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Cocktails and recipes inspired by and created for Christmas. Get the fire going, and give one of these delicious cocktails a try and impress your family and friends this Christmas.

Champagne Cocktails in time for New Years

The year is almost over, and if you’re like me you plan on spending the last few hours of the year hosting family and/or friends reminiscing on all the good and bad that happened in 2010 all while enjoying the tingly taste of your favorite bubbly. But if you’re like me, you live to be different. So this year instead of the same old boring (good but boring) champagne, impress your friends and offer up some champagne cocktails. Traditionally, the mixing of champagne with anything might be blasphemous to some, but for true cocktail lovers, combining the sparkling spirit with your choice of ingredients can create some amazing flavors.  Along with creating new flavors, additional ingredients can help create or enhance a night of romance that many envision when planning their New Years get together. Is saving more money one of your New Years resolutions? Serving Champagne cocktails can help you get a head start on that one as generally you can create these delicious concoctions with less expensive champagnes and/or sparkling wines that work just as well. With less than 24 hours until your party starts, lets stop wasting time, enjoy !

Kir Royale: (Classic)
1/2 oz Creme de Cassis
Champagne

Pour in your Creme De Cassis and then add in the Champagne filling to the top

Champagne Cobbler
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp curacao
1 thin slice of orange
Champagne

Fill a large goblet half full of cracked ice. Add lemon juice, curacao, and orange slice. Stir and fill glass with champagne or sparkling wine. Stir again gently.

The Green Sparkler

1/2 oz Midori
Champagne

Fill glass flute with champagne, top with Midori and serve

The Magna Carta
1 1/2 oz Tequilla
1 oz Triple Sec
Lime Juice
Salt
Champagne

Dip the rim of a chilled wine glass in lime juice, then salt. Pour in tequilla and Triple Sec, then fill with champagne or sparkling wine.

Midnight Kiss Cocktail
3/4 oz Vodka
Dash Blue Curacao
Champagne
Sugar

Rim the edge of a wine glass with white or gold sugar. Pour well-chilled vodka into the glass,and fill with champagne or sparkling wine.
Top with Blue Curacao.

Mimosa (The Morning After Cure)
1 oz Orange Juice
Champagne

As simple and classic as it gets, the mimosa is delicious and can be altered to fit your taste. Try this recipe, or half and half.

Hopefully with these fun and simple cocktails you’ll be a big hit at this years end of the year bash. Don’t forget to try out “Cocktail of The Week” which is also a champagne concoction. Make sure to become a Fan on Facebook and keep yourselves updates on the latest happening and recipes here at Intoxicology101

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2010 in Christmas, Holidays, New Year

 

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Eggnog Around The World: Cultural Eggnog Recipes

…..Only four calendar days left until the big day. Have you finished your Christmas Shopping? After dealing with the madness that is holiday shopping, there is no better way to wind down than enjoying a tasty glass of Eggnog.  Depending on where you’re from, eggnog can either be a myth or a tradition in your household. For myself, growing up in the Midwest there is no other way to celebrate the coming and going of Christmas than sitting around watching holiday specials, spending time with family with a large (emphasis on large) cup of delicious eggnog. For those of you unfamiliar, eggnog is a sweetened dairy based drink largely associated with the winter months and holidays. Commercial eggnog has become widely popular these days and is usually found at your neighborhood grocery. Nog as “most” of us know it to taste is the common recipe used in the U.S. and Canada, but if you ever spending the holidays out of the country and ask for some, you might notice it doesn’t taste the same. Don’t worry, people from different countries don’t look the same, sound the same, so of course they don’t make eggnog the same way. Lucky for you they are all delicious and I’ve searched high and low to find them all and share with you today. Try them all and see which you prefer.

Old Fashioned Egg Nog

6 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 cups milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup brandy
1/3 cup dark rum

Preparation:
Chill everything before starting, for best results. Beat eggs until frothy, then beat in sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Slowly stir in brandy, rum, cream and milk. Chill again, and serve eggnog cold.

Eierlikör (German Eggnog)
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup brandy

Preparation:
Heat milk, cream sugar and vanilla bean to about 160°F (use a food or meat thermometer to measure temperature). Beat egg yolks together. Temper egg yolks by adding a few spoonfuls of the hot milk and stirring quickly. Add the egg yolks to the milk in a thin stream, stirring constantly with a whisk. You may want to use an immersion blender for this step. Stir over low heat, keeping the temperature at about 160°F, or 70°C, for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add both alcohols and stir until well mixed. Pour through a sieve into a large measuring cup or through a funnel into a clean bottle. Discard vanilla bean and any solids. Refrigerate overnight before drinking out of small cups or egg cups.

