The end of the year is approaching and with it comes a chance to reflect. One of my favourite cocktails of the past year is the Red Manhattan, which is full of flavours of rich black cherry, light vanilla, a touch of caramel and woody oak. Have a safe and happy New Year!
1½ oz Jim Beam Red Stag Bourbon
½ oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Cherry to garnish
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until cold, then strain into a martini or cocktail coupe. Garnish if desired.
Stirring the drink rather than shaking is important to the balance of the cocktail. Stirring causes less dilution from the ice melting and subduing the flavours.
Digging through books for a martini to impress your guests at your next party? Look no further because you have struck . . . Gold! This martini features sweet banana, peat-smoke Scotch whisky and a hint of orange.
1 1/2 oz The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
1 oz Triple Sec Liqueur
1 oz Bols Banana Liqueur
3/4 oz water
Orange twist for a garnish
Begin by filling a martini glass with ice and putting it aside to chill while you make the martini.
Fill a shaker halfway with ice, then pour in all the ingredients and shake vigorously. Discard the ice from the martini glass and strain the mixture from the shaker into the now chilled glass.
Garnish with a long orange peel, twisted and placed on the rim.
Many guests like a chilled martini glass so instead of struggling to find room in the freezer for multiple martini glasses, simply fill the martini glass with ice before you make the drink.
The joy of cocktails is being able to create countless possibilities. You can find inspiration from many different sources. My inspiration for this cocktail was my mother’s baking. So if you enjoy being in the kitchen while a freshly baked apple pie is cooling on the counter, this cocktail is for you. It’s a rich blend of warming aromas of black cherry, green apple, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla and cinnamon.
Jim’s Red Apple
3/4 oz. Jim Beam Red Stag
1/4 oz. Sourz Apple Liqueur
1/4 oz. Butter Ripple Schnapps
Splash of cranberry juice
Splash of lime juice
Pinch of cinnamon
Apple slice dusted with cinnamon
Combine all ingredients except for the apple slice in a shaker. Shake vigorously with ice and pour into a glass. Add more ice if there is space. Place the apple slice dusted with cinnamon on the rim and finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon over the drink.
Jim Beam Red Stag is a traditional bourbon with the infusion of black cherry.
A cinnamon stick is an optional garnish that you can use to stir the cocktail as you drink it.
When you gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, consider adding this week’s cocktail to the mix of food and drinks. The ripe figs give the cocktail its texture, the mint adds a fresh aroma and blends with the rich flavours of the Famous Grouse Scotch.
Here’s to every breath we take and each moment that takes our breath away.
Famous Figmint of Imagination
2 oz. Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
8 mint leaves
Start with putting ice in a martini glass to chill it while we make our cocktail. Cut the figs into slices and rip each mint leaf in half. Place in a shaker glass, add ice and pour in Famous Grouse. Shake thoroughly to allow the figs to break apart. Discard the ice from the martini glass and double-strain the mixture into it.
Place a sprig of mint along the rim for a garnish.
Placing ice in the martini glass while you prepare the cocktail will help keep the drink colder longer. As you sip the martini, it will gradually warm up and the Famous Grouse Scotch will release more flavour.
Double strain is a method of straining that uses a standard hawthorne strainer (metal strainer) as well as a fine or mesh strainer. This method removes any seeds or pulp, leaving you a pure liquid to enjoy.