A whiskey made primarily from a corn grain mash, aged in charred oak barrels.
In gaelic, uisce betha, or 'water of life' was used to describe such drinks in the Middle Ages. This malted grain whiskey must be produced on the island of Ireland.
A whiskey blended from various single malt whiskeys, also called blended malt and vatted malt. The 'malt' refers to the malted barley (required in Scotland) or rye, used to make the whiskey.
'Nikka whisky,' similar in style to scotch, is a blended malt whiskey produced in Japan. It has a high reputation, often making the top of 'Best Whiskey' lists.
A concentrated syrup made from sugar water and cinnamon bark. You can make this yourself by adding a few cinnamon sticks to your simple syrup making process. We always use 1:1 syrup unless otherwise noted in the recipe itself.
Also known as pimento dram, this is an allspice berry flavored liqueur; from the pimento tree. You can make your own! Here is a recipe from Serious Eats: Measure out 1/2 cup whole allspice berries, then crush them in a mortar and pestle or grinder. Place the crushed allspice in a sealable glass jar with 1 cup rum, steep for 4 days, shaking daily. On day 5, add 1 broken cinnamon stick. Let steep for 7 more days, after 12 total days of steeping, strain out the solids through a cheesecloth. Make a syrup by combining 1 1/2 cup water and 2/3 cup brown sugar, heat until it dissolves then add it to the alcholoic mix. Let rest for an additional day, and enjoy!
A concentrated aromatic bitters made in Trinidad from water, ethanol, gentian and other herbs and spices; used in many classic cocktails like the Manhattan.
A citrus flavored bitters made with grapefruit. Try them in a Gin & Tonic.
An orange colored citrus fruit. Many types of orange make an appearance in cocktails. The peel and juice are equally valuable to diverse cocktails.
A yellow citrus fruit. The peel is often used as a garnish while the juice incorporated into the drink for a tart flavor profile (citric acid).
Stir all the ingredients over ice, then strain into a double old-fashioned glass over 1 large ice cube. Express the orange twist over the drink, then gently rub it around the rim of the glass. Express the lemon twist over the drink, then garnish with both twists.
“The drink’s name is dead giveaway: it’s no easy feat to make American, Irish, Scottish, and Japanese whiskey (and whisky) get along in one glass. I quite possibly tried all of the whiskeys (and whiskies) in the back bar before landing on this quartet.” -Scott Teague
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