Just because it's summertime and the sun is shining doesn't mean you should pack away your whisky cabinet and switch to a more 'seasonal' drink. Whisky isn't a season indulgence and this week we're going to look at Scotch and Rich's top 3 summer whisky cocktails.
Let's start with a classic favourite of ours, the Old Fashioned.
The name "Old Fashioned," didn't come about until 1881, when a bartender at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky made a classical cocktail drink consisting of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar but switched this with bourbon, bitters, club soda, muddled sugar, and ice—to honour Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who eventually brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.
All of which is to say, it's a cocktail that's been around for a while. And for good reason. The subtle sweetness makes it smoother than a lot of other whiskey-based drinks, plus it just has that aura of Rat Pack cool. Fortunately, it's also an easy cocktail to make. Almost as easy as it is to drink.
2 oz. rye or bourbon
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 Sugar Cube
1 old fashioned glass
1. Place the sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in an Old Fashioned glass.
2. Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of club soda.
3. Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler, chopstick, strong spoon, lipstick, cartridge case, whatever.
4.Rotate the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters give it a lining.
5. Add a large ice cube.
6. Pour in the rye (or bourbon).
7. Serve with a stirring rod, and garnish with an orange slice if you're so inclined.
Our second choice this summer is the Whiskey Sour
The whiskey sour is the fried-egg sandwich of American mixology: simple, easy, reliable in a pinch. It's as nourishing, too, and palate-cleansing in the way only something sour can be. Make this recipe with bourbon or rye, which has a tanginess that mixes well, about half a lemon's worth of juice, and a simple garnish—a maraschino cherry or a citrus wedge will do the trick. There's nothing wrong sipping an easy cocktail.
2 oz. whiskey (bourbon)
2/3 oz. lemon juice
1 tsp. superfine sugar
Shake the whiskey, juice, and sugar well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry or lemon wedge.
Our third choice this summer is the Bourbon Rickey
The Bourbon Rickey was the original Rickey before later giving way to the Gin Rickey in popularity. First created in 1883 at Shoomaker’s, a now defunct D.C. bar, the simple mix of bourbon, club soda and lime was a collaboration between bartender George Williamson and Colonel Joe Rickey, when Williamson added half a lime to Rickey’s usual order of bourbon, ice and sparkling mineral water. The resulting cocktail was a hit, and people started ordering the Joe Rickey, which later turned into the Bourbon Rickey or Gin Rickey depending on the drinker’s preferred spirit. While some would be honoured to be credited as the inventor of a cocktail, Colonel Rickey was not. He was saddened that his political achievements were overshadowed by the Rickey and took solace in the hopes that one day his drink would fall out of fashion. It did not.
Half a lime
Squeeze the lime into the glass and drop it in.
Pour the bourbon on top of the lime, add ice and top with club soda.
Give the drink a small stir with a bar spoon before serving.