Friday, August 26, 2016

Sour, My Way: Templeton Rye Whiskey Cocktail Recipe for Whiskey Sour Challenge

Still in the mood for Whiskey Sours?  Well if you did imbibe in the beloved cocktail yesterday then wonderful.  If not, then don't worry!  Bars aren't closing in massive quantities and all you need is a few simple ingredients to make an awesome whiskey sour at home.  

So you may have seen my previous post for a 'Boston Sour' made with Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey but I am not going to forget my rye whiskey imbibers.  So for my second cocktail in my Whiskey Sour Challenge I've chosen the dapper Templeton Rye Whiskey.  Mature and refined, Templeton Rye is a smooth whiskey that's less sweet than its bourbon cousin with it deep, heady crispness from the rye and a touch of wonderfully blended spices.  I wanted to keep this cocktail simple for my rye purists that just want a classic done up with their whiskey variety.  So here's a great recipe for a Bewitching Whiskey Sour:

Bewitching Whiskey Sour

1 1/2 ounces   Templeton Rye Whiskey
3/4 ounce        Simple Syrup
3/4 ounce        Fresh Lemon juice
3-5 dashes      Angostura Aromatic Bitters
1                      Cherry
1                      Lime

Add the Templeton Rye Whiskey, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and bitters to the shaker and shake it up.  Pour into a whisky de seigle glass with ice.  Garnish with cherry and a lime wedge.

Right off, the maturity of the Templeton is not diminished by the other ingredients.  The earthiness of the whiskey still retains its depth as the tart lemon, acrid bitters and the sweet simple syrup marry to make this drink become the most grown and sexiest lemonade ever.  Templeton Rye Whiskey is good with this cocktail since it makes the cocktail not overly cloyingly sweet or heavy.  Templeton Rye Whiskey is available at your finer wine, spirit and alcohol retailers and as always please remember to drink responsibly.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Sour That Tastes So Sweet: Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey Cocktail Recipe for National Whiskey Sour Day

It's a well known fact that gentlemen drink whiskey.  However, it's also a well-known fact that gentlemen who drink copious amounts of whiskey can turn into complete off-putting morons, so it's really about distinguishing a true gentlemen.  Much more, it's about the kind of drink or even the kind of whiskey that speaks to gentlemen.  With National Whiskey Sour Day today, I decided to examine the beloved cocktail, which has a place in the heart's of many gentlemen, with three distinct whiskeys.

A Whiskey Sour is typically made with a bourbon whiskey.  However, if some prefer ryes to bourbons then why should one forgo the dapper cocktail.  They shouldn't.  Over the next three days I am having a Whiskey Sour Sampling starting off with a classic bourbon whiskey that's been around since 1888.  Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a delicious highbrow whiskey that has all the characteristics of a great bourbon.  It has that touch of sweetness and the spiced warmth of a bourbon along with its characteristic smooth depth that makes Four Roses a top-shelfer.  I chose Four Roses Bourbon for this first whiskey sours after getting a great recipe from a friend of mine and former bartender, Christopher Dobey.  Here's a great version that was first locally done in Boston but has become a nice remix of the whiskey sour.

The Boston Sour

2 ounces       Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
3-5 shakes   Angostura Aromatic Bitters
1 ounce        Simple Syrup
1/2 ounce     Fresh Squeezed Lemon
1/2 ounce     Fresh Squeezed Lime
1                   Egg

Add just the white of the egg to the shaker.  Shake up the egg until the foams up (meringues).  Add the Four Roses, the simple syrup, lemon, lime and bitters to the shaker and shake.  Double-strain into a whiskey glass over ice.

This was a delicious cocktail.  Admittedly I always order my whiskey with ginger ale but this Boston Sour is going to find it's way into my rotation.  The egg white adds a nice textural depth to the drink while the perfectly married sour lemon and lime with the bitters cut the sweet notes of the cocktail with balance.  The flavor of this drink hits all areas of the palette and makes this a very satisfying drink.  Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is available now from your finer wine, spirit and alcohol retailers and as always please remember to drink responsibly.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Refreshingly Great In Twelve Ounces: WtrMln Wtr Review

It must truly be called the lazy days of summer for a reason.  Now while I can't speak for anyone else, I'll look for any excuse to take it easy in the summer heat.  It's almost as if the heat to me is tantamount to kryptonite to Superman as it seems to suck all the life out of me.  I may be dating myself here but (so what) whenever I have a refreshing beverage or meal in the summertime it feels like when the Decepticons or the Autobots would get all their energy back after imbibing on energon cubes.  Didn't get the reference?  Get this reference!  I have an intense yen for my body temperature to be refreshed and my energy brought back to life in the summertime.  

