Holiday Spiked Cider

I remember the first holiday in which I tried spiked hot apple cider.  I had no idea how good it would be.  If you have yet to try spiked cider, once you do, you won't believe what you've been missing.

Just in time for the holiday season, here are some holiday spiked cider drink recipes for you.

From Crown Royal:

Crown Royal Spiked Apple Cider

1.5 cups of Crown Royal
8 cups Apple Cider

Combine Crown Royal and apple cider in large pot and heat until warm.  Pour into eight heat-proof mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick. 

Brought to you by Bakon Vodka...

Bakon Apple Crisp

1 part Bakon Vodka
1 part sparkling apple cider

Garnish with cinnamon.

And a couple I from Bar None Drinks....

Golden Apple Cider

1 oz Goldschlager
6 oz Apple Cider (hot)

Serve in a traditional coffee mug.

Apple Strudel

1-1/2 ounces of Rumple Minze
6 ounces hot apple cider

Pour Rumple Minze in a coffee mug and add hot cider.  Stir and drink.

Enjoy responsibly!

Bakon Vodka

Everyone I have talked to about Bakon Vodka, even though the flavor sounds so unique, just simply loves the taste!

What first pops into your mind when you hear the words bacon and vodka, are breakfast and bloody mary.  However, Bakon Vodka has come up with a huge variety of drink recipes for you.  Here are just a few from their web site.

Swine Flu Shot

1 part Bakon Vodka
1 part Jagermeister
1 part Goldschlager

Orange Bakon Bomb

Bakon Vodka with float of Orange Curacao in shot glass
Drop in Red Bull

Black Rock Manhattan

1 part Bakon Vodka
1 part bourbon
1/2 part Kahlua
1/2 part triple sec

Shake vigorously with ice, serve straight up or on the rocks with a cherry.

And of course, we can't leave out the blood mary drink recipe with Bakon Vodka, so here are a couple of those for you as well, also from their web site.

Bakon Mary

1-1/2 ounce Bakon Vodka in a pint glass filled with ice.
Fill glass with tomatoe juice.
1 dash each of celery salt and ground black pepper.
2-4 dashes each of Worcestershire sauce and tobasco.

Shake and pour into a salt rimmed pint glass.  Garnish with a celery stalk and your favorite pickled vegetables.

The Greek Martini (even though it's called a martini, it drinks like a bloody mary)

2 parts Bakon Vodka
1 part pepperoncini juice
1 pepperoncini
dash of pepper
splash of clamato juice

Enjoy, and remember to drink responsibly!

How to Stock Your Bar for Thanksgiving

As the holiday approaches, many of us can't help to stop and ask, "how should I stock my bar for Thanksgiving Day?"

In general, to stock your bar for Thanksgiving, combine a variety without being too specific.  An inexpensive sparkling sweet white wine and a semi-dry red wine will usually suit most anyone who has a taste for wine with dinner.  It is also a good idea to have a bourbon and a vodka on hand.

Along with these choices, both a full flavored and a light beer in a cooler, will usually satisfy most who enjoy a good brew with dinner.  Add couple of soda and juice varieties, to complete your bar for the holiday. 

Perhaps a different size and color of cup for the kiddies should be in order.

Consider fixing an after dinner treat that will go well with desert, such as Spiked Apple Cider.

Spiked Apple Cider is quite easy to make.  Simply add 1-1/2 ounces of whiskey or bourbon to 8 ounces of apple cider, then heat in the microwave.  Multiply by the number of servings and heat in a cooker on the stove in order to serve a large group.

Don't forget the ice, and remember to always drink responsibly!

Crown Royal Maple

You're all familiar with the original Crown Royal Whisky.  Now try Crown Royal Maple Finished.

Crown Royal describes the new flavor as "The legendary taste of Crown Royal with a touch of natural maple flavor." 

Here's a drink recipe for you from Crown Royal.

Crown Royal Maple Cider


1-1/2 ounces of Crown Royal Maple Whisky
2 ounces of apple cider
1/2 pat of butter, for garnish
1 cinnamon stick, for garnish


Dry shake ingredients and pour into a coffee mug.  Top with hot water.  Garnish with the pat of butter and cinnamon stick.

Here's a tip for you, before we go, whisky is spelled without an e when it is distilled in Canada.  When it is distilled in the U.S., it is spelled whiskey.

Jim Beam Red Stag Drink Recipes

'Red Stag by Jim Beam' has been a big hit for a couple of years now.  For those of you who have still yet to try it, here are some drink recipes for you.

Here are a few directly from Jim Beam's web site.

Black Cherry Man-Cosmo

1 ¼ parts Red Stag by Jim Beam® Infused Bourbon
¾ parts DeKuyper® Pucker® Sour Apple Schnapps
1 part Cranberry Juice
1 part Sweet & Sour Mix
Lime Wheel for Garnish

In a mixing glass, pour all liquid ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish.

Red Stag Summer Peach

1 ½ parts Red Stag by Jim Beam® Infused Bourbon
½ part DeKuyper® Peachtree® Schnapps
2 parts Margarita Mix
3 Maraschino Cherries
8 Mint Leaves
1 part Lemon-Lime Soda
Extra Mint & Cherries for Garnish

Drop in 3 de-stemmed cherries, mint leaves and Red Stag into mixing glass. Muddle and add remaining ingredients except soda. Fill with ice and top with soda. Garnish and serve.


This one sounds simply delicious!

1 ½ parts Red Stag by Jim Beam® Infused Bourbon
1 part DeKuyper® Pucker® Sour Apple Schnapps
2 parts Sweet & Sour Mix
Lemon Twist for Garnish

In a mixing glass, pour all liquid ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish.

Of course, while looking for great drink recipes, we most certainly cannot skip the!  Here's one that sounds great for summer from them.

Red Melon – created by Cheri Loughlin

4 – 1-1/2 inch Watermelon Chunks
1 measure Red Stag by Jim Beam
1/2 measure Jim Beam Bourbon
1/2 measure Fresh Lemon Juice
Watermelon Chunks for Garnish

Place watermelon chunks in a mixing glass.  Muddle.  Add Red Stag, Jim Beam Bourbon and lemon Juice with ice.  Shake.  Strain into a large rocks glass over fresh ice.  Garnish with a skewer or fresh watermelon chunks.

Belvedere Red Drink Recipes

In plenty enough time for the holidays, here are some Belvedere RED drink recipes straight from Belvedere Vodka's web site.

(Belvedere) RED Crimson Breeze

½ oz Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
2 oz Pomegranate juice
½ oz Elderflower Liqueur

Build over crushed ice into a highball.

This next one is very similar to the (Belvedere) RED Crimson Breeze, just a little fruitier...

(Belvedere) RED Crimson Crush

½ oz St Germain Elderflower liqueur
3 bar spoons of pomegranate seeds
4 chunks pink grapefruit

Muddle pomegranate seeds and grapefruit with the elderflower liqueur. Add (BELVEDERE) RED and top with crushed ice. Churn.

(Belvedere) RED Fire & Passion

Pulp from one passion fruit
Dash simple syrup
1 oz blood orange juice
Build over crushed ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of ruby red graepfruit.

Be sure and check out Belvedere Vodka's web site for even more Belvedere RED drink recipes, which also include the type of glass to use, the skill level required to make each drink, holiday ideas and more!