Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa

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Hello January! Old man winter it here with vengeance, blasting us with wind, cold and of course SNOW, so I thought a nice hot cocktail was just what we needed and this recipe does not disappoint.

If you love a Peppermint Andes Chocolate Mints, then you are going to love this Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa recipe. Using only three ingredients, we step up your traditional Hot Cocoa to an adult beverage that you will not want to put down. And if you want to step it up a notch, topping with mini marshmallows and peppermint is recommended. Simply print the recipe below, pin in on Pinterest, watch the video… but please try it, because this is sure to become a new winter favorite! Continue reading “Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa”

RumChata Rhubarb Crisp

RumChata Rhubarb Crisp

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It’s rhubarb season and that is definitely an exciting season around here. Instead of the same old rhubarb crisp recipe that everyone makes year after year it is time to put an adult twist on an old time classic. The name of the upgrade game is RumChata!  Continue reading “RumChata Rhubarb Crisp”

4 Man Cave Cocktails

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You’ve got the dartboard, big screen TV, and neon signs hanging on the wall, but what is your Man Cave missing? What’s missing is a stocked bar with some hearty drinks to serve your buddies. If you are like me, a Makers Mark Cask Strength Neat is all you need, but if you really want to be the master of your cave, here are a few drinks I would suggest serving.

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Makers Mark Margarita

Makers Mark Margarita
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Oz. Makers Mark
  • ¼ Oz. Cointreau
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh OJ
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Agave Nector
  • Top with ¼ Oz Grand Marnier
  • Lime Wedge Garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour all in to chilled shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a salt-rimmed glass.
  3. Top with float of ¼ oz Grand Marnier.
  4. Lime wedge garnish.

Haymaker

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Haymaker
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ Oz. Makers Mark
  • ¾ Oz. Dekuyper Triple Sec
  • ¾ Oz. Dry Vermouth
  • ¾ Oz. Lime Juice
Instructions
  1. Fill old-fashion glass ¾ with ice.
  2. Pour ingredients in to chilled shaker.
  3. Shake and strain into glass and serve.

 

Summer Envy

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Summer Envy
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Oz. Angel’s Envy Bourbon
  • ½ Oz. Peach Liqueur
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 Sashes Angostura Bitters
  • Club Soda
  • Peach, Mint or Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour first five ingredients into a highball or old fashion glass.
  2. Top with club soda.
  3. Garnish with a peach, mint or Luxardo maraschino cherry.

 

Dog Days

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Dog Days
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Oz. Knob Creek Rye Whiskey
  • ½ tsp. Absinthe
  • 1 ¾ Oz. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 ¾ Oz. Simple Syrup* (see notes)
  • 2 Oz. Ginger Beer
Instructions
  1. In a shaker add spirits, juice and syrup.
  2. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig.
Notes
*Simple Syrup Recipe
Combine equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar is fully dissolved
Allow to cool before using in cocktail

Until next time, cheers!
Harley
Coborn’s, Inc. Liquor Category Manager
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Chocolate Liqueur Valentine Martini

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Chocolate Liqueurs are sweet drinks that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in an after dinner drink.  You can also add them to your coffee or over some desserts to add a sweet flavor.

What is a Chocolate Liqueur?

For the sake of simplicity, it is a liqueur that tastes like chocolate.  Chocolate Liqueurs are not a new invention.  The concept’s history dates back to around 1666 in France and chocolate liqueur recipes have been found in both British and American cookbooks.  These dessert drinks rose to popularity during the chocolate craze in the 1990s.

History of chocolate liqueur recipes have been divided into two parts: Pre-19th Century and Post-19th Century.  Pre-19th century cocoa was the main ingredient, while the modern recipe has cocoa extracts, vanilla, vanilla extract, vodka and simple syrup.

They are made from a combination of alcohol, sweetener and chocolate flavoring.  The ingredients are simple, but the process is quite lengthy.  I will not get into the process of making them at this point as I feel the ones you can find at your local Coborn’s or Cash Wise Liquor Store will work for whatever your plans are (desserts, cocktails or coffee boosts).

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches and you are out shopping for the perfect chocolates for the apple of your eye, may I suggest that you pick up a chocolate liqueur and make your special someone a fun Valentine Martini? Here is a delicious recipe to try this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine Martini
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Oz. Tito’s Vodka
  • 1 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Whipped Cream for topping
  • Shaved Chocolate for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add vodka and chocolate liqueur.
  3. Shake vigorously, strain and pour into a martini glass.
  4. Top with lightly sweetened whipped cream.
  5. Garnish with chocolate shavings.
Notes
You can use chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate liqueur.
If you want to spice it up, you can use Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur.

This recipe is sure to be a hit for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Until next time, cheers!
Harley
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National Bourbon Heritage Month

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With the summer coming to an end there is still time for celebration.  September is National Bourbon Heritage Month.  Let me explain what makes a whiskey a bourbon (all bourbons are whiskeys but not all whiskeys are bourbons).

Federal Law states that in order to be called a bourbon a few requirements must be met.

  1. Produced in the United States
  2. Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
  3. Aged in new, charred oak barrels
  4. Distilled to no more than 160 proof
  5. Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof
  6. Bottled at 80 proof or higher
  7. Nothing can be added during the bottling other than water

If the product is made meeting these requirements, it can be sold as a bourbon.  However, the exception is straight bourbon, which has to be aged for a minimum of two years.  If a straight bourbon is aged less than four years, it must have the age stated on the bottle.

I would love to give you the origin of bourbon, however, there are many conflicting legends and claims; some more credible than others.

If all bourbons are made this way, do they all taste the same?  The answer to the question is no.  Remember 51% is the minimum amount of corn that can be used.  Distillers may decide to use more than that.  The length of time the bourbon has been aged will affect the taste.  Where the bourbon is placed to age in the Rick House, as well as the addition of other grains such as wheat or rye affect the end result.  These are areas where distillers get to use their creativity.

We will be celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month the entire month of September.  Be sure to stop in and pick up your favorite bottle or maybe try a new selection.

I will leave you with this old Kentucky Proverb – “Keep Your Friends Close and Your Bourbon Closer.”

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