Rompope( Mexican Eggnog)
4 cups whole milk
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3″ cinnamon stick
12 egg yolks
2 cups white rum
1/4 cup ground almonds (optional)

Preparation:
In a large saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, cinnamon and almonds (if using). Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Remove cinnamon stick and strain mixture if desired. Beat egg yolks until pale yellow and doubled in volume. Whisk the cooled milk mixture and return the resulting custard to the saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the back of a spoon. Cool completely, then add rum and refrigerate. Allow rompope to age at least 24 hours before serving.

Crème de Vie(Cuban Eggnog)
1 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 can evaporated milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 egg yolks, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup rum

Preparation:
Combine water and sugar and boil to make simple syrup. Cool.
Add evaporated and condensed milk and vanilla extract to yolks. Mix well. Add syrup and rum, stirring all the while. Strain mixture through all through cheesecloth.

Advocaat ( Dutch Eggnog)
10 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon salt
275 gram sugar
4 deciliters Cognac
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preparation:
Beat egg yolks with salt and sugar, until the mixture is thick and creamy. Add cognac. Then put the mixture into a double saucepan. Heat on low. Keep stirring gently until the Advocaat is warm (not hot) and thick. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Advocaat is supposed to be eaten with a spoon. It can also be topped with whipped cream.

Coquito (Peurto Rican Eggnog)
2 cups Water
8 3 inch cinnamon sticks
6 Large egg yolks
3 12 oz Cans of evaporated milk
2 Cans Coconut milk
3 14oz Cans sweetened
3 cups White rum

Preparation:
In a 2 quart saucepan, heat water and cinnamon sticks to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook until liquid is reduced to one cup. Remove cinnamon sticks and set liquid aside to cool to room temperature. In a 3 quart saucepan with a wire whisk, beat egg yolks and evaporated milk until well-mixed. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and coats a spoon – about 10 minutes (DO NOT BOIL). Set aside to cool slightly. When cinnamon flavored liquid has cooled, stir in coconut milk, until well mixed. In serving bowl, combine coconut mixture, yolk mixture, sweetened condensed milk and rum. Chill well and serve

None of these tickle your fancy? Don’t worry, you can add, subtract and interchange as much as you would like to fit your tastes. Some popular recipes don’t even include eggs (Google it). Have a recipes you would like to share? Feel free to contact me and let me know. Don’t forget to leave some for Santa !

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A Very Stoli Christmas: Stolichnaya Holiday Recipes

Christmas is right around the corner, and keeping with the theme I’ve got another great selection of Holiday cocktail recipes for you and yours to enjoy this year. The trend for the Winter months usually involved heavy doses of rum, scotch, and whiskey/whisky but one thing that I hear often from consumers is that there aren’t enough holiday recipes that involve vodka with the exception of the cliche “holiday punch”. Oh don’t act like you don’t have the one friend that SWEARS he/she has the greatest holiday punch recipe only for you to taste it and realize it tastes just like every other punch you’ve had, also known as “office party punch”. If you don’t have that friend or co-worker then chances are YOU are that person. Don’t worry though, vodka, sprite/ginger ale, Hawaiian punch and other similar ingredients have their place. For those of you looking for something a little different, and slightly more creative while being equally delicious look no further then these wonderful Holiday recipes courtesy of Stolichnaya Vodka. Stolichnaya, “Stoli” for short just happens to be my vodka of choice: An authentic Russian vodka with an assortment of grades and flavors to give you exactly the taste you are looking for.

Stoli Gala Applik Winter Storm
1 ½ parts Stoli® Gala ApplikTM
¾ part agave nectar (or simple syrup)
¾ part fresh lemon juice
2 parts apple juice

Shake and pour into an ice-filled rocks glass.
Garnish with a red apple slice and sprinkle of cinnamon.

Stoli Fireside Hot Chocolate
1 ½ parts Stoli Vanil®
4 parts hot chocolate
Marshmallows

Combine ingredients in a pre-warmed mug.
Finish with marshmallows and dust with cinnamon sprinkles.

Stoli Pear Tree Martini
1 ½ parts Stoli®
1 part pear juice
Squeeze of fresh lime

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Stoli Mistletoe Kiss
1 ½ parts Stoli®
1 part pomegranate juice
Squeeze of fresh lime

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with pomegranate seeds and mint.

Stoli Razberi Collins
1 ½ parts Stoli Razberi®
5 fresh raspberries
½ part fresh lemon juice
¾ part simple syrup (or agave nectar)
Muddle raspberries in bottom of shaker.

