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The Eggnog Cocktail

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Like everyone else we love Eggnog, but we never have it because it’s so caloric and fattening. That is until we discovered that we didn’t need to make it with all the heavy cream and sugars that traditional recipes feature. The first time we made this cocktail, it was actually a mistake. We received a bottle of Caramel Cream liqueur, and it sat in our cabinet for a very long time until we decided to mix it with Maker’s Mark. The result wasn’t great. To salvage the drink we decided to add a little Frangelico and the result was absolutely amazing…we had recreated Eggnog without the calories! OK, so this drink is not actually low on calories, but it’s far better than the typical recipe. Just yesterday we decided to add more flavor by mulling the bourbon and the recipe just got better. Now we enjoy Eggnog without the guilt….here’s how you can do that too:

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 6 oz of Merry’s Caramel Cream
  • 2 oz of Maker’s Mark
  • 2 oz of Frangelico
  • Mulling spices
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 tbsp sanding sugar
  • Gingersnap cookies for garnish

You start by adding the mulling spices to the bourbon. This recipe is best if you have time to mull the bourbon a day ahead. If you don’t at least four hours. If you really don’t, nuke the bourbon for 1 minute with the spices (don’t worry, the alcohol will not evaporate). Once you’re ready to mix the drink (make sure the bourbon is cool if you have nuked it!) pour the Caramel Cream, bourbon, and Frangelico into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. To prepare the rimmed glass, combine the pumpkin spice and sugar and dip the glass rim into the mixture. Pour the drink into the glass and garnish with the gingersnap cookie. You will absolutely love this drink and feel good about having another one!


Godiva Peppermint Blast

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Today we’re spending the day making Christmas wreaths! One of our inspirations (though not completely) were candy canes. We love the color, pattern, and their taste…which also ended up inspiring us for our cocktail break! I broke out the Godiva White Chocolate, added a few other key ingredients and the result is truly a blast! This is the recipe:

Makes two cocktails

  • 6 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 3 oz 360 Vodka, Double Chocolate Flavor
  • 3 oz Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps

Add the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Serve in cocktail glasses and garnish with a peppermint cookie (or a candy cane!). This cocktail is basically a white chocolate peppermint martini, but we’re having such a BLAST drinking it while making the wreaths that we decided to call it just that….back to the wreaths!


St. Arnold’s Belgian Mussels and Delirium Beer

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Our craft projects are always a good excuse to have a cocktail on the weekends, but we often also find ourselves making time to have one while out of town. It allows us to explore the city we’re visiting and experience the local grub. No fancy places for us, we like our places very local and down-to-earth.

One of these occasions happened recently. While on a quick outing to DC, we stumbled upon one of the best pubs we’ve been to in a long time, St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar on Jefferson Place. The food is amazing, featuring many types of mussel recipes and other hardy fare. But the real treat (apart from the local scene and cast of characters) was the huge selection of Belgian beers. We’re not big beer drinkers, but there’s something about Belgian beer that we cannot resist, especially if they have Delirium on tap. Delirium is a very strong pale that is not for the faint of heart. It’s also the perfect companion to the St. Arnold’s Mussels, an original recipe that is made from beer, garlic and duck fat…heavens!

This break became a memorable meal very fast and we can’t wait to go back!


Cajun Queen’s Planters Punch

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We’re in Charlotte this weekend! Between visiting Alberto’s family and dropping by antique stores (so predictable, I know), we always find time to visit one of our favorite restaurants in the city…Cajun Queen! The place is amazing, the food incredible and the atmosphere really fun, just like a little bit of New Orleans in Charlotte. We’ve been big fans of their Planters Punch since our first visit. The drink does not only remind us of our time in Fire Island (High Tea, anyone?), but also brings back really crazy memories of Bourbon Street. The drink is a combination of light and dark rums with a splash of fruit juice and grenadine…try it, with a lot of caution!


Loopy Turkey

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Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and we’re putting the final touches to the menu for the day. Alberto’s job is to come up with a signature cocktail and what’s better than using the eponymous brand of bourbon Wild Turkey. The Loopy Turkey is basically a Cosmo made with bourbon. It’s very delicate, but it also offers subtle depth and warmth in every sip. We made it with diet cranberry juice, so we’re sure to save calories for the real food!Here’s the recipe…

Makes two cocktails

  • 8 oz of Wild Turkey
  • 4 oz of Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry
  • 2 oz of Triple Sec
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries for garnish

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with the rosemary and fresh cranberries. The drink is not only delicious but it’s also the perfect way to start the holiday. Cheers!


