May 14, 2020 – Have you noticed the acronym for Shelter In Place is SIP — so let’s do it on Saturday to mark World Whisk(e)y Day. Crank up FaceTime or Zoom or hang over the back fence and mellow out with something from Scotland, or the USA/Japan/Canada – even Australia, which is making delicious craft whisky these days.
Here are a couple of cocktail recipes for inspiration. The first one, The Exene comes from New York State’s Hudson Whiskey using their Baby Bourbon and we like how David Powell, their Brand Ambassador, offers three different ways to serve it. All three are shown in the accompanying photo.
The second recipe comes from Monkey Shoulderone of our favorite Scotch whiskies for cocktails.
by Hudson Whiskey Brand Ambassador David Powell – Three Different Ways@blahsquiat
1.5 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon
1 part Aperol aperitif
0.5 part fresh lemon juice
0.5 part honey syrup
Half-dropper of Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters (comes in dropper format—2 dashes if decanted into dasher bottle)
Method: Add ingredients to shaker with ice, and shake to chill.
CENTER: shaken with egg white or .75 oz aquafaba (chickpea water), strained into cocktail glass, and garnished with lemon twist
LEFT: strained over ice and topped with soda and garnished with lemon wedge
RIGHT: strained over the rocks and garnished with lemon wedge & cherry
by Anna Mains, Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador@annamains
2 parts Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky
¾ part fresh lemon juice
¼ part honey-ginger syrup*
¼ part Islay Scotch – floated
Candied ginger garnish
Method: Combine first three ingredients, shake and strain over fresh ice. Float Islay Scotch and garnish with candied ginger.
* Ginger-honey syrup: Combine 3 parts honey to 1 part (hot) water and 1 part sugar.
Stir until honey and sugar are fully dissolved. Add 3 parts freshly extracted ginger juice.
November 22, 2021 – It’s time to make the gift list again so here are a few ideas to help in the process. The world of wine and spirits is a great place to shop as there are options at all price points and a huge variety of choices. There is any number of familiar brands in every spirit and wine category that make great gifts but we have searched for interesting products that are new or different that will intrigue the recipient. ****** We recently came across G’VINE FLORAISON...