Super Tasty Irish Coffee to get you through Winter

Super Tasty Irish Coffee

Warm Cocktails for the Winter Win

It’s cold outside. Let’s get cozy and we’ll show you how to whip up this super tasty Irish Coffee!

Super Tasty Irish Coffee to get you through Winter

As soon as Christmas lights go up, we whip out the hot cocktails. From toddies to coffee cocktails, winter opens up a new world of warm and sometimes chocolatey cocktails, and this Irish Coffee recipe is one of my absolute favorites.

The Irish coffees I’ve had in the past have always been made with either dark or medium roast coffee. Sometimes, I think the dark roast is better offset by sweet whipped cream than the medium roast. So for this recipe, I’ll give you the option to try it with either dark or medium roast. I typically like my coffee high test, but I experimented using a dark chocolate infused coffee and it was phenomenal.

Floating heavy cream on Irish coffee can take some practice to make it “picture perfect.” So don’t fret if it doesn’t look like the pictures do. If the heavy cream is whipped properly it will float. It took me a few tries to get it right and for it to not just fall in like a creamer. To do it, gently spoon on the whipping cream, making sure to get it about an inch thick. You can do it, I believe in you.

Now let’s show you how you make this super tasty Irish Coffee recipe!

Irish Coffee

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 4 Ounces Fresh Coffee [Either Medium or Dark Roast]
  • 1¾ Ounces Irish Whiskey
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • Heavy Cream, Lightly Whipped
  • Chocolate Powder for Garnish
  • Cinnamon Stick for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Irish Coffee Glass
  • Spoon

Preparation

Irish Coffee: Pour piping hot coffee into an Irish Coffee glass until it is about ¾ of the way full. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and stir until completely dissolved. Add in the whiskey, and float the lightly whipped heavy cream to top it off. Garnish with chocolate powder and cinnamon stick if desired. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 210 Fat (g) 9 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

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5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails

We absolutely love these whiskey cocktails, and you should too!

If you don’t know these 5 whiskey cocktails, then you don’t know Jack. That’s a little whiskey humor there for you. Earlier we did a blog post of 5 of Scotch cocktails every whiskey lover should know, and we are back to give you more. We absolutely love these 5 cheers worthy whiskey cocktails, and you should too! Here’s why!

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails

 


 

Whiskey Sour

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails - The Whiskey Sour

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

If you’ve never had a whiskey cocktail before, a whiskey sour is a great place to start. It’s a great blend of whiskey, lemon juice, and a bit of sweetness that you might be looking for in a good cocktail. Americans have an almost natural affinity for good whiskey, which is why we have a long history with the stuff. The Whiskey Sour shares a common history with the Gimlet on the high seas when scurvy was common among sailors. American sailors would put lime and lemon juices in their whiskey to prevent vitamin C deficiency. It was bartender, Jerry Thomas who later would refine the recipe to the classic whiskey sour that we know today. Egg whites were not introduced until later to add a frothiness to the cocktial, but it always remains optional.

Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 2 Ounces Good Whiskey
  • 1 Ounce Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Cherry for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • Old Fashioned Glasses
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make a Whiskey Sour

Add the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a Cocktail Shaker with ice. Shake together. Fill an old fashioned or rocks glass with crushed ice [regular ice works too]. Strain over ice, and garnish with a cherry.

 

The New Yorker

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails - The New Yorker

Image / Recipe from // Greg Henry – SippitySup

If you are a fan of an Old Fashioned, then the New Yorker is right in your wheel house. Like it’s cousin the Manhattan, the New Yorker falls into the class of whiskey cocktails that got its name from the Big Apple. New Yorkers must really have a thing for whiskey.

Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 1½ Ounces Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 Dash Grenadine Syrup
  • Orange & Lemon Twists for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • Old Fashioned Glasses
  • Long Spoon

How to make a New Yorker

Pour whiskey and lime juice over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Add sugar and grenadine syrup. Stir together, and garnish with the twist peels.

