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P.S. I Love You Cocktail

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe is a decadently rich cocktail. It is a dessert lover’s dream come true. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe is a decadently rich cocktail. It is a dessert lover’s dream come true. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

This decadently rich and creamy cocktail is a dessert lover’s dream come true. P.S. I Love You is deeply warming with its combination Irish cream and nutty sweet flavor. Irish cream and amaretto flavors shine through as primary.

I found P.S. I Love you just a tad bit too sweet for my taste. Easing back on the sweetness factor could be an easy fix for those who still want to give it a whirl. Lower the Irish Cream and amaretto to 1/2 ounce each for a little less sweetness. Carolans Irish Cream could also be substituted for Bailey’s Irish Cream. Carolans is a little less sweet. I also find it to be a little less thick than Bailey’s. These minor tweaks could bring the P.S. I Love You cocktail into the “love you forever” range.

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe contains Irish Cream, Amaretto, Gold Rum, Coffee Liqueur and Heavy Whipping Cream with Grated Chocolate Garnish {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe contains Irish Cream, Amaretto, Gold Rum, Coffee Liqueur and Heavy Whipping Cream with Grated Chocolate Garnish {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

P.S. I Love You is an excellent creamy cocktail to serve for festive holiday gatherings, girls night out parties, as an after dinner dessert style cocktail or just make when you feel a little indulgent. Let’s not forget Valentine’s Day for obvious “I Love You” reasons.

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe is a decadently rich cocktail. It is a dessert lover’s dream come true. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

P.S. I Love You Cocktail

3/4 ounce Irish Cream

3/4 ounce Amaretto Liqueur

1/2 ounce Gold Rum

1/2 ounce Coffee Liqueur

3/4 ounce Heavy Whipping Cream

Grated Chocolate Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grated chocolate on top.

The P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe is deeply warming with its combination Irish cream and nutty sweet flavor. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

The P.S. I Love You Creamy Cocktail Recipe is deeply warming with its combination Irish cream and nutty sweet flavor. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Bailey’s Irish Cream, DonQ Rum, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur and Hiland Dairy brands while sampling this cocktail recipe. Use the brands of your choice when duplicating this recipe at home. The recipe should taste similar, but not precisely the same due to variations in brand formulations.

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Pusser’s Rum Painkiller Cocktail

Pusser's Rum Painkiller Cocktail - Give the Painkiller a hearty shake for foamy head, generous sprinkle of nutmeg for nutty spice flavoring and orange slice garnish for splash of color. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Pusser’s Rum Painkiller Cocktail – Give the Painkiller a hearty shake for foamy head, generous sprinkle of nutmeg for nutty spice flavoring and orange slice garnish for splash of color. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Pusser’s Rum Painkiller began its long cocktail career at the Soggy Dollar Bar at White Bay on the Island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. The Soggy Dollar Bar is a swim up bar, so customers pay with soggy dollar bills. Hence the bar’s name.

Pusser’s Rum is made in the same wooden pot-stills that were in use over two centuries ago. Since wood soaks up the flavor of the liquids within it, you could say these wooden pot-stills impart two centuries worth of flavor into every bottle of Pusser’s Rum. Pusser’s Rum is 84 proof / 42% ABV.

Pusser’s Rum Painkiller Cocktail Recipe

Pusser's Rum Painkiller Cocktail is made with Pusser's Rum, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Cream of Coconut and a generous sprinkling of grated nutmeg. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Pusser’s Rum Painkiller Cocktail is made with Pusser’s Rum, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Cream of Coconut and a generous sprinkling of grated nutmeg. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Painkiller

2 ounces Pusser’s Rum

3 ounces Pineapple Juice

1 ounce Orange Juice

1 ounce Cream of Coconut

Orange Slice and Fresh Grated Nutmeg Garnish

Combine all liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into goblet over fresh ice. Garnish with orange slice and generous sprinkling of fresh grated nutmeg over the top.

Shake this cocktail! Get a little foamy goodness going on the top. Don’t skimp on that generous sprinkle of nutmeg. It adds aroma and yummy nutty spice to this delicious cocktail.

Pusser’s Rum Painkiller Proof Notes

Pusser's Rum bottle shot - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

I think it is rather perplexing when I see the Painkiller cocktail on restaurant bar menus with the notation “limit 2 per customer.” Somehow there is this idea that the Painkiller cocktail is overflowing with alcohol. Look at the recipe. There are 2 ounces of 42% ABV Pusser’s Rum in the drink. This is a 7 ounce drink shaken over ice and then served over ice. Let’s assume there is at least bare minimum 1 ounce of ice melt between shaking the ingredients and consuming the drink. I have sipped Painkiller cocktails on a sunny beach. Trust me. There is way more than 1 ounce of ice melt going on in the glass in that situation, but we will still be frugal by saying only 1 ounce of ice melt {or water} is going into the volume of the drink.

