White Whiskey Cocktail

It’s been awhile since I’ve broken out the bottle of House Spirits White Dog Whiskey. I guess that’s just a side effect of writing a bourbon blog: bourbon takes priority over all other whiskey “research.” Also, the white dog presents itself as a fun blank slate just waiting to be experimented with. On the other hand, I want to make sure I don’t waste any of this whiskey. I believe House Spirits is still confined to Portland, OR, which means I won’t be getting my hands on much more of this specific white whiskey any time soon. 

Well, the other day I discovered Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, which inspired me to play with the white dog. (I actually picked up the Solerno specifically for another cocktail I want to use it in, which we’ll be posting later.) A brief description of the Solerno would be to call it a higher quality Cointreau. It also wins extra points for package design because it has the most beautiful bottle ever.

Here’s the recipe for my Cocktail-To-Be-Named-Later:

White Whiskey Cocktail:

2 oz. House Spirits White Dog Whiskey
1 oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 oz. ginger liqueur 
dash blood orange bitters

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake, and pour into a lowball glass. Garnish with orange twist and rosemary.

I chose to garnish with both the orange twist and rosemary because I wanted the orange to go along with the blood orange theme. (I’d have used an actual blood orange if I could get my hands on one.) I initially planned to muddle more of an orange peel to get some citric acid to tame the malted barley flavor of the white dog, but the Solerno and ginger did that nicely. Rachel suggested adding the rosemary because it looks and smells pretty. (She finds the white dog smell a bit off-putting.) The ginger and Solerno each add their own mellow sweetness, but the star of this cocktail is still the whiskey. 

I couldn’t think of a name for this cocktail, so let us know if you have any ideas.

January 11, 2012 | Comments | Permalink |

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