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Jack Daniels – through the seasons: New Years

The last cocktail in my Jack Daniels through the seasons themed gift was one of my very own creation. It’s a cocktail that will be at home on any cocktail menu throughout the year but, due to the nature of some of its ingredients (specifically the cranberries), is better utilised during the new year period…

Please note that I use fever tree ginger ale in my cocktails, almost exclusively, so it may taste different to what I intended if you use other brands (just tweak it a little to better compliment the brand you use).

New Years’: The Fervent Shaker Tennessee Mule

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About the Drink:

Created in a top secret laboratory hidden away in an underground bunker, this cocktail has been slowly tweaked and re-tweaked for months. Like a strain of the cold virus, no two versions have ever been the same. Until today.

This cocktail has finally come to fruition and the depth in flavour is superb when compared to other similar mixtures. Its moderately simple combination of Jack Daniels Tennessee whisky, apple juice, lime juice, our in-house cranberry simple syrup, and a top of ginger ale, results in a well-balanced yet slightly sweet cocktail that should take the bite out of the whisky whilst keeping all of the flavours intact. The joy of this cocktail is, of course, its depth in flavour.

Using an in house cranberry syrup recipe we can control the flavour balance that is integral to the core of this drink. Thus the measurements are strict in that this recipe relies on the delicate balance between sweet and dry.

This cocktail is perfect for your new year celebrations but also for almost any other special occasion. Just bear in mind that the use of cranberries may restrict this to being a more seasonal tipple.

Tweak note: The Ginger ale can of course be substituted for a lighter flavoured soda although please be aware that doing so can impair the intended flavour profiles.

Recipe:

  • 1 ½ measures Jack Daniels
  • 1 ½ measure Apple Juice
  • ¾ measure in House Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • ½ measure Fresh Lime Juice
  • Top-Up Ginger Ale*
  • Handful of fresh/frozen cranberries

Method:

  • Combine the all of the ingredients, except for the ginger ale, in an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
  • Shake until well-chilled or until the tin ices over. Around 15-30 seconds.
  • Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice until ¾ full.
  • Top up with the ginger ale and garnish with a skewer of fresh/frozen cranberries.
  • Serve with a straw and enjoy!

This was a really fun and interesting gift to create and put together and should be something you can all emulate for your friends and family!

Disclaimer: All of the pictures used across the previous four posts i’ve shared with you (links below) are from the Official Jack Daniels website and when you’re done here, why not check out their other recipes for a little inspiration?

Spring Cocktail

Summer Cocktail

Autumn Cocktail

Winter Cocktail

Please note: this post is in no way endorsed or supported in any way by Jack Daniels or any of their affiliates. This is all my own thoughts and words people! Go me!

Jack Daniels – Through the Seasons: Winter

The fourth cocktail in the Jack Daniels through the seasons is a Winter themed special.

You’ve all tried the Lynchburg Lemonade served at your local weatherspoons right? It’s a cocktail so easy to make and so refreshing that a lot of cocktail bars/pubs will serve it throughout the summer.

Well this next cocktail is similar in that it is refreshing and a great cocktail utilising the warmth of Jack Daniels but adds a nice seasonal twist to an otherwise standard cocktail…

Winter: Lynchburg Cider

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About the Drink:

Perfect for the winter months, especially the colder ones, this cocktail is a simple yet highly effective concoction suitable for most affluent drinkers.

The cider can be of any type but stick to your favourite or research which types work best with which types of whisky. This recipe is best followed by utilising your favourite hot cider mixture – if only so you know what to expect from the cider itself.

The cinnamon and lemon are purely for aesthetics and fragrance, although given enough time they’re sure to add their own imprints to the mix.

The Lynchburg Cider is a hard cocktail to get right but if you used the flavours you love and a good quality cider, there’s not much that can go terribly wrong…

Recipe:

  • 1 measure Jack Daniels
  • 5 measures Hot Apple Cider
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Lemon Slice

Method:

  • Simple build in a mug (or coffee glass).
  • Garnish with the cinnamon stick and lime slice.

