The 10 Best Cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day

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Saint Patrick’s Day cocktails are often green or made with whiskey, and we absolutely love the creative mixology that is brought about by this holiday! Here are some of our favorite cocktails to get you in the Irish spirit.

10 of the best cocktails for Saint Patrick's Day

As soon as March comes around, the Brio Blog becomes host to a number of cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day. Some are your conventional green or Irish Whiskey cocktails, while others experiment with liquors you don’t typically associate with the Emerald Isle.

So, whether you’re looking for a signature cocktail for your Saint Patrick’s Day party, or just sick of boring green beer, this list of cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day is sure to put a jig in your step.

 

Irish Redhead

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

When it comes to Whiskey Cocktails, the Irish Redhead is simply one of our favorites. It’s also one of the Brio Blog’s most popular cocktail creations. With a flavor palate that is fairly similar to a Whiskey Ginger, the Irish Redhead cocktail gets its stamp of approval from our very own resident ginger.

 

Tipperary Cocktail

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When you want to put an Irish spin on any cocktail, it usually means adding in Irish Whiskey, and this Tipperary Cocktail did just that. Named after County Tipperary, this twist on the Bijou cocktail nixed gin in favor of Jameson and we couldn’t love it more!

 

Shamrock Sour Cocktail

Image // Brio Drink of the week / Recipe from // Pizzazzerie

This cocktail originally came to us from Courtney from Pizzazzerie. The Shamrock Sour recipe is a fun take on the traditional Whiskey Sour, which calls for Irish Whiskey and green food coloring. If you want a very green cocktail for Saint Patrick’s Day, this would be the one.

 

The Irish Derby

Image / Recipe from // Serious Eats

This cocktail might not be green, but it sure will do the trick. Irish whiskey is the star of this vintage cocktail mashup. Drink enough of these Derbies and you will surely be the life of the Céilí this Saint Patrick’s Day.

 

Basil Gin Smash

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

No need to go green with envy over someone else’s cocktail! The Basil Gin Smash makes a delicious Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail alternative for folks who aren’t fans of Whiskey. Made with Hendrick’s Gin, it ain’t your Daddy’s Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail.

 

Irish Julep

Image / Recipe from // Real House Moms

When it comes to making cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day, many are variations of American favorites, like this take on the Mint Julep. You never know, you might like it better this way.

 

Mint Gin Spritz

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

The Mint Gin Spritz is an excellent whiskey alternative for a Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail. It’s simple, a little green, and seriously refreshing. This herbaceous and effervescent cocktail is sure to tickle your fancy.

 

Irish Coffee

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

Who would like a Tipple for dessert? This Irish Coffee recipe is one of our absolute favorite nightcap cocktails. You’ll be cuddled up on the couch watching The Quiet Man enjoying this bevy in no time.

 

Irish Cream & Mint Iced Mocha

Image / Recipe from // Frugal Foodie Mama

If you have a bit of a cocktail sweet tooth, this Irish Cream & mint Iced Mocha will do just the trick. How can you go wrong with chocolate, mint, coffee, and Baileys Irish cream? You just can’t!

 

The Baby “Guinness” Shot

Image / Recipe from // Creative Culinary

Who doesn’t love a good pint of Guinness now and then? Well, it might not be a real wee-baby Guinness, but this floated shot layers chilled Bailey’s Irish Creme Liqueur on top of Kahlua to create that iconic Guinness look.

 

 

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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 [medium or dark roast] 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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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 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love [And You Will Too!]

It’s time to get cozy by the fire

This time of year is perfect for sitting around the fire with friends and family. It’s a place to share company, laughter, stories, and cocktails. Grab some logs and grab some bottles, cause you are going to want to try all 5 of these great fireside cocktails that we [absolutely] love!

THE AWESOME FIRESIDE COCKTAILS THAT WE LOVE  [AND YOU WILL TOO!]

