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Posts Tagged ‘Cocktail’

Cinco de Mayo Cocktail: A Fancy Paloma

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 5, 2019

For Cinco de Mayo here is a fancy take on the Paloma Cocktail. In this cocktail, fresh Grapefruit and Lime juice are mixed with Boston Bittahs and Triple Sec. Adding ice and soda results a tall refreshing mixed drink. I brought the serving up a further notch by mixing with Herradura’s premium Herradura Ultra Tequila Anejo.

Fancy Paloma

2 oz Herradura Ultra Tequila Anejo
2 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3/8 oz Bols Triple Sec
dash Bittermens Boston Bittahs
Sparkling Soda

Add plenty of ice to a tall glass
Add the first five ingredients and stir
Complete with soda
Enjoy Responsibly

Note: If you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!



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Bitter(s) Review: Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 25, 2019

Over the course of this year I plan to review 25 different brands of bitters and these reviews will be compiled on my Cocktail Bitters Review page found here. This page displays most of the brands I will review with links to each review. (Of course the links for a particular review will not open until that review is published.)

I will of course expand this list as I receive more brands to review. My policy for receiving samples of Bitters will be much the same as it is for spirits, albeit I will be able to accept much smaller sample sizes than 200 ml. A 50 ml sample bottle is more than ample.

I am going to kick off a this series of Bitters Reviews with Angostura Aromatic Bitters.

Angostura’s Aromatic Bitters were first produced in 1824, in the town of Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela) by Dr. Johann Siegert who created his bitters as a medicinal treatment to alleviate digestive and stomach ailments. In the 1870’s the brand was moved to Trinidad, where Johann Siegert’s son Don Carlos established the aromatic bitters as a complementary ingredient for both cocktails and food.

Here is my link to my first Bitter(s) Review, I hope you enjoy it:

Review: Angostura Aromatic Bitters

“… If you put a drop of Angostura Aromatic Bitters on your tongue instead of in your cocktail you will find that they have a very complex bold and yes, quite bitter, flavour. You can taste cloves and hints of cinnamon, bits of cocoa and what I can only describe as tree bark (kinda like cedar) …”

Enjoy the review and the cocktail suggestion included.


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Cocktail Bazaar: Cranberry and Peppermint Mule

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 18, 2019

As some of you might know, my 2018 Seasonal Cocktail Bazaar was interrupted when I lost my internet connection last December when I moved into my new house. It took a quite a while to get everything straightened out, but I finally have begun to post more regularly again. It is probably a good time to publish the final posting for that Cocktail Bazaar.

This recipe was sent to my by the Smirnoff Vodka Media team who also sent me samples of the key ingredients such that I could mix and sample the serving at home, which I did over the Christmas Holiday season. The serving was well received by my family, and I suspect that when I have time to share it with my friends and my tasting group that they too will be enamored with the combination of peppermint, cranberry and lime lengthened into a hi-ball with the addition of ginger-ale.

Please don’t wait until next Christmas to try it, I think it will taste grand any time of the year.

Cranberry and Peppermint Mule


3/4 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
3/4 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
1 1/2 oz Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail
1/4 oz Lime Juice
4 oz. Ginger Ale
Sugar coated Cranberries

Add Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and Cranberry Cocktail into a metal cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the metal shaker begins to frost
Fill a Copper Mug with Ice
Strain the Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and Cranberry Juice over the ice
Top with Ginger Ale
Garnish with sugar coated Cranberries and Mint.

Enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!


Note: Smirnoff Peppermint Twist is a limited seasonal offering from Smirnoff Co. bottled at 30% alcohol by volume. It features a ‘scratch and sniff’ bottle allowing you to enjoy the seasonal scent of peppermint and candy cane before you even open the bottle. You may read my full review of this flavoured vodka here:

Review: Smirnoff Peppermint Twist

” … The peppermint flavoured vodka is perhaps a touch on the sweet side, then again it is the flavours of peppermint and candy cane which are featured and the spirit would not be a true holiday spirit if it did not accurately reflect this sweetness …”

I hope you enjoy the review, Chimo!

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Fall Cocktail Bazaar: Green Light District

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 9, 2018

I always enjoy it when media and spirit companies send me recipes to share here on The Rum Howler Blog, and since I began my Fall Cocktail Bazaar several weeks ago, I have received many more recipes than I can possibly publish is the short time frame I have allotted for this Bazaar. (Some of those extra recipes may show up later when I engage in other projects.)

You might wonder how I choose which recipes to share. As I indicated recently to the Smirnoff Media Team, I have a home bar, but I am not a professional bartender. So I prefer recipes which not only are easy to make at home, I also require that those recipes use ingredients I already have on hand.

Basically these are recipes which I expect my readers could also make at home without the need to run out to the store to gather exotic liqueurs or garnishes. As well I try to only publish recipes which (according to my palate at least) are enjoyable and tasty.

A recent recipe sent to me by the Bulleit media people is the Green Light District. This unusual recipe mixes Bulleit Rye, Creme de Menthe, Creme de Cacao, and Heavy Cream. The decadent serving can be mixed up in a matter of minutes, and it is a perfect after dinner treat to share with someone special. It is a little boozy, so please restrict yourself to one if you have to drive home.

Green Light District

2/3 oz Bulleit Rye
2/3 oz Creme de Menthe
2/3 oz Creme de Cacao
2/3 oz Heavy Cream
Sprig of Mint

Add Bulleit Rye into a metal shaker with ice
Add Creme de Menthe, Creme de Cacao and the Heavy Cream
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a Sprig of Mint

Please enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!


Note: Bulleit Rye Frontier Whiskey is bottled at 45% alcohol by volume and (according to the Bulleit  website) the spirit is a straight whiskey produced from a heavy rye mashbill (95 % rye) which also contains a small amount of malted barley (5 %).

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Bulleit Rye Frontier Whiskey

“… full of sappy new wood smells of both oak and cedar with accents of fresh rye bread. Dusty dry grain and honeycomb are evident as well. There is a sense of fresh tobacco with some light baking spices (vanilla, ginger and cinnamon) and maple syrup …”

Please enjoy my review, and continue to enjoy the cocktail Bazaar!



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Christmas Cocktail Bazaar: Holiday Cosmo

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 28, 2018

As I mentioned this past Sunday, Thanksgiving (both the Canadian and the American) Holiday is past, and I am now gearing up for the Christmas Season by sharing some yule tide cocktails. Today’s serving is a seasonal take on the classic Cosmopolitan Cocktail.  The twist is the use of Cranberry Pomegranate Juice and then the dressed up garnish which includes candy glitter.

Here is a hint for you, when you rime the glass, keep the glitter on the outside so as to not sweeten the serving unnecessarily. As well, (although it is not shown on the picture below) leave about a third of the rim without candy garnish so you can sip without getting a mouthful of glitter. The serving will still look spectacular wowing all of your friends, and if someone has a sweeter tooth they can always turn the glass around when they sip.

Here is the Holiday Cosmo served with Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka.

Holiday Cosmo
(Courtesy of Megan Marlowe, Strawberry Blondie Kitchen)

1 1/2 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
1 oz Triple Sec
4 oz. Cranberry Pomegranate Juice
Lemon Twist
Edible Candy Glitter
Cranberry skewer

Rim a martini glass with water and dip into Edible Candy Glitter
Add Smirnoff No. 21 VodkaTriple Sec and Cranberry Pomegranate Juice into a metal shaker with Ice
Shake until the outside of the metal shaker begins to frost
Strain into the Candy-rimmed Martini Glass
Garnish with a Cranberry Skewer and a Twist of Lemon

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

Enjoy the coming holiday season everyone!

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