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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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Gin Punch Recipe

The Gin Punch recipe is excellent for holiday parties. It can be made a day in advance and served over decorative ice in rocks glasses for elegant presentation. - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Gin Punch recipe is excellent for formal events, weddings and holiday parties. It can be made a day in advance and served over decorative ice in rocks glasses for elegant presentation. – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Having a great Gin Punch recipe in reserve for on the fly entertaining or formal gatherings is a must for every host. This Gin Punch recipe makes an excellent pitcher style drink for summer entertaining. It also converts to punch style serve for weddings or holidays. Gin Punch is easy to make. The punch tastes fabulous and is a terrific alternative to usual pitcher drinks such as Sangria.

I first served this Gin Punch recipe at a Halloween party a few years ago. People who swore they disliked gin went back for two and three helpings. They loved it! This Gin Punch recipe does not mask the flavor of gin. It does however work with the flavors of gin to enhance the cocktail experience. The Gin Punch is light, refreshing and fruit forward. It works best with gins that lean more toward floral than pine. Don’t worry about purchasing a high end super expensive gin, but buy quality.

Gin Punch Recipe

This Gin Punch recipe is adapted from the Employees Only Speakeasy cocktail book by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric.

Having a great Gin Punch recipe in reserve for on the fly entertaining or formal gatherings is a must for every host. - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Having a great Gin Punch recipe in reserve for on the fly entertaining or formal gatherings is a must for every host. – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Gin Punch

Makes 1 large pitcher or 1 punch bowl

3 Fresh Oranges

3 Fresh Lemons

2 Fresh Limes

8 ounces Fresh Strawberries

1/2 Fresh Whole Pineapple

1 – 750ml bottle Gin

1-3/4 cups Fresh Lemon Juice

 1 to 1-1/4 cup Simple Syrup – according to sweetness preference

1/2 cup Orgeat or Almond Syrup

1 cup Strawberry Liqueur

3 cups water

1 – 750ml bottle Brut Champagne or Brut Sparkling Wine

Slice oranges into wheels and cut into quarters. Slice lemons into wheels and cut in half. If lemons are large, cut wheels into quarters. Slice limes into wheels and cut in half. Hull strawberries. Slice into quarters. Cut pineapple into one inch cubes. Place cut fruit into punch bowl or large pitcher.

Add gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, almond syrup, strawberry liqueur and water. Stir. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator to marinate for several hours or overnight. Add champagne just before serving. Serve in punch glasses or small coupe glasses.

Gin Punch Recipe Tips and Tricks

The Gin Punch Recipe is easy to make and versatile for pitcher serve for outdoor gatherings or punch bowl service for parties. This Gin Punch recipe was served punch bowl style at a Halloween party. I called it "Graveyard Punch" just for fun. - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Gin Punch Recipe is easy to make and versatile for pitcher serve for outdoor gatherings or punch bowl service for parties. This Gin Punch recipe was served punch bowl style at a Halloween party. I called it “Graveyard Punch” just for fun. – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Gin Punch recipe is extremely versatile. Falernum could be exchanged for Orgeat for flavor variation. Learn how to make Homemade Falernum and Homemade Orgeat for great authentic flavor.

You could also replace fresh strawberries with 1 pint of fresh raspberries & strawberry liqueur with raspberry liqueur.

For decorative purposes make an ice ring with mint leaves frozen into the ice ring. Place the ice ring inside the punch bowl just before serving. For pitcher style serve, freeze mint leaves and / or fruit slices inside large ice cubes. Serve Gin Punch in large rocks glass over decorative ice.

Add your comment: What tips would you give to take a recipe from ordinary to celebratory?

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Graduation Punch Makes the Grade

The Graduate is a Graduation Punch using fresh juice that can be made for individual serve or multiplied for pitcher serve. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Graduate, created specifically with my youngest daughter in mind. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

It is graduation time around The Intoxicologist house and all I have so far is one solid graduation punch recipe to get me through the first few party minutes. Teenagers have an appetite you know. At least this punch recipe has been teen tested and came out with a thumbs up, A+, made the grade stamp of approval from the graduate herself! Whew! Passed with flying colors.

