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.
Not all cocktails need exotic elements to be enjoyed in the warm months. Some can be mixed within minutes with ingredients found easily at home. One such gem is the Highland Bramble. Its punchy, fruity, and tarty flavours allure you into a joyful ambience of a warm summer morning in the highlands or countryside.
Get-togethers are incomplete without a bowl of fruity punch. How about adding a perfect twist to the quintessential party drink with some good ol’ bourbon?
Here’s a quick recipe for a Backwoods Bourbon Punch that’s fresh in terms of its essence, quick in its method, and great to get you tipsy.
Mix your Backwoods Bourbon Punch
Isn’t this the most wonderful time of the year? The New Year brings hope for new beginnings, new possibilities, and of course, new cocktails to add to our drink repertoire. Irish whiskey, though in initial decline, has certainly been revived.