Add other ingredients and shake well.
Strain over ice in a highball glass and finish with a splash of soda.
Garnish with a lemon wheel and fresh raspberry.


Stoli Blueberi Fog

1 part Stoli Blueberi®
1 part Stoli®
½ part fresh lemon juice
½ part simple syrup (or agave nectar)

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Stoli Wild Cherri Lime Ricky
2 parts Stoli® Wild Cherri™
½ part fresh lime juice
4 parts lemon-lime soda
Dash of grenadine

Pour into an ice-filled highball glass and stir.
Garnish with a lime wheel and fresh cherries.


Stoli White Pom Gimlet

1 ½ parts Stoli® White Pomegranik™
¾ part fresh lime juice
¾ part simple syrup (or agave nectar)

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a basil leaf and pomegranate seeds.


Stoli O Seduction

3 parts Stoli® Ohranj™
2 parts fresh grapefruit juice
1 ½ parts simple syrup (or agave nectar)
1 part fresh lemon juice
Dash of pomegranate juice or grenadine

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


“Imported from Russia, the very birthplace of vodka, Stolichnaya Vodka is considered a classic vodka that defies imitation. In addition to the flagship Stolichnaya 80 Proof, the first Russian vodka introduced in America, Stoli was the first to launch premium flavored vodkas, offering a wide range made from all-natural flavors. In addition, Stoli offers elit by Stolichnaya, America’s first ultra-premium luxury vodka. Stoli Vodka is the deserving recipient of a number of awards that tout the entire lines’ superb quality, flavorful balance and refined character.”

Holiday Recipes courtesy of  Stolichnaya Vodka and William Grant & Sons.
For more great holiday recipes be sure to check out 7 Warm Drinks for 7 Cold Nights as well as our Holiday Cider Recipes. Don’t forget to BECOME A FAN on Facebook so you can get updates on the latest news and recipes we have to offer.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2010 in Christmas, Holidays, Vodka

 

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Celebrating National Hot Cocoa Day

The cold weather has come in full swing all around the country and right about now you are looking for some creative ways to stay warm this winter. Nothing keeps you warmer then a nice hot cup of cocoa going down your throat and instantly heating up your entire body. To help you fight the cold I felt it only necessary to highlight National Hot Cocoa day today.

Do you say “hot chocolate” or “hot cocoa”?  Generally, the terms are used interchangeably, but believe it or not there actually is a distinction between the two. “Hot cocoa” is made from a powdered mix of cocoa, sugar and thickeners without cocoa butter while “Hot chocolate,”  is made directly from bar chocolate, which already contains cocoa, sugar and cocoa butter. So your difference between the two is the cocoa butter, which makes hot cocoa significantly lower in fat than hot chocolate. You learn something different every day don’t you? With that out of the way, enjoy some of these Hot cocoa/Hot chocolate recipes this winter.

Peppermint Patty:

1/2 Cup of Hot Cocoa
1 oz Rumple Minze Peppermint liqueur
1 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Add all ingredients together in a mug and stir. Garnish with whipped cream

Irish Hot Cocoa:

4 oz Hot Cocoa
2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
Whipped Cream
Pour ingredients into a mug and stir. Top with whipped cream and chocolate chips (Optional)

Russian Hot Cocoa:

2 Oz Kahlua (Optional – Try Kahlua Hazelnut)
1 oz Stolichnaya Vodka
1 Cup Hot Cocoa
Add Kahlua and Vodka into coffee and stir.


 
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Posted by on December 12, 2010 in Christmas, Holidays

 

7 Warm Drinks for 7 Cold Nights


Christmas is right around the corner and you know what that means. Right about now many of us are looking to ease the stress that comes with holiday shopping and party planning while also staying warm and comfy. Lucky for you I’ve got just the remedy. Here are some delicious cocktails that come second only to a warm hug of a loved one to keep you toasty and sane this winter. Nothing says winter like snuggling under a blanket, sitting next to an open fire, and sipping on a warm beverage.

Peppermint Patty:
1/2 Cup of Hot Chocolate
1 oz Rumple Minze Peppermint liqueur
1 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Add all ingredients together in a mug and stir. Garnish with whippedcream

Spiced Hot Toddy:
1 Cup of Tea (Pick your poison)
1 oz Captain Morgan
5 TBSP Lemon Juice
3 TBSP Honey
1 Stick of Cinnamon
Start with the cup of tea, and start adding all the other ingredients one by one.

