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What I’m Drinking Now: Autumn Sour

Posted by Reese On October - 30 - 2014

Autumn is upon us good hackers and what better way to celebrate the season than with a cocktail!  Wanting a drink reminiscent of fall with flavors to match, I reached for whiskey, apple and a touch of cinnamon and came out with a cocktail that’s easy to drink and very tasty.

 

Autumn Sour


Autumn Sour
1 1/2 oz Whiskey *
1 oz Lemon Juice
2 oz Apple Cider
1/2 oz Cinnamon Liqueuer **
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1) Combine everything in a shaker with ice
2) Shake until well chilled and strain into a cocktail glass
3) Garnish with a dried or fresh apple slice

* I went with a blend of 1 oz Johnnie Walker Red Label and 1/2 oz Rye. I wanted a light smokey note from the Scotch with the spiciness of the rye. However, you can (and should) use whatever suits your taste.

** If you can track down Fyr from J&L Distilling in Boulder, CO DO IT!  So tasty.  If not, I’d recommend using a more complex cinnamon liqueur like Original Cinn from Hiram Walker.

Dickel Dozen Introduction

Posted by Reese On October - 27 - 2014

I’m happy (seriously bordering on giddy) to announce that I’ve been asked to participate in the Dickel Dozen program. Brand Ambassador Doug Kragel will be selecting a special barrel of George Dickel whiskey that I’ll then get to sample. The video included below is a quick introduction to the George Dickel distillery, their process and whiskey.

Once the bottle arrives, I’ll be posting some tasting notes and more of my thoughts. If you’re local and want to help me analyze (fancy word for drink) the special bottle of George Dickel, definitely let me know!

 

What I’m Drinking Now: Wildfire Sunset

Posted by Reese On October - 6 - 2014

I love mezcal.  It’s like tequila’s rougher, somewhat crazy cousin.  I love the smoke, the sharpness and the depth of flavors.  I had some orange juice in the fridge and decided to try a Tequila Sunrise with some smokey mezcal in place of the tequila.  Behold, friends, the Wildfire Sunset.

Wildfire Sunset

Wildfire Sunset
2 oz Smokey Mezcal
3 oz Orange Juice
Splash of Grenadine
1) Combine the mezcal and orange juice in a rocks glass with ice
2) Drizzle the grenadine into the center of the drink

Note: We have more than a few forest fires here in Colorado (thankfully few this summer). When one is burning the sunsets are frequently deep red and you can smell smoke in the air. Seems rather fitting for this cocktail.

Review – Chila ‘Orchata

Posted by Reese On October - 1 - 2014

Chila 'OrchataThe horchata I’m familiar with is a Mexican rice drink flavored with cinnamon and really quite tasty.  When a sample of Chila ‘Orchata arrived I was suprised to see it wasn’t rice based at all.  Intriguing.  Having done a bit more reading, thank you Wikipedia, I was a bit more educated and even more excited to sample.  Chila ‘Orchata is a rum based, cream liqueur with a “sprinkle of exotic cinnamon”.  I’d agree with that.

The aroma speaks of fresh cream, rum and a light touch of cinnamon.  The flavor follows suit but adds a light hint of vanilla, no doubt from the rum.  Speaking of the rum, it is clearly present but not prominent.  The cream truly tastes fresh and, well, creamy. The mouth feel is silky and slightly thick.  The sweetness level is, expectedly, high, but not cloying.  Though, it was a touch too sweet for my taste to drink straight.  For me, the best mix is 1/3 spiced rum and 2/3 Chila ‘Orchata.  The rum and spices work great with the cream and cinnamon and the rum cuts the sweetness just enough.  Overall, a very good cream liqueur that I would drink on its own or mixed in something tasty.

This is a great liqueur that, the more I contemplate, seems like it will be a great ingredient for warm, fall drinks.  Think boozy hot chai, orchata spiced hot chocolate or simply a glass of Chila on the rocks.  I know, not really warm, but still tasty, I promise.


† The product reviewed here was provided to me as a free sample. If you’re wondering what that means check out my sample policy.

Review – Proof: The Science of Booze

Posted by Reese On September - 17 - 2014

Guest post by Elisabeth, Cocktail Hacktress in training.

Proof CoverReese recently passed me a book to read entitled Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers.  Being a little bit of a bookworm, I picked it up and started reading almost immediately.  Proof follows the story of alcoholic beverages from a scientific perspective. The book can be fairly technical, including discussions of yeast strains, chemical compounds and the details of your body’s reaction to a rough morning after drinking. But, as a chemist, I found it to be very entertaining.  I liked that it went far enough beyond the surface details that I felt scientifically satisfied (azeotropes!), but not so much that it wasn’t a relaxing read.

This book would definitely appeal to you if you are inclined to delve into the world of science in your everyday reading.  There are entertaining stories for all, even if you don’t tend towards science.  My favorite chapter was the distillation chapter which had a great humorous tone in places and I believe everyone should know the result of the scientific study from the 1920’s on the “Effect of Dilute Alcohol Given by Rectal Injection During Sleep”. Seriously, Harvard?

Consider putting this on your Christmas list for yourself or giving it your buddy from the lab who brews on the side.


† The product reviewed here was provided to me as a free sample. If you’re wondering what that means check out my sample policy.