Saturday, May 20, 2017

4 Sunset Cocktails for World Whisky Day



For World Whisky Day I was just considering picking a nice dram and having a simple sip. Then I took a look around the new bar set up and thought I should make a cocktail. But which type of Whisky should I represent on this auspicious occasion? One would think that since it's World WHISKY Day and not World WHISKEY Day one should stick to a Scotch Whisky of some sort, but while plodding aimlessly around the web, it seems that it seems to be a day for any and all types.

I picked a classic cocktail from 4 styles of Whisk(e)y to make today since I actually have both days off this weekend and seem to have easily recovered from all the Rum and Cokes at the show last night. That being said, they're all pretty much variations on a Manhattan with some of the variations a little more varied than others. You'll quickly see the resemblances.


Revolver: Bourbon Whiskey

2 oz E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 oz Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur
2 dashes Hella Bitters Orange

Stir everything with ice and strain into a Chilled Coupe glass. Garnish with a strip of Orange peel.

I always think I'm going to like this more than I do. The blend of coffee and orange hints back at a Tootsie Roll shot and that conjures up a memory of unpleasant consequences.




Rob Roy: Scotch Whisky

2 oz Macallan "Fine Oak" 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
3/4 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
2 dashes Scrappy’s Aromatic Bitters 


Stir everything with ice and strain into a Chilled Coupe glass. Garnish with a Cherry (if you have any).

I definitely like to use a milder Scotch here as the heavily peaty ones overwhelm everything else. Just as soon just drink a heavily peaty Scotch by itself.



Blackthorn: Irish Whiskey

2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
2 dashes Berg and Hauke’s Jerry Thomas Bitters
1 wash Lucid Absinthe

Wash a Coupe glass with Absinthe. Stir everything else with ice and strain into the washed glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

The Blackthorn is essentially an Irish Manhattan with an Absinthe wash. Absinthe washes make everything better, as do Jerry Thomas bitters.


Remember the Maine: Rye Whiskey

2 oz. Whistlepig Straight Rye Whiskey
3/4 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
1 bsp Cherry Heering
1 wash Butterfly Absinthe

Wash a Coupe glass with Absinthe. Stir everything else with ice and strain into the washed glass. Garnish with a Cherry (if you have any).

Remember the Maine is by far my favorite of these. One thing I do love about Rye is that there are so many good ones out there that don't cost very much, unlike Whistlepig here and this drink is really good with a cheap Rittenhouse or even cheaper Overholt. That being said Whistlepig carries this drink into the Fucking Blissful level.

Tragically I didn't have any Cherries on hand so I had to leave those garnishes out.

If I would have thought ahead I probably should have invited a couple folks over to help drink these (and bring cherries) as I actually live in a place where I'm not embarrassed to have company. Plus, I have a full bar. Next time.