Tom & Jerry:

1 Egg
1/2 oz simple syrup or 1 tsp powdered sugar
1 oz dark rum
1 oz Cognac or brandy
hot milk or hot water
grated nutmeg for garnish
Separate the egg white from the egg yolk and beat them separately. Fold the beaten eggs together and place into the glass. Add the sugar or simple syrup, dark rum and brandy. Fill with hot milk or hot water. Stir well. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Hot Buttered Rum:
1 oz Cruzan Light Rum
1 Tsp sugar
1/2 Tsp Butter
4 Cloves
Add sugar, butter and cloves to a coffee mug. Add in rum and stir. Fill with boiling water.

Pumpkin Latte:

4 oz Coffee
2 oz Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur (Limited)

Add Pumpkin into a cup of coffee and fill to taste with creamer.

Russian Hot Chocolate:
2 Oz Kahlua (Optional – Try Kahlua Hazelnut)
1 oz Stolichnaya Vodka
1 Cup Hot Chocolate
Add Kahlua and Vodka into coffee and stir.

Hot Apple Pie:
1 oz. Tuaca
6 oz. warm apple cider
Fresh whipping cream
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Cinnamon sticks

Combine Tuaca and apple cider in a coffee mug.Top with whipped cream, Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top and add a stick of cinnamon

Hope some of these helped you this Holiday. Feel free to email me at TheProfessionalDrinker@gmail.com with any suggestions, variations, questions or ideas. Become a fan on Facebook and don’t forget to tell your friends !

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2010 in Christmas, Holidays

 

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Kahlua Releases Limited Edition Seasonal Flavor

Kahlúa, the world’s original and number one selling coffee liqueur, is once again expanding its family of premium offerings this holiday season with the debut of limited edition Kahlúa® Peppermint Mocha. Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha combines two of the season’s best loved flavors to offer consumers a new way to enjoy the delicious taste of Kahlúa while providing retailers an opportunity to increase category profitability during the most critical selling period of the year.

Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha is a luxurious balance of 100% Arabica coffee beans shade-grown in the Veracruz region of Mexico, combined with cool peppermint and the decadent taste of dark chocolate derived from the finest cocoa beans. The result, says Andy Nash, Marketing Director for Kahlúa at Pernod Ricard USA, is a seasonally inspired and superior-tasting coffee experience like no other. Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha can be enjoyed neat, over ice or in favorite hot cocoa and coffee drinks.

“The combination of Kahlúa’s legendary coffee taste with the cool bite of peppermint and rich creaminess of dark chocolate results in this deliciously indulgent liqueur,” said Nash. ”Given Kahlúa’s long history of producing authentic coffee liqueurs of outstanding quality, consumers and retailers alike can be assured that Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha has true coffee credentials and taste, not just a hint of coffee flavor.”

Consumer research conducted by Kahlúa indicates that consumers find Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha to be a very favorable addition to the Kahlúa portfolio and to the repertoire of holiday drink options for the coming season. Consumers overwhelmingly agreed that Peppermint Mocha stands out as a unique offering that is ‘just right for the holiday season’ while staying true to the Kahlúa character and Kahlúa’s core offering: bold flavors and smooth, delicious taste.

Nash added, “The October through December months are the most critical selling period for flavored liqueurs when sales can be as much as four times that of the balance of the year. This holiday season Kahlúa is increasing investment to support retail sales growth of the limited edition Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha as well as the full family of Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur products. Kahlúa is supporting the limited release of Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha with custom-designed merchandising and POS materials and sampling where legal.

Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha (20% ABV) will be available at retail October 1 through December 31 and will retail for a suggested price of $17.99/750ml.

About Kahlúa
The world’s number one selling coffee liqueur, Kahlúa was created in 1936 deep in Mexico. Kahlúa is made from 100 percent Arabica coffee beans that are shade grown in the foothills of Veracruz and roasted and brewed to perfection. The coffee is blended with sugarcane spirit to create the intriguing taste that is uniquely Kahlúa. This distinct taste has received international acclaim, including silver at the 2007 International Wine & Spirits Competition. Kahlúa is operated and marketed globally by The Absolut Company. In the United States, Kahlúa is imported and marketed by Pernod Ricard USA, alongside leading brands including Malibu®, Jameson®, and Seagram®.

About Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA. In July, 2008, Pernod Ricard completed the acquisition of the iconic ABSOLUT® Vodka brand from the V&S Group.

In addition to ABSOLUT®, Pernod Ricard USA’s leading brands include such prestigious spirits as The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin®, Beefeater® Gin, Plymouth™ Gin, Martell® Cognac, Malibu®, Kahlúa®, Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Pernod® and Ricard®; such superior wines as Jacob’s Creek® and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouët® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.

The company is based in Purchase, New York, and has roughly 1,000 employees across the country.

Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.acceptresponsibility.org.

 

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