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Irish Coffee copyright Cheri Loughlin

Eye Opening Hot Holiday Coffees, Ciders & Tea Recipes

There is no rest for the weary on Thanksgiving morning. Cooks across the country will rise early and be thankful for the eye opening warmth of caffeine in their cups as baking and basting begin for Turkey Day. Find a few coffee, cider and tea recipes to warm your holiday spirit throughout the early morning hours or save these temptingly delicious treats for after dinner dessert by the fire.

Castries Coffee

2 ounces Castries Peanut Rum Creme

4 ounces Fresh Brewed Coffee

Nutmeg and/or Chocolate Shavings Garnish

Combine ingredients in a pre-heated mug, sprinkle with nutmeg or garnish with chocolate biscotti.

Official Site Tasting Notes:  Warm, robust coffee flavor with a creamy peanut finish.  Enjoy anytime, anywhere.

Mexican Coffee

1 ounce Agavero

Cup of fresh brewed coffee

Dollop of fresh cream

Place Agavero in heat resistant mug. Add fresh brewed coffee. Garnish with fresh cream.

Café Pacifico

1-1/2 ounce Partida Blanco Tequila

1/2 ounce Coffee Liqueur

4 ounces Freshly Brewed Hot Coffee

3 Bar Spoons Cinnamon & Sugar Mix

Heavy Cream

Prepare small warm wine glass.  Add Tequila and Coffee.  Mix in the cinnamon sugar.  Float heavy cream on top of the coffee.  Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar mix on top and a cinnamon stick.  Note:  The cinnamon sugar mix is 4 parts granulated white sugar to 1 part ground cinnamon.  Mix them together in a bowl.

Kentucky Coffee

1 part Maker’s Mark Bourbon

1 part Starbucks Cream Liqueur

1/4 part Frangelico

Fresh Brewed Coffee

Whipped Cream Garnish

Place spirits in large heat proof mug. Top with fresh brewed coffee. Top with dollop of whipped cream if desired.

Enjoy this classic winter warmer at just 96 calories by following the recipe below.

Irish Coffee w Splenda copyright Cheri LoughlinIrish Coffee

1-1/2 ounce Jameson Irish Whiskey

Fresh Brewed Black Coffee

Splenda (to sweeten if you feel you need it)

Stir ingredients in a preheated mug and enjoy! Notation: Irish Coffee is a weekend staple in my home.  After the first pot of coffee is gone, the second pot is for sipping with Jameson Irish Whiskey; no sugar needed.

Hard Rocker Cider – makes 6 servings

1 cup Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila

4 cups Apple Cider

1 cup Cranberry Juice Cocktail

1/4 cup Triple Sec

1 teaspoon Nutmeg

Cinnamon Sticks, for garnish

Heat cider, stirring continually. Add cranberry juice cocktail and nutmeg. If using a crock pot, simmer on low just until hot for 2 hours. Do not boil. When ready to serve, turn on high for 10 minutes and stir in tequila and liqueur. Serve in heat proof mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. For quick serve, this may be prepared in the microwave.

King’s Cider

1-1/2 ounce Crown Royal

2 ounce Heated Cider

1/4 ounce Honey

1/2 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

Cinnamon Sprinkle Garnish

Place all liquid ingredients in heat proof mug. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir with cinnamon stick. Serve.

Cozy PAMA Cider

2 ounces PAMA

3 ounces Hot Mulled Apple Cider


Super Fine Sugar

Orange Spiral

Heat white wine glass with hot water. Empty. Rim with Cinnamon and Super Fine Sugar.  Add PAMA and Hot Mulled Apple Cider. Garnish with Orange Spiral.

Heated Affair

2 ounces Partida Anejo Tequila

6 ounces Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Heavy Cream

In a small warm wine glass add Tequila and hot apple cider.  Float heavy cream.  Garnish:  Grate fresh Nutmeg over cream.

Apple Cider Preparation:In a pot add Organic Apple Juice.  Add winter spices like cloves, cinnamon stick, all spice and orange peel.  Start off by adding a few cloves, one cinnamon stick, etc… so as to find the right spiced apple cider flavor.  You can always add more spice later.  Bring everything to a low heat for about 15 minutes.  Taste for flavor.  When the desired flavor is reached then take off stove.  Strain out all the spices and orange peel.  Serve warm and enjoy!

Basil Hayden Spice

1-1/2 ounce Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

1-1/2 ounce Apple Juice

1-1/2 ounce Cranberry Juice

Steaming Hot Water

Pour all ingredients in a pre-heated* glass coffee mug. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

*To pre-heat a glass or mug, simply fill with hot water and empty just prior to filling with ingredients.

