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Liquor Desserts

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Through combinations of different distillers, ingredients and blends, these three bottles pose unique combinations of flavors and taste profiles. With such different palettes yet all perfectly made, these bottles might be just what you need for your next dessert. Whether you want to enjoy a dessert with a rocks pour of your bottle of choice, or make the liquor part of the dessert, these three bottles bring great flavor to a sweeter palette.

Legent Bourbon by Jim Beam Suntory - Limited Release Whiskey 

Legent Bourbon by Jim Beam Suntory is a limited release whiskey that holds true to bourbon principles and styles. Made with 220 years of bourbon-making skills and 100 years of Japanese whiskey artistry, this whiskey is a meeting of Japanese and Scottish bourbons in Kentucky soil. Made with premium grains and aged in select white oak barrels, the taste of authenticity is undeniable. Layered with spice and fruity undertones, this rich paletted bourbon is warm and oaky with a smooth and surprisingly long finish. A perfect bourbon to use for Bittersweet Chocolate-Bourbon Pops

Key West Distillery - Key West Chefs Vanilla Rum

 

Key West Chefs Vanilla Rum by Key West Distillery is a bottle of vanilla brûlée dark rum. Being a chef forward distillery, this rum is made through sourced raw ingredients, and personally made extracts. With no artificial ingredients or additives, this rum is absolutely mouthwatering. Made by Chef Distilled, an American rum distillery in Key West, Florida, this liquor is a dessert in and of itself. Taste the real Madagascar vanilla bean and infused smoky sugarcane in a true dessert manor by serving it over your favorite vanilla ice cream, or just serve on the side. For an extra flare, try adding caramelized bananas.

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey 

 

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey is aged for six years in ex-bourbon casks and then married for 6 months in Central American ex-rum casks. This high malt content Irish blend comes from hand selected casks of grain and malt whiskey. The approachable taste from the rum cask makes a sweet and woody marriage with the ex-bourbon casks. The sweet and spicy finish is accentuated by the woody undertones, making it easy on the palette. Try this whiskey alongside some dark chocolate mousse or if you’re feeling creative try adding it into the mousse with this chocolate mousse with orange and whiskey recipe.

While dessert-making may not be a regular occurrence, these three bottles suit up as great pairings for those with a sweet tooth. Whether picking up a dessert from the store, whipping up a quick caramel sauce or left over slice from dinner, these bottles won’t disappoint.

Apple Cider Cocktails to Welcome Fall

Apple Cider Cocktails to Welcome Fall 0

Apple cider is something you can love hot or cold, during the day or late at night. Its diverse usage during the fall months make it a staple for any home during this season. Since apple cider is probably already in your kitchen, if not on your shopping list, it’s an easy base to have for a fall-inspired cocktail. Give some of these recipes a try with a special liquor bottle, it’ll make this type of drink a staple to enjoy all year. 

Basil Hayden's Two by Two Rye Whiskey

Basil Hayden's Two by Two Rye Whiskey is a four bottle blend of 5-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye, 7-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye, 13-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and 6-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon. With a light-bodied, warm texture taste, this blend is perfect to serve in a cider-inspired cocktail. The finish is long, with hints of vanilla, adding an extra flavor to your drink. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye Whiskey
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¼  oz real maple syrup
  • 2 oz fresh apple cider

Simply combine lemon juice, maple syrup, whiskey and ice. Shake briefly to chill and strain over fresh ice. Top with apple cider and a garnish of sliced apples.

Check out some other yummy whiskey cocktails here.

Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finished Bourbon

Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finished Bourbon is a tri-whiskey blend finished in ex-Cabernet Sauvignon Chappellet Wine French Oak Casks. The wine barrels sweetness gives the bourbon tasting notes of dark berry, espresso and chocolate. With a long, smokey and tannins filled finish, an apple cider cocktail compliments the taste profile perfectly.

  • 1 ¼ oz Jefferon’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finished Bourbon
  • Hot apple cider
  • Dash of allspice
  • Tall cinnamon stick
  • Lemon slice

Simple add bourbon to your favorite mug. Fill the mug with hot apple cider and a dash of allspice. Garnish with a lemon slice and cinnamon stick.

For other bourbon cocktail drinks, read more here

Dos Maderas Rum

Dos Maderas Rum hails from a five-year aging process in the Caribbean. This rum is then double-barreled for another three years in Spain. This is the world’s only doubled cask aged rum. The balanced palette presents notes of tropical spices and ripe fruits, an uncanny compliment for an apple cider cocktail. With a distinctly rich and smooth taste, the smokey oak and tobacco finish makes this rum go well with just about anything. 

  • 2 oz Dos Maderas Rum
  • 1 ½ oz Apple cider
  • ¾ oz Chamomile tea
  • ¾ oz Demerara syrup
  • ½ oz Fresh lemon juice

Simply add all these ingredients into a pot and bring it to a boil. Serve in a coffee mug and garnish with a lemon wheel and fresh grated nutmeg.

For more rum inspired cider drinks, click here.

A Rye, A Bourbon and A Whiskey For Your Next Night Cap

A Rye, A Bourbon and A Whiskey For Your Next Night Cap 0

Hot toddies and coffee drinks are a fun way to wind down any evening, and whiskeys, ryes and bourbons are often used in this sort of drink. Whether it’s a cold or hot beverage that you desire on a Saturday morning or warm august night, one of the best parts about spiked coffee and tea drinks is that they are easy to make at a moment’s notice. Try any of the drinks listed below for a great twist on classic hot toddies and coffee drinks by using these unique liquors available at Cask Cartel.


Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye

 


Inspired by the sweet and spicy contrast between rye and rum, this blend of 8-year Kentucky Rye Whiskey and 4-year Canadian Rye Whiskey is finished by adding Black Strap Rum into the cask. The growing trend of cask-finished rye brings a taste of rye and brown sweets to Basil Hayden’s Caribbean Reserve Rye, whose palette also includes a woody accent. With a molasses-sweet finish, the pleasant, lingering warmth is a great liquor to add to a nice nightcap. Inspired by a chill-summer-night-kind of beverage, try using this rye blend in a rum milk punch. 


Spiced Rum Milk Punch:

  • 1 ½ oz Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye
  • ¾ oz simple syrup, try substituting maple syrup to better compliment the rye
  • 1 dash of pure vanilla extract
  • 3 oz milk

Simply pour these ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and enjoy. For added flare, top with grated nutmeg or cinnamon.




Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur

 

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur is small-batch, handmade Buffalo Trace bourbon mixed with rich cream and a hint of sugar. While one can enjoy this beverage simply served over the rocks, in coffee or over ice cream, try it in a spiked coffee float to enjoy the extra bourbon flavor. The creamy vanilla flavor complements the bourbon’s smooth taste and might just become your favorite dessert to drink. 


Spiked Coffee Float:

  • 3 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur 
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate Ice Cream

Simply add the 3oz of Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur into the bottom of your glass, fill the glass with coffee and leave enough to add a scoop of chocolate ice cream on top. For added garnish, grab some whipped cream, cherries or sprinkles to put on top.


Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey

 


With a sweet and fruity style, Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey was aged in ex-Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. This whiskey produces tasting notes butter, honey and vanilla. It is smooth, soft and easy to drink, which is no wonder as it was named the Best Grain Whiskey in 2014. The accented finish of raisins, orange peel and coconut makes this whiskey a perfect way to enjoy a classic hot toddy. Its smooth palette blends perfectly with added honey and lemon, a cure for sore throats and chilly nights.


Classic Hot Toddy:

  • 1 ½ oz Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2-3 tsps of honey (to taste)
  • 2-3 tsps of lemon juice (to taste)

Simply bring the water to a boil and pour into your favorite mug, add Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey and your honey and lemon to taste. Allow the drink to cool a bit, and sip to your heart’s content. For added flavor, garnish with a slice or wheel of lemon, and a cinnamon stick.


Coffee and tea drinks are a great way to spruce up any morning, evening or sick day. They are easy to make with simple ingredients if you have a good liquor already ready to grab and pour. These three liquors add an extra taste and appreciation for flavor when added to a go-to coffee or tea recipe. Rather than stock on a stereotypical liqueurs and liquors this fall, try something new this season.

David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon — A More Than Suitable Alternative to Henry McKenna 10-Year Single Barrel

David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon — A More Than Suitable Alternative to Henry McKenna 10-Year Single Barrel 0

If you’re a whiskey lover, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Henry McKenna 10-Year Single Barrel Bourbon. The only extra-aged, bottled-in-bond (BIB) single-barrel whiskey in the world, this smokey, spicy bourbon won "Best in Show Whiskey" at the 2019 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the popularity of this highly sought-after spirit has led to a lack of availability — you can’t find this allocated bottle anywhere! Retailers nationwide report that this whiskey sells out almost immediately after it becomes available. Luckily for you, Cask Cartel has an alternative for fans of Henry McKenna’s singular bourbon: David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon.

Cask Cartel is proud to offer David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon, a whiskey that many consider to be the next best thing to McKenna’s signature bourbon. Previously sold mainly in Missouri and Illinois, David Nicholson Reserve has been a well-loved local favorite — until now. The word is spreading about this lower cost, hype-free alternative to the award-winning McKenna. Best of all, David Nicholson Reserve is easy to get your hands on. Cask Cartel has plenty of inventory of this sleeper favorite.

It would be easy to label Nicholson’s bourbon as a low-cost little brother to the McKenna, a “good-enough” substitute in a pinch, but Nicholson has racked up plenty of awards of its own, including the coveted double gold at the 2017 World Spirits, the highest honor awarded at the competition. It also received the distinction of being awarded "Best Straight Bourbon,” with judges saying, “The quality and value of this extra-aged ‘ryed’ bourbon is peerless, making it an obvious choice.”

A 100-proof, high-rye mashbill, Nicholson Reserve balances a sweet honey and vanilla character with underlying smoke and spice tones. It provides a long, smooth finish with notes of oak.

Starting from humble origins, the David Nicholson brand has continuously grown thanks to a combination of hard work and continuous search for perfection. The label is named after its inventor, a St. Louis store owner who created the renowned “43” bourbon before selling the recipe in 1843. Some time after that, Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle began distilling and bottling the recipe. The David Nicholson brand and recipe then remained in the Van Winkle family until the year 2000, when Luxco purchased it. The recipe has remained unchanged for nearly two centuries, having been passed down from generation to generation in the Van Winkle family, and the formula remains unchanged to this day.

If you’ve found yourself intrigued by this everyday drinking bourbon, grab yourself a bottle of David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon for the weekend. Settle down in your favorite porch chair with a good book and start sipping.