Irish whiskey has a rich history, with its beginnings dating back to the 12th century. Around 1000 A.D., on return from their travels, monks brought back the art of distilling perfumes to Ireland and the Irish modified this technique to obtain a drinkable spirit. The whiskeys made during those times were not aged, but flavoured with aromatic herbs such as mint, thyme or anise.
Today, Irish whiskey is a popular spirit often drunk in interesting flavour combinations. An oft overlooked fruit, the fig makes for an interesting blend and is fast gaining in popularity. With heady notes and dark, sweetly robust flavours that add a delightful texture to the drink, figs lend a unique dimension to the cocktail. This holds especially true when using preserves or a jam chock full of chunky, sweet flesh of the fruit. Not to mention, figs are high in iron and antioxidants that add a power shot of health to your tipple. This makes a dessert cocktail that is wonderful to wash down a delicious meal. So gather the ingredients for the recipe, and get mixing immediately!
Fill a martini shaker with ice. Combine 3 shots of rye whiskey, 2 tablespoons fig jam or preserves, 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice and a pinch of cinnamon in the shaker. Shake well for about ten seconds, till the ingredients are well mixed. Strain into two glasses. Garnish with a small sprig of lemon balm or thyme, and serve immediately!
Why is it that whiskey is so often associated with masculinity? Promoted as an extraordinarily ‘manly’ choice of poison, the liquor has almost come to symbolize a virility that society insists all men covet. This is clearly an arbitrary marketing ploy, especially when you consider that women comprise 37 percent of the whiskey drinkers in America today.
Often overshadowed by its forerunner, the mint julep, the origin of the classic whiskey smash stands open to interpretation. The earliest dates back to 1862 and talks about a peculiarly American drink wildly popular among the denizens of the South. The recipe called for a simple concoction of muddled mint leaves and sugar with equal parts peach and regular brandy served over cracked ice.