 

Jack Daniels – Through the Seasons: Autumn

The third cocktail in the Jack Daniels through the seasons is, of course, autumn.

This refreshing cocktail is perfect for the autumn, but tastes so good you can be sure to enjoy it all year round… Especially for those looking for an American escape sometime soon…

Autumn: New York Sour

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About the Drink:

A classic sour cocktail is as simple as it can get: Spirit + Lemon Juice + Simple Syrup + Shake = Sour Cocktail. The spirit used can be anything from Vodka or Rum to Melon Liqueur or Limoncello (and everything in between).

When it comes to the New York Sour the classic whisky sour was taken, added to and sold on as an improvement, so to speak. Some see confusion and a strange muddle, whilst others see the genius in adding further depth of flavour. It’s an odd idea for sure, but once you’ve tried a whisky sour with the wine topper, no whisky sour without it will ever taste the same!

Arguably the most versatile aspect of this drink is its ability for tweaking where needed. When using different types of whisky (Scotch, Tennessee, Rye, Bourbon etc.) you can use different types of red wines to compliment the whisky and get the most out of the cocktail.

Recipe:

  • 1 ½ measures Jack Daniels
  • 1 measure Lemon Juice
  • ½ measure simple syrup
  • ½ measure Red Wine (Shiraz or Malbec)

Method:

  • Combine the Jack Daniels with the lemon juice, sugar syrup, and ice.
  • Shake until well-chilled or until the tin ices over. Around 15-30 seconds.
  • Strain into a small rocks glass.
  • Using the back of a spoon, layer the red wine on top of the sour-mixture…

 

Jack Daniels – Through the seasons: Summer

So continuing with the Jack Daniels Through the seasons cocktails we’re now onto summer!

Yes, it might be a tad pre-mature to start thinking about summery cocktails but the weather here in the UK is on its way down. Into the –OC – shock, horror!

And as the temperature plummets we all look for ways to warm ourselves up. Not only does whisky do this perfectly, this very refreshing Jack Daniels cocktail will have you dreaming of sandy beaches and cocktail bars made of bamboo…

Summer: The Peach Muddle

peach muddle

About the drink:

This cocktail is slightly different to the others on this list as it contains some extremely seasonal fruit. Like the fruit this drink uses, it can vary in taste year to year. This makes it an extremely difficult drink to create year-to-year. There’s always someone who preferred last year’s slightly different taste.

The best way to make this drink is to use the best quality peaches you have available and then tweak the already small amounts of Cointreau, simple syrup and lemon juice to taste.

The beauty of this drink, really, is in its ability to be tweaked year upon year and yet still resemble that of the original concoction.

The Jack Daniels melts fantastically into this very summery mixture of high-quality triple sec, lemon juice, and peaches…

The thyme sprig garnish simply adds a final flourish and an air of savoury fragrance about this already stunning summer cocktail.

Recipe:

  • 1 measure Jack Daniels
  • ½ measure Cointreau
  • ½ measure Simple Syrup
  • ¼ measure Lemon Juice
  • ½ pitted peach (skin on and cut into slices)
  • 1 sprig of thyme

Method:

  • Muddle peaches with the simple syrup in a mixing glass.
  • Add in the Cointreau, lemon juice and Jack Daniels and fill glass with ice.
  • Shake vigorously until the tin ices over.
  • Fill a mason glass with crushed ice.
  • Strain mixture into the mason glass and garnish with the thyme.

 

Jack Daniels – Through the Seasons: Spring

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

2x Limes

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

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!

Recipe:

  • 2 measures Jack Daniels
  • 1 measure Cranberry Juice
  • 1 measure Orange Juice
  • Top-up Tonic Water
  • ½ tsp Honey
  • Ice

Method:

  • 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).

Halloween is coming, so are the Cocktails…

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Halloween is right around the corner, it’s Thursday in fact, and the best way to celebrate any such event is exactly how the Mexicans do: with a party.

