DIP INTO AN ESPRESSO OLD FASHIONED

There are days when you’re completely worn out-- these are just the times you cannot find the right drink that lets you unwind. If an espresso is what wakes you up in the morning and if a classic bourbon permits you to settle down in the evening, then the Espresso Old Fashioned is just what you need. It is a very sophisticated yet amicable coffee drink that features an enticing mix of bourbon and espresso. It is a delicious drink that has been crafted for finer palates. It can be served as a delicious drink right after dinner. If you do not want to use espresso, you can easily substitute it with coffee.

Ingredients

  • Room temperature espresso – 60 ml
  • Rye Whiskey – 30 ml
  • Cinnamon sugar or agave nectar – 2 teaspoons
  • Dash of bitters
  • FOR GARNISH: Lemon peel

The Process

Combine espresso, bourbon, bitters, and cinnamon sugar or agave nectar in a cocktail shaker and fill ice in it.

Keep shaking it until the outer body of the shaker is frosty, which should take about 30 seconds.

Then strain the mix into a lowball glass full of ice.

Twist some lemon peel over the cocktail to release the oils, then rub it over the rim of the glass.

Drink up before the ice melts!


The Casanova Concoction

Salvador Dalí needs no introduction. The renowned Spanish artist is acclaimed globally for his surreal, artistic contributions and more. A man of varied interests, his boundless imagination and whimsical artwork extended into his expressions of his love for fine dining and drinking too. His colourful and beautifully illustrated cookbook penned and published in 1973, “Les Diners de Gala”, showcases his creativity and discerning tastes in food and drink alike. His peppy cocktail creation, “Casanova” is a part of this book. Originally, a brandy based cocktail that was a stylish concoction inspired by his signature artwork. Dalí aptly said, “This is quite appropriate when circumstances such as exhaustion, overwork or simply excess of sobriety are calling for a pick-me-up. Here is a well-tested recipe to fit the bill. Let us stress another advantage of this particular pep-up concoction is that one doesn’t have to make the sour face that usually accompanies the absorption of a remedy.” This cocktail (and the cookbook as a whole) is an ode to his fine palate, rendered very aesthetically with a gastronomic, indulging appeal. Put your creative skills to test with a stylish Casanova to perk you up. The cocktail is stirred with vodka, brandy and more. Here we share a slightly varied version of the Casanova from the original recipe that uses brandy.

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PACK A PUNCH WITH BLACK-BEERY WHISKY SMASH COCKTAIL

Summer is upon us, and there we go reaching out for that chilled beer from our refrigerator. Hold on! Summer isn’t just synonymous with chilled beer. Yes, we all LOVE a cold beer, but there is more deliciousness to explore. You can also smash the summer heat and treat your taste buds with seasonal cocktails. Toast to the return of patio weather, open sandals, and get-togethers with something special – a great beverage that marries your favourite beer with fresh berries and a splash of your favourite, versatile whisky – Blackbeery Whisky Smash Cocktail. A ‘smash’ makes for refreshing, easy-to-stir summer cocktails with the fresh summer produce they use that burst with intensely, fruity and fresh flavours. This cocktail with its slight, natural sweetness, a tad of tart and hint of spice is a wonderful ode to summer. A classic cocktail style, the smash has been around for ages and the most popular rendition of the same is our favourite, mint julep. Usually made with whisky, muddled fruit and fresh mint, they make for a stunning drink to chug. Give this berry-beery goodness a try at your next party, a fun craft cocktail that you’ll love stirring with ease at home.

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Drink Till it Makes News: Meet the Whiskey Journalist

The Journalist dates back to the early 20th century. Though details of its origin are unknown, the recipe first made an appearance in Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book during the 1930s.Craddock was one of the most famous bartenders of the ’20s and ’30s. He moved to the United States from the United Kingdom, where he worked at Cleveland’s Hollenden Hotel and New York’s Knickerbocker Hotel and Hoffman House. This enabled him to become a US citizen. However, during the ‘Prohibition’ period, he left the States and joined the American Bar in London, in 1920. Two of his most famous cocktails are the Corpse Reviver #2 and the White Lady.Interestingly, The Whiskey Journalist has been a go-to drink for many journalists and writers. One isn’t sure if the cocktail’s name hatched that stereotype, or if it’s just a coincidence a number of writers happen to enjoy the drink. The present version of this somewhat rare cocktail is strong, yet it offers a lot of delightful flavor and constitutes a medium body. The original Journalist cocktail uses gin for its base, whereas this variation, as the name suggests, uses whiskey. Rye whiskey is usually preferred (but feel free to substitute it with American bourbon) along with balanced ratios of sweet and dry vermouth.

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