Deliciously Elegant Washington Apple

Deliciously Elegant Washington Apple

It’s Whiskey Season Out There

This Washington Apple cocktail is an elegant addition to any holiday cocktail menu. With the taste of crisp apple and cranberry, this cocktail is sure to be on your wishlist.

Drink of the Week: Washington Apple

As the adage goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and today we’re mixing up a cocktail to put it to the test. This Washington Apple cocktail is a yummy blend of crisp apple, cranberry, and whiskey. You can make this cocktail neat or over ice, and with the Summer-like temperatures that we’ve been having in coastal Carolina, we’ll take it on ice.

I was introduced to this cocktail by a girlfriend of mine, who is finishing up college this month [Kudos!]. She ordered it at the bar one night when we were having a girl’s night out. I had been nursing my Vodka Collins as we were talking, and she offered me a sip. It had a bite to it. The kind I like. So it has earned a spot in our Drink of the Week spotlight.

I can be a bit picky when it comes to flavored whiskey. You might remember the issue I had with Tennessee Honey a while back that led to the birth of the Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea. But Crown Royal® Apple is one of the exceptions. It might not be my favorite apple whiskey, but it is one of the better ones I’ve tried.

Pretty much every bartender I know makes a Washington Apple using Pucker® Sour Apple Schnapps. Truthfully, you can’t go wrong with that. You can really use whatever brand of Sour Apple Schnapps you want, I used some DeKuyper® I had left over from Thanksgiving. I typically keep Peach and Apple Schnapps in the liquor cabinet as a standard.

Now let’s show you how you make this delicious Washington Apple cocktail!

 

Washington Apple

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Crown Royal Apple Whiskey
  • 2¼ Ounces Sour Apple Schnapps
  • 3 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • Orange Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks/Old Fashioned Glass
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Washington Apple on the rocks: Pour apple whiskey, sour apple schnapps, and cranberry juice over ice in a rocks glass. Stir together until chilled. Garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy!

Washington Apple neat: Pour apple whiskey, sour apple schnapps, and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled. Pour into a chilled rocks glass, and garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 268 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 20 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

This Washington Apple cocktail is an elegant addition to any holiday cocktail menu.

 

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Cranberry Whiskey Buck

The Holiday Season Begins with Cranberry and Whiskey

This fizzy pairing of whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice will be a pleasure to your taste buds.

Try this Brio Drink of the Week: the Cranberry Whiskey Buck

Cranberry juice. It is the mixer we all come to love in our early drinking years, where vodka cranberries were common and we didn’t know that it could get any more sophisticated than that. Well, we’ve introduced you to the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, now we’d like to serve you this Cranberry Whiskey Buck.

Bucks are a family of cocktails where an alcohol is mixed with ginger ale or ginger beer and citrus juice. You may have already experienced one if you’ve ever enjoyed a Moscow Mule, which is also known as a Vodka Buck. If you’d like to try another buck cocktail, try our Irish Buck, which is a delicious blend of Jameson, ginger ale, and lime juice.

In the case of this Cranberry Whiskey Buck, whiskey is paired with ginger ale and cranberry juice. This fizzy pairing makes for a delicious fall flavored cocktail. Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of fizzy drinks, but I rather like this one. I’m starting to think whiskey just goes with everything. Water, cider, Coke, root beer, lime/lemon, and now cranberry juice.

This Cranberry Whiskey Buck cocktail is the elegant cocktail you will want to serve to your guests this Thanksgiving.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Whiskey Buck!

 

Cranberry Whiskey Buck

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Whiskey
  • 1 Ounce Ginger Ale
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • Cranberries for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/ Strainer

 

Preparation

Cranberry Whiskey Buck: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour in whiskey, ginger ale, and cranberry juice. Shake until chilled, about 30 seconds or so. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a couple of fresh cranberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 140 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 25

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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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How to make the classic Manhattan cocktail

Making A Classic Manhattan

The Manhattan. In a word, classic.

When you think of sophisticated cocktails the Manhattan should be first on your mind. We’ll tell you why.

Making A Classic Manhattan

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The Manhattan Cocktail. In a word, classic. The drink has been around for over a century and has managed to maintain its popularity throughout the years. There have been countless takes on the famous drink; therefore, making it difficult to pin down the original recipe or origin.