Halloween is coveted by many different cultures across the world, not just here in the UK or over the water in the USA but under different names it is celebrated across more than 30 countries across the planet.

Whether it’s the Latin American/Mexican/South American Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) or the Wiccan Samhain (pronounced ‘sow-in’) October 31st – November 2nd are, pretty much universally, 3 days of fun and celebration. Whether it’s the celebration of deceased loved-ones or just a bunch of trick or treaters, the time of Halloween/Dia de Muertos is a wonderful time of year…

Now I’m not an avid trick or treater, I have no children to take on such outings, nor do I see the point in going and asking strangers for sweets… However I do quite like a good old ‘Adult Halloween’ (like the one featured in an episode of The League – Ghost Monkey) with alcohol and cocktails aplenty…

Over the coming week I shall be writing up some cocktails perfect for any Halloween party you ‘re planning and will aim to share all of them on the big day (Thursday 31st) just in time for you all to get out there and enjoy them…

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The Classic Brain Haemorrhage Cocktail…

Whether it’s the Spiced Caramel Apple (my very own creation) or the classic Brain haemorrhage Shooter there will be some gems. Look out; the Fervent Shaker Halloween Cocktails are about…

Cocktail #1

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Remember, this Halloween your themed cocktails don’t have to look amazing… Although a little style can always help…

Cocktails O’ Clock: The Flame of Love

This cocktail is a twist on a Martini and probably one of the most elegant cocktails you’ll ever see/make/taste.

Rather than regurgitate what Charlotte Voisey says in her video, I thought it best just to share the video in this post. Plus it adds a splash of variety, you don’t have to read my drivel for once 😉 – I shall be using a few of these videos, by the various barkeeps ‘SSN‘ use in their videos…

Made by Charlotte Voisey (a barkeep from the USA) this cocktail is all about elegance, Watch her video (on youtube via the small screen network) and revel in both the beauty of this drink and the lady making it…

Hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as I do. Perfect for those late night Soiree’s with you and a few friends…

Flame of Love:

Recipe:
2 measures Good quality Vodka
1/2 measure Good quality Sherry

Method:
– Combine in a mixing glass, fill with cracked ice and stir well, until the drink is chilled.
– lace the glass with the oils of 2 orange peels.
– Then pour the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and flame an orange peel over the glass and place it in the drink.
– Enjoy with friends.

Product of the month: October 2013

Falernum (Syrup/Liqueur)

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The Caribbean is a beautiful place, and has supplied us with something just as special as rum: Falernum…

Falernum is a sweet sugary syrup originating from the Caribbean and is most often used in rum based cocktails with a tropical feel to them. This syrup can come in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions, and in various brands. It’s important to look at whether or not the bottle you’re buying is alcoholic or not, as the alcoholic versions can range from 10-25% Vol. (typically speaking).

It is a thick syrupy liquid that can range from clear/white to golden and translucent and therefore the type of Falernum you use can affect the appearance of the drink you’re trying to create.

But whatever version you choose the overall flavour is almost always the same, and it’s for this reason it is so popular with bars and their cocktails (the famous OXO Tower in London uses Golden Falernum in their Dark N’ Stormy recipe).

The flavour:

Falernum typically contains a collection of ingredients, including (although not always together): Almond, Ginger, Clove, Lime, Vanilla and occasionally All Spice. As you can tell different brands can differ quite significantly in taste and whilst one version may enhance your Mai Tai, another might not. This is something to be aware of when you go shopping for a bottle…

So where can you purchase Falernum?