There's a thing I swear by all summer until it's no longer available and that's enjoying copious amounts of fresh watermelon.  Sometimes I'll just forgo a meal and enjoy a tray of the deliciously sweet and fresh cubed loveliness and at once become hydrated and satisfied.  So admittedly, when Wtrmln Wtr (Watermelon Water) first caught my eye in Wholefoods my initial thinking was "Eh, it's probably just lots of added sugar and coloring in a cute bottle".  Fast forward to a couple days ago and the pleasant way in which my favorite fruit just became my favorite drink too.

What's great about Wtrmln Wtr is that it is unadorned.  It's not masquerading as the great original.  It is the great original!  The ingredients are simple (and comprehensible) as there are only three: watermelon flesh, watermelon rind and organic lemon juice.  That's it!  Add to the fact that the health properties of watermelon juice are listed in detail right on every bottle of Wtrmln Wtr which has suddenly made this my new quick go-to for electrolytes, muscle recovery and my new hangover cure.    If you're less concerned with the benefits and are just all about the taste then have at it!  Add Wtrmln Wtr to a cocktail and enjoy a Watermelon-rita, a spiked watermelon-ade, or a mimosa made with WtrMln Wtr instead.  

Pick up Wtrmln Wtr at your better local grocer now and turn what could be a 20 pound lug home into a 12 ounce treat.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tip Your Hat To Tequila Today: Tequila Corralejo Silver Review for National Tequila Day

I probably should observe this day as a national holiday considering how much of this spirit I actually drink.  It is the base of my drinks of choice when partaking in year round revelry.  I may stray at times but I always come back home to The One.  Also, having just recently discovered how well it goes with espresso has made me even more smitten with its fresh slick consistency.  I am talking none other than tequila.  How fitting that my beloved tequila has its own national day, which is today.

Usually, I'll go margarita or straight up on the rocks with extra lime.  As the night winds down I switch to it blended with a nice espresso that has a tap of sweetness for a nice dose of two uppers that make for a quite comfortable sipper.  However,  I discovered a wonderful 20 year old brand recently that reignited for me how wonderful tequila is.  Tequila Corralejo is an honestly good and better tequila brand.  I recently sampled and made an awesome cocktail with Tequila Corralejo Silver and was quite impressed with the crispness.  There's something about a 100% agave tequila that is made in Mexico, honestly batched and labored over that makes a sip an experience and an empty glass a great memory (not to mention an excuse to pour another).

Tequila Corralejo Silver is glassy and smooth.  Younger than the Anejo but more seasoned than the Reposado, this Silver evokes a slight fresh vibrant citrus note with that root-like herbal undertone tequila can have.  It also has the slightest subtlest tap of sweet on the clean finish to make this a quick and satisfying sip.  That's what I love sometimes about silvers.  This Tequila Corralejo Silver is so crisp that it almost feels therapeutic.  That thinking led me to try to this cocktail recipe I found as the ingredients matched the simplicity of the tequila while adding a subtle verdant loveliness on their own.

Cucumber Tequila Cooler

1 1/2 ounces of Tequila Corralejo Silver™ Tequila
1 ounce of fresh Lime juice from 1 - 2 limes
2 ounces of Chilled Seltzer
1 four inch section of Celery
1 two inch section of Cucumber
1/2 ounce of Agave Nectar
1 Pinch of Sea Salt

Slice celery into 1/2 inch slices with salt to a cocktail shaker then muddle in the bottom.  Then add cucumber and agave and muddle for about 20 seconds.  Add lime juice and tequila and fill shaker with 2/3 of ice then shake about 20 seconds and serve in a highball glass.  Add celery and cucumber to garnish if desired. 

This was such a refreshing summer cocktail.  Everything about it from the crisp Tequila Corralejo Silver to the cleansing notes of the celery, cucumber, bubbly seltzer and pop of sweet from the agave made this a great cocktail to serve with a fresh summer salad, tray of briny raw oysters, or a great meat/cheese/veggie crudité platter.  You can also just put your feet up and enjoy it on its own, after all, it is an (unofficial) national holiday.  

