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Whiskey

Celebrate the Holidays with Nick Offerman and Lagavulin Whisky

lagavulin scotch whisky

Don’t be lonely or cold (or thirsty!) this holiday season. Let Nick Offerman and Lagavulin warm you up with a little whisky and a crackling yule fire. Here’s the video in all its 45-minute glory.

But that’s not all! You don’t have to settle for just one helping of Nick and Scotch. Because he’s got you covered with your New Year’s Eve countdown as well!

I don’t know about you, but I find these highly amusing. Kudos the Lagavulin and whomever produced the spots.

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Books

“Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks” – Free for a Limited Time

From now until December 20, 2013, Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More is free to download from Amazon. Think of it as my Christmas gift to you, as a thank you for being a loyal reader.

Stuffed full of 112 recipes for drinks of all kinds, Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks is your secret weapon for dazzling the taste buds of everyone you know by making professional-quality cocktails from the comfort of your home bar.

If you do download it, and like what you see, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. It helps other people find the book and would mean a lot to me.

Also available is my first book, Professor Cocktail’s Zombie Horde: Recipes for the World’s Most Lethal Drink, which is available as both as an ebook and a trade paperback. But that one you still have to pay for.

Spread the holiday cheer and tell a friend. Merry Christmas!

Professor Cocktails Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More

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Books

Celebrate the Season with “Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More”

Professor Cocktails Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More

Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More
By David J. Montgomery

In cocktail bars and lounges around the world, people will be gathering during the holiday season to enjoy a drink or two with family and friends. Now you can enjoy the same great drinks at home with the recipes included in Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks: Recipes for Mixed Drinks and More.

Stuffed full of 112 recipes for drinks of all kinds, Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks is your secret weapon for dazzling the taste buds of everyone you know by making professional-quality cocktails from the comfort of your home bar.

From the classic to the contemporary, sweet to spicy, and hot to cold, this collection of festive drinks is sure to make your holidays very merry. If you’re in the party mood, there are several recipes for “large format” drinks that would be perfect for your holiday gatherings. It even includes a selection of non-alcoholic drinks for those who don’t imbibe.

Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks includes recipes for traditional holiday favorites ranging from Eggnog to Wassail, Hot Buttered Rum to the Kir Royale. It also features drinks from top bartender like Jim Meehan (PDT), Dale DeGroff, H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir), Jack McGarry (The Dead Rabbit), Brian MacGregor (Wingtip), Jeffery Morgenthaler (Clyde Common), Bobby Heugel (Anvil), Dushan Zaric (Employees Only), Chantal Tseng (Mockingbird Hill), and Derek Brown (Columbia Room).

With a variety of recipes to suit all occasions, tastes, and skill levels, Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Drinks is the book every cocktail lover, bartender, and mixologist would love to see under their virtual tree.

About the Author
David J. Montgomery combines his knowledge of history and alcohol into one potent libation of love through his work at ProfessorCocktail.com. He is also a nationally renowned book critic and commentator on writing and the publishing industry. Mr. Montgomery is an emeritus columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Beast, and has written for USA Today, The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and other fine publications. His ebook, Professor Cocktail’s Zombie Horde: Recipes for the World’s Most Lethal Drink, was the #1 best-selling bartending book on Amazon. A former Professor of History, Mr. Montgomery lives in the Washington, D.C. suburbs with his wife and two daughters.

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Gifts

Happy Holidays from Professor Cocktail

I've been battling the flu for the past two weeks, which is why the site has been silent. Other than feeling like I was run over by Ray Lewis, the hardest part is that I haven't been able to try out any of the new cocktails or spirits that have come my way. But hopefully I'll be recovered soon and can join you in exploring the many wonderful new boozes that will be coming our way this year.

In the meantime, I hope Santa brought you something wonderful for Christmas. He kindly brought me a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. What a great guy!

Pappy
Here's looking forward to a great year.

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Cocktails Drink Recipes

Some Holiday Cocktails to Try

The bars are closed on Christmas, but that doesn't mean a festive cocktail wouldn't hit the spot. You just have to mix it up yourself. Here are some suggestions to get you started.


Highball Holiday hiro cocktail 
Carte blanche  Gin peppermint fling

Whiskey Highball

2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
Lemon-Lime Soda or Ginger Ale
4 Dashes of Aromatic or Angostura Bitters

Build over ice in an old-fashioned or highball glass, depending on how much mixer you want. The bitters give it a nice Christmas-spice taste that I find festive and delicious.