The math: 2 ounces of 42% ABV Pusser’s Rum divided by 8 ounces volume of the drink x 100 = .105 which is approximately a 21% ABV drink.

The math clearly shows the Painkiller is one killer of a flavorful cocktail, but it does not go overboard on alcohol. Even so, use your best judgment before, during and especially after consuming any alcoholic beverage. Enjoy responsibly so you can live to sip another day.

Sample courtesy Pusser’s Rum. Join Pusser’s Rum in conversation on facebook.com/pussers and twitter.com/pussers.

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Ginger Beer Recipes

Ginger Beer tops off mixed drinks with a zesty ginger kick. Ginger beer delivers an invigorating bubbly thrill to the taste buds. If you are looking for a change from the run of the mill tonic and soda for your vodka and gin based drinks, give ginger beer a whirl. Regatta Ginger Beer could the spiced bubbly for you. 

Regatta Ginger Beer boasts a ginger “bite” without the “ginger burn” often found in other more peppery Jamaican ginger beers. The secondary layering of fruit notes in the Regatta Ginger Beer brings depth of character to rum and whiskey based cocktails. Hints of citrus, apple and banana add spark and energy to a drink to bring it to a new level of flavor.

Regatta Ginger Beer Drink Recipes

Moscow Mule with Vodka and Ginger Beer served in a traditional copper mug at Liv Lounge birthday event in Omaha, Nebraska. ~ photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Moscow Mule with Vodka and Ginger Beer served in a traditional copper mug at Liv Lounge birthday event in Omaha, Nebraska. ~ photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Regatta Moscow Mule

6 ounces Regatta Ginger Beer

2 ounces Vodka

Lime Wedge – Squeezed

Place ice in copper mug or highball glass. Add vodka. Top with Regatta Ginger Beer. Squeeze lime wedge over top and drop into drink. Stir briefly.

Regatta Bermuda Classic

4 ounces Regatta Ginger Beer

1-1/2 ounce Rum

Build in highball glass over fresh ice.

Chilled Ginger Beer and your favorite chilled beer or lager are used in equal parts to created a "Shandy". The Shandy makes an excellent tailgate drink; refreshing and goes the distance. ~ photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Chilled Ginger Beer and your favorite chilled beer or lager are used in equal parts to created a “Shandy”. The Shandy makes an excellent tailgate drink; refreshing and goes the distance. ~ photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Regatta Shandy

6 ounces Regatta Ginger Beer – chilled

6 ounces Favorite Lager – chilled

Pour chilled ginger beer and chilled lager in chilled pint glass. Stir gently.

About Ginger Beer

What exactly is ginger beer? Ginger beer is more carbonated than its ginger ale counterpart. It contains deeper ginger spice than ginger ale and is usually non-alcoholic. Some ginger beer is brewed as an alcoholic beverage with alcohol content exceeding 9%. Ginger beer containing alcohol is labeled appropriately. Non-alcoholic ginger beer is not brewed with fermentation process. It is carbonated with pressurized carbon dioxide like popular soft drinks. Some use ginger beer and ginger ale for medicinal purposes, but its primary production use in the United States is that of a soft drink.

Ginger beer can be consumed straight from the bottle or served over ice. Many like to use it in mixed drinks in the same way club soda, tonic water or colas are used. Ginger beer is a traditional mixer in the Dark & Stormy and Moscow Mule {served in a copper cup}.

Football helmet - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist of intoxicologist.net

Football helmet – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist of intoxicologist.net

Ginger beer is an excellent tailgate party tag along mixer. It is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink alternative and gives many drinks an exciting flavor twist. Ginger beer can boost the flavor of an ordinary margarita, dazzle a strawberry or raspberry daiquiri or add a little spicy excitement to the tailgate party punch. There really are endless possibilities waiting to bubble forth.

Review sample courtesy representatives of Regatta Ginger Beer.