 

Whiskey Ginger [Ale]

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails - The Whiskey Ginger

Image / Recipe from // Jameson Whiskey

Closely related to the Horse’s Neck and the Presbyterian, the whiskey ginger is a two ingredient cocktail that every whiskey lover has probably had in some way shape or form before. It’s because the cocktail is so versatile. There are many versions and off shoots of it. This recipe from Jameson Whiskey is called the Jameson Ginger and lime. You’ll want a good quality ginger ale if you want to stick to the recipe and use Jameson Whiskey. Blenheim is a good choice. We don’t know why ginger ale and whiskey came together, but it’s been a happy marriage.

Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 2 Ounces Whiskey
  • Ginger Ale
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • Highball Glass

How to make a Whiskey Ginger

Add ice to a Highball glass, and pour in whiskey. Top with ginger ale. Squeeze the lime and pop it into the drink.

 

The Irish Redhead

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails - The Jameson Irish Redhead

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

This cocktail is great for our Jameson lovers out there. The Irish Redhead has a flavor palate that is similar to a Whiskey Ginger. You could even substitute the club soda for ginger ale if you want a spicier kick. After all, whiskey and ginger are kind of a match made in heaven.

Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 3 Ounces Jameson Whiskey
  • 1 Ounces Grenadine
  • 6 Ounces Club Soda
  • 1/2 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • Cherries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • Scotch Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon

How to make an Irish Redhead

Fill Scotch glass with ice as desired. In a mixing glass, mix together Jameson, grenadine, and lemon and lime juices. Pour into the glass, and top with club soda or ginger ale. Add a cherry on top.

 

The Witty Comeback

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails - The Witty Comeback

Image // Alex Lau / Recipe from // Dan Saltzstein – bon appetit

As far as whiskey drinks go, this one has a name worthy of some intrigue. The recipe was the brain child of Dan Saltzstein, and later named by Michael Y. Park – who should name all cocktails for now on. This cocktail pairs rye whiskey with Averna amaro, and Italian liquor that has citrusy herbal notes. You are in for a treat if you’ve never had the chance to try it. In Dan’s recipe, he suggests using Old Overholt rye whiskey. Old Overholt is one of those “bottom shelf” whiskeys that you hear a lot of good things about. It’s not bad for the price tag, and if you don’t end up liking the Witty Comeback, it tastes good with ginger ale.

Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 2 Ounces Rye Whiskey
  • ½ Ounce Averna amaro
  • ½ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Ginger Simple Syrup
  • Cherry for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • Coupe or Old Fashioned Glasses
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make The Witty Comeback

Combine rye, Averna, lemon juice, and ginger simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Shake about 30 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass or a old-fashioned glass filled with ice and garnish with orange twist.

 

 

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Making a Classic Whiskey Sour

Ultimate Whiskey Sour Recipe

Making A Classic Whiskey Sour

A good whiskey sour never goes out of style. Grab your whiskey and we’ll show you how to make a classic whiskey sour.

Drink of the week: Classic Whiskey Sour

Happy National Whiskey Sour Day Brio drink of the week lovers! In respect of this delicious holiday, we are going to show you how to whip up this classic Whiskey Sour recipe. No Frills. No Fuss. No Coconuts. Seriously. There will be no fruity twist on this classic on my watch….well besides the cherry on top.

I’m a girl who loves her whiskey. I think it’s important for us ladies to find a whiskey we like. It opens you up to a whole new world of cocktails. We’ve actually done a few whiskey cocktails in the past where I am very specific on the bottling. That way you can explore a bit, and if you don’t happen to like that whiskey you can always try another.

With a whiskey sour, I’m a little more lenient. My go-to’s for a whiskey sour are Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey and Jameson Irish Whiskey. However, there are some Canadian whiskeys that make a good whiskey sour, like Pike Creek. I like Pike Creek, it has a little bit of a sweet finish to it. If you are new to Canadian whiskey, it’s a good place to start.