Holiday Hiro Cocktail

One part Hiro Sake Red (Junmai)
One part Spiced Rum
One part Apple Cider
Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Combine equal parts sake, rum and apple cider. Either heat together in a saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave. Pour into a mug and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Carte Blanche

1 1/4 oz Crown Royal Maple Whiskey
1/3 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Orange Bitters

Shake with ice, then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Cozy Christmas Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Spiced Rum
3/4 oz Amaretto
1 oz The Perfect Purée Coconut Puree, thawed
4 oz Hot Chocolate

Combine ingredients into a mug. Top with whipped cream, if desired. Serve hot.

Gin Peppermint Fling

2 oz Citadelle Gin
1 oz Heavy Cream
1/2 Egg White
2 oz Peppermint Simple Syrup (see below)

In a shaker, build cocktail in order of ingredients listed. Dry shake (without ice) vigorously until egg white becomes frothy and heavy cream is incorporated. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled, peppermint-rimmed cocktail glass.

Peppermint Simple Syrup

1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Water
10 large Red/White Peppermint Candy Canes

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Dissolve sugar and candies on medium heat, stirring continuously. After sugar and candy has dissolved, heat the syrup to just short of boiling, until it begins to thicken, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow syrup to cool.

Peppermint Garnish

Red/White Peppermint Candy Canes
Peppermint Simple Syrup

Crush candy canes and place on a flat plate. Moisten the edge of the cocktail glass with the peppermint syrup. Dip the edge of the martini glass into the crushed candies and allow rim to dry for one minute.

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Cocktails Drink Recipes

Christmas Party Cocktail Recipes

Here are the recipes for the specialty cocktails we served at our Christmas party. They all seemed popular with our guests.

Poinsettia Punch
Adapted from a recipe by Frank Cisneros, Gin Palace in NYC

1 1/2 oz Gin
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup
1/2 oz Grenadine
1 tsp. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice, then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Spiced Pear Margarita
Adapted from a recipe by Piero Rodriguez, Zengo in Washington, DC

3/4 oz Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz Pear Liqueur
1 1/2 Spiced Pear Puree
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Shake with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pear slice.

Spiced Pear Puree

2 whole pears peeled and diced
1 quart of water
Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to taste

Place all ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Blend all ingredients and strain. Cool before use.

Grand Cherry Tiki
Adapted from a recipe by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru 

1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier Cherry
3/4 oz Lime
3/4 oz Orgeat
1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
2 Dashes Angostura or Tiki  Bitters

Shake with ice, then strain into an ice-filled double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and a maraschino cherry.

Maui Mai Tai

1 1/2 oz Gold Rum
1/2 oz Orange Curaçao
3/4 oz Orgeat 
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Shake with crushed ice, then pour (unstrained) into a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Christmas cocktail

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Cocktails

Christmas Party Cocktail Menu

Here's the drinks menu from our big Christmas party last weekend. The most popular were the Spiced Pear Margarita and Grand Cherry Tiki. The only one I had was a Poinsettia Punch, and it was delicious. I'll share the recipes later this week.

Tiki
Lounge
Christmas
Party

Today's
Specials

Tom and Jerry
A
19th-century variation on Egg Nog, served warm.
Brandy,
Dark Rum, Eggs, Milk

Hot
Buttered Rum
Sounds gross, but is quite
delicious!
Rum,
Sugar, Butter, Bitters

Spiced
Pear Margarita
Pear and spice, tastes real
nice.
Tequila,
Pear Liqueur, Spiced Pear, Lime, Sugar

Apple
Crisp
An autumnal twist on the
Sidecar.
Applejack,
Cointreau, Lemon

Poinsettia Punch
A
vibrant cocktail inspired by the holidays.
Gin,
Lemon, Cinnamon, Grenadine, Allspice Dram

Brandy
Old-Fashioned
Beloved by Wisconsinites around
the world.
Cognac,
Sugar, Bitters, Orange, Cherry

Grand
Cherry Tiki
The delicious flavors of the
islands.
Grand
Marnier Cherry, Lime, Orgeat, Pineapple

Maui
Mai Tai
A Hawaiian spin on the Mai Tai.
Gold
Rum, Curaçao, Pineapple,
Orange, Orgeat

Apple Cosmopolitan
Also available in caramel.
Stoli
Apple Vodka, Licor 43, Cranberry, Lime

 Classics
Always Available
Daiquiri,
Manhattan, Martini, Mai Tai, Assorted Highballs

 David
J. Montgomery, Proprietor

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Gifts Mixology

Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Gift Guide: Non-Booze

Last week, we ran our holiday gift guide, with suggestions for spirits in different categories. We had posts with rum recommendationsbourbon recommendationsgin recommendations and other spirits recommendations. Today we're closing out the list with non-booze gift suggestions.