Well you would not be stoned for assuming supermarkets would stock this item, but here in the UK it has still to break the stranglehold Monin’s Grenadine & Simple syrups hold on the shelves. However there are some online sources where you can pop a bottle in with a delivery of other liqueurs/spirits. These websites are TheDrinkShop and TheWhiskyExchange. Failing that you can always brew up a homemade version, try your hand at Kaiser Penguins’ recipe. Those of you reading this in the USA, seeing as the Caribbean is a mere boat ride away, I’m sure you shouldn’t find it too difficult to source…

Cocktails using Falernum:

OXO Tower Dark N’ Stormy

Recipe:

2 measures Goslings Black Seal Rum

2 – 5 dashes Aromatic Bitters

½ measure Fresh Lime juice

½ measure Barbados Made Golden Falernum

Top Up Organic Ginger Beer

Dark N’ Stormies are one of my favourite cocktails, even more so when they’re a little sweeter, like this one…

Method:

–          Combine the first 4 ingredients in a shaker (over ice) and shake for around 10 seconds.

–          Then strain into your serving glass, over ice.

–          Top up with the ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel/wedge.

Note: I could not get the exact measurements that the staff at the OXO tower use, which is a shame, but I have perused some online recipes and compared them to come to the above recipe… I’m open for comments as to your favourite recipes…

Barbados Cocktail

Recipe:

1 measure Velvet Falernum

1.5 measures Dark Rum

¾ measures Fresh Lime Juice

A sweet rum cocktail that epitomises the Caribbean way of drinking…

Method:

–          Combine ingredients over ice and shake well (around 10-15 seconds).

–          Strain into a cocktail glass (I prefer a coupe glass).

–          Garnish with a lime wedge…

A classic recipe, this cocktail is Caribbean all over, combining rum and Falernum to create a sweet and tangy masterpiece. At a glance this cocktail looks rather similar to the dark n stormy I’ve listed above, but I believe it’s most likely where the OXO Tower got their idea from. Still this is a great cocktail and should not be sniffed at (unless of course you actually want to sniff it).

Corn N’ Oil

Recipe:

1 measure Bacardi Gold Rum

¼ measure Velvet Falernum

2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Looks Like oil, but tastes like heaven…
Picture courtesy of: drinkdogma.com

Method:

–          Stir all the ingredients over ice, and strain into an ice filled old fashioned glass.

This cocktail is a mystery in that no one knows where the name came from, although there are rumours that the strangely thick (almost oily) BlackStrap rum is the reason the ‘oil’ is in the name…

Ranglum Cocktail

Recipe:

4 measures Goslings Black Seal Rum

1 measure Wray & Nephews overproof rum

1.5 measures Velvet Falernum

2 measures Fresh Lime Juice

½ measure Sugar Syrup

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Short and sweet, just how they’re liked…

Method:

–          Shake all the ingredients over ice and strain into an ice-filled glass.

–          Squeeze piece of lime peel over the drink and place in the glass.

–          Serve with straws.

This drink is also very much like a Dark N’ Stormy, but with a massive smack in the face from the overproof rum.  With the addition of Ginger Beer (to top) this drink becomes a pumped up Dark N’ Stormy, but at the same times lengthens this rather tricky drink…

Frosty Dawn

Recipe:

1.5 measures Light Rum

1 measure Orange Juice

½ measure Falernum

¼ measure Maraschino Liqueur

O Sonho de Paulo, Steve Schul, Cocktail Buzz
It may start getting frosty outside, but this cocktail will put the hair back on your chest…
Picture courtesy of: cocktailbuzz.blogspot.com

Method:

–          Shake all the ingredients over ice and strain into an ice filled, chilled rocks glass.

–          Garnish with a lime wedge.

Key Cocktail

Recipe:

1.5 measures Gin

½ Fresh Lime Juice

¼ measure Falernum

¼ measure Dark Jamaican Rum

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Perfect for unlocking the secret to a good night… The Key Cocktail

Method:

–          Shake the ingredients over ice and strain into a well-chilled martini cocktail glass.

–          Garnish with a pineapple stick/finger.

These cocktails all have Falernum as an ingredient, but also all taste different. This is both a testament to the Syrup/Liqueur’s depth of flavour, but also its versatility as a cocktail ingredient. It is for these reasons that it’s my product of the month… Hopefully you all enjoy it and get a chance to experience the recipes I’ve listed above!

