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Avion Espresso Liqueur Peanut Crème Espresso Cocktail

Avion Espresso Liqueur 010 - Avion Espresso has deep espresso flavor, light sweetness rather than cloying sweetness and clean dry finish that hint at its silver tequila roots. 70 proof / 35% ABV –Retails for approximately $24.99 for 750ml bottle. Enjoy chilled to sip or shoot as a shot, on the rocks or included in favorite cocktails. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Avion Espresso Liqueur – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Avion Espresso Liqueur has deep espresso flavor, light sweetness rather than cloying sweetness and a clean dry finish that hints at its silver tequila roots. 70 proof / 35% ABV – Retails for approximately $24.99 for 750ml bottle. Enjoy chilled to sip or shoot as a shot, on the rocks or included in favorite cocktails.

Avion Espresso Liqueur - Avion Tequila 024 Avion Espresso Liqueur taster shot with wooden bottle cap along side. - Avion Espresso has deep espresso flavor, light sweetness rather than cloying sweetness and clean dry finish that hint at its silver tequila roots. 70 proof / 35% ABV –Retails for approximately $24.99 for 750ml bottle. Enjoy chilled to sip or shoot as a shot, on the rocks or included in favorite cocktails. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Use Avion Espresso Liqueur in the same capacity you would regular coffee liqueur. You will notice a bit of tequila in the finish. But I also think that adds a touch of something flavorful to cocktails if you are willing to experiment a little. Think of using Avion Espresso Liqueur in place of coffee liqueur in your next White Russian. Avion Tequila even suggests mixing 1 part Avion Espresso liqueur with 1 part Irish Whiskey in a rocks glass over fresh ice. Stir and sip. If you like that, think about adding a little half and half with a bit of Irish cream. Shake it up and serve on the rocks or in a cocktail glass for a creamy espresso cocktail with bit of Irish kick.

Avion Espresso Liqueur Peanut Crème Espresso Cocktail Recipe

Peanut Creme Espresso - Avion Espresso Liqueur 074 is a peanut creme influenced Espresso Martini that happens to include a tequila espresso liqueur in place of the usual coffee liqueur. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Peanut Crème Espresso is a peanut crème influenced Espresso Martini that happens to include tequila espresso liqueur in place of the usual coffee liqueur. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Peanut Crème Espresso – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce Avion Espresso Liqueur

3/4 ounce Castries Peanut Rum Crème

1/2 ounce Carolans Irish Cream

1 ounce Half and Half

Williams-Sonoma Milk Chocolate Shaved Chocolate

Place liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill thoroughly. Strain into chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish with shaved chocolate.

Use any chocolate you prefer for garnish. Grated chocolate chips or grated chocolate candy bar would both work rather nicely. I used what I had on hand in the cabinet. You should too! - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Use any chocolate you prefer for garnish. Grated chocolate chips or grated chocolate candy bar would both work rather nicely. I used what I had on hand in the cabinet. You should too! – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

There is a nice balance of peanut and espresso flavor with barely there hint of tequila in the finish. If you prefer just a hint more peanut flavor, add a tiny amount more peanut rum crème. Use any chocolate you prefer for garnish. Grated chocolate chips or grated chocolate candy bar would both work rather nicely. I used what I had on hand in the cabinet. You should too!

Avion Espresso Liqueur and Peanut Crème Espresso Stock Photography Availability

Avion Espresso Liqueur - Avion Tequila 014 Top shot of bottle Cap - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Avion Espresso Liqueur – Avion Tequila 014 Top shot of bottle Cap – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

There are seventeen Avion Espresso Liqueur bottle and tasting shot images available in the stock photography gallery including the photos chosen for this post. There are an additional twelve Avion Tequila Silver bottle and tasting shot images from a previous review.

Peanut Crème Espresso - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Peanut Crème Espresso – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

There are ten Peanut Crème Espresso cocktail images available with varying angles of the cocktail including top shots of the shaved chocolate garnish.

