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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes (That Aren’t Green!)

Swap out your typical green cocktail or beer this St. Patrick’s day for Irish whiskey. Not a fan of whiskey on the rocks? Try out these festive (and not green) cocktails for your St. Patty’s day celebration:

The Irish Mule

Put a St. Patrick’s Day twist on this Russian classic by swapping out vodka for traditional Irish whiskey. You won’t even miss your typical green cocktail thanks to the trendy mug it’s served in.

Total Time Required: 5 minutes

Makes 1 Serving

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Irish whiskey (try Glendalough)
  • 3 oz. ginger beer
  • Half of a lime
  • Ice
  • Sprigs of mint for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Add a handful of ice into the glass of your choice. We recommend using a classing copper mug, but a glass tumbler makes an excellent substitution. Pour whiskey over the ice, followed by squeezing the lime directly into the glass. Add the ginger beer and stir. If desired, top with sprigs of mint before serving.

Irish Redhead Cocktail

Are you looking for the perfect cocktail that you can whip up in under 60 seconds? An Irish Redhead Cocktail may be your answer. You most likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry to make this sweet but refreshing drink.

Total Time Required: 1 minute

Makes 1 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 1 oz. grenadine
  • 6 oz. lemon-lime soda
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Slices of lemons, lime, and maraschino cherries for garnish.

Directions:

In a shaker, mix together the whiskey, grenadine, lemon and lime juice. Pour over ice in a glass tumbler. Add the lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite, then garnish with assorted fruit.

Blackberry Irish Whiskey Sour

Throwing a party and really want to impress your guests? Try this Blackberry Irish Whiskey Sour, a deliciously fruity twist on a classic favorite. Truly want to get into the holiday spirit? Swap out your traditional Jameson with Pogues and listen to the iconic rock band while you’re sipping on your drink.

Total Time Required: 5 minutes

Makes 1 Serving

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 75 oz. blackberry brandy
  • 5 oz. lemon juice
  • Lemon Slice
  • Blackberries
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ice

Directions:

Begin by coating the rim of your glass with sugar. First add a few tablespoons of sugar into a shallow bowl or plate. Then coat the rim of the glass with lemon juice. Gently roll the rim of the glass in sugar until the lip is evenly coated, and set aside. In a cocktail shaker, fill it halfway with crushed ice. Add whiskey, brandy, and lemon juice. Shake well. Pour into prepared glass, and garnish with a lemon slice and blackberries.

The Chilly Irishman

Staying in this year? Treat yourself to this sweet treat made with Kahlua, Irish whiskey, and vanilla ice cream. It’s the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and a great recipe to have in queue for the summer.

Total Time Required: 5 minutes

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. cold espresso coffee
  • 2 oz. Kahlua
  • 5 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • Cacao nibs or shaved chocolate (optional)

Directions:

Place rock glasses into the freezer so they have time to chill while you’re preparing the cocktail. Add all ingredients except for the chocolate into the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses and top with shaved chocolate or cacao nibs, if desired.

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Bourbon & Whiskey Cocktail Recipes

Stay warm this winter by enjoying a glass (or two) of bourbon or whiskey. If you’re looking for a bourbon with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, our staff recommends Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey. In the mood for something sweet with a smooth finish? Try Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which has notes of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel. If you’re more of a whiskey drinker, try out A Midwinter Nights Dram, which is a perfect winter spirit for helping you through the coldest nights. Bourbon can be enjoyed straight up, or in one of the delicious cocktails below.

Hot Buttered Bourbon

The weather outside may be frightful, but sipping hot buttered bourbon after a long day in the snow is delightful.

Total Time Required: 20 minutes

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbs softened butter
  • ½ tsp honey
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • ¾ cup bourbon
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (optional)

Directions: First, heat the orange juice over medium heat and whisk in the sugar until it dissolves. Keep warm on low heat. While that is warming, mix the butter, cloves, ginger, honey, and cinnamon together. Once the orange juice comes to a low simmer, whisk the butter into the orange juice until it’s completely melted. Whisk in the bourbon and serve immediately. You can decorate each cup with a cinnamon stick. This not only adds a decorative touch, but also allows you to mix together the drink if the juice and bourbon begin to separate.

Slushy Milk Punch

If you’re looking for a spin on your traditional Baileys dessert cocktail, try out this unique milk punch.

