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September 9, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Bourbon Peach Julep Fizz

We have an abundance of peaches and love to use them with bourbon.  This recipe from the fabulous I Am a Food Blog is so good that we didn’t even tweak it once.

Bourbon Peach Julep Fizz
¼ cup Sugar
¼ cup Water
1 Peach
2 oz. Bourbon
½ oz. Peach simple syrup
2 oz. (or to taste) Tonic water
Mint sprig

Make peach simple syrup by placing the sugar and water in a pot over low heat with half of the peach, sliced.  Stir.  After the sugar has melted, set aside to cool and remove the peach slices.

Combine the bourbon, peach simple syrup, and tonic water in a lowball glass with ice and stir.  Garnish with a few fresh peach slices and a mint sprig.

This highball is sweeter than what we usually drink, but it is a good treat at the end of a meal.  It has a really smooth mouthfeel and the fresh fruit flavor is so nice with the mint fragrance wafting near the nose with every sip.  The bourbon is the star of this drink, which is just how we like it, so make sure to use a bourbon that you like to sip on its own because its flavor will be front and center.

August 11, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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The Alpine Rabbit

Brunch cocktails are a special category.  Their consumption portends a day of ease, adventure, and friendship.  This one, from Saveur, goes down smooth and even feels a little healthy.

The Alpine Rabbit

1½ oz. Bourbon
¾ oz. Carrot juice
½ oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Walnut liqueur
½ oz. Simple syrup
Pinch of flaky salt

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine.  Strain into a lowball glass with ice.  Garnish with a lemon twist or fresh slice of ginger.

We love the combination of carrot juice and bourbon.  Make sure to use fresh 100% carrot juice.  It’s easy to make yourself if you have the right equipment.  If not, it’s readily available at any good market.  Be sure to use a higher proof bourbon as well so that its kick balances the sweetness of the other ingredients.  We used the gum syrup from Liber & Co., which has a really smooth mouthfeel and is richer than a standard simple syrup.

The walnut liqueur is the most distinctive flavor in this cocktail, and we thought it was a little overwhelming.  In the future, we’ll reduce it by half.  Still, this is an enjoyable drink that deserves a place on your brunch table, preferably outdoors, with friends, in the summertime.

August 4, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

Tags: Cocktails carrot juice bourbon Woodinville Whiskey brunch whiskey Liber & Co cocktail syrup 

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Francis the Mule

Coffee cocktails are often too acidic or too sweet for our tastes, but this one is a winner.  The recipe is from Imbibe.

Francis the Mule
2 oz. Bourbon
½ oz. Orgeat
½ oz. Coffee, chilled
½ oz. Lemon juice
2 dashes Orange bitters

Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

Bourbon, coffee, and orgeat, with its strong almond flavor, are predictably delicious together.  What makes this recipe unique is the citrus juice and bitters, which add considerable brightness to what might otherwise be a too-rich mixture.

June 4, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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The Japanese Cocktail

We are infatuated with orgeat, especially the one we made ourselves using 500 Tasty Sandwiches’ recipe.  Naturally we decided to try out the orgeat using another of their recipes for a bourbon cocktail with an interesting history.

The Japanese Cocktail
2 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Orgeat Royal
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Stir all ingredients together with ice and strain into a lowball or coupe glass.  Garnish with a lemon or orange twist.

This cocktail is so simple and each of its ingredients can be tasted clearly.  They come together to form a floral, nutty, spicy drink with a touch of exoticism appropriate to its name.

May 22, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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A Thief in the Night

It’s no secret that we love bitter liqueurs.  Cynar tops our list, so we substituted it for the Averna amaro that the original recipe called for.

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A Thief in the Night
1½ oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Cynar
½ oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Honey syrup

Shake all ingredients together with ice.  Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with fresh oregano or other herb of your choice.

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This cocktail tastes very fresh.  We attribute that to the honey syrup and the oregano aroma.  Somehow those two ingredients together are very springlike.  We used a bourbon that is the exact same proof as what the original recipe called for (92°).  It was balanced, but we might experiment with something higher proof and/or spicier next time.  Still, this simple cocktail is a winner.

