Weekly Picks: Top Whiskeys for Summer Porch Sipping
Is it just us, or did summer seem to take forever to get here this year? Now that the temps are consistently in the 80s, you can finally roll up your sleeves and throw on those shorts you’ve been staring at for a month. Is there anything better than that first day of walking around in shorts and flip flops? How about a breezy summer beverage to sip on while you watch the day go by? Everybody’s got their own summer jam, but we’ve got some suggestions to get you started.
Yelawolf Creek Water Whiskey
Yelawolf is an artist who isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. That’s why it’s no surprise that when it came time for the Gadsden, Alabama rapper to create his own whiskey, he decided to call it Creek Water. Leading with a nose like maple syrup and fine tobacco, this American whiskey finishes smooth with charred touches of cinnamon and oak. Now we understand that the Catfish Billy lifestyle isn’t necessarily for everyone. That’s why we’ve selected something a little more cosmopolitan for out cocktail pairing - this Elderflower Old Fashioned is a unique twist on a classic that pairs great with a footrest and a good novel.
- 2 1⁄2 oz. Yelawolf Creek Water Whiskey
- 1⁄2 oz. Elderflower liqueur
- 2-3 dashes bitters
- Strip of lemon zest for garnish
Recipe: Stir bourbon, St. Germain, and bitters in an ice-filled mixing glass or mixing tin until very chilled; strain into a rocks glass with a large cube of ice. Garnish with lemon zest.
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Jim Beam Peach Whiskey
Bourbon, peaches, and sweet tea - can you get any more southern than that? The folks behind Jim Beam Peach Whiskey don’t think so. A blend of genuine Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon and fine peach schnapps, with flavors of sweet peach mixing with woody bourbon and vanilla notes, this hybrid spirit works just as well sipped straight from the glass as it does in a simple cocktail like this one adapted from Jim Beam’s website.
- 2 parts Iced Tea
- 2 parts Jim Beam Peach Whiskey
- Lemon Wedge
Recipe: Build ingredients in order listed over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with lemon wedge.
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Buchanan’s Special Reserve 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky
We know, we know - a good cocktail can put a cap on a summer day like almost nothing else, but sometimes you just want a GOOD. STIFF. DRINK. Not to worry - we’ve got something for those of you who are, shall we say, mixer-resistant - Buchanan’s Special Reserve 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky. Winner of the Blended Whisky Trophy at the 2005 International Wine & Spirits Challenge, Buchanan’s Special Reserve arouses the palate with aromas of chocolate and fruit, following through with flavors of baked apple, tobacco and clove. Enjoy however you like, secure in the knowledge that your spirit of choice has been lovingly aged for at least 18 years. No suggested cocktail here - neat, on the rocks or straight up will do just fine.
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Cocktails, highballs, straight up or on the rocks, whatever might be in your glass, the important thing is that it’s summer, and you’ve earned it. Find yourself a seat whether it’s on your back porch, front stoop or just in the den in front of the tv, and enjoy. Cask Cartel has your summer sippin’ covered.
- The G.O.A.T.