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WHISKEY CLASSICS

Whiskey classics remind me of Mark Twain. And who doesn't want to remember Mark Twain when they drink?

Here are a few of my favorite whiskey classics.

Too much of anything is bad,

 but too much good whiskey 

is barely enough.

- Mark Twain

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Boston Whiskey Sour

Bourbon, lemon, simple syrup,
bitters, egg white

2 oz Bourbon

1 oz fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz simple syrup

1 oz egg white (generally one egg)

Angostura bitters (garnish)

Add all ingredients, except the bitters, into a cocktail shaker. 

Without ice, dry shake the ingredients vigorously for 30 seconds.

Add ice and shake again for about 8-10 seconds. 

Strain into a glass and garnish with drops of Angostura bitters.

Old-Fashioned

Bourbon, Sugar, Bitters,
Orange Peel, Lemon Peel

2 oz Bourbon (or Rye Whiskey)

1 tsp Demerara Syrup (or simple syrup)

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 dash Peychaud's Aromatic bitters

Add all ingredients in a mixing glass (or just build it in your rocks glass). 

Add ice and stir, but only until chilled. You want to under-dilute it. Strain into a double rocks glass with a large cube of ice. 

Express the oils from a lemon peel and an orange peel over the cocktail and drop them in. 

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Manhattan

Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura bitters, Maraschino cherry

2 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey

3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

2 dash Angostura bitters

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled and fully diluted. Strain into a martini glass. 

Garnish with a singular Maraschino Cherry (preferably a Luxardo cherry).

Boulevardier 

(Bowl-Var-Dee-Ay)

Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Campari, Orange Peel

1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey (or Bourbon)

3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

3/4 oz Campari

In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients with ice. Stir until chilled and fully diluted and then strain into a glass. 

Express the oils from an orange peel and place in the cocktail. 

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New York 

Whiskey Sour

Bourbon, lemon, simple syrup, Red Wine

2 oz Bourbon

1 oz fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz simple syrup

1/2 oz Red Wine

Add all ingredients, except the wine, into a cocktail shaker. Add Ice and shake for 8-10 seconds. Strain into a glass, either up or on the rocks. 

 

Using the back of a barspoon, gently pour in the 1/2 oz of red wine so that it floats on the top.   

(this photo I used egg white, but it's not traditionally made with egg whites)

Mint Julep

Bourbon, simple syrup, mint

2 oz Bourbon

1/4 oz simple syrup

Place the ingredients in a Julep tin and fill halfway full of crushed ice. Stir until the tin begins to frost. Add more crushed ice until the tin is 2/3 full. Continue stirring until the tin is completely covered in frost. 

Add more crushed ice to form a dome above the rim of the Julep tin. Garnish with a bushel of mint and use a straw. 

The goal should be when you take a sip from the straw, your nose should land in the mint. 

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Sazerac

Absinthe, Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Demerara, bitters, lemon peel

Absinthe rinse

1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey

1/2 oz Cognac

1 teaspoon demerara syrup

4 dashes Peychaud's Aromatic bitters

1 dash Angostura bitters

Rinse your glass with Absinthe and dump. In a mixing glass add remaining ingredients. Stir to chill and fully dilute. 

Strain into your glass and express the oils from a lemon peel. Toss the lemon peel, it does not go in the drink after you express the oils. 

Rob Roy

Scotch, Sweet Vermouth, bitters, cherries

2 oz Scotch

3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Place all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled and fully diluted. Strain into a glass.

Garnish with two brandied Maraschino Cherries on a pick (Luxardo Maraschino Cherries are the standard).

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Brown Derby

Bourbon, grapefruit, lemon, honey syrup

2 oz Bourbon

1 oz fresh grapefruit juice

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz honey syrup

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a glass and garnish with a grapefruit peel.

Fancy-Free

Rye Whiskey, Maraschino Liqueur, bitters, orange peel

2 oz Rye Whiskey

1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur

1 dash Angostura bitters

1 dash Orange bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Stir with ice until chilled and under diluted. 

Strain into a double rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel. 

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Vieux Carré

(Voo Car-Ray)

Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sweet Vermouth, Bénédictine, bitters

1 oz Rye Whiskey

1 oz Cognac

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

1 tsp Bénédictine

1 dash Angostura bitters

1 dash Peychaud's Aromatic bitters

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass. Stir with ice until chilled and under diluted. Strain into a double rocks glass with a large cube of ice. 

Garnish with a lemon peel and express its oils over the cocktail.