Spiced Pineapple Punch

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I think this happens to everyone…after a party we always have several leftover liquor bottles that have just enough liquid to keep around but not enough to make a single drink. They usually sit in our cabinet until they get so old that we just throw them out (what a waste!) Cleaning out this afternoon we found bottles of dark, light and pineapple rum…what to do with them? Drawing inspiration from our days on Fire Island, we came up with this very dangerous punch. Here is the recipe:

Makes two drinks:


  • 4 oz of Myer’s Dark Rum
  • 4 oz of Cruzan Pineapple Rum
  • 4 oz of Bacardi Rum
  • 4 oz of pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger (best to use a microplane grater)
  • 1 tsp of lime juice


Fill a shaker with ice, add all the ingredients and shake very well. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lime. The ginger adds just the perfect amount of spice to this very hardy fall punch — now, back to cleaning out that cabinet and maybe coming up with another cocktail!


The Pink Ghost

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After rain, sleet, snow, and barely escaping falling trees, I think we deserve a big strong cocktail!!! That can only be provided by Pisco, a brandy-type liquor made in Peru but recently available here as well. It’s smoother than tequila, sharper than rum, and it’s flavors go really well with strong flavored citrus fruits. This also gives us the chance to test out our new soda maker and the delicious diet pink grapefruit flavor!

Makes two cocktails:

  • 8 oz. Peruvian Pisco (or substitute with tequila)
  • 6 oz. diet grapefruit soda
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime

Fill a tumbler with ice, pour the Pisco, grapefruit soda and lime juice and shake (carefully). Pour into a martini glass and garnish with lime slices. Salud!


Drunken Pumkin

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We’re having people over for Halloween next weekend, so we’re trying out new cocktail recipes. The Drunkin’ Pumpkin cocktail is more of a dessert…it has frozen yogurt, pumpkin and our our favorite liquor, bourbon. Add a little pumpkin spice and you’ve got yourself a sweet lil’ creamy taste of the season.

Makes two cocktails:

  • 6 oz of Maker’s Mark
  • 4 0z of vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 4 oz of canned pumpkin
  • 4 oz of skim milk
  • Pumpkin spice

Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve and garnish with another dash of pumpkin spice. So good and it’s probably good for you too. Enjoy!


Thai Cyclone

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Southeast Asia has been on our travel wish list for some time now. Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia are just a few of the places that we’d like to visit in the near future. So when our friend Marla at Travel Curious Often gave us the chance to “experience” Thai culture through one of its most famous exports, Mekong Whiskey, we jumped at the opportunity.

The term whiskey is applied to many different types of liquors in Southeast Asia. Mekong is made mostly from molasses, technically qualifying it as dark rum. In Thailand it’s often mixed with Coke, but we wanted to make a cocktail that would reflect the richness and complexity of the land. We came up with the Thai Cyclone, a deliciously sweet and spicy drink that is based on the traditional Dark ‘N Stormy recipe.

Makes two cocktails:

  • 6 oz Mekong Whiskey (or dark rum)
  • 8 oz Ginger Beer
  • ½ tsp of fresh ginger (finely minced)
  • Splash of lime juice
  • Lime for garnish

Fill two highball glasses with ice and add the whiskey, the ginger beer and finish it off with a bit of the fresh ginger (to add spice). Top it off with a splash of lime juice and garnish with the slice. For such a simple drink, the flavors are very exotic but also comforting…like sitting on a remote island beach. Enjoy!


Spiced Apple Manhattan

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As many of you know, the Manhattan is one our favorite cocktails. This weekend we decided to try a new twist…use some of the apple cider we recently bought instead of sweet Vermouth. The result is an amazing new apple cocktail that is spicy, refreshing and full of seasonal flavor!

Makes two cocktails

  • 6 oz of Marker’s Mark
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Star anisette
  • Orange peel and wedges
  • Pumpkin Spice

Put the cider, cinnamon, orange peel and anisette into a pot, bring them to a quick boil and turn off the heat. Once the cider has completely cooled off add to a shaker filled with ice, pour in the bourbon, and a dash of pumpkin spice. Shake well and serve. Garnish with a orange wedge and cinnamon stick. Be warned…this drink is delicious but it also packs a punch. Handle with care!


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