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Mai Tai Drink Mixes Up Sweet Heat

Mai Tai Me Up is a spiced up version of the classic Mai Tai - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Mai Tai Me Up is a spiced up version of the classic Mai Tai – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The classic Mai Tai drink recipe is commonly known to include Orgeat, almond syrup. I created this variation of the Mai Tai drink while reviewing Blackheart Spiced Rum. I found this particular rum worked well in tropical drink recipes and cocktails that leaned more toward warmer tones. That’s one of the reasons I chose to work with Falernum rather than Orgeat in this variation of the Mai Tai drink recipe. Blackheart Spiced Rum already contains a significant amount of vanilla with almond tones. It just made sense to incorporate more Tiki spice into the drink.

Mai Tai Me Up Drink Recipe

Mai Tai Me Up – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Blackheart Spiced Rum

1/2 ounce Triple Sec

3/4 ounce Velvet Falernum

3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

Mint Leaf Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with mint leaf.

More Mai Tai Drink Recipes

Mai Tai Teenie is the low calorie version of the classic Mai Tai - photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Mai Tai Teenie is the low calorie version of the classic Mai Tai – photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Falernum is sometimes difficult to find locally, so make your own with the easy Homemade Falernum recipe found in the link.

Another Mai Tai variation can be found in the popular 21 Must Try Classic Cocktails post. By the way, if you think of a classic cocktail that should be added to that that post, please mention the cocktail recipe in the comments section. I would love to add your suggestions!

Figure friendly cocktails that are truly fresh tasting and flavorful are difficult to come by. Rest assured the Mai Tai Teenie will keep your taste buds happy with only 127 calories in the glass. This low calorie Mai Tai uses fresh pineapple and orange juice rather than orange liqueur for wonderful fresh flavor.

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Review: Adult Chocolate Milk Liqueur

Adult Chocolate Milk 038 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

The first few times I passed Adult Chocolate Milk Liqueur on liquor store shelves I kind of ranked it right along with the multi-flavored vodkas that seem to be flooding the market. I mean really, what has the spirits industry come to? Why not pour a glass of Adult Chocolate Milk and top it with Whipped Vodka?!? (You know someone’s done it!) But then again, the Brown Cow (essentially a vamped up chocolate milk) has been around for ages. Why not a ready to pour-and-serve Adult Chocolate Milk? Why not a few Adult Chocolate Milk recipes to go with that pile of cookies your stashing behind the bread basket?

Especial Brown Cow - photo and recipe adaption by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Especial Brown Cow is essentially a vamped up chocolate milk & it’s been around for ages! – photo & recipe adaption by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

So really, what the spirits industry has come to is giving a broad spectrum of consumers what they want. The broad spectrum is looking for the same thing in a bottle of spirits as they are in their bar experience; fun. It isn’t always about the freshest farm to table ingredients, stirring rather than shaking, carved ice or ice balls or using the proper garnish. Sometimes it’s just about pouring a drink that makes us say, YUM! Just that.

Mudslide Shot 140 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Mudslide Shot – Adult Chocolate Milk would make a great variation on this particular shot. – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Adult Chocolate Milk is a blend of shelf-stable milk and vodka. It’s best served chilled, just like you remember regular chocolate milk from childhood. Like most liqueurs, Adult Chocolate Milk also suggests on the rocks serve and says there are fabulous cocktails to mix and shake. Did someone say shake? I’m thinking an adult milkshake would suit this particular spirit just fine. Perhaps a variation on the Mudslide. Yes. Ice cream and a blender.

What People Are Saying About Adult Chocolate Milk

I asked Intoxicologist Facebook friends what they thought of Adult Chocolate Milk…

ACM is perfect chilled (room temp is not the way to go). Great straight. Has enough chocolate, so that it is not watered down and the alcohol is not so ramped up that it is fun to share with friends. ~ Kevin H.

ACM – Meh. It wasn’t bad, but I was hoping for something richer & more chocolate-y. ~ Angie R.

Adult Chocolate Milk Recipe

Chocolate Dipped RaspberryAdult Chocolate Milk 041 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

3/4 ounce Adult Chocolate Milk

1 ounce Vanilla Rum

1 ounce Rum

1/4 ounce Black Raspberry Liqueur

Combine Adult Chocolate Milk and rums in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into martini glass. Float black raspberry liqueur on top.

40 Proof / 20% alcohol

Suggested Retail Price: $17.99 to $19.99

Availability: Launched in 2009. Product distribution has grown from four states to 40 states. Adult Chocolate Milk is available at local liquor stores and major retailers throughout the United States including select Costco, Kroger and Sam’s Clubs.

Adult Chocolate Milk is considered the “wherever, whenever, however” spirit due to its versatility and accessibility.

Review sample courtesy representatives of Adult Chocolate MilkAdult Chocolate Milk on Facebook – @AdultBeverageCo on Twitter

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