Your Weekend Cocktails

   Because it is Friday the Thirteenth, we are taking a walk on the dark side this weekend with three devilish cocktails to make it through the weekend.


Friday Happy Hour: Doubly Unlucky

According to my sources (which, in this case, consists of me and my co-workers), since the advent of the calendar, Friday the Thirteenth has been seen as a rather inauspicious day. So let’s double down on the bad juju, sling back a few Black Cats and start this doubly dubious weekend off on the right foot.

 Black Cat shot - Hiram Walker

Black Cat

  • 1/3 part Kahlua
  • 1/3 part Hiram Walker Anisette
  • 1/3 part Tequila

Starting with Kahlua, slowly layer liquors into a shot glass, topping with tequilla.


*Recipe and image courtesy of Hiram Walker


Saturday, Bloody Saturday

Though the name of this next cocktail may sound ominous, I can assure you it is quite tasty. The Bloody Rum Punch, courtesy of Don Q Rum, is rich and hearty, something I imagine pirates may have imbibed on after a tough day o’plundering out in the Straights of Florida some 300 years ago.

   As the name suggests, the punch runs red, and the mix of wine and rum makes for a pretty booze-forward cocktail, so I would suggest clearing Saturday night’s schedule before dipping into this tipple.

 Bloody Rum Punch - Don Q Rum

Bloody Rum Punch

  • 1 bottle Don Q Cristal rum (750 ml)
  • ½ bottle of dry red wine (375 ml)
  • 6 oz. Cointreau
  • 6 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 6 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 limes, sliced into thin wheels
  • 2 blood oranges, sliced into thin wheels

In a large punch bowl, add all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Serve over ice in punch glasses.


*Recipe and image courtesy of Don Q Rum


Sunday Funday: Back from the Dead

After Friday’s and Saturday’s sips, a little pick-me-up is in order, and nothing says “hangover be gone” better than an old fashioned Corpse Reviver. What’s in a name you may ask? Well, everything, my friend. A cure-all for those foggy Sunday mornings, the Corpse Reviver is a “hair of the dog” remedy that’s sure to knock the sleep from your eyes. Corpse Reviver

   There are two trains of thought on this classic cocktail: Come original with the cognac-based Calvados (apple brandy) heavy Corpse Reviver; or switch it up and get gin happy with an absinthe accent for the Corpse Reviver #2. Both are great in their own right, but my personal preference leans toward the gin. Enjoy, my walking dead brethren! 


Corpse Reviver

  • 2 oz. cognac
  • 1 oz. Calvados (apple brandy)
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 Corpse Reviver #2 - Hendrick's Gin

  • Corpse Reviver #2
  • 1 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 dash of absinthe

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry or a twist of lemon.


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Tools of the Trade

Become a master mixologist, or at least look like one, with the tools that make the trade.

Your Weekend Cocktails - Tools to Make a Pro - Williams-Sonoma


  • Muddler: This little tenderizing stick is a godsend and a must for any home bar. If fruity cocktails are in your future, the muddler is the only way to unlock fruits’ flavor.
  • Handheld Citrus Juicer: Nothing beats freshly squeezed juice, but it can be a pain. Invest in a handheld citrus juicer; they are cheap and do the trick tout de suite.
  • Cocktail Shaker: Don’t be a chump stirring your martini like a noob; purchase a nice shaker and become a master home barkeep.
  • Jigger: This little apparati will make mixing the perfect drink as easy as pie. It’s equipped with 1½ oz. and 1 oz. cups for perfectly measured pours every time.

*Pictured available at Williams-Sonoma

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