Total Time Required: 4 hours

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 2 ½ cups half-and-half
  • 1 ½ cups bourbon or whiskey
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tsp vanilla
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Directions: Whisk all of the ingredients together except for the nutmeg in a pitcher, and then put into the freezer. It will take about 3 or 4 hours to freeze, but can be left in the freezer for up to a week. When ready to serve, you may need to let the mixture sit onto the countertop for a few minutes so you can break up the ice with a spoon. Serve in a glass and top with freshly grated nutmeg.

Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade

This delicious lemonade cocktail is perfect for entertaining guests and can easily be stretched to serve more people with sparkling wine or a splash of tonic water.

Total Time Required: 30 minutes

Makes 4 to 5 servings

Ingredients:

Blackberry Simple Syrup

  • 12 oz. fresh blackberries
  • ½ cup sugar

Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade

  • 5 oz. whiskey
  • 5 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 6 oz. blackberry simple syrup
  • Ice cubes

Directions:

Blackberry simple syrup: Star together the blackberries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the blackberries have softened to form a thick syrup, strain the syrup through a mesh sieve. Let the syrup cool for about 20 minutes before you begin preparing the cocktail.

Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade: Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, rosemary, and simple syrup into a large shaker with some ice cubes. Shake to combine. Serve over ice.

Festive Holiday Cocktails

How to create a great house drink for your guests

Are you hosting a holiday party this season? Or maybe you are having family and friends over for Christmas? Either way it is always nice to have a “house drink” (or two) for your guests to enjoy.  We have everything you need to stock your home bar including liquor, liqueurs, bitters, mixers and home bar necessities. Here are a few ideas for some fun Christmas cocktails.

Vanilla Old-Fashioned
1 Vanilla Bean (Split)
1/4 tsp of Orange Zest
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
2 dashes of Orange Bitters
2 ounces of Bourbon (We recommend the Berkshire Bourbon or Noah’s Mill)
Ice
Orange wheel for garnish

In a rocks glass muddle the vanilla bean, bitters, syrup and orange zest. Add ice
and bourbon and garnish with orange wheel.

From Food and Wine

Mistletoe Fizz
3 Maraschino cherries plus 3/4 oz of liquid
Superfine Sugar
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
1/2 oz of Cherry Liqueur
2 cubes of brown sugar
4 oz of chilled Champagne (We recommend Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve or
    Duval Leroy Brut)

Moisten the rim of a champagne flute with the 1/2 oz of the syrup from the
Maraschino cherries. Coat the rim with the sugar. Sprinkle bitters over the brown
sugar cubes.  Add the cherry liqueur, Maraschino cherries and the remaining cherry
syrup. Top with champagne and sugar cubes

From Food Network
Don’t forget about your beer and wine drinkers too! We have some fabulous winter beers to choose from!

Fall Cocktails

Fabulous Fall Cocktails! (Pumpkin, Apple, & More!)

Leaves are changing colors, the weather is starting to cool down, and your favorite pumpkin beers now line the shelves. Fall is finally here. In this blog, we’ve listed four fun, fall themed cocktails that you’ll be craving all season long.

Caramel Apple Martini

This tasty drink is a fun twist on one of your favorite childhood fall treats. This will definitely be a crowd pleaser at your next dinner party.

Total Time Required: 5 minutes
Makes 1 Serving
Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. apple cider
  • 2 oz. caramel vodka
  • 1 oz. butterscotch schnapps
  • Ice
  • Apple slices and caramel/cinnamon sugar for garnish

Directions:

Rim martini glasses with either caramel or cinnamon sugar. To get the cinnamon sugar to stick to the class, first dip it in apple cider then the cinnamon sugar. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the apple cider, caramel vodka, and butterscotch schnapps. Shake well then pour into a rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a slices of apple.
* Recipe courtesy of Inspiredbycharm.com

Hard Cider Sangria

Switch up your usual sangria recipe by replacing the wine with hard cider for a perfect fall libation.

Total Time Required: 15 minutes
Makes 4 Servings
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup thinly sliced apples
  • 1 navel orange, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 tbs. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup apple brandy
  • 22 oz. bottle of hard apple cider
  • Ice

Directions:

Combine apples, orange slices, apple juice, lemon juice, and brandy in a pitcher or punch bowl. Just before serving, add the hard apple cider. Serve over ice.
* Recipe courtesy of Foodandwine.com

Cranberry and Cinnamon Whiskey Sour

Total Time Required: 30 minutes
Makes 4 Servings
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ¾ cup bourbon or whiskey
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • Ice

Directions:

To create the cranberry simple syrup, combine the cranberries, water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and become a smooth consistency. This will take about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Place a fine mesh strainer in a large bowl and strain the simple syrup, leaving the behind chunks and skin. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes.

