With summer upon us, whiskey aficionados are turning to sunny cocktails for a delightful afternoon tipple.
This cocktail combines sweet, tart and spicy flavors to create a most delicious and invigorating drink. If you like beverages steeped with fruit, this hits the spot perfectly. Unlike the cloying, overly perfumed concoctions that bars often serve, this one is a refreshing balance of all the right flavors.
Ginger ale is a popular choice to top up a drink. Not only does this recipe incorporate ginger ale as a base, it is infused with a sizeable chunk of grated ginger for a pleasant touch of unexpected zing. Sweet apple and pear ring in the season merrily, while fresh citrus lends an element of tasty tang. If you prefer a more mouth-puckering level of acerbity, throw in an extra splash of lemon juice for that sharp kick.
The best part of this recipe is that you can use your favorite brand of whiskey— the ingredients blend well with practically any kind.
Beat the scorching sun and break the midday lull. Cool off with a chilled glass of Ginger Alert.
Mix your own Ginger Alert
Pour 40 ml whisky, 2 teaspoons clear apple juice, 1 teaspoon clear pear juice, and 20ml fresh lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice.
Grate a 1-inch piece of peeled ginger into the shaker and then shake well.
Strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
Top up with ginger ale, and garnish with an elegant apple wedge.
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.
If you replace the brandy in a champagne cocktail with Scotch whisky, you make a Scotch Royale.
Very few cocktails are bestowed with the honor of being a city’s official drink, and in 2008 the Louisiana Legislature proclaimed Sazerac as New Orleans’. It has been a long, sauntering journey to the top for the concoction which can trace its legacy back to Aaron Bird’s bar in the French Quarter, The Sazerac Coffee House.