FOR THE 'HECK' OF IT: BILL HECK'S OLD FASHIONED
Is there a better way to have fruits than with a cocktail? While some may argue in favour of desserts or salads, Frank Sinatra put forward an irrefutable argument, “I feel sorry for people that don't drink, because when they wake up in the morning, that is the best they are going to feel all day.”
Old-Fashioned goes back to the turn of the nineteenth century. Despite the everlasting fame of the Manhattan and the Martini, this iconic drink remains a cocktail aficionado’s staunch favourite.
Since Old-Fashioned’s birth, the cocktail has undergone major experimentation. While some prefer to use brown sugar, others tend to add bourbon whiskey instead of rye whisky. The sour aftertaste of the rye whisky will be balanced by the mélange of the fruity flavours in the drink. Those who prefer their cocktail to be sweeter can always opt for bourbon. For the ultimate delight, you may go for Bulleit Straight Bourbon Frontier whisky, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, or Old Overholt rye whisky.
That said, if you’re looking forward to a laid-back drink to sip at the end of a long day, go find your rock glass and muddle up some Old Fashioned in style.
- Sugar cubes – 2
- Angostura bitters – 4 dashes
- Maraschino cherry – 1
- Lime wheel – 1
- Lemon wheel – 1
- Orange wheel – 1
- Grenadine – ½ teaspoon
- Rye Whisky or Bourbon – 4 tablespoon
- Club soda
- Ginger ale
Begin by dropping the sugar cubes in the glass.
Sprinkle the Angostura bitters and add the cherry, citrus wheels, and grenadine.
Use the handle of the wooden spoon or muddler to mash and release the fruit juices.
HAPPY EATING: GRILLED WHISKEY BUTTER PORK CHOPS
The concept of blending whiskey with food is thought to be outré by many. However, blending whiskies with complementary food is now in trend. The Scotch whiskey industry has been promoting the same. Single malts and pot-still whiskies offer a range of aromas and tastes, which are as diverse as that of wine.On the basis of what you buy, pork ribs may be mild tasting, tender, and need quick grilling; or may be tough and require braising. When you have guests coming over at a short notice or, if you need a scrumptious dinner, prepare grilled butter whiskey pork chops.Grilled whiskey butter pork chops are a lot more than usual pork chops. However, it takes just 30 minutes to prepare this delight of a main course. Pork chops with corn is a combination you are familiar with. But, if you haven’t tried and tasted butter whiskey butter pork chops with corn and sautéed potatoes, then, get ready to tantalize your taste buds.This recipe works fine with a glass of the most popular brews for 4-8 people. Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey goes well with pork chops. The caramel color and distinctive smoky flavor results from being aged in charred oak barrels.Learn Recipe
A Spread of Good Hope: Dark Muscovado & Whisky Marmalade
With invigorating ripeness and tangy shards of peels and piquancy, Marmalade often tends to be amorously pushy on those tender morning taste buds. However, once you start loving it, it will be there with you, all your life. Splotches of amber Marmalade doesn’t take much time to spice up your brunch. Pair it up with a slice of generously buttered toast and poached eggs or simply drizzle it over a sugary cake and you are good to go.This humble spread comprises staple ingredients that can be tweaked to suit your taste. We’ll give it a sneaky dose of whiskey to scale up its good old charm. Let’s see how:-Learn Recipe
Scotch in Manhattan: Meet Rob Roy
The Rob Roy is not merely an interesting cocktail to make, but also has the most interesting backstories ever. But before we embark on discussing the backstory, allow us to inform you that this is probably one of the simplest and the most easy-to-make cocktail recipes ever created.Okay so the Rob Rob is a whisky based cocktail named after a Scottish folk-hero, but was created first in Manhattan, New York. The cocktail is over a century old, and is one of the few cocktails that are exclusively Scotch whisky based.Another interesting observation about the Rob Roy is that when you make it with any other kind of whisky instead of Scotch whisky, it ceases to be a Rob Roy. What does it become when you make the Rob Roy with Bourbon, Irish or any other whiskey? It becomes a Manhattan cocktail. The ideal whisky to mix into this cocktail is the Ballantine’s Finest for its smoothness, and pleasant floral and fruity flavours and aromas. The resulting drink, blending perfectly with the sweet Vermouth and the Angostura bitters gives the Rob Roy is distinct personality.Learn Recipe