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Coole Yule

Some things just taste like Christmas. Candy canes. Gingerbread cookies. Our Alaskan boyfriend, Chad.

But we’ve found something even more hall-decking delicious: Coole Swan Premium Irish Cream Liqueur. They sent us a bottle to sample and let’s just say, it lasted about as long as our tolerance for the Alvin and the Chipmunks “squeakquel”: mere minutes.

Chill a bottle in the refrigerator (not the freezer, which we discovered the hard way) and serve in a chilled martini glass for a fool-proof, no-mix cocktail. That’s because it’s already a blend of double Irish Cream, Single Malt Irish Whiskey, real chocolate, Madagascan vanilla and bittersweet cocoa. The result is a delightfully complex, velvety smooth combination of flavors that meld to create what tastes like the richest, most decadent vanilla milk shake ever.

The creamy profile makes it a blank canvas for creating your own cocktail masterpiece. We put it in a shaker with chilled chocolate-infused vodka then served it in a chilled martini glass.

But one of our favorite concoctions was two parts Coole Swan with one part Coca-Cola over ice. It was like an old-fashioned Coke Float with a nice alcoholic kick (which reminds us, our shins are still bruised from that alcoholic who kicked us at Karaoke Saturday night. Who knew our interpretive dance version of Poke Her Face would be so controversial).

Coole Swan was just awarded the “Best of Show Liqueur” at the World Spirits Competition, or as we call it, “Tuesday afternoon.” So it has even more cachet than just our humble endorsement (alas, we have no Gay List gold medallions…but that’s not a bad idea).

Cheers to a great (tipsy) holiday season!

www.cooleswan.com

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