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Cocktails and Movies “12 Days of Christmas Cocktails” #12: Santa’s Couch

By Tim Barley

On the 12th day of Christmas, we took turns on 12 different couches as our heads were drumming…

Cocktails and Movies 12 days of Christmas Cocktails - 12 Santa CouchesWe arrived at Christmas Day! A LOT of cocktails have been imbibed, but we saved a classic mixture for the day of days. This cocktail will allow you to relax and disregard the craziness of unwrapped presents strewn around the Christmas tree and the snow outside piling up and the fact that you may or may not have power yet from last weekend’s ice storm. But, if the 12th day of Christmas is “12 Drummers Drumming,” how do we get Santa’s Couch cocktail? Now, follow along with us here:

Santa has had a tough 24 hours. So, after his long DAY, he goes to a Motley Crue concert and meets Tommy Lee. Tommy Lee is a drummer. Drummers love whiskey. Whiskey is the great equalizer and eggnog is just a great Yule time tradition, so mix these two together with some vodka (yes!) and a cinnamon liqueur, and you’ve got yourself a great cocktail to sip on all day long. No wonder it’s called “Santa’s Couch…”

12 Santa’s Couches

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Jack Daniels
  • 1 oz. Lemon Vodka
  • 1/4 oz. Cinnamon Liqueur
  • 3 oz. Eggnog

Directions:

  • Pour all the ingredients into a glass.
  • Stir.

Trust me, this will take the edge off the mass hysteria of kids opening presents, squealing with delight and then opening EVERY present and make a big disaster zone of the living room around the Christmas tree and relax you into a state where you won’t mind cleaning it all up later on… So, make yourself a cocktail, enjoy this Christmas Day!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

Cocktails and Movies “12 Days of Christmas Cocktails” #11: Piping Hot Grand Coffee

By Tim Barley

On the 11th day of Christmas, 11 PIPERS brought in some great PIPING hot coffee…

Cocktails and Movies 12 days of Christmas Cocktails - 11 pipers piping grand coffeeBrrrrrr! If you’re in the Midwest today, it’s C-O-L-D! With a current temperature as I write this at 10:15 a.m. of only 11 degrees and a forecast high of 18, plus the added energy drain of rough housing with four pre-teens (I’m kidding! I love them to death!), I have very little energy. BUT, Cocktails and Movies must go on!

Luckily, these great 11 pipers happened by today, just piping away in the snow and ice. And they had the greatest coffee that they shared with me before heading on their way to pipe to the rest of the neighborhood! Actually, this recipe comes once again from the good people at Liquor.com. So, sit back and enjoy some great, hot caffeine and some liquor as we give you a second coffee drink for these “12 Days of Christmas Cocktails” with the…

11 Pipers Piping Hot Grand Coffee

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Grand Marnier, warmed
  • 3 oz Hot brewed coffee
  • 3/4 oz Brown sugar syrup (1 part brown sugar, 1 part water), if desired
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  • Pour all the ingredients into a mug or heat-proof highball glass and stir.
  • Spoon about 2 tbsp of whipped cream on top.

There! Not too hard and you should have all the ingredients readily available if you’re in the Christmas spirit already. This cocktail will no only warm you up, but it will supply you with all the caffeine you need in order to wrap all those presents you haven’t had a chance to wrap yet. (In my case, that’s ALL of them…) So, make yourself a cocktail, enjoy this Christmas Eve and check back later today or on Facebook/Twitter as we share our 10 most favorite Christmas movies!

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Cocktails and Movies “12 Days of Christmas Cocktails” #9: Ladies Dancing

by Tim Barley

On the 9th day of Christmas, nine ladies dancing came by…

Following our “12 Days of Christmas Cocktails,” which we’ve presented so far:

cocktails and movies 12 days of Christmas Cocktails - nine dancing ladieswe have only three more after this! We’ve arrived at our ninth cocktail! I found a great cocktail for this one that will either work well while you’re on that tropical Christmas vacation (or you currently live in Australia or south of the equator), OR you dream of being there. 

It features all liqueurs and juices, so  you KNOW it has to be healthy! (wink, wink). Anyway, it looks like a winner for today. So,  I give you the Nine Ladies Dancing:

The Dancing Lady

Ingredients

  • 1 oz banana liqueur
  • 1 oz melon liqueur
  • 1 splash cranberry juice
  • 1 splash lime juice
  • 1 splash pineapple juice

Instructions

  • Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a sword and cherry on the rim.

This is a great idea for those who want to feel like they are living in the tropics or just wish they are as they watch the snow fall!

Enjoy this cocktail and remember: never watch bad movies unless you have a great cocktail. And don’t drink and drive.

Cocktails and Movies “12 Day of Christmas Cocktails” #8: 8 Maids a Milking Bloody Mary

by Tim Barley

On the 8th day of Christmas, eight maids a milking brought me a Holiday Bloody Mary…

Cocktails and Movies 12 days of christmas cocktails - eight maids a milking bloody maryOnly four more after this! We’re already at cocktail #8! And while senior writer Mike is again caught up in some holiday stuff so I found a great cocktail that you can make for those lazy days with a nice breakfast and a movie while snuggled in on your couch. Following our “12 Days of Christmas Cocktails,” which we’ve presented so far, Seven Swans a Swimming Cocktail, Six White Russian Egg Creams, Fiii-ive Irish Golds, Four BlackBirds, Three French Martinis, Two Turtle Dove Cocktails and a Cranberry-Pear Bellini, we stick to  my favorite libation, vodka once again!

I’m not a big fan of Bloody Mary’s. If I’m going to drink at breakfast, I’ll go straight for beer (or bloody beer), or just hit the hard stuff and coast the rest of the day. But, this one looks very good, if I don’t say so myself! It’s strong and might be that special cocktail needed to wake up from Saturday’s festivities. It comes from Shape Magazine and their “fit foodies” section. Enjoy, my friends, as we approach the second to last weekend of the year 2013. I give you the Eight Bloody Mary Maids-a-Milking:

8 Maids-aMilking Bloody Mary

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Russian Standard Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Lucid Absinthe
  • 1/2 oz cucumber water
  • Splash lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 muddled cherry tomatoes
  • Black pepper and sea salt rim (optional)

Instructions

  • Muddle tomatoes in bottom of a shaker. Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass rimmed with black pepper and sea salt.
  • Cucumber water – Peel cucumber and leave soaking in water for 2-4 days. Strain particles out with a cheesecloth and retain the liquid.
  • Simple syrup – Combine 1 teaspoon (packet) of Splenda with luke warm water. Stir until dissolved.

This is a great idea for those lazy Sundays or because we were hammered with an ice storm last night  (and now snow today), a great cocktail to stay in and sip with your breakfast and watch movies!

Enjoy this cocktail and remember: never watch bad movies unless you have a great cocktail. And don’t drink and drive.

Cocktails and Movies 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails #7: Seven Swans-a-Swimming

by Tim Barley

On the 7th day of Christmas, we’re dreaming of 7 swans a swimming in a blue lake…

cocktails and movies 12 days of christmas cocktails - seven swans a swimmingWe’re on the downswing now! We’re already at cocktail #7! And while senior writer Mike likes to pull from his bartending bible, Tim prefers ease of use and quick hits; simple drinks for a simple, non complex man. So, after having had the previous cocktails in our “12 Days of Christmas Cocktails,” which were Six White Russian Egg Creams, Five Irish Golds, Four BlackBirds, Three French Martinis, Two Turtle Dove Cocktails and a Cranberry-Pear Bellini, we move into my favorite libation: vodka!