Whiskey based Cocktails

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World’s End

World's End The World's End is another of my own creations.  This Whiskey Sour variant introduces a range of autumnal fruit flavours to the original.  Blackberry.  Cherry.  Apricot.  This makes for a highly complex Sour, richly fruity and with...

Rob Roy and other Manhattan Variants

I have argued in previous posts that both the Old Fashioned and Dry Martini are best thought of as processes.  Not individual cocktails.  But instead processes for taking a high quality spirit and bringing the best out of it.  Presenting them to our palates in an...

Manhattan

The Manhattan is something of a curiosity to the modern cocktail world.  Quite a simple drink to make, this alcoholic powerhouse is typically composed of just American whiskey, vermouth and bitters.  On the one hand it is universally acclaimed to be in the top five of...

American Whiskey

Whiskey is an aged spirit distilled from malted grain of various types.  You'll note that this is a pretty broad description.  It allows for huge variety in the grain type used, as well as the length and style of aging.  By comparison, brandy can be made from only a...

Godfather

The Godfather is a classic cocktail consisting solely of whiskey and amaretto.  The addition of the sweet, almond flavoured liqueur has the effect of turning a whiskey on the rocks into a softer, sweeter beverage. It is clearly an Alcoholic Powerhouse, and shares a...

Sazerac

The Sazerac is something of a grand old classic, hailing from 19th century New Orleans.  It has a good claim to be one of the oldest cocktails in existence.  But like any old cocktail it has had a rough ride.  Over time not only has its popularity risen and fallen. ...

Old Fashioned Variants

Now that we've gone over both the classic Old Fashioned and the method we would use to make one, it's time to talk variants.  There are two general groupings of Old Fashioned variants: First are the named, classic variants which typically arise solely from altering...

Old Fashioned Method

This post is part of a multi post treatment of the Old Fashioned - one of the greatest of all classic cocktails.  A previous post looks at the cocktail itself in the traditional way I cover all cocktails.  Another covers the creation of Old Fashioned Variants.  But...

Old Fashioned

At long last we have made it to one of the greatest classic cocktails the world has ever known.  The Old Fashioned.  Seriously, this is a cocktail that has it all.  In any ranking of all time cocktail popularity, the Old Fashioned would be in the top five without...

Rusty Nail

The Rusty Nail is one of only a bare handful of classic cocktails which utilize Scotch.  It is made by mixing a quality Scotch whisky with the Scotch based liqueur Drambuie.  This ease of mixing coupled with the popularity of Scotch has ensured its enduring...

Mint Julep

Following on from our recent in depth look at mint, we're now going to examine the other great cocktail which uses it - the Mint Julep.  As a Brit I realize that I am walking into a minefield by trying to cover the Mint Julep.  It is practically an institution in some...

Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour The Whiskey Sour is in many ways the quintessential Sour.  The father of the Sour family.  Historically the most famous and well known Sour.  In fact, it is almost certainly in the all-time top 20 of most popular cocktails.  As such it makes for an...