Some individuals commit the vile sin of using cheap store bought Sour Mix when they make a Whiskey Sour. If you are currently using Master of Mixes, I pray for your misguided villainous souls. If you want good cocktails at home – Stop that right now!

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Any decent bartender will tell you that a good whiskey sour is made with fresh lemon juice, not sour mix. Bars that use sour mix cannot afford fresh ingredients, so when you make it fresh the cocktail will taste much different – better even. Do yourself a favor and do not commit this sin.

Lastly, you can use either granulated sugar or simple syrup if you have it on hand to make a whiskey sour. [Read: Easy Made Simple Syrup Recipe] Some folks also put egg white in this cocktail, but it’s not necessary. I find it tastes better without it, and most bartenders don’t use it anymore in this cocktail.

Here is how to make a classic whiskey sour!

 

Whiskey Sour

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Good Whiskey
  • 1 Ounce Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Cherry for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glasses
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Whiskey Sour: Add the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a Cocktail Shaker with ice. Shake together. Fill an old fashioned or rocks glass with crushed ice [regular ice works too]. Strain over ice, and garnish with a cherry. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 162 Fat (g) 0.1 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 19.08 Carbohydrates (g) 13.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 13.5 Protein (g) 0.1 Sodium (mg) 65

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The Perfect Rob Roy Cocktail

Rob Roy Cocktail

A Cocktail Perfect For a Scottish Outlaw

The Rob Roy is an easy classic cocktail that every whiskey lover should know how to make.

How to make the perfect Rob Roy Cocktail

Rob Roy. We hold this truth to be self-evident: Not all classic cocktails are created equal! Some just so happen to be better than others. Sometimes referred to as the Scotch Manhattan, the Rob Roy is an easy scotch cocktail that every whiskey lover should know how to make.

Named after an operetta loosely based off of Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor, this whiskey cocktail was first crafted in 1894 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.

Unlike the traditional Manhattan, the Rob Roy is made with Scottish Whiskey and sweet vermouth. There are also variations of the Rob Roy recipe where you would use Dry Vermouth or a combination of half Dry and half Sweet Vermouth [called the Perfect Rob Roy].

Personally, I like to garnish my cocktails with brandied cherries instead of maraschino cherries. 1) Because I’m allergic to artificial preservatives found in most maraschino cherries and 2) I think maraschino cherries are overrated. Brandied cherries are amazing and they add something to cocktails that maraschino cherries just can’t do. Check out this recipe for brandied cherries from the Tasting Table.

As far as the bottling goes, our local ABC store has a wide selection of Scotch Whiskeys to choose from. So for our Rob Roy, I used a bottle of the Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whiskey. It’s not very sweet and I find it to be pretty smooth for this cocktail. I didn’t want to break the bank on Vermouth because of it’s very short shelf life so a $14 dollar bottle of Dolin Vermouth did the trick. You also can’t go wrong with Angostura bitters.

Celebrate National Scotch Day [07.27.16] with this cocktail fit for its namesake Scottish Outlaw. The Rob Roy cocktail is a forgotten classic cocktail masterpiece.

So let’s take a look on how to make a Rob Roy Cocktail.

 

Rob Roy

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • .75 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Brandied Cherries or Lemon Peel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemmed or Scotch Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

 

Preparation

Garnish: Remove a few brandied cherries from the jar, and put 2 or 3 cherries on a cocktail skewer. Set aside.

Alternatively, take a potato peeler and gently peel the peeler along the rind. Twist the peeled piece for added effect. Set aside.

Rob Roy: Pour sweet vermouth, scotch whiskey, and bitters into a mixing glass. Fill it with ice [the more ice the better for the next part]. Stir together for about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled stemmed or scotch glass. Garnish with brandied cherry skewer or lemon peel. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 145 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 21 Carbohydrates (g) 2 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

The Perfect Rob Roy Cocktail

 
 

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