 


 

Spiked Mulled Cider

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Spiked Mulled Cider

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

It just wouldn’t be Fall without Mulled Cider, and our recipe for spiked mulled cider is sure to get the fire pit party started. Folks have been spiking mulled cider with hootch for generations, and we’re keeping the tradition alive with these variations of the mulled cider recipe.

 

Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Image / Recipe from // Chowhound

This Nutella packed hot chocolate delight is just what our inner child has been asking for in a fireside cocktail! It makes a great little Nightcap to sip in front of the fireplace on a cold night.

 

Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Curling up with a nice Hot Toddy is one great way to get cozy by the fire. It’s kind of like magic. This wondrous mixture of whiskey and tea warms the body and the soul at the same time.

 

Apple Cider Whiskey Sour

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Apple Cider Whiskey Sour

Image / Recipe from // Boulder Locavore

Give your classic Whiskey Sour an Autumn twist! The cinnamon syrup in this Spiced Apple Cider Whiskey Sour adds just the right amount of extra kick to the already spiced cocktail. Try using the spice recipe of our Spiked Mulled Cider for the spiced cider!

 

Salted Caramel White Russian

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Salted Caramel White Russian

Image / Recipe from // Kate La Vie

An Iced cocktail might seem different for a fireside cocktail, but hear us out. Salted Caramel is as Fall as Pumpkin Spice, and this Salted Caramel upgrade to the White Russian will have you saying “YASSS!”

 

 

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Maple-Bourbon Smash

Smash Right Into Autumn!

Hello most wonderful time of the year! Maple syrup pairs so delightfully with bourbon in this fall cocktail!

How to make a Maple-Bourbon Smash via the Brio Smart Life Blog

If there could be one thing we love about fall more than apple cider, it’s got to be fresh maple syrup! Local orchards and parks would tap trees to show the kids where their syrup came from. We used to leave with jars of maple syrup and my brother would devour it in a matter of days. That’s probably why he loves this Maple Bourbon Smash. It’s a little reminder of home.

Smash cocktails are kind of the happy love child of a liquor, some form of sweetener, and an infused fruit or fruit juice. There are all kinds of smashes from Whiskey to Vodka, like our Strawberry Gin Smash. These cocktails are served over ice, and can be either really simple or extremely complex. Never fear; though, this fall cocktail is easy to make and even easier to drink!

This whiskey cocktail is fairly simple with only 3 ingredients. If you have access to fresh maple syrup, not the processed Aunt Jemima kind, use it! To me, processed items always make cocktails taste funny, so I try to use fresh products as much as possible. In this case, I grabbed a soy-free maple syrup that I found in our local health food store [having to go on a soy-restricted diet for my health has been a challenge]. Organic maple syrup works well too if you can get your hands on it.

Next, you are going to need a good bourbon. I still had some Basil Hayden’s left in the bottle, so into the cocktail shaker it went. You are going to want a spicy flavored bourbon to offset some of the sweetness of the maple syrup. This might take some experimenting to get it just right for your flavor pallet.

Now let’s show you how you make a Maple-Bourbon Smash!

 

Maple-Bourbon Smash

Yields: 1 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Maple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Maple-Bourbon Smash: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 207 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 42 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

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10 Autumn Cocktail Creations You Should Drink This Fall

We are absolutely excited for Fall and here’s why!

Whether you call it Fall or Autumn, the season is upon us [even if the temperature don’t feel like it yet]. It’s time to get excited about all things fall, and that includes cocktails. Check out some of our top picks for Autumn cocktail creations to indulge in this season.

Check out some of our top picks for fall cocktail creations to indulge in this season

 


 

Spiked Mulled Cider

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Spiked Mulled Cider

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

Traditional Mulled Cider is typically nonalcoholic, and you can serve this recipe as such to the kiddies in the house. It can also be served hot or over ice. For our spiked mulled cider, we chose to add in dark rum for one and bourbon for the other. Both came out delicious.

