On a sultry summer day, the best thing to take your mind off the heat is a long, cool drink. And what better way to cool off than with bourbon steeped in crushed ice, a dash of lime, and topped with raspberries? Encapsulating all things summer in a glass, this whisky cocktail is no less than a good berry jam.
The outcome of using an unaged spirit is that the flavours of the grain are far more pronounced than they would have been in cask-aged whiskies. Simple in its composition, the preparation takes little effort and time, yielding refreshing results.
The cocktail comes out really well with moonshine as well. Wondering what that is? Well, moonshine, a kind of distilled spirit that was at one point produced illegally, got its name from the term ‘moonrakers’, which used to denote smugglers. But it was also these moonrakers who were mostly Appalachian distillers, producing large amount of unrefined spirit during the prohibition for trading.
The industry post prohibition accommodated moonshine in the liquor family as a clear, unaged whisky. And corn mash is typically the main ingredient used. If you’re a lover of whisky and you haven’t ever tried a moonshine cocktail, this might just be the summer to do that.
What you will need:
2 oz. Moonshine or unaged bourbon
1/4 cup of raspberries
1 oz. lime juice
1 sprig tarragon
1 cube sugar
Some lime bitters
A lot of crushed ice
Then mix your own Whisky Smash with Raspberry and Tarragon:
Once you have all your ingredients ready, mix raspberries, sugar, tarragon and lime at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice cubes and the required amount of moonshine or bourbon. Shake well and strain into a glass with crushed ice. Garnish with tarragon or raspberries as you desire.
The highball is probably one of the most common whisky drinks consumed around the world with the most famous variant being ye olde Scotch and Soda. However, the whisky highball can come in many shades but the most distinguishable feature of this mix is the tall glass of ice! The origin story of this familiar drink, however, has been lost in the meanders of time.
Sam Mason of the OddFellows Ice Cream Company in New York recently created three flavors of heady goodness using Irish whiskey— sherry caramel, Dead Rabbit Irish coffee, and burned marshmallow.
Everyone has a wild streak that they welcome a chance to channel every once in a while. If you are looking for a party tipple that is delicious and easy to make, look no further. The Ruthless packs in a sweet-tart punch, along with just the right dose of whisky to give you that exciting head rush you are craving.