Cocktails O’ Clock: Wild Mexican Mule (Margarita)

It’s alive! ALIVE I TELL YOU!

OK, so that may be a little dramatic, but this cocktail came to me recently in a vision I can only describe as genius… Combining two great Tequila based drinks (the Tequila highball & Margarita) this cocktail creates a balanced Mexican themed cocktail with a crisp finish to it.

There are those out there who will be sick at the prospect of changing a margarita so much and still use the name, and to them I say only this: Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it…

Recipe:

1.5m Tequila

1m Fresh Lime Juice

½ measure Cointreau

Top up Ginger Ale

2 barspoons Cherry Brandy

7 drops Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Fresh Cherry, lime wedge & sugar rimmed glass…

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Made by me, photographed by me, enjoyed by me… The Wild Mexican Mule…

Method:

1)      Using the lime wedge, wipe the rim of the glass and dip in sugar. Place the cherry on the rim (leave the stem on and have it lean away from the glass.

2)      Fill the glass with ice.

3)      In a shaker combine the tequila, lime and Cointreau.

4)      Shake well over ice and double strain into the glass.

5)      Top up with ginger ale.

6)      Garnish (finally) with the Angostura and cherry brandy.

The brandy should drift gently to the bottom of the glass, but should also pull the Angostura down with it, creating a cascading effect.  The sweetness in this drink comes from both the Cointreau and cherry brandy, but what really sets it apart is that it’s lengthened by the ginger ale, adding a slight spice to the drink, not to mention the Angostura weighing in with its trademark flavour.

This drink is a great little fusion that may not win all of you over but try it with your favourite brand of ginger ale and try different cherry liqueurs (or even take out the cherry and try an actual brandy instead, either way that’s the bit that adds the richness to drink).

Hopefully you like this cocktail as much as I do, leave a comment should you have any about it.

Until next time here’s a little something:

Fervent Shaker Fact of the Day:

There is a significant different between Fresh Lime Juice and Lime Juice Syrup. The fresh lime juice is always freshly squeezed from the fruit (the fresher the better). Whereas the syrup is a blend of water, juice and sugar (kind of like a lime flavoured sugar syrup). The best known brand of lime juice syrup is ‘Roses’ and is popular both here in the UK and across the pond in the USA.

NFL Special – The Vikings VS The Bears

I’m writing this as the Bears lead the Vikings 24-21 (Half Time)

Recently i’ve been doing a daily post at around 5pm (GMT) of cocktails i like/love. I’ve decided to change it up a bit…

This is mainly because over the next 2 weeks (as well as the past week) i’m working as much as possible to help me pay for London Cocktail Week (London, UK). But also because i think it’s time to introduce some more things, links, picture and so forth.

Hopefully all you guys (readers) will enjoy the refreshment whilst I work as hard as I can now, so that in 3-5 weeks time i can bring you lots of juicy posts about my exploits during the LCW, and various photo-shoots for my upcoming cocktail book.

So here, inspired by tonights NFL game i’m watching whilst typing are 32 cocktails themed for the NFL, for your favourite teams… Especially for you Americans!

32 Cocktails for your NFL party…

And if that’s not enough? Then try out these classic Nort American cocktails:

The Dark N’ Stormy, Recipe:

2oz/50ml Goslings Dark Navy Seal Rum

Top up Goslings Ginger Ale

Garnish: Lime Wedge

Method:

In an ice filled glass pour in the ginger ale and then float the rum on top. Drop in the lime (squeeze it in if you like a bit of zing) and stir well.

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Layered to perfection…
Picture Courtesy of: blogs.villagevoice.com

The Screwdriver, Recipe:

2oz/50ml Vodka

Top up Fresh (NFC) Orange Juice

Garnish: Orange slice

Method:

Pour in the vodka, over ice, and then top up with the orange juice. Stir well and drop in the orange slice.

Simple, Elegant and perfect with your afternoon games…
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