Pumpkin Spiced Horchata

Autumn Cocktail Creations -

Image / Recipe from // Slim Pickins Kitchen

If there was a cocktail that embodied getting “White Girl Wasted” Fall style, it would be this Pumpkin Spiced Horchata. It might be the most complex drink to make in our line up, but this Fall remake of a classic Mexican Horchata is worth the work.

Sandeman Ciderhouse Sangria

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Sandeman Ciderhouse Sangria

Image / Recipe from // liquor.com

Been anxiously awaiting apple season? Try a little digestif with your next batch of crisp. Port is an unlikely friend of apple cider, rye whiskey and maple syrup. But the best part of this big-batch party pleaser is the boozy apples and pears you can munch on after the batch is fully infused.

Apple Cider Mojito

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Apple Cider Mojito

Image / Recipe from // Jo-Lynne Shane

Not all Fall Seasonal cocktails need to be served hot. This Apple Cider Mojito is the perfect on ice cocktail for autumn! The apple and cinnamon fusion in this cocktail gives you all the best flavors of fall in a mason jar, but with the sophistication of a mojito.

Ginger Snap Cocktail

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Ginger Snap Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // PopSugar

These gingersnaps pack a punch! This simple 3 ingredient cocktail takes everything you love about ginger snap cookies and turns it into liquid deliciousness. Dunk a ginger snap in this puppy if you dare!

Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum

Image / Recipe from // Carrie Robinson Frugal Foodie Mama

September marks the beginning of Pumpkin Spice everything season! Hot buttered rum is a fall classic, and with the rise of Pumpkin Spice season, the two were going to meet eventually. If you are a fan of the PSL then you will love this Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum.

Apple Pie Shine

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Apple Pie Shine

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It wouldn’t be Fall without Apple Pie…shine that is. Apple Pie moonshine is a Southern treat, and is typically made in the Fall to Winter months. Shine isn’t for the faint of heart, as it is knock you off your feet strong. You can even drink it hot or cold. It really is like Fall in a glass!

Washington Apple

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Washington Apple

Image / Recipe from // liquor.com

Cranberry and Apple are two of the most classic fall flavors, and this cocktail uses them well. This cocktail is great for those easing their way into the realm of Canadian Whiskey. The apple and cranberry flavors pair delightfully with a light whiskey and makes it easy to drink.

Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Autumn Cocktail Creations - The Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // Farm Wife Drinks

If Cinnabon had a boozy baby it would be this Cinnamon Roll cocktail. Just top with whipped cream and cinnamon and you have yourself a real treat!

Sandeman Ciderhouse Punch

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Sandeman Ciderhouse Punch

Image From // ShesCookin / Recipe from // Jonathan Pogash, aka the Cocktail Guru

The elegant flavor palette of this port gives this seasonal puch the One – Two knock out. The bright citrus, ginger, and apple flavors give this fall cocktail just the right amount of yummy goodness that will give your next holiday party life.

 

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Who doesn’t love a good spiked cider?

Spiked Mulled Cider

Who doesn’t love a good spiked cider?

We are absolutely excited for Fall. Want to know why? Where there’s Fall there’s mulled cider! And we are doing up this Mulled Cider Recipe Two ways!

Brio Drink of the week: Spiked Mulled Cider

Even though we won’t feel Fall temperatures here on the NC coast until around November[ish], the Fall/Autumn season officially kicks off on September 22nd! That means we can all start to enjoy our favorite fall flavored cocktails like these mulled ciders. Folks have been spiking mulled cider with hootch for generations, and we’re keeping the tradition alive with these variations of the mulled cider recipe.

Both Corinne and I grew up drinking hot apple cider. It’s kind of a staple in the states where apple orchards are a plenty, or when your grandparents have a cider press like hers do. I’m kind of jealous of that. My elementary schools had field trips to go apple picking and we’d make apple sauce out of them during Girl Scout meetings. It was kind of a big deal. So enjoying cider as a cocktail only seemed logical.

