The thing about Whisky Woodland Punch is that while you can make it with just about any whisky-based liqueur or lighter bourbons like Smooth Ambler, you should ideally make it with Southern Comfort. There’s a reason why we suggest Southern Comfort. If you look closely at any old SoCo bottle, even as old as the ones that were released in 2009, you will find a sketch of a plantation on the label. That plantation is none other than the popular Woodland plantation. Established in 1830 and renovated into an inn around 1999, Woodland has a complex history. Most people believe that a cocktail very similar to the Woodland Punch was the brainchild of Foster Creppel, owner of the estate. The Woodland Punch that you can now order at a pub or make for yourself is an improvisation. The other predictable connection between SoCo and the drink is that the distillery is located in Louisiana just like the plantation.
All we can say, it is a refreshing and comfortable drink. With summer looming in the horizon, you better keep this one handy!
Mix your own Whisky Woodland Punch
In a cocktail shaker, pour two shots of whisky and a quarter shot of Cherry Heering or any other cherry liqueur and give it a shake for ten to fifteen seconds. Now add half a shot of freshly squeezed lime juice and two shots of freshly pressed pineapple juice and shake for another ten seconds. Strain the concoction into an ice-filled Collins glass and top it with a little soda, this only serves the purpose of your drink looking awesome. Stir gently for half a minute and unless you want to take big gulps and finish your drink real quick, we suggest you place a straw, sip the Whisky Woodland Punch, and unwind taking your own sweet time.
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.
With a name as literal as that to boot, one can only imagine the ‘auspicious’ circumstances under which this cheeky cocktail recipe was born. Back in the 19th century, the moralists had a temporary victory over ‘societal evils’ when a ban was imposed on the production, import, and sale of alcohol.