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Warm Weather. Cold Drinks.

When warm weather approaches, many imbibers switch from sipping whiskey to an icy concoction.  I too enjoy a cooling beverage on a hot day, but often keep my beloved whiskey as a base.  To start Memorial Day Weekend off with a bang i’d like to share my favorite whiskey cocktails on ice!   NEW YORK SOUR I have to admit, I never thought of mixing red wine with whiskey, but hey why not!  Liquor.com contributor Jacques Bezuidenhout shared this cooling sweet and sour tipple. recipe-ny-sour-290x290

  • 2 oz Rye whiskey or Bourbon
  • .75 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Egg white (optional)
  • .5 oz Red wine

Add all the ingredients except the wine to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Carefully pour the wine over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the drink. (recipe from Liquor.com)

PENICILLIN For those who cannot get enough of the smokiness of an Islay Scotch, The Penicillin is the way to go.  A spirit forward cocktail balanced with gooey honey and citrus and topped off with your favorite Scottish smoke. penicillin-cocktail-ftr

  • 2 ounces blended Scotch whisky (such as Grant’s)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce honey syrup 
  • 3 slices fresh ginger
  • 1/4 ounce Islay single malt Scotch (such as Laphroaig)

Muddle fresh ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until it is well mashed.  Add blended Scotch, lemon juice, and honey syrup to the shaker.  Fill the shaker with ice and shake quickly until chilled.  Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and pour the Islay Scotch over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats atop the drink. MONKEY JAM SOUR Last but not least is my personal favorite of the moment.  Mixing this with Monkey Shoulder is a MUST but it will not disappoint! 52e91b4a59c18

  • 1.5 ounces Monkey Shoulder
  • .2 ounces sugar syrup
  • 2 tsp Jam (of your choice – any and all work!)
  • .7 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • Soda water (optional)
  • Dash orange bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker.  Add fresh ice and shake quickly until chilled.  Strain into an ice filled glass.  Top with soda water if you choose! I would love to hear what your favorite whiskey cocktails are and add to my ever growing recipe book. Cheers and Happy Memorial Day!


A Valentine’s Day Cocktail Story

If you ask me, there is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day then by staying in and mixing up a great cocktail for your love.  Whether your status is single, married, dating or “it’s complicated” showing off your mixologist skills can help you score some major points!  So forget the fancy pre-fixed dinners and become the ultimate Valentine’s host.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:


Status: It’s Complicated

Cocktail:  Hot ‘n Bothered


Tonight I am having a girl over that I have been seeing for a few weeks.  Since Valentine’s Day seems really awkward at this moment and I don’t want to give her the wrong idea that we are in love after three dates, I decided to invite her over for dinner and drinks.


Coat the bottom of an Irish coffee glass with honey.

Add 1.5 oz of Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey and ¼ lemon juice to the mug

On the side heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea

Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir


Status: Married

Cocktail: Bad Medicine


Tonight my husband will be cooking us surf and turf (steak and lobster tail). I’ll be making him his favorite cocktail-a penicillin.

Here’s my recipe:

I shake up the following:

Monkey Shoulder

Honey syrup

Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Fresh ginger

I pour it over a giant ice cube and then finish with a float of Lagavulin 16 year old.



Status: Single

Cocktail: Whiskey (I’m not) Sour

bitI’m traveling to Vermont tonight to share a three bedroom house with thirty other single New Yorkers.  I’ll skip the dinner and head straight for the whiskey sours!

In a shaker pour:

1.5 oz Hudson Baby Bourbon

1.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

¾ oz simple syrup

Shake well and strain into a chilled glass.  Top it off with a maraschino cherry.

I’m not bitter about being single or anything…

What will you be mixing up tonight?

Whiskey During a Heatwave

Summer in New York City – while we all dream about it during the short, dark days of winter, when the heat index sky-rockets to 105, summer isn’t as glamorous as it seemed.  Thanks to the unbearable humidity and scorching sun, lately I have felt like I am living in a perpetual sauna.  My hair is in a constant state of frizz perched over my sweat drenched skin.  It’s the kind of heat that makes you scour the streets for shady trees and coffee shops blasting cool air.  Despite the grueling temperature and the desire to sit inside my perfectly chilled apartment, my whiskey itch always wins, sending me out in search of a refreshing beverage…and hopefully a good story or two!

Now I know what many of you are thinking “whiskey?!  In 100 degree weather!”  The great thing is that whiskey is not just a cold weather tipple.  In fact, some of my favorite ways to enjoy the delicious amber liquid are heat wave approved and tested by yours truly!


Whiskey Sour – a simple and delicious cocktail combining whiskey (often bourbon), fresh lemon juice and sugar.  The best whiskey sours have a dash of egg white to create a frothy white top on a mountain of ice cubes.


Mint Julep – Often associated with the Kentucky Derby, the mint julep originated in the southern United States.  Today mint juleps are made with a variety of different spirits, but my favorite is the old-fashioned version: mint leaves, bourbon, sugar and water.  You know you have found a great mint julep when it is served in a silver or pewter cup coated by a chilly frost outside the cup.


Bourbon Cream – On a recent trip to Kentucky I was introduced to Buffalo Trace’s latest addition, Bourbon Cream.  The liqueur is a sweet creamy bundle of vanilla and Buffalo Trace Bourbon.  We mixed it with root beer for an incredible dessert treat – the perfect end to a hot summer day!

Stay cool!