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Review: Adult Chocolate Milk Liqueur

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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.

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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

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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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Drink in the Beaches of Blue Hawaii

With Spring Break in full swing for some, yet the beautiful beaches out of reach for the vast majority it seems appropriate to bring Hawaii to the masses in the form of drink. Perhaps Hawaii is better known for more unusual drinks using ingredients such as papaya or Li Hing Mui, but the Blue Hawaiian is the cocktail with the namesake. 

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In researching the Blue Hawaiian, so many versions surfaced it was difficult to decipher which one was the “real” Blue Hawaiian and which ones were the imposters. What also came to the forefront is another drink often confused for the Blue Hawaiian; the Blue Hawaii. These two drinks share a name so similar it is no wonder they are often confused by many a bartender and patron alike. So let’s break down the difference.

A true Blue Hawaiian never contains vodka, but rather rum. It also uses cream of coconut rather than sweet and sour mix. Adversely, the Blue Hawaii uses vodka instead of rum and sweet and sour mix, but no cream of coconut. Both however share something in common always; Blue Curacao. 

Blue Curacao is essentially an orange liqueur infused with the dried peels of the Larahas plant which is derived from the Valencia orange. The difference between Blue and Orange Curacao is the color. Substituting one for the other in a drink will only change the color, not the taste. 

The Blue Hawaii has an advantage over the Blue Hawaiian in that it makes for quite the easy party punch as well as individual cocktail drink. Since the Blue Hawaiian traditionally calls for cream of coconut which needs thorough stirring, shaking or blending, it is not conducive to a punch bowl setting. 

So, you decide. Pour over ice, stir, shake, or put the blender on puree. Set your sights on the sandy beaches of Hawaii, sit back and sip a tall, cool one. Choose one or try them all. 

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Blue Hawaiian

1 ounce Light Rum

2 ounces Pineapple Juice

1 ounce Blue Curacao

1 ounce Cream of Coconut

Pineapple Chunks Garnish

1 cup Ice

Combine liquids and ice in blender. Blend until all ice is thoroughly blended in cocktail. Pour into highball glass or decorative glass. Garnish with skewered pineapple chunks.

Blue Hawaii

1-1/2 ounce Vodka

1 ounce Blue Curacao

1 ounce Sour Mix

1 ounce Pineapple Juice

2 to 3 ounces Orange Juice

Pineapple Chunks & Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Combine liquids in highball glass over fresh ice. Stir to blend. Garnish with pineapple chunks and maraschino cherry.

Blend both worlds by trying the Blue Hawaii Cocktail.

Blue Hawaii Cocktail

1 ounce Vodka

1/2 ounce Blue Curacao

1/2 ounce Coconut Rum

1-1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

3/4 ounce Lime Juice

Lemon Twist

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

See alternative reader version of the Blue Hawaii drink.

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Campari & Cynar Potable Bitter Cocktails

Cynar Artichoke Liqueur 008 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Time to celebrate! March 16 is National Artichoke Heart Day!

Dashes, splashes and dabs of bitters have become quite the growing trend in cocktails. Bitters add the faintest hint of nuance to drinks beyond garnishing. Flavors meld together in balanced harmony. Reluctant flavors that might otherwise get lost in the shuffle are given a breath of life by a few robust drops of precise flavor essence. But the small batch specialty bottles of bitters wafting about on back bars and marinating in mason jars with secret recipes aren’t the only bitters mixing magical cocktails.

The flip side to the pungent world of bitters is the potable or drinkable one. Campari is a well-known potable bitter used often in the classic Negroni. Cynar is another. Cynar is a complex Italian digestif often associated with the artichokes it is made from. It contains great depth of flavor from the many botanicals included in the creation process, making it an incredibly complex spirit to work with in cocktails. It works exceedingly well with citrus such as orange juice, grapefruit juice and lemon flavors. The richness of flavor is versatile enough to balance well whether you’re a gin or bourbon fan. Don’t let the category of potable bitter fool you. This isn’t unpleasant bitterness. There’s sweetness, spice, depth and strength of character in the spirit.

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The Picket Fence – Ba’sik, Brooklyn

1 ounce Flor de Cana 7 Year Rum

3/4 ounce Cynar

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

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

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Amer Mousseux – Bouchon, Yountville, CA

1 ounce Cynar

1/2 ounce Campari

1/2 ounce Fresh Orange Juice

3 ounces Brut Champagne

Orange Twist

Combine Cynar, Campari and juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with orange twist.

Cocktail recipes sponsored by representatives of Campari America. @CampariAmerica on Twitter – Campari America on Facebook

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Homemade Falernum

A good homemade falernum recipe is good to keep on hand. It’s sometimes difficult to find in stores, but is a necessary component in some Tiki style cocktails. It’s also growing in popularity in many other contempory mixed drink recipes such as sangrias and punches.

So, what is falernum? Falernum is simply delicious. It is a bit of spice, bit of sweet and ever so warming. There are almonds, cloves and sometimes ginger. The texture is smooth with lingering silky spice that mellows over the tongue. Falernum is a simple, yet beautiful flavor. It warms cool weather cocktails and brightens warm weather drinks. I think it’s simply divine. Every bar should stock this amazing bottled treat!

Try your hand at making Falernum at home with this easy homemade falernum recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!

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Falernum

10 Medium Limes – peeled

10 Whole Cloves

5 Whole Raw Almonds

1 teaspoon Sugar

1 – 750ml Bottle White Rum

Peel limes, removing all white pith. Cut limes in half. Place cut and peeled limes in large glass container with lid. Add cloves, raw almonds, sugar and white rum. Save the rum bottle. Cover. Store in sunny window for approximately three days. Taste for desired flavor. When satisfied with flavor, double strain mixture into cleaned rum bottle. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator if desired.

Try your homemade concoction in any of the Falernum cocktail recipes found on the site.

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Homemade Vanilla

Vanilla Extract isn’t a usual bar staple, but it is something you can make at home using quality rum, vodka or brandy and vanilla beans. Even better; the process is simple to do and can be gifted if desired. Follow the easy two ingredient recipe below for the best vanilla extract you’ll ever taste. Everything is better homemade!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

1 cup Rum, Vodka or Brandy

2 quality Vanilla Beans (Bourbon Vanilla or Madagascar Vanilla)

Glass Jar with Lid

Slice vanilla beans open lengthwise. Place vanilla beans in glass jar. Add choice of rum, vanilla or brandy. Seal jar. Store in dark, cool place for three months or more (I keep the vanilla bean in a little longer), occasionally gently shaking jar to mix contents. Once you are pleased with the results, place vanilla in smaller jars to save or share. Save the jar with vanilla bean and refill with choice of rum, vodka or brandy and begin the process again. The second process may take a little longer for completion, but will still yield quality Homemade Vanilla results.

I have used Jaguar Vodka and Rain Vodka to make vanilla. I chose these due to their already nice viscosity and due to the fact they lean more toward rounded buttery lushness rather than the usual sharper, edgier taste of traditional vodka. However, use what you prefer. Experiment with it.

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