All images are available for immediate download for commercial and personal use, priced affordably in a variety of resolution sizes.

Avion Espresso Liqueur - Avion Tequila 020 Avion Espresso Liqueur taster shot with wooden bottle cap along side. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Avion Espresso Liqueur – Avion Tequila 020 Avion Espresso Liqueur taster shot with wooden bottle cap along side. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

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Hot Chocolates for Happy Holidays

There’s nothing more richly satisfying than coming in from bone chilling temperatures to find a nice warming cups of hot chocolates waiting to satisfy the taste buds. Wrapping frigid fingers around a steaming hot cup of cocoa feels pretty darn nice, too!  Slip into something darkly decadent, richly rewarding and comfortingly creamy this holiday season.

Hot Chocolates Recipes

Jack’s Cozy Cocoa Jacks Cozy Cocoa Jack Daniels Recipe

3/4 ounce Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey

Splash of Peppermint Schnapps

Hot cocoa

Whipped Cream

Chocolate Shavings Garnish

Pour Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and peppermint schnapps into prepared hot cocoa. Add dollop of whipped cream on top. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

Deep ChocolateDeep Chocolate - Leblon Cachaca Recipe

1-1/2 ounce Leblon Cachaça

1/2 ounce Jago Cream Liqueur

1/2 ounce Navan

4 ounces Hot Chocolate

Whipped Cream and Chocolate Shavings Garnish

Place Cachaca and liqueurs in large heat proof mug. Add hot chocolate. Stir. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Angel’s Beso

1-1/2 ounce Gran Centenario Anejo Tequila

Ghiradelli Hot Chocolate

Cocoa Powder for Rim

Warm heat proof goblet by filling with heated water. Empty. Rim goblet with cocoa powder. Add tequila and prepared hot chocolate. Stir and serve.

Hot Chocolate Delight

1-1/2 ounce Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

3/4 ounce DeKuyper Hazelnut Liqueur

1/2 ounce DeKuyper Crème de Menthe – green

Hot chocolate

Whipped Cream

Place bourbon and hazelnut liqueur in preheated mug. To with prepared hot chocolate. Top with whipped cream garnish. Drizzle green crème de menthe over top.

Cuppa Good CheerCuppa Good Cheer Skyy Vodka

1-1/2 ounce SKYY Infusions Cherry

1/2 ounce White Creme de Cacao

4 ounces Hot Chocolate

1 ounce Half and Half

Whipped Cream

Red Sprinkles

Maraschino Cherry

Place vodka and liqueur in large heat resistant mug. Add steaming hot cocoa and half & half. Stir. Top with whipped cream. Add sprinkles. Plop maraschino in middle for a festive holiday hat topper.

Hot Chocolate at Chaz photo property of Cheri LoughlinCastries Cocoa

2 ounces Castries Peanut Rum Creme

4 ounces Hot Cocoa

Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sprinkles Garnish

Combine ingredients in a preheated mug.  Top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.  For a twist, add a splash of banana flavored liqueur.

Official Site Tasting Notes:  Milk chocolate flavor with a creamy blend of peanuts.  Add a touch of banana liqueur for a tropical touch.  Indulge on cold winter nights, preferably with a warm body.

Red Hot Chocolate – created by John GinnettiRed Hot Chocolate Campari

1 ounce Campari

2 ounces Brandy

3 ounces Whole Milk

1/2 ounce Heavy Cream

2 tablespoons Dark Chocolate Chips

Hand-cut Marshmallow or Peppermint Stick Garnish

Place milk, cream & chocolate chips in milk frothing cup used for espresso. Froth milk as you would for cappuccino.  When milk is hot remove frothing wand and whisk vigorously until chocolate is completely melted. Add Campari and Brandy.  Pour into large heat resistant mug.  May be garnished with 1 large hand-cut marshmallow or red peppermint stick. Originally served at 116 Crown in New Haven, CT.