The tales about the creation of the Manhattan begin with the drink being created in New York City’s Manhattan Club when Lady Randolph Churchill hosted a party there in the 1870’s. However, this is most likely false as she was supposedly pregnant and in Europe at the time.

Another story about the origin is much more plausible. William F. Mulhall, a bartender at the famous Hoffman House, wrote in the 1880’s that “The Manhattan cocktail was invented by a man named Black, who kept a place ten doors below Houston Street on Broadway in the 1860s.”

Over the years, many versions of drinks similar to the Manhattan were created. In 1948, in David A. Embury’s book, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, a recipe was published that is now considered the “classic” Manhattan Cocktail. The recipe stated “5 parts American whiskey, 1 part Italian vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters, stirred with ice, strained into a cocktail glass and garnished with a maraschino cherry.”

Even though the recipe for the Manhattan has been debated over the years, the main ingredients in the cocktail have remained the same: whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Rye whiskey was first used in the cocktail and later Canadian whiskey due to Prohibition. As the drink has evolved over the centuries, many different whiskeys have been used. Sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters were used in the original cocktail, but spins on the drink have also used dry vermouth and different kinds of bitters. Now lastly, the cherry on top! Maraschino cherries were introduced in the U.S. around 1900 and have since then been used to garnish the drink.

The Manhattan can be served straight or on the rocks and in a martini glass, lowball, or in a coupe, which truly makes the cocktail a versatile drink. Additionally, the Manhattan is stirred, not shaken. There are many variations on the Manhattan including cocktails like the Rob Roy, which uses blended or single malt Scotch Whiskey instead of Rye Whiskey.

Here’s how you make a Classic Manhattan.

 

The Manhattan

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Rye Whiskey
  • ½ Ounce Dry Vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino Cherry and/or Lemon Peel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Martini, Lowball, or Coupe Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Strainer
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

The Manhattan: Pour ingredients into a mixing glass half filled with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled glass of choice. Garnish with a cherry, lemon peel, or both.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 1

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5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

5 Essential Scotch Cocktails To Know

These are 5 essential Scotch cocktails that every whiskey lover should know how to make.

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

 


 

Rob Roy

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

A Rob Roy, or Scotch Manhattan, is a forgotten classic cocktail that really needs a resurgence. Here’s what you’ll need to make a Rob Roy.

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

How to make a Rob Roy Cocktail

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!

 

The Godfather

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Michael Dietsch / Recipe from // Serious Eats

Cousin on the Rusty Nail, the Godfather is on the sweet side of whiskey cocktails. No one’s really sure how it got its name, but it will make you feel like a Big Boss with every sip.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Scotch Whiskey
  • 1⁄2 Ounce Amaretto
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

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

How to make the Godfather Cocktail

Fill a mixing glass with about 2/3 worth of ice. Pour in whiskey and amaretto. Stir until chilled [at least 30 seconds] and strain over ice in a scotch glass. Divertiti!

 

The Mamie Taylor

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Flickr: reeselloyd [Via Creative Commons] / Recipe from // LA Mag

This version of a Mamie Taylor is from the menu of mixologist, Marcos Tello. With a heaping help of Scotch, this cocktail is sure to please even the most discerning whiskey cocktail enthusiast.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch
  • Ginger Beer
  • 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
  • Juice of Half a Lime
  • Candied Ginger for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Jigger
  • Bar Spoon

How to make the Mamie Taylor Cocktail

Add whiskey and lime juice to a highball glass. Add ice, and top with ginger beer. Stir together and garnish with candied ginger. Enjoy!

 

The Sherlock & Watson

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Molly Wizenberg / Recipe from // Food52

I’ve said it numerous times before and I’ll say it again: Whiskey loves tea! It’s only elementary, my good Watson. Now pass me the Scotch.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Scotch Whiskey
  • 1⁄2 Earl Gery Syrup [get instructions here]
  • 1⁄2 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Dashes Scrappy’s cardamom bitters
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer
  • Bar Spoon

How to make a Sherlock & Watson Cocktail

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist. Enjoy!