Professor Cocktail's Holiday Gift Guide: Non-Booze

You want to get that special tippler in your life a gift, but you don't want to actually give booze. Here are some suggestions that will get you started.



Pimento bittersDale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters ($19)

The newest addition to the bitters landscape, crafted with the help of King Cocktail himself. These bitters really spice up classics like a Manhattan and are my new favorite for Tiki drinks.


Oxo jiggerOxo Double Jigger ($9)

One  of the keys to making great cocktails is precise measuring. For that, you need a good jigger. This is my favorite one.


Pdt cocktail bookJim Meehan's The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy ($16)

One of the best cocktail books to come along in recent years, this makes for both a useful guide and a fascinating read. Plus, it's a beautiful book.


Waring ice crusherWaring IC70 Pro Ice Crusher ($79)

I've been using this for over a year now and I still love it. If you want to crush ice in style, this is the way to go. (See our original review.)



Tovolo ice cube tray
Tovolo King Cube Ice Trays ($8)

Great for making big cubes, which are very useful in cocktails. Pop one into an Old-Fashioned or Manhattan and it will cool the drink fast, but melt slowly.

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Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Gift Guide: Other Spirits

This week we're running our holiday gift guide, with suggestions for spirits in different categories. So far we've offered our rum recommendationsbourbon recommendations and gin recommendations. We're closing the week with other spirits.

Professor Cocktail's Holiday Gift Guide: Other Spirits

Here is a variety of suggestions for booze that didn't fit into the other categories, but would make great gifts.


Grand marnier cherryGrand Marnier Natural Cherry ($40)

A limited edition flavor from the masters of orange liqueur. One of the most delicious cherry liqueurs you'll find. Buy some before it disappears from shelves. (The regular Grand Marnier always makes a great gift as well.)


Tequila avionAvión Silver ($40)

My favorite tequila, and the winner of our Tequila Taste Test. Makes brilliant cocktails or can be savored on its own.


Karlsson's Gold VodkaKarlsson's Gold Vodka ($30)

Vodka with flavor and nuance? Who'da thunk it! Made from seven different kinds of potatoes, this is primo stuff. Leave the Grey Goose on the shelf and give this instead.

Pisco portonPisco Portón ($35)

Pisco, the brandy of South America, is a spirit on the rise, and Portón is the best one I've tasted. Would make a great gift for the drinker who likes to try new things.


Carpano anticaCarpano Antica Sweet Vermouth ($27, 1L)

The champion of all sweet vermouths. Makes delicious cocktails, including perhaps the best Manhattan. It's pricey, so a lot of people wouldn't buy it for themselves. That's why it makes a great gift.

We've included links for each suggestion to K&L Wines (where available). K&L is a great spirits store, with impeccable service and a sterling reputation. You can order from them with confidence. Send them an email to see if they ship to your state. (Note: We're not being compensated for these links.)

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Gifts Rum Spirits

Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Gift Guide: Rum

This week we're running our holiday gift guide, with suggestions for spirits in different categories. So far we've offered our bourbon recommendations and gin recommendations. Today we're doing rum.

Professor Cocktail's Holiday Gift Guide: Rum

Rum doesn't get the respect that whiskey does, but it's just as wonderful a spirit. Although it shines brightest in cocktails, the right rum is also delicious on its own.


Cruzan rumThe Bacardi Alternative: Cruzan Aged Light Rum ($14)

Both better and cheaper than the ubiquitous Bacardi, this rum is aged for two years and then filtered to remove the color. A very good all-purpose rum.


Appleton rumThe Best Jamaican Rum: Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year-Old ($35)

My favorite rum for a whole slew of cocktails, including the Mai Tai, this is also great all by itself. Everyone needs some in the cabinet.


El dorado rumSip, Sip Away: El Dorado 12 Year-Old ($26)

Rich, balanced and bursting with flavor, this is my favorite sipping rum. One of the best buys in all of spirits. Try finding a 12 year-old Scotch this amazing for under 30 bucks.


Banks rumThe Ultimate White Rum: Banks 5 Island ($26)

A great addition to any cocktail. It will make your Daiquiris, Mojitos and everything else sing.


Mount gay rumRum for Whiskey Fans: Mount Gay Extra Old ($40)

Convert the whiskey lover in your life to rum with this dry, complex spirit. Hailing from Barbados, the birthplace of rum, everything Mount Gay makes is good and this is probably their best.

We've included links for each suggestion to K&L Wines (where available). K&L is a great spirits store, with impeccable service and a sterling reputation. You can order from them with confidence. Send them an email to see if they ship to your state. (Note: We're not being compensated for these links.)