Whiskey Buck

While the weather outside remains bitter and brutally cold for the foreseeable future, I will continue to spend my evenings bundled inside with blankets, space heaters, and of course, a cocktail. While some people are out scraping the icicles off of their roofs, you will find me inside dropping ice cubes into my Collins glass.

I love the way a nice whiskey drink warms me during the long cold stretches of winter, and tonight I’ll be making a Whiskey Buck using Jameson Black Barrel, lime juice, ginger syrup and Angostura bitters.

Whiskey Buck

  • 2 parts Jameson Black Barrel
  • .75 part fresh lime juice
  • .75 part ginger syrup
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

I hope you all enjoy and stay warm!

-KJ

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Spirits Lover

‘Tis the season for running around looking for last minute gifts for loved ones and acquaintances alike. When you want to avoid the crowds of people at the mall and have run out of time to order online, the liquor store is by far the best option (although I may be just slightly biased on this one).

Absolut WarholFor the art aficionado – Absolut Vodka is offering a Limited Edition Andy Warhol bottle.  The distinct package is available as a bottle only option or within a decorated Warhol gift box and is available in 750ml and 1L sizes of ABSOLUT ORIGINAL 80. This unique and colorful bottle is sure to brighten up every home bar.

For the Scotch sipper – Chivas Regal is offering three stylish value-added packages, making it easy to share the smooth taste of Chivas® 12 or 18 Year Old with friends and family. Chivas gift packs include: a handsome Chivas 12 Year Old 750ml Made for Bremont Gift Tin, a Chivas 18 Year Old 750ml Gift Tin, and a Chivas 12 Year Old pack that includes a 750ml with two branded rocks glasses. Bremont-Watches-Chivas-Whisky-Limited-Gift-Tin-2

For the Gin guy or gal – Beefeater is offering a British-themed gift pack including a 1.75L of Beefeater and a special pourer/stopper to help ease the pouring process and impress guests.

Happy Holidays and Happy Gifting (and remember that no one would judge if you happen to buy a couple for yourself :) )

-KJ

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Kahlua’s Classic White Russian

I can’t say for sure whether it was the subliminal messaging  from the slew of Halloween costumes of “The Dude” I encountered this Halloween, or the cold end of autumn weather outside that has me craving the coffee flavor of Kahlúa, but I am  counting down until I can head home from work and cozy up on the couch with a deliciously classic, White Russian.

Academy Award-winning actor, Jeff Bridges, has been in the mood for the Kahlúa classic as well with his recent role in a  Kahlúa Productions short film in which Bridges recounts an adventure-filled story with twists and turns for the characters, all while sipping on a classic White Russian cocktail. In a company release Bridges states, “The White Russian is one of the most popular classic cocktails and it’s seeing a massive revival right now, so to work with Kahlúa on this project is great timing.”  Bridges continued, “As a short film entirely inspired by a simple classic cocktail, this story is creative, enigmatic and beautifully shot.”

Check out the short film here: YouTube.com/KahluaVideo while you sip on a classic White Russian of your own:

Kahlúa White Russian

  • 1 part Kahlúa
  • 2 parts Absolut Vodka
  • 1 part Cream

Fill a glass with ice. Add Kahlúa, Absolut Vodka and cream.

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Apple of Ones Eyes

By now fall is in full swing and I’m sure everyone’s newsfeeds are filled with photos of pumpkin carving and apple picking, pumpkin lattes and apple cider. While these autumn activities are enjoyable, it’s time to spice up your cool weather concoctions with a spiked apple cocktail.

apple-of-ones-eyeApple of Ones Eyes

  • 2 parts Martell Cognac
  • .5 part Lime Juice
  • 3 parts Apple Juice
  • 1 part Ginger Beer/Ale

Shake and strain first three ingredients over ice. Top with ginger beer/ale.

Happy apple sipping!

-KJ

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Martell Cherry Lemon Cooler

Looking ahead to this weekend, the forecast is predicting beautiful almost fall weather. The official last weekend of summer is upon us and the Martell Cherry Lemon Cooler is the perfect cocktail to help you say “farewell” to summer and welcome fall. The warming sips of Martell, combined with the sweet taste of cherries and lemon will make your final summer weekend a delicious one.

martell-cherry-lemon-coolerMartell Cherry Lemon Cooler

• 1.25 parts Martell VS Cognac
• 6 Maraschino Cherries
• 3 Lemon Squeezes
• 1 part Simple Syrup
• Top with Soda Water

Muddle cherries in mixing glass. Add Martell, lemon and simple syrup. Shake vigorously and double strain into glass with ice. Top with soda water.

Enjoy your last summer weekend!

-KJ

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No end in sight this summer!

As Labor Day arrives it brings along with it summer’s last hurrah–the last long weekend of the season and the last chance to soak up the sunny and lazy afternoons that accompany summer BBQs. This year, make summer last forever with a delicious Chivas Regal Endless Summer cocktail. With refreshing muddled cucumber, lime and ginger beer, the Endless Summer is the perfect cocktail to pair with your end of summer celebrations.

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Endless Summer

  • 2 parts Chivas Regal 12
  • Muddled Cucumber Slices
  • .5 part Lime
  • .5 part Simple Syrup
  • Top with Ginger Beer
Shake and strain all ingredients except ginger beer over ice. Top with ginger beer.  
Enjoy and have a safe holiday weekend!
-KJ

 

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J.P. Wiser’s – Official Sponsor of Fantasy Football

While I am a big fan of summer and will never admit to rushing the beginning of fall, I do have to admit that I am ready for football season. As much as I love spending Sunday’s out in the sun, there is something truly wonderful about Sundays spent drinking and eating on the couch rooting for your favorite team (or fantasy football roster).

This 2014-2015 football season North American Whisky brand J.P. Wiser’s®  announced  it will be the Official Spirits Sponsor of ESPN Fantasy Football. Produced at the Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ontario, J.P. Wiser’s is the best-selling whisky family in Canada. It draws everyone from whisky drinkers to seasoned whisky enthusiasts with its unique portfolio including J.P. Wiser’s Rye, J.P. Wiser’s Spiced, and J.P. Wiser’s 18 Years Old. J.P. Wiser’s Rye, in particular, is a smooth, approachable and versatile whisky that tastes great neat, but also pairs well with mixers , such as cola or ginger beer.

I’ll toast to J.P. Wiser’s and Fantasy Football with a Spiced Apple and Ginger

  • 1 part J.P. Wiser’s® Spiced Whisky
  • 3 parts apple juice
  • 3 parts ginger ale

Build all ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a lime zest.

Enjoy!

-KJ

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