Tequila Corralejo Silver can be found at your finer alcohol, wine and spirit stores and as always please remember to drink repsonsibly.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Oh Give Me A Home, Where The High-tops Roam: Daniel Patrick Launches Mens Footwear

One of my favorite brands based in LA has just added sneakers to their roster.  Daniel Patrick known for his highbrow streetwear with a bare bones yet edgy wabi-wabi aesthetic has landed his wears on notables like Tyga, Justin Beiber and Russell Westbrook.  Now with his new foray into footwear, Patrick offers up his first model, a high-top sneaker named the Roamer which is handmade in Italy of calf suede and leather.  Currently the Roamer is available in Black with a black rubber sole, White and Desert Rose with gum soles and Sand with a white rubber sole.  They retail for $495 each are are just as mimimally cool and forward as his clothing.  Available now at DanielPatrick.us.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Shake And Stir Dad's Palette: National Martini Day With Carpano Dry Vermouth

I could probably state the obvious, but I'm sure you've already heard that it's Father's Day.  By now dad has probably perfected that skeptical grin for the plethora of items he may or may not wear or may or may not don on his dust-covered tool belt.  Of course we love dad, but maybe today he needs some reassurance that he doesn't need to plug in, search for an extension cord for, splash on after he shaves or determine whether better half or full Windsor with.  That reassurance should most assuredly come inside of a glass that should probably not don the phrase 'Number One Dad'.

That reassurance comes best served in a chilled glass with or without olive.  Martini glass preferred since this is Nation Martini Day.  James Bond's cocktail of choice gets national attention today.  What's great about a martini is the many different tweaks and updates it goes through, but the best to me is still the classic martini.  Ice, gin and the great, but often backseat driver, vermouth.

Vermouth is an aromatized wine that is very mild but quite fragrant and an excellent co-star to soften the blow of strong spirits like gin and whiskey.  When paired with gin it makes a very delicious and satisfying cocktail as both the vermouth and the gin have herbal and floral notes that complement each other.  Classically chilled, the cool down of the cocktail makes it a refreshing sip with a vibrant finish that elevates it to seasoned and mature.

For my National Martini Day nod, I'm having a classic British gin with and trying it with a new vermouth to the renowned Fratelli Branca Distellerie in Italy, Carpano Dry Vermouth.  It's drier and it contains less sugar, but has an intense flavor profile and slightly acidic taste that goes from spicy and citrusy to a finish that's a touch fruity.  Here's a classic and simple recipe:

Classic Martini

2 1/2 ounces Dry Gin
1/2 ounce Carpano Dry Vermouth
Green olive for garnish

Chill a martini glass, combine gin and vermouth into a shaker with ice, shake then strain into the martini glass and garnish with a green olive.

What's even nicer is that the salty olive garnish adds another element to the flavor experience.  So whether dad has the greatest or the sketchiest day today, make a list, check it twice to make sure you've got all the makings for a great dry martini to make the rest of his week look brighter. 

Carpano Dry Vermouth is great to have in your home bar for a great dry martini and other cocktail recipes like a Manhattan and can be found at your finer alcohol, wine and spirit stores.  As always please remember to drink responsibly.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

He'll Really Want Rotter For Father's Day: Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin Review

I strongly believe that this is the Fathers Day to say bye bye to the same old go-to's for dad.  Has he really worn that tie yet?  Does he even need a fragrance set with five items he doesn't even use anyway?  Will he ever try to synch that gadget to his phone...I mean it's been almost a whole year already.  Perhaps what dad needs is more realism and less projecting.  Projecting is one thinking that dad has a yen to learn how to keep his coffee warm with his own mug warmer.  Realism sets in when one discovers that the only drink dad really relishes in is that stiff cocktail at the end of a crazy work day.

Well if you're looking to kill two birds with one stone on Sunday and thereafter then may I suggest a gin I tasted recently that kinda wowed me.  Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin is a small batch produced gin with flavor and character produced in Buffalo, New York.  When you think small batch, think a more controlled center of flavor where ingredients don't get lost in too big a fold.  This is what you have with this spirit.  Tommy Rotter Gin has recently won awards at the San Francisco World Spirits and Denver International Spirits Competitions due to its unique flavor profile that involves a blend of herbals, fruits, roots and flowers.  The result is a surprisingly smooth gin with a beginning of the soothing herbals and earthy spicy roots and a fresh finish of the pleasantly sweet fruits and aromatic cleansing flowers.  I tried Tommy Rotter Gin in a classic G & T with a twist of lime and the tasting just became a pleasing rush of freshness as the citrus played nicely off of the seasoned notes of the spirit.

Is it apropos to give dad a spirit on Father's Day?  I say with Tommy Rotter it is when you know he's a man who enjoys a nicely executed cocktail.  It's sure to go faster than questionable bottle of designer cologne.  

Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin is available now at your finer spirits, wines and alcohol retailers and as always please remember to drink (and gift) responsibly.