Champagne should be an all-the-time drink. But it’s especially appropriate this time of year, as everyone jolts from holiday party to holiday party. It’s time to get some expert advice on the sparkly stuff. A few myths debunked and some surprising tidbits from the correct glassware (hint - it’s not a flute) to why popping a cork should be graceful.
This post is dedicated to my childhood friend and awesome gal, Colleen McCollum, who is a big champagne fan and asked me to do this post. These champagne-type cocktails are perfect for the holidays and for celebrating special occasions. Champagne/Sparkling Wine is synonymous with celebrations, but has become an all-season and all-occasion drink of choice for many people.
While I work on my next award-winning book, blog posts will be limited, but I will be offering up a 'cocktail and a mocktail of the week' for all you avid cocktail enthusiastsand non-drinkers. The featured cocktails and mocktails will be seasonal as well as some of my personal favorites that are proven and stood the test of time...Happy Mixing!
I've been waiting with much anticipation to unveil my warming and decadent December cocktails. It's that time of year to round up your family, friends and neighbors and host an epic holiday party that will dazzle them and be the talk of the town for months to come. What better way to bring people together and combat those seasonal winter blues.
Pumpkin Toddy (complex)
- 1 oz Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy
- .5 oz Rittenhouse Bonded Rye Whiskey
- .5 oz Lemon juice
- .5 oz Grade B maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Pumpkin puree
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 5 oz Boiling water
- Garnish: Grated cinnamon
- Glass: Irish Coffee Mug
Prep - Add all ingredients except the water to a preheated mug. Top with the boiling water and stir to combine. Top with grated cinnamon.
Many of my facebook friends chose 'apple' as one of their favorite flavors in winter cocktails. There is nothing like the taste of apple in a winter cocktail - it is soothing, warm, and comforting, especially in front of the fireplace on a cold night. These cocktails incorporate the apple flavor by liquor, liqieir, or juice/cider.
My facebook fans have responded by choosing wild berries for their favorite flavor this winter season. So I give you my very best berry cocktails - part one.
Blueberries, either fresh,frozen, or as a distilled spirit provide a sweet tartness to cocktails and pair well with a variety of other flavors. Whether you are looking for fresh blueberry cocktails or a way to use that blueberry-flavored liquor, this list of cocktails is a good place to start.
Well, November is here. Halloween has past and winter hibernation is starting to look more and more appealing so it’s time to stay at home and keep warm. The upside: It’s time to start planning those holiday parties and drinking at home or friend's house.
As the weather gets cooler (if you live in that part of the world), it’s necessary to adjust your cocktail menu accordingly. That doesn’t mean going straight for steaming hot drinks just yet—though I'm certainly not opposed to a good Hot Toddy, Buttered Rum, or Irish Coffee. Now is the time for richer, fuller-bodied spirits.
Part 2 of Halloween cocktails -
- 1 part melon liqueur
- 1 part Vodka
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- Chocolate syrup
- Chocolate dipped orange slice for garnish
- 1 oz Scotch
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth
- 1/4 oz Strega herbal liqueur
- 1 oz lemonade
Corpse Reviver #1
- 1 1/2 ounce brandy
- 3/4 ounce Calvados or other apple brandy
- 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
Corpse Reviver #2