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Red Reindeer Punch

Red Reindeer Punch was originally created for a fall football tailgate party. The flavors reflect the fall season and the colorful red drink was for team spirit. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch was originally created for a fall football tailgate party. The flavors reflect the fall season and the colorful red drink was for team spirit. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch made its debut at a recent Saturday afternoon football tailgate party. To be honest, at the time of the tailgate the drink still did not have a name. Naming drinks is the most difficult part for me. Creating the recipe is another ballgame completely. Requirements for this drink were simple: this had to be a red drink for team spirit and I wanted something that reflected the flavors of fall.

Even though this recipe was originally created with a tailgate party in mind, the flavors reminded me more of winter holidays. This punch recipe tastes of caramel apple, soft cranberry and ginger spice. It is a luscious caramel apple served over ice without a wallop of alcohol banging you over the head. Red Reindeer Punch is perfect for holiday gatherings with family, friends and co-workers.

Red Tailgate Punch - {photo credit: Cheri Loughlin, www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Tailgate Drink – {photo credit: Cheri Loughlin, www.intoxicologist.net}

So even though this red punch began with team spirit and tailgating in mind, it veered in another direction. Back to the drawing board for that tailgate drink!

Red Reindeer Punch Recipe

Red Reindeer Punch is a luscious caramel apple served over ice without a wallop of alcohol banging you over the head. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch is a luscious caramel apple served over ice without a wallop of alcohol banging you over the head. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

Makes a little less than 2 gallons

1 – 750ml Bottle Pucker Sour Apple Sass Flavored Vodka

1 – 750ml Bottle Butterscotch Schnapps

1 – 750ml Bottle Gingerbread Liqueur

100 ounces (12-1/2 cups) Cranberry Juice Cocktail

50 ounces (6-1/4 cups) Apple Juice

Apple Slice or Cranberries Garnish

Chill all ingredients overnight for best results. Combine all liquids in large punch bowl or drink dispenser. Stir. Place apple slices and fresh or frozen cranberries in mixture if using large punch bowl. Save apple slices and fresh or frozen cranberries for glasses if using a sealed drink dispenser. Serve punch in rocks glasses over fresh ice. Garnish drink accordingly.

Red Reindeer Punch Single Serve Recipe

Red Reindeer Punch tastes of caramel apple, soft cranberry and ginger spice. It is excellent for holiday gatherings with friends, family or co-workers. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch tastes of caramel apple, soft cranberry and ginger spice. It is excellent for holiday gatherings with friends, family or co-workers. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Red Reindeer Punch – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

single serve

1/2 ounce Pucker Sour Apple Sass Flavored Vodka

1/2 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps

1/2 ounce Gingerbread Liqueur

2 ounces Cranberry Juice Cocktail

1 ounce Apple Juice

Garnish Options:

Apple Slice or Cranberries Garnish

Apple Slice and Caramel Candy Garnish

Build in highball glass over fresh ice. Stir. Garnish with fresh apple slice or cranberries on cocktail pick – or – Garnish with cocktail pick with apple slice, caramel candy, followed by another apple slice.

I used Pucker Vodka, Hiram Walker Liqueurs and Ocean Spray brands while creating this recipe. Homemade Ginger Vanilla Syrup can also be substituted for Gingerbread Liqueur for spicier kick and less alcohol in the completed cocktail. Caramel Apple Liqueur is also a great addition to this cocktail. Use half Butterscotch Schnapps and half Caramel Apple Liqueur for deeper caramel apple flavor.

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Review: Crown Royal Maple Finished

Crown Royal Maple Finished 005 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Crown Royal Maple Finished combines Crown Royal Whisky with a touch of maple flavor. The liquid is then sent through a unique maple toasted oak finishing process for added smoothness. The iconic purple bag has been altered Crown Royal Maple Finished 011 photo copyright Cheri Loughlinto fit the look and feel of this first variant to the Crown Royal brand. The Crown Royal Maple Finished bag is brown with gold embroidery to complement the copper and auburn highlights found in the whisky. – Brand fact information

80 Proof / 40% alcohol

Suggested Retail Price: $25 range

Availability: Nationwide

Crown Royal Maple Finished Tasting Notes

Color: Beautiful copper in the bottle. Appears lighter in the glass, but still contains deep reddish, auburn highlights.Crown Royal Maple Finished 021 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Aroma: Just opening the bottle released immediate maple aroma. Smelled just like maple syrup. Made my mouth water for pancakes and bacon smothered in maple syrup. Also detected caramelized brown sugar. No burn.

Tasted Neat: Some burn. Some sweetness. Can really taste the caramelized brown sugar. Warming. Lovely maple flavor. Bit of vanilla, buttery. Lightly, sweetened maple. To be honest, I wish maple syrup were as gently sweetened while remaining as lush on flavor as this has come across in the first sampling. I love the balance of sweetness to maple flavor.

Mouth Feel: Medium with nice lingering maple finish and warmth.

Possible Uses, Pairings and / or Cocktails: Leaning towards classic Praline Pecan Pie Manhattan 143 photo copyright Cheri Loughlincocktails, the Manhattan makes perfect sense with this flavor profile. I might try using a mix of Praline Pecan Liqueur and Sweet Vermouth to enhance the maple flavor. There’s an example of this Manhattan variation using Woodford Reserve in the Praline Pecan Pie cocktail I created in 2010.