Traditional Mulled Cider is typically nonalcoholic, and you can serve this recipe as such to the kiddies in the house. It can also be served hot or over ice. For our spiked mulled cider, we chose to add in dark rum for one and bourbon for the other. Both came out delicious.

There are a lot of different dark rums to choose from, and we settled on using Gosling’s Black Seal rum [cause hey, maybe we can make some Dark and Stormies later with it]. Basil Hayden’s is one of my sister’s all-time favorite bourbons, and I recommend it for its spicy flavor notes. It can be a bit pricey though at roughly $40 bucks a pop, so if that’s a little out of your comfort zone any good bourbon will do the trick. If you want an American bourbon, try one of these industry winners.

Now let’s show you how you make our spiked mulled cider!

 

Spiked Mulled Cider

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Pints Apple Cider
  • 2 Ounces Dark Rum or Bourbon
  • 3 Whole Cloves
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Whole Allspice
  • 1 Thinly Sliced Orange
  • 1 Star Anise
  • Cinnamon Sticks & Apple Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Heat Proof Glasses for hot
  • Rocks Glasses for Cold
  • Large Saucepan
  • Metal Strainer
  • Heatproof Pitcher

 

Preparation

Spiked Mulled Cider: Place all of your non-alcoholic ingredients into a saucepan and bring them to a boil. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat down to a simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and strain into a heatproof pitcher. Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard the remaining waste in the bin. You can enjoy these cocktails cold by allowing the mixture to cool and serving over ice!

Bourbon Mulled Cider: Add the bourbon to a glass, and top with hot cider mix. Stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slices. Enjoy!

Mulled Cider with Dark Rum: Pour cider mix into glass, and add in the dark rum. Stir together to combine the flavors. Garnish with apple slices. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 165 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 43 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 38 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 25

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How to make a Southern 75 beer cocktail

Southern 75 Cocktail

A Beertail with a Southern twist

You’ve never had a beer cocktail quite like this Southern 75!

Drink of the week: Southern 75

When we come across a cocktail recipe that turns our head a little, we can’t help but be excited to make it. That was definitely the case of this Southern 75 recipe that we found on Garden and Gun’s website. This beertail [beer-cocktail] is the brainchild of Nate Shuman, who was head barman at Proof & Provision, a basement bar in the Georgian Terrace Hotel. The Southern 75 is a rather interesting take on a French 75, but instead of gin and champagne, Shuman offers up a mixture of India Pale Ale and Bourbon.

Down at Proof & Provision, they prepare this cocktail using Four Roses Bourbon, demerara syrup [a simple syrup made using demerara or turbinado sugar], freshly squeezed lemon juice and Sweetwater IPA. If you aren’t a fan of Four Roses or Sweetwater, pick out an IPA and a Bourbon that you like instead. We’re not big fans of Sweetwater, so we switched it out for a different IPA and some Evan Williams since we didn’t have Four Roses.

This cocktail is served neat, meaning it’s not served on ice, so try not use a lukewarm beer. The chilling of the other ingredients in the shaker might not make the drink cold enough. Using a chilled IPA and glass will make this beertail the perfect temperature.

Now you’re probably thinking: Beer and Whiskey, really? To which we say you’ll be surprised. If you aren’t much of a beer drinker, you’re going to either love it or hate it. The Southern 75 is one of those beertails that you are either on board with or you’re not. But before you get a little gun-shy about it, give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.

This is how you make the Southern 75 beertail!

 

Southern 75

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces India Pale Ale
  • 2 Ounce Bourbon
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Demerara Syrup or Simple Syrup

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Pilsner Glasses
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Southern 75: Pour chilled IPA into a chilled glass. In a cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and demerara [or simple] syrup with ice. Shake vigorously for around 30 seconds, till chilled. Strain the into the beer. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

**This will vary based on what IPA or Bourbon you choose

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 179 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 22 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 12 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 5

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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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