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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


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


  • 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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Cocktails and Movies 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails #5: Irish Gold

by Tim Barley

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

Cocktails and Movies 12 days of Christmas Cocktails - five irish goldsI’ve flow 3/4 of the way across the country to find myself in Mid-Michigan for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop bringing cocktails to the flock. Clearing my parents out of their kitchen and rummaging through their paltry bar has led me to walk through the snowy streets to the local supermarket and stock up on cocktail supplies! Now, back inside the balmy 68 degrees of my parents’ house, I’ve decided upon the 5th day of Christmas cocktail: Five Irish Gold (Rings).

So far, Senior Writer Mike Reyes and I have given you: Four Blackbirds, Three French Martinis, Two Turtle Doves, a Cranberry-Pear Bellini. Today, we find ourself mid week (on Harrumph Day) and we have a hankering for a gold Irish Whiskey.

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

Cocktails and Movies Holiday Cocktails #18: Whiskey Rum Eggnog

by Tim Barley

The Whiskey Rum Eggnog, or how I got an “A” in short film class…

cocktails and movies EggnogA long time ago, in a state far away, I finally settled on a major after passing through business, psychology, and education. The recurring theme in those majors was math. Once a pretty solid math student, my brain made a major shift toward circular and creative thinking somewhere in my teens and math became my Achille’s Heel. So, in my sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin, I found my love of film. In my junior  year, I started the first of my three hands-on film classes. It was the days before the end of the first Fall semester. The day we were to share our projects with our class, I brought two gallons of spiked eggnog to share with the professor and the class. Needless to say that I got an “A” and around this time, what would someday become “Cocktails and Movies” was born.

Cocktails and Movies Holiday Cocktail #14: First Snow

by Mike Reyes

Fight The Cold Weather With A Cold Drink!

cocktails and movies first snow cocktailWe were warned, we were hyped, and we were teased that the first snowfall of the season would be today. And like a pop star on construction equipment, the weather hit and it hit moderately hard. It’s cold, it’s messy, and I have to make it to work for my first day at the new job tomorrow. This situation, at face value, sucks. However, upon closer inspection, I have a bottomless DVD collection and books of cocktail recipes to keep me busy during the snowbound evening. And what better cocktail to celebrate the first snow of the season with than Schiller’s Liquor Bar’s own First Snow cocktail? Please be warned, this recipe IS a little involved. But you’re more than likely sitting at home, waiting out the storm. In which case, where are YOU going in such a hurry?

First Snow

“We wanted a Cocktail that would re-create the wonder and magic of the season’s first snow” – pg. 12, Schiller’s Liquor Bar: Cocktail Collection – Seasonal Drinks

First Snow
Superfine Bar Sugar (for rimming)
1 1/4 oz. Rye Whisky
1 1/4 oz. Winter Syrup*
1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 Cinnamon Stick, for garnish
Winter Syrup(pg. 70, Schiller’s Liquor Bar: Cocktail Collection – The Bartender’s Guide)

Makes Approximately 1 Pint

2 cups Water
2 cups Granulated Sugar
2 whole Cinnamon Sticks
1/2 tsp. ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground Allspice
1/8 tsp. White Peppercorns
1/8 tsp. cloves

Winter Syrup
Place the Water, Sugar, Cinnamon Sticks, Nutmeg, Allspice, Peppercorns, and Cloves in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the Water is just below boiling, stirring well to ensure that all the Sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the Syrup to cool to room temperature. Transfer the syrup to a clean Mason jar, seal tightly, and refrigerate. After 1 week, strain out the Cinnamon sticks, Peppercorns, and Cloves. Return the syrup to a clean Mason jar, seal tightly, and refrigerate. It will last for about 1 month in the refrigerator.
First Snow
 Rim a martini glass with Sugar and set aside. Pour the Whisky, Winter Syrup, and Cranberry Juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 15-20 seconds, and strain into the Sugar rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a Cinnamon Stick.
As with all of the Schiller’s Liquor Bar recipes we have (and will) feature, I have to thank Lauren Kuhn and Kevin Sweeting over at Crown Publishing for their generosity in giving us a copy of this awesome collection of cocktail manuals. Click the picture to whisk yourself away to Amazon.com, so that you may pick up a copy for yourself or as one of the best gifts of this holiday season.

Cocktails and Movies Cocktail #5: Hot and Nutty Whiskey Sour

by Tim Barley

Raining and cold where you live? (LA). Try this on for size.

cocktails and movies hot and nutty whiskey sourKeeping this one short today. 1. I have a slight hangover thanks to friends’ awesome turkey dinner and what appeared to be an unlimited wine rack and solid 23 year aged rum, and 2. it’s raining and cold and all I really want to do is curl up under a blanket and see what’s onDemand today…

So, to take the edge off the aforementioned hangover and to keep me warm, I’ve picked this little warm concoction for all of you to enjoy:

The Drink:

Hot and Nutty Whiskey Sour

  • 3/4 cup Nocello, or other walnut-flavored liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cups whiskey or bourbon, such as Maker’s Mark
  • 3/4 cup Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
Bring Nocello, whiskey, simple syrup, and lemon juice to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Divide among 4 mugs, and garnish each with a cinnamon stick.

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.)