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Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail

Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail could easily skip the crushed cookie chocoloate rim for easier serve, less mess. Skip garnish all together or garnish with cookie on the side or candy kiss speared on cocktail pick. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail could easily skip the crushed cookie chocoloate rim for easier serve, less mess. Skip garnish all together or garnish with cookie on the side or candy kiss speared on cocktail pick. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake is a most appropriate bakery treat for Halloween party season. It is dark, decadent and devilishly delicious. But in my opinion, the cake is the bones of the treat. So in this case, the cake is the cocktail. The heart of what I like about dessert.

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail uses flavor inspiration from the cake and whips up a little liquid magic. It is sweet and scrumptious like the dark and delicious chocolate cake. But this Devil’s treat takes minimal preparation time and no time wasted waiting on the oven to preheat. Pour, shake and enjoy. That’s no trick. Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail is pure treat.

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail Recipe

Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail: Chocolate and Vanilla Vodka, Hazelnut and Coffee Liqueur, Creme de Cacao and crushed chocolate cookie garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail: Chocolate and Vanilla Vodka, Hazelnut and Coffee Liqueur, Creme de Cacao and crushed chocolate cookie garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce Three Olives Chocolate Vodka

1/2 ounce Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka

1 ounce Bols Brown Crème de Cacao

1/2 ounce Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

1/4 ounce Kahlua Especial Coffee Liqueur

Crushed Oreo Cookies Garnish

Crush cookies and cream cookies to fine texture. Lightly moisten outside rim of cocktail glass with hazelnut or coffee liqueur. Dip rim in crushed cookies. Set cocktail glass aside. Place vodkas, crème de cacao and liqueurs in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into prepared glass.

Creamy Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail Variation

Take the Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail on into the winter holiday season by adding heavy whipping cream to the recipe for a white creamy cocktail version. Serve martini style or opt for on the rocks serve with cacao nib garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Take the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail on into the winter holiday season by adding heavy whipping cream to the recipe for a white creamy cocktail version. Serve martini style or opt for on the rocks serve with cacao nib garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Make this Devil may care cocktail work for you during the entire winter holiday season. Add 1 ounce Heavy Whipping Cream to the recipe above. Shake with ice along with the vodkas, crème de cacao and liqueurs. Strain into a chilled martini glass (crushed cookie rim optional) or strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with sprinkle of cacao nibs for a little bitter chocolate bite to the sweetened cocktail.

The creamy white texture and snowball color pair perfectly with wintry holidays. This variation of the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail makes a great holiday party cocktail. It could also be garnished with a mint leave rather than cacao nibs to add a hint of festive green!

Add heavy whipping cream to the Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail and serve martini style or on the rocks variation and creamier cocktail. Garnish with cacao nibs. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Add heavy whipping cream to the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail and serve martini style or on the rocks variation and creamier cocktail. Garnish with cacao nibs. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Three Olives Vodka, Smirnoff Vodka, Bols Liqueur, Frangelico, Kahlua, Oreo Cookie and Hiland Dairy brands while creating this cocktail. Use the brands you have on hand and are the most comfortable using when recreating this recipe at home. The taste results should be close to the same.

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Coffee Ice Cubes for Iced Coffees & More

Pouring liqueurs over easy to make Coffee Ice Cubes – photo by Cheri Loughlin

Pouring liqueurs over easy to make Coffee Ice Cubes – photo by Cheri Loughlin

Recently frozen coffee ice cubes on Pinterest caught my eye. I don’t know about you, but most mornings in my home begin with a pot of fresh brewed coffee. At the end of the morning there is usually a little left in the bottom of the pot. I use a Capresso coffee maker that comes with a stainless steel thermal carafe. The carafe keeps my coffee hot and fresh for hours. It seems such a waste to pour fresh coffee down the drain. So when I saw the coffee ice cubes on Pinterest the creative wheels in my head started turning, leading me along a creative path to wonderful drinks I could make with frozen coffee cubes.

Making Coffee Ice Cubes

Coffee Ice Cubes are easy to make using fresh brewed coffee or left over coffee. - photo by Cheri Loughlin

Coffee Ice Cubes are easy to make using fresh brewed coffee or left over coffee. – photo by Cheri Loughlin

Really, what’s not to love?! Making coffee ice cubes is easy. Just pour fresh coffee into ice cube trays. Cover with plastic wrap so crumbs or odors from the freezer don’t get trapped in the ice. It takes roughly 4 to 6 hours for the coffee ice cubes to freeze. Take the cubes out of the tray and place them into a freezer safe container. Seal until ready to use. Make some more!

