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#DrinkUpLinkUp — Malibu Red

January 10th, 2013 1 comment

I absolutely hate love it when Thursday gets here, and I have no Thirsty Thursday topic. It’s like a big adventure of trying to figure out if I can afford a quick trip to the liquor store or if I need to dig into my databanks of past drink loves to write about.

Today, we ended up at the liquor store (primarily because its right next door to the tobacco shop that my husband frequents) and I discovered Malibu Red.

 Malibu Red

I happen to love coconut rum. Love. It. I thought it was a summer phase this last summer, but I am just as addicted today as I was then. Ironic, considering I hate coconut in any other form.

Here’s what you need to know about Malibu Red, and its right on the front of the bottle: Carribean Rum, Tequila and Coconut Liqueur. It’s its own mixed drink right out of the bottle! (Oh and its 70 proof.)

However, for the sake of this post, I mixed it in ginger ale and the result to me was one of the most eclectic tastes I’ve ever had in a glass. On the front end, it reminds me of a margarita, in the middle its just a nice summer-light drink, and at the back end its all coconut.

 062: Malibu Red

I can seriously see myself turning to this all summer long as a go-to drink. I can’t wait to try it in different mixers and maybe just straight up as a shooter. For anyone curious, it only cost me a dollar more than a comparably-sized bottle of another brand’s regular coconut rum… so don’t expect it to be crazy expensive. (That, too, helped me decide to go ahead and grab this for tonight.)

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#DrinkUpLinkUp — Crown Royal Maple

November 15th, 2012 1 comment

Saturday night, I was presented the topic of today’s Drink Up Link Up when I learned the bar I work out now carries Crown Royal Maple.

Crown Royal Maple

“Crown Royal Maple!?” I said in shock. “What is THAT!?”

Crown is my go-to whisky. It’s one of my favorite “bar tricks” — the fact I can do a shot of it without a chaser and just keep on working. It’s smooth. It warms me up. But it doesn’t knock me down. Washington Apples are my go-to mixed drink when just nothing else sounds good. (More on those in awhile.)

So when Crown Royal Maple was introduced to me, I was intrigued. I was a tiny bit scared. I’ve had Crown Royal Black, but it doesn’t really fit my palate. Besides, why mess with something as good as Crown in the first place!?

A shot of Crown Royal Maple was presented to me and my husband that night. First, a sniff. It smells strongly like maple syrup. Enough that it can fool you into forgetting you’re about to drink whisky. Then, a sip. WOW there’s a lot going on here. There’s the smooth, clean taste of Crown, but a solid taste of maple as well. IT WORKS! And it leaves you wanting, well, bacon.

Last night, I had a Washington Apple shot made with Crown Royal Maple. A shot that got passed around and had different reactions from everyone.

First off, a Washington Apple is:

Crown Royal® – 1.25 oz
Apple Schnapps – .5 oz.
Cranberry Juice – 2-3 oz.

225: Bubbles and bokehs

You can have it as a drink as well, just a little more juice and put it over ice. I like lots of apple flavor so I tend to bump up the apple amount when I make them.

Anyway, for me… I loved it. It was distinctly like a caramel apple. Others who tried it said it was too sweet. Others said too tart. And others went, “I LIKE IT!” So, your mileage may vary.

I think it would be very good in a hot toddy or just added to your apple cider. I’m curious if anyone else has tried this, and if they can think of ways to mix it. (Not that its not delicious straight up! Because it is!) In the mean time, I’m going to try to figure out how I can carry strips of bacon in my purse to nibble on after I have some Crown Royal Maple.

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Fall: It’s all about the drinks

September 23rd, 2011 3 comments

Fall leavesWelcome to Fall!

My favorite season… a season of leaves changing colors, cooler temperatures, pumpkins, corn mazes, football, Halloween, Thanksgiving, my birthday… I love Fall!

But you know what is one of my favorite things about Fall? The seasonal drinks.

There is a deep joy that comes from Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s like your favorite blanket. Your favorite pair of fluffy socks. Your favorite book to read over and over again. It’s like the trumpet that plays announcing the arrival of the new season.

Around the same time that the Pumpkin Spice Latte comes back to the world, the seasonal beers return to taps. The Fall seasonals are by far my favorites. Sam Adams Octoberfest has been a long-time favorite. This year, I’ve been introduced to ShockTop Pumpkin Wheat, which just might trump my love of the Octoberfest.

As temperatures cool, I find myself reaching for a late night cup of coffee or a cup of hot chocolate. Both usually with a pinch of cinnamon. And might or might not stock up on pumpkin spice coffee creamer for a quick at-home fix.

Its no wonder I gain weight in the Fall with all these awesome drinks tempting me! What are your favorite fall drinks??

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Friday drinks

August 26th, 2011 2 comments

You may or may not know, I bartend on the side. I’m a back-up bartender at my favorite bar here in Nashville, and boy some of the stories I could tell from behind the bar!

For Friday, though, I thought I’d bring you three drink recipes to possibly use in any weekend “partying” you may do this weekend.

The first is a shot that you can also have as a drink. (Just make more and serve over ice.) It’s something of a go-to for me when I don’t know what else to have or when someone comes to me and says, “What do you suggest?”

Washington Apple

1/3 Crown Royal
1/3 Apple Pucker
1/3 Cranberry Juice

Pour all four into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a shooter glass.

Or, as I said, make it into a drink by shaking and straining over ice.


Baby Guiness

Baby Guinness

My next drink choice is definitely my favorite shot at this time. A friends introduced me to it, and I haven’t looked back since. If you like coffee, trust me on this one and try it. (There are various variations on this shot, but this one is by far my favorite.)

Baby Guinness

2/3 Patron Cafe
1/3 Baileys

Pour the Patron Cafe into a shot glass, then float the Baileys on top. It’ll look like a tiny glass of Guinness!


My final drink comes with a story. Every so often you’ll get “those” customers… the ones you feel you’re never going to make happy.

My night with a couple ladies started with margaritas. We only serve them over the rocks (which, by the way, we don’t use a mix… they’re made from scratch and are, IMO, 1000x better than any margarita mix or any frozen margarita out of a machine!) and that wasn’t what they really wanted. So their next order was Sex on the Beach. No problem. I made them the drinks only to have them later come back and ask for grenadine. I arched an eyebrow. Later they ordered a Malibu Sunrise and made a big show of, “Oh THIS time to you remembered the grenadine.”

There is no grenadine in Sex on the Beach…

Sex on the Beach

1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz peach schnapps
2 oz cranberry juice
2 oz orange juice

 Add vodka and peach schnapps to a highball glass over ice. Fill with equal measures of cranberry juice and orange juice, and stir.(I admit, I usually shake and strain over ice myself.)

I repeat. There is NO GRENADINE in Sex on the Beach. And if anyone reading this asks a bartender for Sex on the Beach and ask for grenadine and gets a weird look… you can’t say I didn’t tell ya…

Happy Friday, ya’ll!!

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