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Heapy House Cocktail for Christmas

The Heapy House salad has been at every Christmas celebration since I can remember. It’s a typical Jell-O salad that any grandmother might make and bring to Christmas dinner. My Grandmother was the main “chef” and as far as I know the creator of the Heapy House Salad. I’ve made it multiple time since her passing and I think I’ve succeeded once in the those 9 years to make a passable version.

Grandma’s Recipe for Heapy House Salad

For Christmas I wanted to re-create the Heapy House Salad as a cocktail. There are some flavors that stand out in the recipe above: peach, pineapple, lime and whipped cream. I was recently introduced to whipped vodka (whipped vodka and any fruity drink go well together) and it really makes this cocktail work as intended.

Below is the recipe that I came up with. It’s a big drink but you can do the math to create a smaller size.

  • 2oz Vodka
  • 3/4 oz whipped vodka
  • 3/4 oz creme de peach
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz Dole pineapple juice

This recipe has been field tested and approved by but some found it too sweet. They key is that it tastes like the original Christmas Jell-O salad.

Check out this version of the Jell-O salad as well.

Hof’s Hut Autumn Daydream Cocktail

So, I had one of the best cocktails that I’ve ever had at the most unlikely of places, Hof’s Hut.  Yes, Hof’s Hut.   The local Hof’s Hut had advertised a cocktail called the Autumn Daydream in it’s fall menu.  It is a mixture of Maker’s Mark, lemon juice, apple juice and cinnamon syrup.  I had the opportunity to have a couple of them and had to reproduce the blessed elixir.  Here’s what I came up with.

First, you’re going to have to make or procure cinnamon simple syrup. I made my own with the linked recipe.  It is great in numerous recipes and is really delicious in this cocktail.  Here is the complete recipe.

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz Apple Juice
  • 1 oz Cinnamon Syrup

Shake the cocktail and enjoy over ice.

My buddy Ty Smith asked, “Who the f goes to Hof’s Hut and gets a cocktail?”.  He’s also the guy that said that this is one of the best cocktails that I’ve come up with. While not a Russ Turley original, my version is every bit as delicious as the original.