream, Half & Half, Blueberries, Cinnamon Spice

Purple Paradise

Purple Paradise – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Spiced Rum

1 ounce Marshmallow Cream

4 ounces Half and Half

8 ounces Frozen Unsweetened Blueberries

Dash to 1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon Spice – according to taste

8 ounces Crushed Ice

Whipped Cream

Place all ingredients except whipped cream in a blender. Blend until mixture is completely smooth. Pour into a large goblet. Top with whipped cream.

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