May 5, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Woodinville Whiskey Company Limited Release Pot Distilled Unfiltered Bourbon

Seems we’re developing quite the relationship with Woodinville Whiskey Co.  We recently wrote a follow-up review of their flagship bourbon, in which we emphasized how much we appreciate their commitment to improving their product and seeking out feedback to do so.

Once again, we were offered a chance to try their newest product, a limited release of their first batch of bourbon aged in standard sized barrels.  (Their other whiskeys are aged in 8 gallon barrels.)  Like the mini-barrel bourbons, this is also 92 proof.  Other than that, the difference in products is immediately apparent.  This photo might not illustrate it perfectly, but the color of this bourbon is much lighter and more golden than its sibling.  Its nose is sweet and pruny, with a slight musty hint.  Its flavor is incredibly well balanced.  There are hints of apple and vanilla, with a slightly spicy finish.  All of the flavors blend together and never fight with each other.  This makes the bourbon very smooth throughout.  In fact, it’s also our only complaint about the bourbon.  At times it can be hard to pick out a distinguishing flavor.  We might prefer a stronger individual flavor depending on our mood, but we could see this being a solid option for a wide variety of cocktails for the same reason. We’ll also be drinking it neat from time to time.

*Even though this nightcap was on Woodinville Whiskey’s tab, we will always review products honestly.  Contrary to popular belief, free drinks don’t automatically taste better.

April 24, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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PUDC

We’ve written before about Lar’s scrumptious bitters.  He sent us a sample of his charred pineapple bitters, and we were delighted to try them in a cocktail of his creation (with our own small adaptations).

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PUDC
2 oz. Bourbon
¾ oz. Lemon juice
¼ oz. Brown sugar simple syrup
Egg white
2 dashes Charred pineapple bitters
Ground cardamom

Dry shake the egg white, then add the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice.  Strain into an old fashioned glass with one large ice cube.  Dash a small amount of ground cardamom on top.

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This drink has a lot going on.  The char on the pineapple bitters and the ground cardamom complement each other well.  We used a brown sugar syrup to amp up the sweetness a bit.  We chose to use Woodinville bourbon and its oakiness works nicely with these flavors; we would recommend using a similar bourbon if you make this at home.

January 28, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Macintoddy

We moved out of Boston six months ago, just long enough to start really missing certain people and places.  One of those places is Highland Kitchen, where we could just pop in and always know we would get a good meal and great drinks in a casual and fun atmosphere.  This recipe is from one of their wonderful bartenders.

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Macintoddy
6 oz. Spiced apple cider
1¼ oz. Bourbon
¾ oz. Ginger liqueur
½ tsp. Allspice
Orange slice

Heat spiced apple cider, then stir in next three ingredients.  Garnish with an orange slice.

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This drink is so comforting, especially since Patrick has had a cold for weeks.  We were worried at first that it would be overwhelmed by allspice, but it’s balanced nicely by the ginger.  We used a wheaty bourbon, since the drink is spicy enough without adding a spicy whiskey to the mix.

December 31, 2013 | Comments | Permalink |

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Holiday Spirit

The folks at Chopin Vodka make three varieties of vodka—potato, wheat, and rye.  We love that Chopin vodka contains no additives and its ingredients are sourced locally in Poland, where it is produced.

We were intrigued by the idea of tasting a neutral spirit that uses two ingredients (wheat and rye) that are commonly found in bourbon to see how each vodka would compare with bourbons featuring different mash bills.  We know that vodka and bourbon sounds like an unusual pairing, but with careful matching, it actually works.  We found an inspiration recipe and adapted it for our use.

Holiday Spirit
1½ oz. Bourbon
1½ oz. Chopin wheat or rye vodka
¼ oz. Cointreau
1 bar spoon Luxardo cherry juice

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously to combine.  Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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For this cocktail we chose to pair Woodinville bourbon with Chopin wheat vodka.  The drink is exceptionally smooth.  One of the vodka’s main contributions to the drink is its smooth, velvety texture.  This is a strong drink, so it’s a sipper for sure, but we were really impressed by how well the two spirits complemented each other.

We’re looking forward to playing with Chopin rye vodka, too.  We think it would go nicely with Four Roses Yellow Label.

Even though this nightcap was on Chopin’s tab, we will always review products honestly.  Contrary to popular belief, free drinks don’t automatically taste better.

November 21, 2013 | Comments | Permalink |

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