Cocktail of the Day: Slow & Low Julep

With one of the most entertaining drinking weeks coming up, I’m going to be posting a number of cocktails over the next few days to celebrate both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. We’re starting off with a Rye take on the classic Derby drink, the Mint Julep.

  • 3 oz of Slow & Low Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz of Simple Syrup, Preferably Demerara
  • Lots of mint—10 springs mint (Reserve 1 sprig for garnish)
  • Crushed ice
  • Copper, steel or aluminum cup

Method: Muddle whiskey and mint in a mix glass.Add 1 large cube of ice.  Stir, but not so much as to dilute – a bakers dozen revolutions. Add liberal amounts of crushed ice to more than fill the tin cup.Fine strain contents of mix into a glass over crushed ice. Garnish w 6 mint leaves. 

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National Tartan Day + Scotch = Fun

So it’s not only National Beer Day, but it’s also National Tartan Day. To celebrate, you, naturally, need to drink Scotch. Like, right now. Here’s a cocktail option for you to celebrate and get your night started right—drunkenly.

Dewar’s Rob Roy

  • 3 parts DEWAR’S 12 Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 2 1/2 parts Martini & Rossi Rosso vermouth
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 2 dashes simple syrup
  • 1 cherry

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Also, if you’re in NYC, head to these bars and get rowdy.

Highlands — 150 W 10th Street

Andrews  140 W 46th St

Caledonia Bar  1609 2nd Ave.

 

Cheers, y’all.

New: Best Damn Cherry Cola

I know, I know. It’s National Beer Day, but sometimes I’m not feeling a beer—mostly because I drank beer last night and sometimes you have to mix it up. Anyway. Best Damn, which does one of the best hard root beers I’ve had (read: it doesn’t make me feel like I’m getting diabetes when I drink it), has just put out a hard Cherry Cola.

Now, if you’re like me, and that Savage Garden song was your jam circa 1997, this is the beer alternative for you. I’ve included a recipe below, but drinking it on its own is great, too. Dangerous, though, because it goes down smooth. I was surprised with how much I enjoyed it, to be honest, but I’m a fan now.

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It’s Game Time. Drink.

The biggest game in college basketball is here, so what else is there to do but mix up a drink, turn it on, and get wild. Mix these up and the [Tar Heels or  Wildcats] won’t be the only winners tonight!

 

The Wild-Rita 
  • 1.5 oz. 1800 Silver
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Lime Juice Cordial
  • 0.25 oz. Green Chartreuse

Method: Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

The Tarheel Three Pointer
  • 2 oz Jose Cuervo Especial Silver
  • 1/4 oz shot triple sec
  • 1/4 oz shot Bols Blue Curacao Liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
Method: Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.  Garnish with a lime wedge. 

The Buzzer Beater

  • 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Cannon Blast
  • 0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice

Method: Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.

The Alley-oop

  • 1.3 oz. George Dickel Rye Whisky
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.25 oz. ginger syrup
  • 1 tsp. simple syrup
  • 0.75 oz. sparkling water
  • Raspberries
  • Mint leaves

Method: Muddle, shake, and double-strain into a punch glass or coupe.