The Buzz

Celebrate with cocktails full of flavor and history.

Stories Debbie Hall

If you want to keep the party going, this month gives you great excuses to do just that. In January alone, we get to celebrate National Bloody Mary Day, National Hot Buttered Rum Day, and Irish Coffee Day. Explore these recipes and expand your drink palate into the new year.

One Way to Wake Up

Bloody Mary Day: January 1st

A Bloody Mary combines vodka, tomato juice, spices, and flavorings, including Worcestershire sauce, hot sauces, garlic, herbs, horseradish, celery, olives, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, lime juice, and celery salt. Legend has it that the Bloody Mary was invented in the 1920s in a bar in Paris or in the 1930s in a bar in New York City, depending on who is telling the tale.

Raise one to the Sun Bloody Mary

Courtesy of Constellation Catering /


3 ounces vodka
Splash of Worcestershire sauce
Splash of lemon juice
Splash of Tabasco sauce
Splash of steak sauce
Dash of pepper
8 ounces tomato juice
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Dried orange slice

  • Pour vodka into a
  • pint glass with ice.
  • Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, steak sauce, and pepper.
  • Add tomato juice and
  • stir vigorously.
  • Garnish with cherry tomatoes and a dried orange slice.

Uphold the Tradition

Hot Buttered Rum Day: January 17

There is still a chill in the air, and hot buttered rum takes the sting out of colder temps. This mixed drink contains rum, butter, cider, and various spices. The original drink dates back to the colonial days. Today Collins Hot Buttered Rum cocktail mix (pictured at right) makes it easy to whip up and enjoy this warm treat.

The Perfect Hot Buttered Rum

Courtesy of Collins Hot Buttered Rum


2 tablespoons Collins Hot Buttered Rum cocktail mix
1½ ounces spiced rum
1 cup water
Cinnamon for garnish

  • Heat water in a pan, stir in Collins Hot Buttered Rum cocktail mix and rum.
  • Pour into a coffee mug and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • For a variation, top with whipped cream and Collins Orange Twist in Syrup.

A Kick in Your Coffee

Irish Coffee Day: January 25

Different variations of Irish coffee cocktails have been in existence for the past 100 years. Irish coffee is a drink blending hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred and then topped with cream. When the evening temperatures dip, this is the perfect way to end the night.

Original Irish Coffee


3 ounces hot, brewed coffee
1 ounce Irish whiskey
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ounce fresh cream

  • Heat the coffee, whiskey, and sugar in a pan without bringing it to a boil.
  • Pour into glass and top with cream.

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