Passion Tea

1-1/2 ounce Leblon Cachaça

1/2 ounce Cointreau

1/2 ounce Monin Red Passion Fruit Syrup

5 ounces Hot Black Tea

Brew the black tea. Pour Leblon into heat proof cup followed by Cointreau and Monin Red Passion Fruit Syrup. Top with hot tea. Stir thoroughly.

The recipe below serves chilled, but opens the door to the holiday season ahead. Cheers!

Egg Nog - photo property of Cheri LoughlinMaker’s Mark’s Holiday Eggnog

1 liter Maker’s Mark

1 quart milk

1 quart heavy cream

2 dozen eggs

1 1/2 cups sugar

Nutmeg for garnish

Separate eggs and beat yolks until creamy. Whip sugar into yolks. Beat whites until they stand in peaks, adding 1/2 cup additional sugar, if desired. Beat yolks and Maker’s Mark together, add whites. Beat cream. Add cream and milk to mixture. Add nutmeg to taste and garnish each cup with nutmeg. Makes 2 1/2 gallons.

Cheri Loughlin is a leading cocktail and photography resource for beverage companies, event planners, businesses and individuals. High resolution cocktail and beverage stock photography images are available in downloadable digital format in the newly redesigned Stock Photography Gallery at www.cheriloughlin.com.

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Lime Light Focuses on Tequila Liqueurs

GIVEN Lime Infused Tequila Liqueur and Agavero Tequila Liqueur - photo property of Cheri Loughlin - The Intoxicologist

First impressions of GIVEN Lime Infused Tequila Liqueur: Sleek black bottle, but tequila liqueur produced in France?  This is not the usual tequila infusion.GIVEN Lime Infused Tequila Liqueur Cork Broken from Lid - photo property of Cheri Loughlin - The Intoxicologist  The literature only says the infusion process takes place in France for the purpose of utilizing wine and cognac techniques.

Upon opening the bottle the sophisticated cork style closure broke apart, coming unglued from the plastic lid.  A handy wine cork was needed to open the bottle.  The short cork can no longer be placed all the way back in the bottle.  This sort of ruins the stylish look of the bottle design for future storage. 

GIVEN Lime Infused Tequila Liqueur

Appearance and Aroma: Light in color such as straw or corn syrup.  Lightly golden.  Sweet, agave, burnt sugar and lime.

GIVEN Lime Infused Tequila Liqueur - photo property of Cheri Loughlin - The IntoxicologistTaste: Extreme lime.  Almost flinched not expecting the instantaneous draw of sour as it took me by surprise.  Hint of drying to the middle of the tongue.  Sweet comes round but does not take to the forefront over sour.  Think Sweetarts candies just as the thin coating of sugar wears thin before the tartness breaks through.  The two combine for sour sweetness that tangles the taste buds into riotous, rhythmic pleasure.  The mouth waters with desire for more wondering what just sent the never endings into chaotic wanderlust. 

This isn’t to say my first choice would be pouring shots of GIVEN Lime Infused Tequila Liqueur for sipping or shooting.  What GIVEN has succeeded in doing is opening the spirit world to yet another possibility for cocktail expression.  Perhaps GIVEN Lime Infused Tequila Liqueur with club soda or ginger ale as simple starter option would suffice.  GIVEN would also serve well in an assortment of favorite tequila drink recipes and those topped with champagne. 

Since GIVEN enters the tequila liqueur world, how does GIVEN stack up when compared against Agavero Tequila Liqueur?

Agavero Tequila Liqueur

Agavero Tequila Liqueur - photo property Cheri Loughlin - The IntoxicologistAppearance and Aroma: Amber to bronze in color.  Heave notes of agave with definite reflection of tequila spirit.  Richly warm and spicy.

Taste: Much sweeter than GIVEN, but Agavero is a much different spirit.  Smooth.  Warm.  Spicy.  Silky.  Finish carries well for long lasting warmth.  Sweetness does not overwhelm spirit, but definitely enhances.  Honeyed, brown sugar roundness.  Much more delicate in nature. 

Comparing GIVEN and Agavero is only basic as they are both tequila liqueurs that serve the same purpose; use in cocktail recipes.  From that point forth they vary.  Agavero Tequila Liqueur retains the warmth of the tequila spirit with delicacy of the Damiana flower, thought to have aphrodisiac properties.  Sweetness of Agavero remains gentle enough for slow sipping purposes and inclusion in cocktail recipe inclusion.  Its diversity carries further from shot to snifter to cocktail glass.