Graduation Punch Recipe – Individual Serve

The Graduate uses fresh juices and sliced fruits for satisfying refreshment - – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Graduate uses fresh juices and fruit slices for satisfying refreshment – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Graduate – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Individual serving

2 ounces Fresh Orange Juice

1/2 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Orgeat (Almond Syrup)

1 ounce Ginger Ale

2 Lemon Slices

2 Whole Fresh Strawberries – Sliced or Quartered

Sugared Rim

Slide lemon wedge around lip of stemless wine glass. Dip into sugar. Gently shake off excess. Place layer of ice in bottom of glass. Add a few strawberry slices and one lemon slice. Top with another layer of ice. Add a few more strawberry slices and one lemon slice. Add a few more pieces of ice. Set aside. Your garnished glass should look a little like the one in the photo below.

Layered ice, quartered fresh strawberries and lemon slices in glass with sugared rim ~ makes a beautiful garnished glass! – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Layered ice, quartered fresh strawberries and lemon slices in glass with sugared rim ~ makes a beautiful garnished glass! – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Combine orange juice, lemon juice and Orgeat in cocktail shaker. Shake to blend. Pour over top of prepared garnished glass. Top with ginger ale. Add any remaining strawberry slices as decorative garnish on top.

Graduation Punch Recipe – Pitcher Serve

The Graduate is easily duplicated for party pitcher serve. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Graduate is easily duplicated for party pitcher serve. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Graduate Punch – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Pitcher Serve – 12 servings

24 ounces Fresh Orange Juice

6 ounces Fresh Lemon Juice

6 ounces Orgeat (Almond Syrup)

12 ounces Ginger Ale – chilled

12 Lemon Slices

12 Whole Fresh Strawberries

Sugared Rim

Slide lemon wedge around lip of stemless wine glass. Dip into sugar. Gently shake off excess. Set aside until ready to use. Refrigeration is ideal.

Combine juices and Orgeat in pitcher. Stir until Orgeat syrup is completely incorporated into mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add ginger ale to pitcher and stir just before serving. Place ice in sugar rimmed glasses. Pour 4 ounces of Grad Punch into each glass. Garnish with lemon slice and pierced strawberry.

The Graduate recipe was created specifically with my youngest daughter in mind. She graduates from high school in a few days. In a few short months she ventures off to college several hours away. Cheers to young lives spreading their wings to begin new adventures!

Add Your Comment: What advice would you give to a first year college student?

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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: Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glen Grant The Majors Reserve Scotch _DSC3969 photo copyright Cheri LoughlinThe Major’s Reserve – Speyside

80 Proof / 40% alcohol

Suggested Retail Price: $30 / 750ml bottle

Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes

Glen Grant The Majors Reserve Scotch _DSC3973 photo copyright Cheri LoughlinColor: Light gold.

Aroma: Buttery. Leans toward medium weight. Very soft smoke. Fruit and nut aroma. Warming.

Tasted Neat: Coffee / mocha on the back end of first taste. Bit of cola carbonation sort of after coffee / mocha flavor fades. Almost detect taste of beer foam. Walnut. Date. Apricot.

Mouth Feel: Light, but not too thin.

Comparable Spirit: This scotch would easily please without leaning too far in extremes of smoke or singular flavors jumping to the forefront. Very approachable scotch.

Possible Uses, Pairings and / or Cocktails:

I would sip this neat or on the rocks. It might also fair well in the Bobby Burns cocktail.

Glen Grant Major’s Summertime Punch

Glen Grant The Majors Reserve Scotch _DSC3980 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1 ounce Glen Grant The Major’s Reserve

1 ounce Sparkling Apple or Pear Cider

Splash Ginger Beer

Splash Fresh Lemon Juice

Apple Slices Garnish

Build in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with apple slices. Alternative Serve: Multiply ingredients by number of servings needed. Build in pitcher or punch bowl over large block of ice. Ladle into punch or rocks glasses. Garnish.

Review sample provided by representatives of Campari America

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