The spiciness of the Rye Whiskey compliments the ginger so nicely.
My mentor Andrew Willett recently posted his Rye Ginger Sling as his “drink of the week” on his blog Elemental Mixology. I decided to try it and ended up falling in love with it – no surprise as it’s roots have been around for more than 100 years! It’s super simple to make and doesn’t require many ingredients. The Rye Ginger Sling is also easily adaptable by making it into a charged sling by serving it over the rocks with the addition of an ounce of soda water. Here’s how you make it:
Rye Ginger Sling
4 coin sized slices of fresh ginger
1-2 teaspoons fine white sugar
2 ounces Rye Whiskey (If using higher then 100 proof I recommend 2 teaspoons of sugar)
Muddle the sugar and ginger together. Add whiskey then ice into a mixing glass. Stir until well chilled and diluted. Strain using a hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail goblet. Garnish with a strip of ginger. Enjoy!
Having fun photographing the process of making “cocktail water”. Cocktail water is simply sugar in cube form, 2 dashes of petite bitters and 1/4 pony (1/4 ounce) of water muddled together with the flat back end of a bar spoon. This is the basis for a great old-fashioned whiskey cocktail. This is how all old-fashioned cocktails were made at one time and they involved any spirit a patron would desire. It is not strictly a whiskey cocktail.
*Note – You don’t actually create aggressive splashes when combining these ingredients. I was simply trying to create some drama!
An old fashioned with a twist for Turkey Day.
Here’s a tasty Turkey Day treat – I used pumpkin syrup and Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon to create my version of the perfect holiday cocktail. The addition of maple flavored bitters really adds to the drink but any bitters will suffice. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
2 ounces Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1/2 ounce Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup
2 dashes maple bitters (I used Urban Moonshine)
Ice (use good bottled water for this!)
twist of orange
1 Lounge Attire Cocktail Cranberry (or Marashchino Cherry)
In a mixing glass combine ice, Bourbon, pumpkin syrup and bitters. Stir until desire dilution is achieved. Strain into an old fashioned or bucket style glass filled with ice. One of the easiest ways to greatly improve the overall quality of your cocktails is to use quality bottled water to make your ice. Finally, rub the orange around the ridge of the rim and twist over the cocktail making sure to release all of the oils contained in the peel. Submerge orange and cocktail cranberry in your super festive pumpkin old fashioned. Enjoy!
maple old fashioned
I’ve had this bottle of Noble maple syrup, which is matured in used bourbon barrels, sitting on our kitchen shelf and calling my name for the past 2 years. It was given to my wife and I from power couple friends or ours: Matt Armedariz and Adam Pearson. I’ve finally decided to break the seal and use this bottle in as many concoctions achievable given it’s 450ml limitation. I’m going to treat this bottle comparably to a significant bottle of bourbon since this stuff aint cheap at $28 a bottle! Naturally, I plan on pairing it with whisky given this particular syrup’s maturing process. I’d also like to try mixing it with other spirits as well.
I think the most obvious go-to cocktail that comes to mind is also perhaps my favorite – the old fashioned. This simple classic combines sugar, bitters, whisky, orange and cherry and transforms them into one of the most complex and layered cocktails. Really all we are doing here is replacing the sugar with maple syrup. Easy enough right?!
2 oz bourbon (I like Buffalo Trace and Four Roses for this)
1/4 oz maple Syrup
2 dashes of bitters
Twist of orange
Ice Cubes (bottled water makes quite a difference)
In a mixing glass combine bourbon, maple syrup, bitters and ice. Stir until desired dilution is achieved and strain into a rocks glass over ice cubes or sphere. Rub orange twist along the rim of glass, then, twist and insert into the cocktail along with the cherry. Cheers!