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Bourbon is a great and versatile spirit ready to sip straight form the bottle or as the base of a great cocktail. The Louisville Cooler is an often-overlooked drink in Bourbon's bag of tricks and that's a shame. This tasty cocktail is both refreshing and satisfying to a serious Whiskey craving.
Don't be disarmed by the addition of orange juice. Think of it as an Old Fashioned gone overboard muddling an entire orange as opposed to just one slice.
Eric Renderking Fisk wrote:Moments like these I wish I never gave up the scotch.
Dark & Stormy
The drink that made Bermuda famous (Or was that all of those missing ships and planes?) is the Dark & Stormy – our Cocktail of the Week.
1 1/2 oz. Blanco Tequila - 100% Agave
3 oz. Orange Juice (freshly squeezed)
1 teaspoon of Tamarind concentrate
Add the Tequila and OJ to a cocktail shaker with a handful of cracked ice. Shake well and then pour into a tall glass half filled with ice. Top with the tamarind concentrate allowing it to cascade down. Garnish with an orange slice if you must.
1 oz. Dry Gin (the heavier the juniper, the better)
Splash of Cointreau
In a pint glass add the Gin and Cointreau with the orange twist. Top with the Dry Stout and enjoy.
This is one of those strange old cocktails that most have never heard of, and once you have the recipe in sight you may wonder why anyone would drink it! Admittedly, it is a strange sounding concoction but it does take away the chill on a cold and snowy February day.
We have made a few modifications from the original, which is said to have been a favorite of Charles Dickens. The original, Dickens version if you will, called for Porter, brown sugar, and Gin with a fresh grating of nutmeg to adorn the foam.
We like to use a boldly flavored Gin with a strong juniper impression. We were looking to further accentuate the citrus notes of the Gin and provide a bit of sweetness with the splash of Cointreau. In our view, the brown sugar made it a bit too sweet.
1 1/2 oz. London Dry Gin
1 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz. Creme de Cassis
Pour the three ingredients along with a handful of cracked ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake with vigor and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
1 1/2 oz Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey
1 wedge fresh lemon
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 tbls Honey
Jake Norris, Head Distiller at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey
In a coffee mug or appropriate glass, muddle or bruise a wedge of fresh lemon. Add the spices, honey, and Whiskey. Top with hot water and allow the drink to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
This great drink shows the versatility of Whiskey in cocktails and the spicy appeal of Rye. The Algonquin is proof positive that you don't have to have a dozen ingredients to have a dozen flavors in a cocktail. It makes a great aperitif.
The Algonquin was named for the New York Hotel of the same name. The Algonquin Hotel is best known as the host establishment for the Algonquin Round Table, a group of prominent writers, actors, and playwrights who met daily for lunch in the 1920s. The core group included Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun, Marc Connelly, Jane Grant, Ruth Hale, George S. Kaufman, Neysa McMein, Dorothy Parker, Harold Ross, Robert E. Sherwood and Alexander Woollcott among others. It is not speculated that this group sipped this concoction of Rye, Vermouth, and pineapple juice but it's hard to imagine them turning it down.
Hot Toddy - BevX Style
This classic winter cocktail can soothe us and at times heal us with its warmth and clever dose of Whiskey. It can be made with great ease and requires no special skills or ingredients. Be sure to brew your tea and use a quality honey.
Brew the Earl Grey tea in the standard way. Pour the tea into your favorite mug or cup. Add the other three ingedients and give it a stir until the honey is fully combined. Enjoy with a wedge of citrus fruit.
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