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Sazer-Shake

Sazer-Shake

1½ oz CW Irwin Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1 scoop Bonta Wild Card Absinthe Fudge Gelato
½ oz Wild Card Absinthe
Club Soda

 

 

Two classics join forces for this tasty treat — the Sazerac and the old time soda fountain milk shake. To prepare, muddle CW and gelato in a pint glass or shaker tin. Then separately fill a Collins glass with ice and pour absinthe over. Add muddled CW and gelato and top with club soda. Garnish with chocolate if desired.

The delicious gelato used for this recipe is one of Oregon Spirit Distillers’ collaborations with Bontà Natural Artisan Gelato, made locally in Bend, Oregon. Be sure to check them out!

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Berry Patriotic

 

Berry Patriotic

2 oz C.W. Irwin Bourbon
¾ oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 Egg White
1 oz Distiller’s Choice Blackberry Cordial
CW Irwin Bourbon Cherries for Garnish

Add all liquid ingredients except the Blackberry Cordial to a clean shaker tin without ice. Shake vigorously for about one minute, then add ice and shake vigorously a second time to chill ingredients. Strain into a rocks or Collins glass. Then pour the Blackberry Cordial over the back of a bar spoon on top of the cocktail. This technique is referred to as a “float” and the cordial should stay evenly balanced at the top of the glass. Garnish with a skewer of fresh blueberries and a strawberry.

Enjoy, and have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Hibiscus Bourbon-Rita

HibiscusBourbonRita

1½ oz C.W. Irwin Bourbon
¾ oz Lime Juice
½ oz Orange Juice
½ oz Hibiscus Simple Syrup*
Lime Wheel for Garnish
Salt (Optional for Rim)

Begin by running lime wheel around rim of martini glass. Now dip lightly in coarse salt. In clean shaker tin add all ingredients, then ice and shake gently to blend. Strain into prepared martini glass, garnish with lime wheel.

A wonderful idea for those wanting to have a tart drink without being overly sweet. Light floral notes from the hibiscus flowers compliment orange notes alongside a delicious bourbon to make this vibrant “bourbon-rita” a good fit for all palates. It’s also a great option for preparing in large batches for group parties.

*Available at the Oregon Spirit Distillers Tasting Room!

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Incognito Mojito

 

Incognito Mojito

 

1½ oz C.W. Irwin Bourbon
¾ oz Simple Syrup
¾ oz Lime Juice
Club Soda
2-3 Fresh Mint Sprigs
Lime Wedge for garnish

Remove only the mint leaves from two of the mint sprigs. Begin by adding only mint to the bottom of a shaker tin. Gently muddle mint without breaking it up too much. Now add lime juice, simple syrup and ice. Give the ingredients a 15-20 second shake. Strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Top with club soda water and garnish with remaining mint sprig and lime wedge.

Here is a great play on the classic mojito. As the temperatures increase outside, it’s nice to have a few options to mix up for patio sipping or for guests. This cocktail shines bright, as the flavor of the C.W. Irwin Bourbon is still present with a touch of mint and lime.

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Loretta Lynn

 

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn

1½ oz C.W. Irwin Bourbon
½ oz Ginger Liquor
¾ oz Lemon Juice
¾ oz Honey
3 oz Hot Water
Candied Ginger Garnish

Begin by filling mug with boiling water to warm. After one minute discard water and begin building cocktail in glassware. Add all ingredients into mug and stir until honey is well mixed. Garnish with a skewer of candied ginger.

A drink as enjoyable as it is easy to make, this one is sure to please a diverse crowd. Light notes of spice & lemon sweetened with honey makes a well-rounded bourbon drink. During Central Oregon’s chilly evenings this cocktail has been a hit served hot. It’s a take on the traditional Toddy but it also serves well as a chilled martini in the warmer Spring temperatures.

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Valentine’s Duo

 

Valentines Duo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly! If you haven’t decided what cocktails you’ll be serving or enjoying, I’ll suggest a great duo. Both cocktails are approachable, and a hint of Distiller’s Choice Blackberry Cordial brightens up both of these classic cocktails. A mildly sweet martini was selected for the lady’s cocktail and a slightly higher proof Manhattan for the gentleman’s cocktail. Both drinks are phenomenal served up, but if preferred they’re also great on the rocks.

His Cocktail:
Blackberry Manhattan
2 oz C.W. Irwin Bourbon
1 oz Distillers Choice Blackberry Cordial
1-2 Dashes Bitters

Combine all ingredients in shaker tin. Add ice and stir gently until well mixed. Strain into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with skewer of blackberries.

Her Cocktail:
French Kiss
1 1/2 oz Oregon Spirit Vodka
1 oz Distiller’s Choice Blackberry Cordial
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice

Combine all ingredients in shaker tin. Add ice and shake vigorously until cold to touch. Strain into martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a skewer of blackberries.

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Sparkling Wild Sazerac

 

1/2 oz Wild Card Absinthe
2 oz C.W. Irwin Bourbon
1 Sugar Cube
2 Dashes Bitters
Soda Water
Lemon Twist

For a tasty variation of a traditional sazerac, pour Wild Card, C.W. Irwin Bourbon, sugar cube and bitters in a rocks glass and muddle well. Fill glass with ice. Top with small amount of soda water and stir. Add lemon twist for garnish.

 

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Sinful C.W.

Sinful CW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try this cranberry bourbon cocktail recipe for the holiday season. It’s a festive drink reminiscent of fall, and the winter spices add a nice touch with a slight effervescence.

2 oz C.W. Irwin Bourbon
½ oz Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
2 Whole Cloves
1 0z Cranberry Juice
Hard Cider
Cranberries for Garnish

Fill shaker tin with ice. Add C.W. Irwin Bourbon, Cranberry Juice, Simple Syrup and Whole Cloves. Shake, strain into martini or coupe glass then top with Hard Cider. Garnish with fresh or frozen whole cranberries.

 

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Port-O Manhattan

 

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The Manhattan is a tried and true cocktail enjoyed throughout the year. Here in Central Oregon with the onset of fall, you might elect to change up the classic Manhattan to create a drink even more indicative of the season. By using tawny port in place of sweet vermouth, the traditional Manhattan becomes a bit more complex. I also exchange the orange bitters for Angostura bitters to add zesty citrus notes to the drink, which balances nicely with the buttery, oaky flavors imparted by the port.

2 oz C.W. Irwin Bourbon
1 oz port
1 tsp. maple syrup
2 dashes of Angostura or orange bitters
Bourbon soaked or maraschino cherries for garnish

Begin with a shaker tin filled with ice. Add all ingredients and give a nice stir with bar spoon until well mixed. Strain into a Martini or Coupe Glass. Garnish with bourbon-soaked (pictured) or maraschino cherries.

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C.W. Bourbon Chai Delight

 

Bourbon Chai Delight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 oz C.W. Irwin Bourbon
2 oz Chai Tea Concentrate
1 Bar Spoon Honey
2-4 Drops Wild Card Absinthe
Orange Wheel for Garnish

Begin by warming the chai tea, either in a pan or with an electric kettle. The chai portion can be very hot, as this is the only component which will be heated. Now add a bar spoon of honey to coffee mug. Add C.W. Irwin Bourbon and hot chai tea. Stir until honey is well mixed. Finish with a few drops of Wild Card Absinthe and garnish with orange wheel.