Once the simple syrup is cooled and you’re ready to make your cocktails, combine ¾ cup simple syrup, whiskey/bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Divide into 4 glasses and serve immediately.
* Recipe courtesy of Bakerbynature.com

Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Move over pumpkin spice latte, there’s a new drink to cozy up with this fall. The creamy and dreamy Pumpkin Spice White Russian is a decadent treat that’ll keep you warm even when your sweater doesn’t.

Total Time Required: 5 minutes
Makes 1 Serving
Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 oz. heavy cream
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate syrup (optional)

Directions:

Shake together the heavy cream and pumpkin pie spice to combine. Fill glasses with ice and pour in vodka, coffee liqueur, and heavy cream. For an extra indulgence, top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
* Recipe courtesy of Nutmennanny.com

Summer Cocktail Recipes

Three Refreshing Cocktail Recipes for a Hot Day

When you picture a warm summer day, what do you envision?  Perhaps you think of sunglasses, a barbecue, or a day at the beach.  For us, no hot summer’s day is complete without a refreshing, ice cold cocktail.  In this blog, we’ve listed three of our favorite refreshing cocktail recipes for a hot day.

1) Beer Colada

It’s time to give “having a cold one” a different meaning with the Beer Colada.  This cocktail, made from beer, rum, and pineapple, is a refreshing marriage of a beer and a pina colada.  Mix up your Beer Colada by trying out the recipe with a different beer from our Beer Cave each time!

Total Time Required: 5 Minutes

Makes 1 Serving (About 15 oz.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1.5 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1.5 oz. coconut flavored rum
  • 12 oz. lager or light beer
  • Pineapple spear and pineapple slice for garnish

 
Directions:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add pineapple juice and rum and shake.  Strain into a 20 oz. beer mug or Pilsner glass.  Top off with beer and stir briefly.  Garnish with pineapple spear and slice.

*Recipe courtesy of the Food Network
 

2) Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil Mimosa

Nothing says summer quite like citrus and berries.  This refreshing and sophisticated mimosa incorporates both, and is the perfect cocktail to enjoy over a summer brunch with friends.  Cheers!

Total Time Required: 5 Minutes

Makes 4-6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • ¾ packed fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup agave or honey
  • 8 medium fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed and sliced
  • One 750 mL bottle of Prosecco, chilled
  • ½ cup soda water or sparkling water, chilled

 
Directions:

Combine the basil, lemon juice, and agave in a pitcher.  Using a wooden spoon, lightly crush the basil.  Stir in the strawberries, Prosecco, and soda water.  Pour into chilled champagne glasses and serve.

*Recipe courtesy of the Food Network
 

3) Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Throwing a party? If you love wine in your cocktails, or are a fan of sangrias, the Sparkling Pomegranate Punch is going to have your guests swarming around the punch bowl! This sweet and tart cocktail is very refreshing and unique. Just make sure to make enough for seconds (and thirds!)

Total Time Required: 15 Minutes

Makes 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 Bottles of Sparkling Wine
  • ¾ Cup Late Harvest White Wine
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Cup Diced Fresh Pineapple
  • ¼ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • Ice Cubes

 
Directions:

In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously. Add all of the wine, then incorporate the orange slices, diced pineapple, and pomegranate seeds.  Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.

*Recipe courtesy of Delish.com

Bloody Mary Bar - Wachusett Wine & Spirits

Great Ingredients for an Amazing Bloody Mary Bar

Mike Mixing Bloody Mary 
This past Easter we were charged with an important responsibility – bring Bloody Mary’s.  We took our task to whole new level and created a unique “Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar”.  We had a blast being creative with infusing Vodka and selecting some really great condiments. Here is what we had:
 
Two types of Vodka – one plain and one infused with Bacon, Pepper and Horseradish.  We used Tito’s Vodka and infused overnight with some peppercorns and horseradish.  We probably could have let it infuse for a few more days to really get the pepper and horseradish flavor to shine through.  The morning of we added a little bit of the bacon fat.
 
Mixer – Mr. and Mrs. T Original Bloody Mary Mix
 
Three types of salt for rimmers – Pink Hawaiian, Smoked, Habenero and Hawaiian mix
 
creative-bloody-maryCondiments – Celery, Bacon, Caper Berries, Olives, Picked Onions, Gherkins and Tomolives, Hot Sauces.
 
The Bloody Mary Bar was a definite crowd pleaser and everyone had fun picking out what they wanted to include in their own signature cocktail. A special thanks to Ed Hyder’s Market in Worcester for providing a great selection of condiments and salts for us to use.