Celebrating Never Ends with Festive Cocktails from this Family-Owned Distillery
So the celebrating never ends as the next two months are full of celebrations – large and small – and William Grant & Sons has the perfect cocktail for each one.
National Irish Coffee Day – January 25
The Irish Coffee – created in 1942 in the Foynes Airport in Ireland, Irish whiskey made its way to the states in 1952 when the Buena Vista café started serving it – this staple kept Irish whiskey afloat in the 1950s. www.tullamoredew.com
Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Coffee
In a 6 oz glass
1 part Tullamore D.E.W. Original
2 parts Strong Brewed Coffee (Tim’s Pick: any premium dark roast)
2 Sugar Cubes (Tim’s Pick: Demerara Sugar)
In an 8 oz glass
1 part Tullamore D.E.W. Original
2 1/2 parts Strong Brewed Coffee
2 Sugar Cubes
Lightly whipped heavy cream
Cinnamon or nutmeg
Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Tim Herlihy’s Foolproof Method:
-Pre-heat a clear-stemmed glass with very hot water.
-Add the sugar and brewed coffee and stir well.
-Once the sugar has melted, stir in the Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.
-Gently whip the heavy cream by shaking it in a protein shaker with a blender ball – you want a still somewhat loose, not stiff consistency.
-Pour the cream over the back of a hot teaspoon to top the drink (and prevent the cream from penetrating the top of the drink.
-Finally, garnish with grated nutmeg or cinnamon for a spicy finish.
IRISH WHISKEY FUN FACT: Tim Herlihy holds the world record for creating the world’s largest Irish Coffee. It was set last year and comprised of five opounds of sugar, 28 gallons of cream, 150 gallons of coffee, and 43 gallons of Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey. The custom-made glass was 6 ½ feet.
National Hot Chocolate Day – January 31
You can have your dessert and drink it too with this Sailor Jerry Hot Chocolate cocktail. Enjoy the bold and smooth flavor of Sailor Jerry, which is the result of the blending the finest Caribbean rums with 100% natural spices and flavors. www.sailorjerry.com
Sailor Jerry & Hot Chocolate
1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1 ½ parts Butterscotch Schnapps
3 parts Hot Chocolate
Dash of Orange bitters
Garnish: whipped cream and a cinnamon stick or candy cane
Add equal parts liquor to hot chocolate, top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and garnish with a cinnamon stick or candy cane
Valentine’s Day – February 14
Impress you sweetheart this Valentine’s Day by shaking up a perfectly pink cocktail made with the exceptionally crisp and smooth Reyka Islandic Vodka. www.reyka.com
Reyka Cranberry Apéritif
2 parts Reyka Vodka
1 part Aperol
1 part Lillet Blanc
10 muddled cranberries
Top with Hard Cider
Pour in a collins glass and garnish with lemon peel.
National Margarita Day – February 22
Cheers to National Margarita Day with this simple yet smooth cocktail appropriately named, The Freshest Margarita. The cocktail creator and Milagro Brand Ambassador, Jaime Salas explains what makes this margarita so fresh.
“This delicious, yet simple three ingredient take on the classic margarita allows Milagro to shine front and center among the freshest trifecta of flavors,” explains Jaime.
The Freshest Margarita by Jaime Salas, National Milagro Ambassador
2 parts Milagro Silver
¾ part Agave Nectar
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker, shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.