I am a whiskey girl myself. I will happily, hands down choose whiskey over wine any day of the week. With whiskey sales on the rise, more people are discovering there are plenty of ways to drink the distilled spirit than just straight on the rocks.
Drink mixologists enjoy finding more and more ways to complement the whiskey flavor with a plethora of other ingredients, whether its syrups, fruit juices, vermouth or even tea. A growing willingness to experiment with whiskey and bourbon as the primary ingredient in a variety of cocktails is just one of several ways consumer habits have been changing, says Steven Earles, CEO of Portland-based Eastside Distilling.
“People are drinking less wine and more whiskey, and women have become more inclined to give whiskey a try,” says Earles, whose company already experiments with a variety of flavors in its drinks, such as Cherry Bomb Whiskey and Oregon Marionberry Whiskey.
Recipes For Mixing It Up Yourself
Perhaps the classic whiskey cocktail is the Old-Fashioned, around since the late 19th Century. But for those looking to add even more variety to their whiskey and bourbon selections, here are some cocktail recipes:
- Earl’s Demise
- 25 oz. Cherry Bomb Whiskey (one 750ML bottle)
- 12.5 oz. Burnside Bourbon
- 75 oz. Smith Teamaker Earl Grey Tea (chilled)
- 25 oz. Orange juice
- 25 oz. Simple syrup
- 12.5 oz. Sweet vermouth
- 5 tablespoons Peychaud’s Bitters
Mix all the ingredients in a large punch bowl, then add ice or ice ring. Serve in small punch glasses. The mixture serves 10-12 people.
- The Sideburn
- 1 ½ oz. Burnside Whiskey
- ¾ oz. Aperol
- ½ oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
- 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz. lavender simple syrup
- 13 oz. Old Fashioned glass over ice
Fill a 14 oz. rocks glass with ice, add all the other ingredients and stir.
- Eastside Civil War
- 1 ½ oz. Burnside Bourbon
- ½ oz. Cocchi Torino Sweet Vermouth
- ½ oz. Cynar
- 2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashion Bitters
- Amarena cherry
Add all the ingredients, except the cherry, to a 16 oz. mixing glass (pint glass). Fill to within 1 inch of the top with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an Amarena cherry.
- Marionberry Beret
- 1.5 oz. Marionberry Whiskey
- .5 oz. Dry Curacao
- 2 oz. Fresh Grapefruit juice
Served on the rocks
Fill glass with ice, add Burnside Bourbon and recipe ingredients.