Drink: It’s unfortunate, but we can’t drink bourbon all the time. It’s ok because there is also delicious coffee and today we feature the great Camp Coffee Kit from Bush Smarts. The kit encourages traditional cowboy style brewing, where the grinds go in with the water. But instead of pouring through a bandana, the mesh filter is secured across the bottle mouth letting the good stuff flow out. The resulting cup of joe is delicious and quite impressive that you brewed it in the wilderness. The kit comes packaged in stamped gift box with a field on box lid, 2 Kuksa Cups, 1 Mesh Filter, and 1 BPA-free bottle.
Drink: Firebomb Cinnamon Whiskey Spice lets you create a cinnamon flavored whiskey at home using corn whiskey. Just combine the spice kit with 2 cans frozen apple juice concentrate and 7 cups of 80 proof whiskey, let stand 12-24 hours, strain and enjoy. You will want to keep the mixture refrigerated. You don’t have to be limited to using only whiskey either, with this product you can also flavor vodka. Get some here.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Woodford Reserve today announces the release of its latest permanent product extension, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, which will be available for purchase in select markets throughout the country beginning in February. The latest release showcases the company’s ongoing commitment to both whiskey lovers and innovation within the industry.
Woodford Reserve Rye is the third permanent line extension to join the portfolio, which includes the original Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. When it comes to the craft of bourbon and whiskey, Woodford Reserve prides itself on maintaining an original and contemporary approach that focuses primarily on the adjustment of one of the five sources of flavor. To complement and emphasize the spice characteristics found in the original Woodford Reserve, the Rye uses a base that’s 53 percent rye, resulting in a liquid that’s both more balanced, and refreshingly subtle.
Since 2006, Master Distiller Chris Morris has been hard at work crafting a rye that’s worthy of the Woodford Reserve name. Because of the consistency of the mash, rye is notoriously more difficult to craft than a traditional bourbon, requiring more attention to detail throughout production, leaving the bulk of production to only the most experienced Master Distillers.
“One of the primary reasons behind Woodford’s growth into the number one selling ultra-premium[i] bourbon in America is because of our commitment to flavor, and that’s something that’s engrained in everything we do,” said Morris. “Not only does it affect how I approach bourbon production personally, it’s the lens through which we view the future of Woodford Reserve, and I couldn’t think of a liquid that better embodies that than the rye.”
“As a brand, one of the things we’re most proud of is the passion and commitment that our fans have, both for Woodford Reserve, whiskey and bourbon in general. For us, releasing a rye is a chance to give back to these consumers,” said Woodford Reserve Brand Director Jason Kempf. “Time and time again, we kept hearing requests for a rye. Woodford Reserve has always maintained a commitment to the spirit of innovation, and the rye is no exception. We’re excited to give our fans something they’ve been so vocal about for so many years, and that is finally ready to share with them.” Full article here.
Book: Cocktails and books can go hand in hand, Tequila Mockingbird is a great cocktail book. It features 65 delicious drink recipes that have book themed titles. The book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and illustrations throughout. From The Last of the Mojitos to Romeo and Julep you’ll find a cocktail you’ll love. Get it here.
Food: The Bourbon Barrel Food Originals Gift Box is filled with items perfect for bourbon lovers. It includes: Kentuckyaki sauce, barrel-aged Worcestershire sauce, Bluegrass Soy Sauce, Bourbon Smoked Salt, Bourbon Smoked Pepper, and Bourbon Smoked Paprika. Get it here.
This is the time of year when we have a lot of visitors and get togethers. These recipes are great and hopefully you will enjoy them.
The Noble Ruby by Mike Shain (Makes 37 servings)
55 ½ oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
55 ½ oz Owney’s Rum
18 ½ oz simple syrup
6 ¼ oz of lemon juice
1 oz Absinthe
1 oz Regans’ Orange Bitters
74 oz Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Sparkling Wine
18 ½ water
Combine all ingredients, except the sparkling wine, in a punch bowl. Stir to combine and add large ice cubes. Gently add the sparkling wine. Ladle into punch cups.
Psarou Punch by Orson Salicetti
6 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
6 oz Skinos Mastiha Liqueur
14 oz Pisco Control C
6 oz Fresh Lime Juice
14 oz Sparkling Wine or Dry Prosecco
20 Sage Leaves
1 cup Fresh Pomegranate Seeds
Combine all the ingredients together in a punch bowl. Mix with a ladle. Add ice and garnish with six wheels of pink grapefruit, lime and lemon. Makes between 8 to 10 cocktails.