GIVEN Lime Infused Tequila Liqueur and Agavero Tequila Liqueur Comparison - photo property of Cheri Loughlin - The Intoxicologist

Find a few more interesting Agavero Liqueur cocktails, Tequila recipes and spirit reviews in post by following the links.

GIVEN Lime Infused Tequila Liqueur sample for review courtesy GIVEN Imports Ltd.  All opinions, reviews and spirits’ coverage contained within are the personal opinion and decision of Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. 

Find GIVEN on Facebook.com/GIVENLIQUEUR and twitter.com/GIVENLIQUEUR. 

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Lady of Leisure

Agavero Inspires Cocktails beyond Shots & Margaritas

February 22 is National Margarita Day. Since many have a love it or hate it view toward tequila as the hangover spirit it’s time to move that misconception to the sideline and show a softer, smoother side to the rowdy character of the agave plant.Lovers Margarita Outdoors - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Agavero Tequila Liqueur is an exceptionally smooth, ultra-premium spirit created from a blend of 100% blue agave anejo and reposado tequilas. The essence of Damiana flower enriches the character adding substance to the flavor profile. Rather than an earthy bitterness or bite in the taste, Agavero is smooth and delicately rich on the palate. It is sweet, yet not syrupy. Agavero seems to be the perfect combination of tequila and agave nectar with the lilt of floral Damiana. 

Agavero is produced at los Camichines Distillery in the Jalisco region of Mexico.  Only the finest 100% blue agave anejo and reposado tequilas are chosen to complement the essence of Damiana. These elements are combined and hand blended for the highest quality and taste.  Agavero Tequila Liqueur is bottled at 64 proof. It may be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in a variety of cocktails that are only limited by your imagination.

The notion that tequila is somehow harsher than other liquors or possibly only good for shots or margaritas is clearly not the case. Agavero allows a wide variety of creative thought process to unfold while still allowing the richness of the agave plant to shine through without harshness.

Cozumel Cosmo – created by Cheri Loughlin

Cozumel Cosmo - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1 measure Agavero

2 measures Vodka

3/4 measure Pomegranate Juice

1/2 measure Lime Juice

1/2 measure Pomegranate Liqueur

Lime Wheel Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Inspiration came from the Mexican Cosmo. Pomegranate Juice was put in place of Cranberry with Pomegranate Liqueur added. Imagine creating a tequila based Raspberry Lemon Drop using Limocello and Raspberry Liqueur!

Cortez’ Golden Gift – created by Cheri Loughlin

1-1/4 measure Agavero

1-1/4 measure Vanilla Liqueur

1-1/4 measure Half & Half

Build in a double old-fashioned glass over ice. Stir. Variation: 1 measure each Agavero and Vanilla Liqueur, 3/4 measure Tequila, 1-1/4 measure Half & Half.

The deep rich vanilla blends flawlessly with the delicate nature of Agavero. The use of Half & Half cuts the sweetness while keeping this a decadent dessert cocktail. An Espresso Vodka would also intertwine nicely within this mix. Adjust the ratios and make it your own.

Pineapple Pina – created by Cheri Loughlin

Pineapple Pina - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin5 Pineapple Chunks

1/2 measure Cassis Liqueur

3/4 measure Lemon Juice

1 measure Agavero

1-1/2 measure Pineapple Vodka

3-4 Pineapple Chunks Garnish

Muddle pineapple, cassis and lemon juice in bottom of cocktail shaker. Add Agavero and vodka with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with skewered pineapple chunks.

Fresh is best. Pineapple and tequila work amazingly well together. So does watermelon!

Lover’s Margarita – ala Agavero

Lovers Margarita - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1 measure Agavero

1 measure Reposado Tequila

Splash Fresh Lime Juice

Salted Rim

Rim rocks glass with fresh lime and dip in salt if desired. Add fresh ice. Add Agavero and tequila. Stir. Double recipe and add two straws to share with a lover.

The Lover’s Margarita is simply unbeatable. Agavero adds dimension to the margarita that would not be there with one layering of tequila alone. It also rounds out the edges for a smooth finish. 

This goes to show how adaptable Agavero Tequila is as a spirit. It is excellent as the foundation or companion piece in a wide range of mixed drinks. Tequila no longer needs to be considered the ruthless, untamed spirit designed for shots and margaritas alone.

Cheri Loughlin is a leading cocktail and photography resource for beverage companies, event planners, businesses and individuals. High resolution cocktail and beverage stock photography images are available in downloadable digital format in the newly redesigned Stock Photography Gallery at www.cheriloughlin.com

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