Monthly Archives: June 2011

Summer Fun With Hpnotiq: Hpnotiq Cocktail Recipes

Hypnotiq, Hpnotiq, Hipnotic… However you spell it, years ago, I was a HUGE fan of Hpnotiq, so much so that at all times you could find a bottle in my cabinet, and usually find a hint of it in any cup I was holding at parties… and then I turned 22. That’s right, for my first legal age of drinking I fell in love with the cordial that was constantly mentioned on TV, always advertised at the club, and usually on the top shelf towards the front of the liquor store to catch your attention. But eventually I tasted other spirits and realize how over-hyped, and incorrectly used Hpnotiq was. The key word being INCORRECTLY used. Years later I have not only discovered a new found respect for the aqua colored cordial, but also found many new ways to PROPERLY mix the drink highlighting its pros and hiding its cons. I think it’s a GREAT summer mixer and with the help of a few other ingredients I’m going to show you some of my favorite summer cocktails to make with it.

Cayman Water Cocktail:
I actually discovered this drink while “researching” last summer in the Cayman Islands. It was a local favorite that I decided to put a but of a spin on and make it my own. Enjoy

1 oz Hpnotiq
1 oz Stoli Vodka
1 1/2 oz Fresh Passion Fruit Juice
1 1/2 oz Sweet N Sour Mix
Club Soda

In a 16 oz cup/glass filled with ice, add in ingredients in this order, Hpnotiq, Passion fruit, Sweet N Sour. Fill to top with Club Soda (Or to your preferred taste). Garnish with a Lime wedge.

Island Hpnosis
My own creation, another hit, try one at your next gathering.

1 oz Hpnotiq
1 oz Cruzan Coconut Rum
3/4 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
3 oz Lime Flavored Tonic Water

Combine ingredients other than the Tonic in a shaker. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. Add Tonic and enjoy. Garnish with an Orange Peel

Summer Blues
Another spin of my own on a drink originally crafted by the Hpnotiq Marketing team perfect for these hot summer days.

1 1/2 Oz Hpnotiq
1/2 oz Stoli Blueberry Vodka
2 oz lemonade (Substitute Pink Lemonade for another take on this)
1/2 Club Soda

Combine ingredients over ice, topping with the Club Soda. Garnish with a Lemon Wedge. Warning, QUITE TASTY!

Well there you have it, several delicious summer cocktail recipes using an old favorite that will take you back to your college days, minus the horrible hangover and dozens of regretful late night text messages/phone calls. Class dismissed. Don’t forget to Friend us on Facebook !


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Deerfield, Ill. — Beam Global Spirits & Wine [Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO)] and Courvoisier, one of the world’s leading cognac houses, announced today the addition of Courvoisier® Rosé to its portfolio.  A smooth blend of Courvoisier cognac and premium French red wine grapes, Courvoisier Rosé is a light and refreshing cognac drink, crafted to be the perfect beverage for any occasion. Whether a night out on the town or dinner with a significant other, Courvoisier Rosé invites consumers to satisfy their curiosity with this flavorful and refreshing spirit.

Courvoisier Rosé provides a smooth alternative to the traditional flavor profiles of cognac, offering consumers a fun, stylish beverage that is easy to drink. Packaged in the iconic Josephine bottle, Courvoisier Rosé’s flavor profile features notes of blackberry, black currant and a touch of cherry, complemented by vanilla, honey and vine-peach flavors. For those who typically pair cognac with juice or other mixers, Courvoisier Rosé is the ideal alternative.  The 36 proof liquid is best served chilled or on ice for a refreshing and approachable taste experience.

Courvoisier Rosé joins the well-received Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection, Courvoisier® 21 and Courvoisier® 12, released in 2010, which revolutionized the cognac category by featuring a declared age statement.   Like Courvoisier 21 and Courvoisier 12, Courvoisier Rosé is an example of the innovative spirit that defines the cognac house – and has since the time of Napoleon.

“We are thrilled to add Courvoisier Rosé to the Courvoisier family and offer consumers a new, fun and refreshing twist on cognac,” said Mallika Monteiro, Brand Manager, Courvoisier. “Courvoisier is known and recognized for our ethos of innovation and for our revolutionary spirit. We’re excited to expand our portfolio with a refreshing drink that will broaden our base and appeal to a larger variety of consumers.”

Courvoisier Rosé:

  • Is made with Courvoisier Cognac and a light touch of premium French red wine grapes.
  • Offers a refreshing and approachable taste experience that enables easy drinking for any occasion; over a night out with the girls, in mixed company or for a night with a significant other.
  • Has a flavor profile crafted of blackberry, black currant and a touch of cherry, complemented by notes of vanilla, honey and vine-peach flavors for a smooth, refreshing experience.
  • Has a lower ABV (18%) than our traditional cognac product (40%).
  • Is a first of its kind innovation for the category, offering consumers a new and exciting spirit option to be enjoyed on every occasion, or just because.