The Happiest by Jim Kearns
1 oz Aperol
1/2 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1/2 oz sour cherry syrup
2 dashes Mole bitters
Stir, strain into a Fernet Branca-rinsed coupe, top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.
Super “C” Bellini by Eben Freeman
2 ½ oz Prosecco
1 ½ oz Yoga Peach Nectar
1 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
½ tsp Vitamin C Crystals
Measure vitamin powder into champagne flute and top with peach nectar. Stir nectar to dissolve vitamin powder. Add PAMA and top with sparkling wine.
Pera Bisonte by Michael Neff
2 oz Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
¾ oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
½ oz Pear Purée
Dash of Simple Syrup
1 dash Meyer Lemon Bitters
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake. Add a splash of soda water and strain into a champagne glass.
Millennium Punch by Dale DeGroff
15 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 ½ bottles Louis Royer “Force 53” VSOP Cognac (750 ml)
50 oz Spring Water
16 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
8 oz Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
½ Ripe Pineapple, cubed (to flavor store bought pineapple juice)
1 ½ cup Sugar
6 Whole Fresh Lemons
3 Whole Oranges
Pour the shrub* into a punch bowl. Add the Cognac, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur and pineapple juice to the punch bowl. Add spring water and adjust the sweet and sour with fresh lemon juice and/or simple syrup.
Garnet of Delight by Pamela Wiznitzer
¾ oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 ¼ oz Louis Royer “Force 53” VSOP Cognac
1 ½ oz half and half
½ oz demerara syrup
½ oz crème de cacao blanc
3 dashes Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
3 dashes mole bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Shake and serve up in a wine glass. Garnish with freshly grated dark cacao shavings.
Gear: The limited edition Johnnie Walker Oliver Sweeney Brogue combines classic style and taste. The shoe features a Johnnie Walker Red Label miniature in the heel, custom-embroidery, red suede lining in the heel compartment and a transparent top piece to reveal the whisky from below. If johnny is your thing than check out these shoes. We could definitely see them being a great conversation starter. Get them here.
Drink: Jura Brooklyn Scotch Whisky is still distilled in Scotland but the city of Brooklyn played a major role in this whisky. Their Master Distiller made a welcomed trip to the US to craft a new whisky. The folks of Brooklyn were inspiration to this new spirit, a 16 year-old whiskey aged in American White Oak Bourbon, Pinot Noir, and Sherry casks. This whiskey is sure to be a delicious one. Bottle at 80 proof. More info here.
It’s that time of year again, you’re out shopping for those whiskies to give as gifts. We, with the help of you, have created a list of three whiskies to give or receive this year. A bourbon, scotch, and rye whiskey. Thanks for your input on this, it wasn’t easy to select just three. Here they are.
Booker’s is a wonderful bourbon, it’s strong, full of flavor, and definitely a top shelf whiskey. It makes a great gift because it is readily available, a great sipper, and packaged in a nice looking wooden box. Booker’s could be a bit strong for some at first but most will grow to love and appreciate this whiskey. The recipient will likely enjoy this great offering from the small batch collection. Bourbon lovers will appreciate this bourbon for what it is and beginners will likely enjoy graduating to this strong, stand-up whiskey. 121-130.6 proof. $50-$55
Willett Family Estate Small Batch Rye is an amazing rye whiskey but one that can be somewhat difficult to find. There’s not a lot produced, usually around 200 bottles per batch, so it can be a bit tough to track a bottle down. Each bottle carries the age statement and barrel number. The bottle itself is an impressive looking piece. This whiskey makes an excellent gift. It’s a great whiskey and the recipient will likely appreciate the flavors and the fact that it is a difficult whiskey to get your hands on. Although it is 110 proof, it is still very much an easy sipper. $35-$45
Bowmore Darkest 15 Single Malt Scotch is a silky smooth whisky with deep flavor characteristics. With flavors of leather, spices, smoke, black licorice, cedar, menthol, it is definitely a unique whisky. It is not hard to find or expensive but it is a very enjoyable scotch. Recipients will likely enjoy the deep, dark flavors with this whisky and the way it stands out from the everyday sipper, especially with the fruit filled finish that adds a nice twist. 86 proof. $55-$70