I recently worked on a gift for a couple of friends who love their Jack Daniels.
It was a simple collection of cocktails, presented in menu form and then a collection of recipe cards to help them through the creation process.
These cocktails were set out in a specific way: 1 cocktail for each season of the year and then one extra cocktail especially for new year’s. The latter one being a cocktail of my own creation!
The seasonal cocktail were simply taken from the Jack Daniels official website (it’s hard enough coming up with 1 brand new recipe, and perfecting that – let alone another 4 as well!).
It might seem a bit of a cop-out but I made sure I picked 4 cocktails that my friends would not only like but cocktails that fit their chosen season well. They’re also quite different from each other – that way they could taste the various flavours Jack Daniels works well with…
The gift itself comprised of the following:
1x 70cl bottle of Jack Daniels
75ml (ish) homemade cranberry simple syrup
100g cranberries, whole
2x mason mugs
And the menu + Recipe cards.
This was a small collection of things to make a nice little hamper.
The cocktails are all extremely refreshing so I’ll be sharing them all over the next few days starting with the Spring Cocktail below…
Spring: The Tennessee Breeze
About the drink:
A surprisingly refreshing combination of Jack Daniels, Cranberry Juice, Orange Juice and Tonic water; this cocktail is simple to create yet easy to get wrong.
The balance between sweet and dry is so perfectly poised that the slightest deviation threatens to completely sink this titanic cocktail.
Jack Daniels is a perfect example of American freedom in that The whisky is simple unique in nature. This cocktail appreciates that fact and aims to elevate the spirits’ natural flavours and pepper them with various levels of sweetness. The sweetness is tapered somewhat by the tonic water but the drink in its entirety is one to really get you excited about a summer that is, very nearly, right around the corner!
- 2 measures Jack Daniels
- 1 measure Cranberry Juice
- 1 measure Orange Juice
- Top-up Tonic Water
- ½ tsp Honey
- Using a blender combine all of the ingredients, except the tonic water, and blitz until the right consistency (try for a slushie-style consistency).
- Pour into a chilled rocks glass until ¾ full.
Top with tonic water and garnish with a cranberry skewer or cherry (with stem).