Coco Loco

2 ounces Flor de Caña 7-year-old

1/2 ounce Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur

Thin slice of Habañero Chili

Dash of Cinnamon

2 teaspoons of Brown Sugar

2 ounces of milk

Grated Pistachios Garnish

Whipped Cream – optional

Place rum, liqueur and milk in small pot set to simmer. Add chili, cinnamon and sugar. Stir continuously until heated. Pour mixture into heat resistant mug. Add whipped cream and grated pistachios garnish.

MexiCabo Hot ChocolateMexiCabo Hot Chocolate 250

1-1/2 ounce Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila

4 ounces Hot Chocolate

1/2 ounce Coffee Liqueur

Whipped Cream

Place tequila and coffee liqueur in large coffee mug. Top with steaming hot prepared cocoa. Stir. Top with dollop of whipped cream.

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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

Cinnamon

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.

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Flavorful Seduction for the Price of Peanuts

For those of you who don’t know, today is National Peanut Day  Rather than partake of this favorite party time snack from a jar, why not take a delicious savory sip from a glass?  Perhaps the curvaceous, seductive bottle of Castries Peanut Rum Crème will lure you in for delectable sipping.  If you have already sampled Castries you know exactly why it is so alluring.  If not, you are missing out on something rather divine, decadent and all around delicious!

You won’t find peanut butter flavor of this sensual feel and quality in any other liqueur on the market.  Castries Peanut Rum Crème brings the rich heritage, energy and sensual indulgence of St. Lucia with it in flavor and bottle design.  Sipping Castries is a taste extravaganza on the palate.  Of course it tastes like peanuts, but the balance of buttery softness is supreme.  This is not like dipping a finger in a jar of peanut butter type flavor.  It is wispy softness with delicate peanut flavor wrapped in silky cream.  There are definite hints of the Madagascar vanilla blended with the St. Lucian rum that lend toward an almost caramel feel.  Castries Peanut Rum Crème’s luscious flavor transcends taste, escorting one to a place of indulgence, seduction and exotic pleasure.

The Phantom Castries Peanut Creme Rum - photo property of Cheri LoughlinThe Phantom

2 ounces Castries Peanut Rum Crème

1 ounce Hennessy Cognac

Combine over ice in a rocks glass. Stir.  Add fresh grated Nutmeg.

Castries and cognac blend together rather nicely here.  The richness of both complement each other well in this creamy concoction, but with this ratio it came off a little too sweet for my taste.  Perhaps the key would be an evening of ratios instead – 1.5 ounces Castries to 1.5 ounces Hennessy.  This allows the Castries to still shine through while taking the edge off the sweet.

Peanut Butter Cup Castries Peanut Creme Rum - photo property of Cheri LoughlinPeanut Butter Cup

2 ounces Castries Peanut Rum Crème

1 ounce Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

1 ounce Vanilla Vodka

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. For added pizzazz, line chilled martini glass with chocolate syrup before pouring liquid into the glass.

This Peanut Butter Cup is definitely not for the faint of heart. Peanut richness runs throughout with a thread of chocolaty goodness. The theme of sweetness unquestionably lies within, but I was thoroughly surprised it was not sticky, gooey burn style since the sugar content is rather high in this particular cocktail. One Peanut Butter Cup drink will suffice for me, but then again straight gin or vodka martinis are usually what I call dessert.

Castries Peanut Rum Crème Official Tasting Notes

Color – Warm to pale nutty brown

Aroma – Natural peanut brittle, butter roasted peanuts, and brown spice

Taste – Full bodied palette that starts with strong notes of creamy peanut butter then fades into subtle spicy notes of cinnamon and brown sugar and finishes with a breath of fine aged rum

Castries Peanut Rum Crème retails for approximately $30 making this seductive spirit an affordable indulgence for on the rocks or mixable sipping.

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