Recommended Ice Cube Trays

Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Trays make uniform square ice. I just think that's cool! But use whatever ice tray you prefer. There are lots of great choices. - photo by Cheri Loughlin

Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Trays make uniform square ice. I just think that’s cool! But use whatever ice tray you prefer. There are lots of great choices. – photo by Cheri Loughlin

I use Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Trays. The Tovolo trays are easy to use, flexible and I can throw them in the dishwasher when I’m done. I also love that the Tovolo makes perfect little squares. But use whatever ice tray you like the best. The OXO Good Grips Ice Cube Tray also looks like it might be a good choice, but I haven’t used that one. It has an easy-release sliding lid so liquids won’t slosh out while carrying the tray from counter to freezer. It’s also stackable with the built in lid. You can’t do that so easily with the Tovolo tray.

Coffee Ice Cube Drink Ideas

Try Coffee Ice Cubes in Black Russians, White Russians or throw Coffee Ice Cubes in the blender with Mudslide ingredients and Vanilla Ice Cream for a wonderful recipe variation. - photo by Cheri Loughlin

Try Coffee Ice Cubes in Black Russians, White Russians or throw Coffee Ice Cubes in the blender with Mudslide ingredients and Vanilla Ice Cream for a wonderful recipe variation. – photo by Cheri Loughlin

There are many drink possibilities with coffee ice cubes. One of my biggest pet peeves about iced coffee drinks is how watered down they get before getting halfway through the drink. The first no-brainer is to start replacing regular ice with coffee ice cubes in any iced coffee recipe whether it contains alcohol or no alcohol. Instead of watered down iced coffee, the melting coffee cubes give more coffee flavor to the drink.

Add coffee ice cubes to traditional cocktails such as Black Russians and White Russians.

Use coffee ice cubes instead of regular ice for coffee flavored blender drinks like a frozen Mudslide or slushies.

Dreamy Iced Coffee

Dreamy Iced Coffee using easy to make Coffee Ice Cubes. Recipe & photo by Cheri Loughlin, Corporate Mixologist & Photographer

Dreamy Iced Coffee using easy to make Coffee Ice Cubes. Recipe & photo by Cheri Loughlin, Corporate Mixologist & Photographer

Dreamy Iced Coffee – created by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

6 to 8 Coffee Ice Cubes

2 ounces Unsweetened Almond Milk

1-1/2 ounce Irish Cream Liqueur

1/4 ounce Hazelnut Liqueur

Whipped Cream & Shaved Chocolate – optional garnish

Fill tall glass with coffee ice cubes. Add almond milk. Top with liqueurs. Stir. Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate if desired. Relax with a good book while your coffee ice cubes melt into sheer liquid pleasure. [I used Carolans Irish Cream. It’s a little less sweet and less thick than Baileys Irish Cream. The Irish Cream measurement might need to be altered a little bit depending upon the brand you use.]

Frozen Blender Variation: Place coffee ice cubes and liquids in blender. Add 1 to 2 Tablespoons Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. Blend until smooth. It might be necessary to add a tiny bit more almond milk in case the mixture is too thick. Pour into tall glass or decorative glass. Top with dollop of whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

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Oatmeal Cookie Day Cocktail & Shots

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie 024 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

March 18 is National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day, sometimes identified with National Oatmeal Cookie Day which is actually April 30. The difference between the two; a lacy oatmeal cookie is delicate, wafer thin and crispy while the oatmeal cookie is a drop cookie that is chewy, chunky and usually full of nuts, spices and some sort of chewy dried fruit such as raisins. Regardless of which style of cookie you prefer, I offer a toast in honor of the day.

Days that celebrate oatmeal and the oatmeal cookie – National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day, March 18 – National Oatmeal Cookie Day - April 30, National Oatmeal Day - October 29

Oh, and I made real cookies, too! They are one of my favorites after all. The recipe I use for Date Night Oatmeal Cookies is listed below drink recipes.

Oatmeal Cookie Day Shots

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Shot

Much like a spiced up oatmeal cookie, this little shot contains lots of spicy cinnamon flavor with delicious creamy texture.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

1/4 ounce Jager Herbal Liqueur

1/4 ounce Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps

1/4 ounce Rum

1/4 ounce Coffee Liqueur

1/4 ounce Irish Cream

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into shot glass.

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Oatmeal Cookie Shot

How sweet (and buttery) it is! This oatmeal cookie could get dangerous real fast. It’s like a buttery cookie, less spicy and a bit sweeter than the version above and yes… Very Good!

Oatmeal Cookie Shot

1/4 ounce Jager Herbal Liqueur

1/4 ounce Cinnamon Schnapps

1/4 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps

1/4 ounce Irish Cream

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into shot glass.

Oatmeal Cookie Cocktail 088 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Oatmeal Cookie Cocktail

The Oatmeal Cookie Shot was so delicious I thought it a shame to sip it so quickly. A lengthier sipping time should be enjoyed.