 

Penicillin

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Farideh Sadeghin / Recipe from // Saveur

This cocktail is much more enjoyable than a shot of its namesake medicine.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • 1 1⁄2 Ounces Single Malt Scotch
  • 3⁄4 Ounce Honey Ginger Syrup [get instructions here]
  • 3⁄4 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Candied Ginger for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Scotch Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer
  • Bar Spoon

How to make the Penicillin Cocktail

Add blended scotch, lemon juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a scotch glass pver ice. Top with single malt scotch and garnish with candided ginger. Enjoy!

 

 

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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

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Best Adult Root Beer Floats With Stewart's Root Beer and Jack Daniel's Whiskey

Seriously Delicious Whiskey Root Beer Floats

Who Says Kids Get All The Good Stuff?

Root beer floats are a childhood favorite, but this Whiskey Root Beer Float will get your inner child turnt.

Whiskey Root beer Float With Stewart's Root Beer and Jack Daniel's Whiskey

I love root beer floats. I also love whiskey. I’m a big kid at heart, so when I have the opportunity to turn a childhood favorite into a cocktail indulgence – I’m going to make it happen. Much like tea, whiskey and root beer were meant for each other.

Sometimes known as a Lynchburg Beer, the combination of Jack Daniel’s and root beer is actually quite delicious. Sometimes mixing Jack with sodas, like Coke or Sprite, can make it incredibly sweet, which will lead to one wicked hangover.

But root beer stands apart from other sodas because it has a unique spice palate that pairs well with whiskey, like Jack Daniel’s.

If you’d like to try Jack and root beer before making these root beer floats, fill a rocks glass partway with ice. Pour in 2 ounces Jack and top with 4 ounces root beer. Stir together and take a sip. If the whiskey is a little overpowering for you, add more root beer to taste.

I could have cut corners and just used Not Your Father’s Root Beer and ice cream, but it just didn’t do enough for me [Believe me I tried it]. My uncle introduced me to Stewart’s Root Beer, and it was love at first sip. It made the perfect partner for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey in this adult root beer creation.

For this recipe, I used Turkey Hill’s French Vanilla, but by no means does that mean not to go with another vanilla if you like it. You could make this Whiskey Root Beer Float recipe with your choice of Vanilla, Chocolate, or even Coffee ice cream and you will melt into bliss. Add some whipped cream and chocolate sauce and you have a party.

 

Whiskey Root Beer Floats

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
  • 2 12 Ounce Bottles Stewart’s Root Beer
  • 2-3 Scoops French Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Whipped Cream [Optional]
  • Hot Fudge or Chocolate Sauce [Optional – Highly Recommended]

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Beer Mug
  • Ice Cream Scooper
  • Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Whiskey Root Beer Floats: Chill a beer glasses in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove glasses from freezer and add one scoop of ice cream to the bottom of each glass. Pour chilled Stewart’s Root Beer and whiskey over the ice cream. Stir together. Add one to two more scoops of ice cream to mixture. Top with whipped topping, hot fudge or chocolate sauce. Got nuts add sprinkles! Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 330 Fat (g) 4 Saturated Fat (g) 2 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 70 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 66 Protein (g) 4 Sodium (mg) 120

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Drink of the Week: Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

So long ginger ale, whiskey has a new best friend.

We are continuing to grow our collection of Boozy Iced Tea Drink of the Week cocktails for National Iced Tea Month. This week, we’re putting an iced tea spin on the classic Whiskey Ginger. Your obsession with whiskey and tea just got upgraded with this Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea.

Drink of the Week: Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

About a month ago, someone had given me a bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey to try out. I like Whiskey Gingers, so I decided to try it in place of my go-to bottle of Irish Whiskey. Needless to say, I did not care for the combination of the honey whiskey and ginger ale. It wasn’t that it tasted too sweet, I like sweet things to an extent, but it was the carbonation that got to me really.

Determined to find a way to drink it, I ventured into my tea cabinet. One night, I got the idea to add the Tennessee Honey into a hot toddy that I made with ginger tea. I thought it paired very well with the spicy essence of ginger in the tea.