Another that makes a lot of sense; a really good apple cocktail variation. I played with three variations trying to come up with something that allowed the maple flavor to shine while giving the sensation of a deliciously crisp, yet lush apple.

Sample 1: 1-1/2 ounce Crown Royal Maple Finished, 3/4 ounce Caramel Apple Liqueur, 1-1/2 ounce Cranberry Juice, 1/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice, Lime Twist Garnish. Shake liquids with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with Maple Apple Royale Sample 1 121 photo copyright Cheri Loughlinlime twist. Notes: Tastes like a lush caramel apple. Maple flavor gets a little lost with the caramel. Red cocktail like a juicy red delicious apple.

Sample 2: 1-1/2 ounce Crown Royal Maple Finished, 1/2 ounce Berentzen ApfelKorn, 1/4 ounce Buttershots, 1 ounce Cranberry Juice, 1/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice, Lime Twist Garnish. Shake liquids with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist. Notes: Detect bit of burnt sugar in immediate taste. Not enough maple shine through. Red in color like a Honey Crisp apple.

As the saying goes, three times a charm. The third sample was my favorite of all.

Maple Apple Royale 144 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Maple Apple Royale – created by Cheri Loughlin

1-1/2 ounce Crown Royal Maple Finished

1/4 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps

1-1/2 ounce Apple Juice

1 ounce Cranberry Juice

1/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

Lime Twist Garnish

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

The color stays truer to the spirit with its warmer color. Apple flavor is much clearer. Maple shines through in deeper clarity. Buttery notes of the butterscotch schnapps complements the maple flavor rather nicely. Sipping this is like biting into a lovely buttery caramel covered apple. The buttery caramel is lightly sweetened and the apple remains fresh and crisp tasting.

What others are saying – I placed a photo on Facebook the day I sampled Crown Royal Maple, opening the discussion up for any thoughts and opinions for those who had sampled it, too. This is what others had to say:

Lisa N: I’ve tried only the Crown Royal Maple. Typical Crown Royal flavor with a long maple finish. Reminds me of pancakes. Very good

Warren B: The Crown Royal Maple is all wrong.

Vanessa S: Tried the Crown Royal Maple. Wasn’t impressed.

Rubén C: I’m sure Crown Maple is a good drink cause I’ve tried it. But it should be in cocktail.

Kevin H: Crown Maple has a nice nose of maple. I can’t say I really like it straight. I’m sure that maybe if it was mixed correctly then I may like it more.

Joe G: Both times tasting CR Maple I longed for a side of bacon, which isn’t a terrible thing, but it is just a bit too sweet. Has anyone found a decent mixer?

I recently stopped in at Nosh in Omaha. Brandon was working the bar that evening and told me about a new drink they’re offering. It’s warmed coffee that includes Crown Royal Maple Finish and RumChata with whipped cream and a few grated spices served in a large snifter. I haven’t sampled it yet, but the photo looked good and he made it sound delicious.

Review sample courtesy representatives of The Crown Royal CompanyCrown Royal on Facebook – @CrownRoyal on Twitter

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Bountiful Harvest

Bountiful Harvest 002 2 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Planning drinks for your holiday party shouldn’t leave you frazzled. Though the holidays are a happy, joyous time, they often bring stress for those trying to reach festive perfection. Bountiful Harvest brings versatility to the holiday season with single serve or holiday punch options. Mix. Chill. Relax.

Bountiful Harvest – created by Cheri Loughlin

6-3/4 ounce Ginger Vodka

4-1/2 ounce Caramel Apple Liqueur

13-1/2 ounce Cranberry Juice

Lime Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in pitcher. Stir. Chill. Serve in rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lime twist. – This recipe will fit into an empty standard size 750ml bottle which takes up less space than most pitchers. Save an empty liquor bottle. Strip off labeling. Use the bottle for an easy pour and serve option for your next gathering.

Single Serve Option: 1-1/2 ounce Ginger Vodka, 1 ounce Caramel Apple Liqueur, 2-3/4 ounce Cranberry Juice, Lime Twist Garnish. Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist. OR build in large rocks glass over fresh ice.

I used Yazi Ginger Vodka and Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur while creating this cocktail.

 

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Review: Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur

Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur 015 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

30 Proof / 15% alcohol

Suggested Retail Price: $10 to $14 range depending on location

Tasting Notes

Color: Light gold with pumpkin orange highlightsHiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur 058 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Aroma: Smells like a caramel apple; go figure. Apple notes – white flesh of Honey Crisp apple with faint tartness of Granny Smith apple. Caramel is light rather than overly honeyed. Reminds of silky smooth caramel found in center of gooey caramel covered chocolate candies.

Tasted Neat: Extremely sweet. Almost like straight flavored melted sugar. Lots of apple notes. No burn. Just sweetness of apple. No tart or zing. More honey overlaying the caramel inclusion.

Mouth Feel: Thin

Comparable Spirit: My first thought was Mother’s Apple Pie liqueur, but this isn’t exactly like that. Something close.

Possible Uses, Pairings and / or Cocktails: Definitely for mixing. Might be nice with whiskey and hot tea for a warmed winter drink. Caramel Apple cocktail martini style for sure. Pairs nicely with cranberry juice.

The Big AppleHiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur 010 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

2 ounces Bourbon or Whiskey

3/4 ounce Caramel Apple Liqueur

1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth

3 dashes Classic Bitters

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass or strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Review sample courtesy representatives of Hiram Walker

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