Whiskey – 8 Innovative Takes On An Old Favorite

An Explosion of Flavors

When it comes to American whiskey, things had been getting pretty stale but with more flavored whiskeys coming out on the market, bartenders are able to experiment with some new and exciting flavors. All you have to do is walk down the aisles at your local liquor store to see this rising tide of flavor.

Being Expressive and Innovative

With all of the new flavors such as, berry, honey, cinnamon, etc., the possibilities are endless. People are using these new tastes for everything from cocktails, baking and even dinner entrees. It’s a new scene out there. Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs are expanding their menus to compete for the ever-changing tastes, and the customers are the ones winning.

Not Your Father’s Cocktails

Whiskey BarrelSweet Old No. 7
2 oz. Jack Daniel’s Black Label Tennessee Whiskey
½ oz. sweet vermouth
3 oz. Coca-Cola
1 ½ oz. cherry juice
Garnish – cherry
Mix all ingredients in shaker with ice; shake vigorously. Pour all contents into pint glass.

The Wild Dark
2 oz. Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon
¼ oz. blackberry brandy
¼ oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ oz. simple syrup
Garnish – Blackberry
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into an old fashioned glass over ice.

Darby Brown
2 parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 part fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
¼ part honey syrup*
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass
*Honey syrup – mix 2 parts honey with one part hot water until fully blended

Amaro Grand Eagle
2 oz. Limited Edition Seven Grand Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon
½ oz. sweet vermouth
¼ oz. Amaro Lucano
Garnish – orange twist
Stir over ice, strain into margarita cocktail glass.

Peach Mint Julep
2 oz. of your favorite Bourbon Whiskey
1 oz. sparkling water
1 heaping teaspoon powdered sugar
2 wedges fresh peach
4-5 mint sprigs
Muddle mint, add peach, muddle some more. Add bourbon and powdered sugar, stir until sugar is dissolved. Top with sparkling water, serve over ice.

Yahara Jane
1 ½ oz. Yahara Bay Charred Oak Rye Whiskey
½ oz. Jim Beam Rye Whiskey
¼ oz. sweet vermouth
¼ oz. Grand Marnier
¼ oz. Benedictine liqueur
1 dash bitters
Garnish – orange twist
Add all ingredients into shaker with ice and stir (do not shake), strain into chilled margarita glass.

Cruzan with Willie
1 oz. Cruzan Aged Rum
1 oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon
¼ oz. vanilla spice syrup
3 oz. organic milk
Garnish – grated coffee bean
Pour ingredients into an old fashioned glass over ice and stir.

These are just a few of the new ways the next generation of whiskey lover’s are making it their own. Looking to try something different – try it!