Ginger tea is a natural digestive aid, and many folks drink ginger tea with honey and lemon as a weight loss supplement. There are many benefits to eating ginger root and drinking ginger tea, including relieving gas and heartburn. Something you might deal with a lot this summer after attending a few backyard cookouts or block parties. Ginger also is used in many cold remedies, as it helps to boost the immune system. Which is why it is one of my favorite teas to drink during allergy season.

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So I decided to try making a Whiskey Ginger again, but instead of ginger ale, I made it with freshly brewed ginger tea and lemon juice over ice. This combination was far more appetizing, and after a few tweaks to the recipe, the Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea Toddy was born! I did think about naming this the Whiskey Sweet, a play off the Whiskey Sour, but Nah.

This Iced Toddy is great for soothing sore throats after a late night of summer concerts and is a delicious little energy booster. As a drink of the week cocktail, this Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea is different that our other iced tea cocktails as it can be enjoyed both hot or iced. I plan to enjoy it iced this summer, and hopefully, you’ll raise your Drink of the Week glasses with me to National Iced Tea Month with a cold Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea. Cheers!

Be sure to check out all of our Iced Tea Cocktails throughout the month of June.

 

Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea

Yields: 1 to 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey
  • 6 Ounces Ginger Tea
  • 1 Ounces Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Simple Syrup To Taste****
  • Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Ginger Tea: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a pitcher with about 1 to 2 tea bags, or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, or strainer, and pour into glasses over ice. Chill tea in the Fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

Whiskey Ginger-Honey Iced Tea: Remove glasses from fridge, and add Tennessee Honey and Lemon juice to chilled ginger tea. ****Take a sip, if it is not sweet enough for you add in some simple syrup gradually by teaspoons until desired sweetness. Stir together, and add more ice to glass as desired. Garnish with lemon slices, squeeze them for extra lemon flavor. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 134 Fat (g) 0.3 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 125 Carbohydrates (g) 8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.8 Total Sugars (g) 1.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

 

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The Perfect Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Drink of the Week: Bourbon Arnold Palmer

National Iced Tea Month just got Drink of the Week-ified!

We are celebrating National Iced Tea Month with a collection of Drinks of the Week that are specially brewed with tea and spirits. We’ll be featuring a new iced tea cocktail each week during the month of June. Our Iced Tea Cocktails are sure to brighten your summer and dazzle your tastebuds.

In the Western World, black tea is typically what you will find brewed for Iced Tea. Folks will argue it’s a sin to cold brew black tea, as you lose some of its attributes. White and Green teas are better suited for Iced Tea. But for now, there’s not a real reason to be too picky about it, unless you are a hardcore tea aficionado.

This Bourbon Arnold Palmer is a delicious combination of Earl Grey Tea, Fresh Lemonade, and Bourbon. A traditional Arnold Palmer is made with Black Tea, so we used an Earl Grey tea, like Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme Black Tea. Once again, we opted for fresh lemonade for this recipe, because 1) Nothing is as good as freshly made and 2) All that extra sugar is really bad for you. An Arnold Palmer is supposed to be a little sweet and a little tart, so I do not recommend using sweet tea for the Bourbon Arnold Palmer. Sweet Tea ruins it a bit, so let the simple syrup do sweetening the work for you.

When it comes to American Whiskey, I personally have an internal war between Kentucky Bourbon and Tennesse Whiskey. Jim Beam Black® is pretty good, but I have an unholy love affair with Jack Daniel’s® Green Label Whiskey, especially in a Hot Toddy. So for this recipe, I picked the Jim Bean but you can substitute any Bourbon you like.

Grab your shades and sit down for a cold refreshing Drink of the Week. It’s summer out there!

 

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Yields: 8-10 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 8 Ounces Bourbon
  • 28 Ounces Earl Grey Tea
  • 28 Ounces Fresh Lemonade
  • Simple Syrup To Taste
  • Lemon for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Pitcher
  • Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Earl Grey Tea: Fill a kettle with 28 Ounces (3.5 cups) of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a pitcher with about 4 tea bags, or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, or strainer, and chill tea in the Fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

Bourbon Arnold Palmer: Remove prepared Iced Tea pitcher from the fridge. Then add fresh lemonade and bourbon to the Iced Tea. Add in a few cups of ice and stir together. Pour into prepared glasses and garnish drinks with lemon wheel or wedge. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 150 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

 

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