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Autumn Bourbon Rickey

BourbonRickey

Here is a nice cocktail to put you in the mood for the season. The lime juice really balances the sweetness of the bourbon, and the maple syrup adds a litle of it back in. The woodsiness of the maple syrup compliments the smokiness of the bourbon. All in all, this is a nicely balanced cocktail. I will definitely have it again.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Lime wheels for bottom of glass
  • 0.5 oz dark maple syrup
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1.5 oz your favorite bourbon
  • Club soda
  • Lime wheels for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Put two lime wheels in a highball glass and fill the glass with ice.
  2. Combine the maple syrup, lime juice and bourbon in a shaker.
  3. Shake it like you mean it!
  4. Pour over ice in glass.
  5. Top with club soda.
  6. Stir briefly to combine.
  7. Top with more lime wheels for garnish.
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Whiskey Bramble

WhiskeyBramble

My daughter has brought back another delicious cocktail from Portland, OR. The last time it was the Gin and Ginger. This time it is a Whiskey Bramble from the South Park Seafood Grill and Wine Bar. Of course there can be lots of variations here, but the one below is our favorite. We went all high end with the bourbon and creme de cassis. Just use your favorites. This is a great transition drink from winter to spring. The bourbon and fruit paired with the light taste of the elderflower liqueur makes a delightful springtime whiskey bramble.

Whiskey Bramble

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounce Four Roses Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 ounce Joseph Cartron Creme de Cassis
  • 3/4 ounce St. Germain Elderflower

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add one cup crushed ice.
  3. Shake it like you mean it.
  4. Strain into a chilled glass of your choice.
  5. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Black Shadow

I found this interesting cocktail on Drink of the Week. I know it is a pitch/plea to use the Perfect Puree Blackberry, whatever that is. I am guessing it is a fruit syrup which is easy to make on your own. Another item to note is the raspberry liqueur. To me, that is always Chambord. The richness and depth of Chambord is unequaled and well worth the price. Another interesting note is the lemon juice, sweet and sour mix, and simple syrup ingredients. That is a puzzling list because it could easily be just lemon juice and simple syrup, or just say sweet and sour mix and be done. A simple sweet and sour mix is one part lemon juice and one part simple syrup. So, using that formula, you would get 1.5 ounce lemon juice and 1 ounce simple syrup. This is where we will experiment and see what works best. Oh, and the bourbon. I am going to use Four Roses Bourbon, because it is what I have on hand at the moment. Now let’s get started.

Black Shadow (original recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • ¾ oz. raspberry liqueur
  • 1 ½ oz. The Perfect Purée Blackberry
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. sweet & sour mix
  • ½ oz. simple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Black Shadow (Revised)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounce bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce Chambord
  • 1.5 ounce blackberry puree
  • 1.5 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

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Breakfast for Dinner and Bourbon

I do not feel very creative today, so I am just going to make something brainless for dinner. That would be a simple breakfast.  Scrambled eggs with Tillamook sharp cheddar, link sausages, biscuits made with Pioneer baking mix, and fresh raspberries.

I want to at least add a recipe today, so I am going to provide a recipe for a Manhattan cocktail. I have been drinking a lot of rum over the summer and having been thinking about autumn drinks. Drinking in the fall reminds me of whiskies. I guess I associate the smokiness of the taste with burning leaves. Of course no one burns leaves anymore, that would be dangerous. But when I was growing up, everyone burned their leaves after raking them into a pile.  The fall air was filled with the smell of burning leaves, and that reminds me of bourbon. I like the taste of a manhattan cocktail as it showcases the taste of the whiskey while giving it a zing of citrus and a touch of sweetness. Below is master mixologist Dale DeGroff’s take on this classic cocktail.

Bourbon Old Fashioned

by Dale DeGroff

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 tsp Sugar (or 2 sugar cubes)
  • 1 Orange wheel
  • 1 Maraschino cherry
  • Splash Club soda
  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • Garnish: Fresh orange wheel and cherry
  • Glass: Old Fashioned

PREPARATION:

  1. In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash of soda.
  2. Remove the orange rind, add the bourbon and fill with ice.
  3. Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry.

Dale DeGroff says, “Old Fashioned drinkers are divided on the question of muddling the fruit. I like the muddled version. To prepare the traditional version, muddle only the sugar, bitters and splash of soda but keep the fruit garnishes.”

Master mixologist Dale DeGroff is the author of The Essential Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail. He is also a Liquor.com advisory board member.

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