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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


  • 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)


  • 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.

The 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails #3: Three French Martinis

by Mike Reyes

On the third day of my Christmas, my bartender made for me…

Cocktails and Movies 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails French-martiniBonjour, Mixers! Not rain, or snow, or work day, or mail will stop us from plugging along with “The 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails!” (which is actually Day 20 or so of our “30 Holi-DAYS of Cocktails and Movies.) Today’s pick is a favorite of my girlfriend’s mother, as whenever we go to our local brick oven pizza joint she orders up one of these puppies! And let me tell you, this place knows how to mix their drinks. All you have to do is order one on a particularly cold night and you’ll be warm as a gentle fire. So prepare your berets and have some Brie on hand as an amuse bouche* to go with this festive pick.

We don’t have hens around the office, thankfully, so voila, it’s…  the third day of  “Cocktails and Movies 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails,” and we give to you…

The Drink:

Three French Martinis


  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/4 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur
  • 1/4 ozfresh pineapple juice
  • 1 twist lemon peel


  • Pour each of the above into a tall bar glass.
  • Shake with ice.
  • Pour into a cocktail or martini glass, and serve.

Trust me when I tell you, it’s a beaut! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find my French translation notes from High School. Someone’s sent me a rather urgent looking note involving this week’s Take Out Theater column… at least, that’s what I think this note says. Mon dieu!**

*amuse bouche – a bite sized hors d’oeuvres, served at the Chef’s whim, without any ordering from the patrons.

** Mon Dieu – “My God!”

So, here we are in the final stretches of 2013. We’ll have 9 more of these cocktails before taking a break for the final week of the year to recharge our batteries. Please help us grow in 2014! Remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, share us with your friends and remember: “Don’t watch bad movies unless you have good cocktails.”


The 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails Cocktail #2: 2 Turtle Doves

by Tim Barley

On the second day of my Christmas, my bartender gave to me…

cocktails and movies 12 days Christmas Cocktails - turtle dovesNow we’re really getting going. You’ve gotten your partridge in a cranberry-pear bellini tree, and now it’s onto day two of the 12 Days of Christmas: Turtle Doves. I really thought I was going to have to search high and low for something similar to turtle doves, but wouldn’t you know it, someone out there has already beaten me to developing a cocktail for this day. Anyway, this one looks like a winner, chock full of all my favorites, vodka and more and more alcohol.

Again, for our purposes at Cocktails and Movies, we’ve commandeered the 12 days and put them BEFORE Christmas to bring you 12 different cocktails that you can share with your loved ones as you sit back and enjoy a film from our “Take Out Theater” selections or enjoy some food and cocktails with friends before a trip to the local cineplex.

So, on the second day of  “Cocktails and Movies 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails,” we give to you…

Cocktails and Movies Holiday Cocktails #18: The White Christmas Dream

by Tim Barley

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…

cocktails and movies White Christmas DreamIn less than a week, I’ll be taking the whole Cocktails and Movies thing on the road to the great Midwest. And they tell me there is snow. And cold. With that in mind, I’m working on keeping myself cold here in LA by not turning up the heat and trying to get used to the cool weather. To add to that, I’m working on cocktails that require ice! And since we’ve been concentrating a bit on the tequila factor this week, I thought I’d return to MY favorite potable: vodka. With that, I’m mixing it all together and we have: the White Christmas Dream.

The Drink:

White Christmas Dream

This isn’t a hard cocktail to make, and if you can make a white (or black) Russian, you can make this as well. Another one to enjoy by the roaring fire.

1 oz vodka
1 oz amaretto liqueur
1 oz heavy cream
Nutmeg for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake vigorously.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with grated nutmeg on top.


Ta-da! You have a nice white Christmas to sip on! Probably best served as an after dinner drink.

Remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and remember: “Don’t watch bad movies unless you have good cocktails.”


Cocktails and Movies Cocktail #3: Cranberry Spiced Cocktail

by Tim Barley

Gear up for Thanksgiving with this easy cocktail from Cocktails and Movies

cocktails and movies holiday cocktails spiced cranberry cocktailI’m not a HUGE fan of cranberries. They grow in bogs and you skim them off the surface by two men who don’t really look like they have their crap together, if the Ocean Spray commercials are any indication… But, they’re supposedly really, really good for you, and cranberry juice DOES make a great mixer for cocktails. And, hey, you’ve got the cranberries already for your big Turkey Day feast. Why  not use them? This cocktail is more of a project than I prefer, but a great way to mix cocktails and movies with friends at home. Maybe you can enjoy one of our “Take Out Theater” suggestions.

So, call some friends, make a big batch of cocktails and watch the sun go down over the Pacific… (West Coast and Western FL residents only.)

The Drink:

Cranberry Spiced Cocktail


1 oz Spiced Cranberry Syrup
2 oz Vodka
2 oz Club Soda


To make the cranberry syrup:

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
12 whole allspice berries
12 whole cloves
1 – 1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
3 cinnamon sticks
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries

cocktails and movies holiday cocktails spiced cranberry cocktailPlace water, sugar, allspice, cloves, ginger and cinnamon in a small saucepan.  Bring to a simmer. As soon as the sugar has dissolved, add the cranberries. Bring to a boil until the berries have popped. About 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep for one hour. Strain mixture through a fine sieve. Gently press with the back of a rubber spatula to get all the juices out.

Pour the Spiced Cranberry syrup and vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass of ice and top with the Club Soda. Garnish with cranberries.

So there you have it, everyone! Mix these up for a large group and sit back and enjoy a movie, and remember to drink in moderation and NEVER drink and drive.

Happy Holidays from us at Cocktails and Movies!  (Remember to share this and all our other holiday-centric posts from Facebook and Twitter to be eligible to win free stuff from Cocktails and Movies.)