Courvoisier Rosé will be available nationwide beginning June 1, 2011. A 750ml bottle has a suggested retail price of $24.99.

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Adults Like Candy TOO !: Pinnacle Cotton Candy Recipes

After receiving dozens of emails weekly asking for recipes from the Pinnacle Brand, I thought It would be a perfect time to revisit a favorite amongst our previously reviewed products. One of the first reviews we did here was a combo on new at the time flavors Whipped and Cotton Candy flavored vodka. The Cotton Candy was a huge success but is often met with questions on what recipes it has. With Summer almost here, last years big hit is sure to only gain more momentum as the heat rolls in. Though Pinnacle supplied me with many recipes, here are a few that I think you all will enjoy.


Funhouse Cocktail (Courtesy of Pinnacle Vodka)

  • 2 oz. Pinnacle Cotton Candy
  • 4 oz. club soda
  • Splash Cranberry juice

Mix in a glass filled with ice and garnish with a cherry.


Cotton Candy-Tini (Courtesy of Pinnacle Vodka)

  • 2 oz. Pinnacle Cotton Candy
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • Splash grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.


Circus Cocktail (Courtesy of Pinnacle Vodka)

  • 2 oz. Pinnacle Cotton Candy
  • 1 oz. Pinnacle Raspberry
  • 3 oz. lemon-lime soda

Mix in a glass filled with ice and garnish with a cherry.

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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Vodka


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Cocktail Of The Week: The Platinum Mojito

Though rum lovers everywhere will probably hate me for saying this, one of my favorite cocktails to enjoy on a hot summers day is the Mojito… without rum. Instead years ago I was introduced to just how wonderful a Mojito can be when you replace your rum with a premium silver tequila instead. Try one this week and see if it will have you skipping the rum from now on.

Patron Mojito

1 oz Patron Silver
3 Lime Squeezes
6 Mint Leaves
3/4th oz Agave Nectar
Top with Club Soda

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a glass with ice. Top with soda. Garnish with a Mint sprig and Lime wheel.


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Tastes Like Heaven, Burns Like Hell: Fireball Whisky Review

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky needs no introduction. If you haven’t tried it yet, just imagine what it would be like to get a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick to the face if his legs were on fire and tasted like cinnamon. Like it, love it, shoot it– your dad’s whisky never tasted so smooth. What happens next is up to you.”

…..While we wouldn’t exactly compare the kick in Fireball Whisky to a kick from the almighty Chuck Norris (How dare they!), we do agree that there’s enough cinnamon kick in this one to ignite a flame in your mouth if you aren’t careful. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky comes to us all the way from Canada, originally created to fight off the harsh winters of the North as their website suggests. Coming in at a whopping 66 proof, this whisky actually comes off a bit more like a schnapps, or liqueur.

Presentation: I love both the bottle design and logo they created. The yellow and red obviously visualize the fire and flame theme that they are going for. Easy bottle design great for pocketing and sneaking into college parties and tailgating events.

Aroma: Cinnamon, Cinnamon, and more Cinnamon. Oh and a bit of sugar too. Intense Cinnamon and sugar aromas are the only things I notice when cracking open a bottle. Not a trace of whisky on the nose but that’s not to say it isn’t in there.

Taste: Have you every wondered what Big Red Bubble Gum infused alcohol would taste like? Something tells me this is as close as you’ll ever get. There’s an intense cinnamon flavor that immediately hits you followed by a sweet finish with a bit of a bite. Again, not a Chuck Norris bite, but maybe Steven Segal-ish. It actually goes down pretty easy and blends the cinnamon and the whiskey together nicely. While many traditional whisky fans may scoff at this, Cinnamon Schnapps fans will probably embrace it and enjoy the warmer tones the whisky brings out in it. By itself it makes an excellent shot (supposedly it was meant to be consumed in shot form), and in the right drink it can make a nice warm cocktail.

Grade: C+/B- (C+  as a whisky, B- as a cinnamon gimmick drink… sorry had to do it)

Price: $19.99

Overall it’s a good gimmick cocktail sure to make some fun and interesting drinks. This definitely will be popular in the college circles for shooting purposes much like Goldschlager, Jagermeister, and other similar drinks. Here are a few recipes courtesy of Fireball Whisky.

Tennessee Apple

  • 1 oz. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • 1 oz. Apple Schnapps
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Shake with ice and strain, garnish with a Honey Crisp® apple

The Igniter

  • Half Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Half Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon
  • Shake with ice and strain into shot glass

The Wake N Bake

  • 1 shot Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • 1 cup of your favorite coffee
  • Brew a cup of coffee or hit up your local Starbucks® and drop in a few shots of Fireball

Fireball sample for review was courtesy of representatives of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.For more information on Fireball including where you can locate it, recipes, and more visit As always don’t forget to friend us on Facebook for updates and other fun things. Class Dismissed !


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