Oatmeal Cookie Cocktail – recipe adapted by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

3/4 ounce Jager Herbal Liqueur

1/2 ounce Butterscotch Liqueur

1/2 ounce Irish Cream

1-1/2 ounce Half & Half

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

More variations on the Oatmeal Cookie include the Batch of Oatmeal Cookies. Why make cookies if you don’t intend to share. This recipe makes 6 shooters of approximately 2 ounces each or 12 shots of 1 ounce each after mixture has been shaken over ice.

Batch of Oatmeal Cookies

4 ounces Cinnamon Schnapps

4 ounces Irish Cream

1 ounce Coffee Liqueur

1 ounce Hazelnut Liqueur

1 ounce Heavy Cream

Combine liquids in large cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into multiple shooter or shot glasses.

Oatmeal Cookie Day Cookie Recipe

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie 028 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Date Night Oatmeal Cookies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Shot

Date Night Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies originated in England, supposedly evolving from the savory oatcakes soldiers carried during battle for quick energy. The modern day cookie is much sweeter, but it shares many of the same ingredients as the original Middle Ages cake. It’s still quite popular as a lunchbox and after-school snack and quick choice for picnics. Really, who can resist a chewy, delicious cookie full of oats, nuts and yummy fruit?

The oatmeal cookie also happens to be one of my very favorite cookies. Though they most often contain raisins as the added dried fruit, I prefer adding dates. Use pitted dates and cut them into small pieces or purchase the chopped candied dates. Either work fine.

Date Night Oatmeal Cookie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 cup Butter – softened (not in the microwave)

2 cups Brown Sugar – loosely packed

2 Eggs

3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

2 cups Flour

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Soda

3 cups Old Fashioned Oats

1-1/2 cup Chopped Dates – substitute raisins if you prefer

1 cup Walnuts – chopped

Cream softened butter and brown sugar in large bowl. Add eggs and lemon juice. Beat together until mixed. Add flour, oats, salt and soda. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Top with dates and walnuts. Mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Space cookies approximately 2 inches apart. Bake for approximately 15 to 17 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown. Remove from oven. Allow to sit on cookie sheet for about 1 to 2 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Allow to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

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Jello Shots Become Bite-Sized Desserts

Just as classic cocktails and mixology have evolved through the years, Jello shots have gone from amateur night throw back shot to sophisticated connoisseur finger food. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Just as classic cocktails and mixology have evolved through the years, Jello shots have gone from amateur night throw back shot to sophisticated connoisseur finger food. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Jello shots have been around since 1955 so the story goes. They are the go-to college party shot, Halloween candy shot and (admit it) mom’s little secret treat hiding in the back of the fridge for book club night. Just as classic cocktails and mixology have evolved through the years, Jello shots have gone from amateur night throw back shot to sophisticated connoisseur finger food. Forget the plastic cup. Bring on the tiny appetizer plates. Seriously, in the long, short and wiggly of it all, it’s still alcohol wrapped up in gelatin. Slam it, sip it or nosh it. Any way you bite it there’s alcohol content, so user beware. This isn’t kiddie candy, but Jello shots are still loaded with fun!

These Mexican Truffles are little bite-sized packages of dark chocolate goodness. So good, they are difficult to put down. The whipped cream and cinnamon garnish balance out the tasty morsel with creamy smoothness. Instead of the usual Jello shots that come to mind, these decadent small bite desserts are ideal for cocktail parties, hosting a girls night out game night or wrapping up your own Valentine’s Day box of chocolates.

These Mexican Truffles are little bite-sized packages of dark chocolate goodness. The whipped cream and cinnamon garnish balance out the tasty morsel with creamy smoothness. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

These Mexican Truffles are little bite-sized packages of dark chocolate goodness. The whipped cream and cinnamon garnish balance out the tasty morsel with creamy smoothness. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Mexican Truffle – created by Cheri Loughlin

1/3 cup Chocolate Milk

1 teaspoon Grenadine

2 Knox Unflavored Gelatin Packets

1/3 cup Reposado Tequila

1/3 cup Hazelnut Liqueur

2 tablespoons Coffee Liqueur

Whipped Cream & Cinnamon Sprinkle Garnish

Place milk, grenadine and gelatin in saucepan. Stir gently. Heat over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved (approximately 7 to 8 minutes). Remove from heat. Add tequila and liqueurs. Stir. Pour into small shallow glass dish. Chill until gelatin is completely set. Cut into approximately 20 to 24 squares or use simple cookie cutter for decorative shapes just before serving. Garnish with dollop of whipped cream and dust with cinnamon powder just before serving.

If you love playing with your food and drink then you’ll love the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen. They have a terrific book with more gelatin style Jello cocktail shot recipes. The Cucumber-Lime Margarita sounds delicious! Check out a few cute gelatin shot ideas on my Pinterest board. There are some amazingly creative people out there!

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Italian Coffee

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Italian Coffee

1-1/2 measure Hazelnut Liqueur

Fresh Brewed Coffee

Whipped Cream

Place liqueur in heat resistant mug. Top with fresh brewed coffee. Garnish with whipped cream.

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