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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Posted in CW Irwin Straight Bourbon, Summer

Trinidad Thai Tea

Trini-DAD Thai Tea (1)1 oz Scorpion Pepper Vodka
1 oz Coconut Milk or Half & Half
2 oz Iced Thai Tea or Chai Tea Concentrate
¾ oz Simple Syrup

Happy Father’s Day! Celebrate with a nice Trini-DAD Thai Tea! Begin by adding all ingredients to a clean mixing glass, add ice and stir gently. Strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass.

I’d like to give James Jaggard credit for creating this cocktail. James is a good friend of ours and a new Father this year! Thanks James — it’s a hit!

A great way to surprise Dad — plenty of spice but with some sweetness to cut the heat. I often recommend adding chai tea as a cocktail mixer ingredient, as it’s a great way to experiment with spice — and there are so many different varieties! Oregon Chai Tea is my go-to brand but Thai Tea is another that can add depth and sweetness. This is one cocktail where the flavor complexity comes from the ingredients more than the build. It’s very simple to make, and perfect for those hot summer afternoons.

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Posted in Summer

Armored Sour

 

Armored Sour

 

1 oz Scorpion Pepper Vodka
1 oz Amaretto
1 oz Simple Syrup
¾ oz Lemon Juice
Lemon Wheel for Garnish

To make the Armored Sour, add all ingredients to an old fashioned glass, fill with ice and gently stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

The Scorpion Pepper Vodka is our latest Distiller’s Choice release and is currently available in the tasting room. This is a delicious yet very spicy vodka flavored naturally with a variety of hot peppers. For all cocktails made with the Scorpion, try a small taste at first, then adjust for heat using equal parts Scorpion and regular Oregon Spirit Vodka.

 

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Scorpion Summer

Scorpion Summer
1 oz Distiller’s Choice Scorpion Vodka
2 oz Carrot Juice
½ oz Lemon Juice
¾ oz Triple Sec or Simple Syrup
Lemon Twist for Garnish
Celery Stalk or Cucumber Slice for Garnish (Optional)

Begin with a collins glass and add all liquid ingredients. Stir with bar spoon, then add ice. Garnish with a lemon twist and celery stalk.

Talk about hot summer nights! This spicy cocktail features our newest Distiller’s Choice Release, a Scorpion Pepper Vodka. This naturally flavored vodka features a great level of heat, though not intended to be consumed straight. It is rather meant to be tamed down in cocktails so please keep that in mind when giving it a taste! The recipe includes a full shot of the intense spirit. If you want to reduce the amount of heat, sub-in part Oregon Spirit Vodka and reduce in equal part the Scorpion Vodka. A drink can always be adjusted to have more heat by adding a ‘float’ of Scorpion at the end of the cocktail build. Enjoy!

 

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Posted in Summer

Pamplemousse Kiss

Pamplemouse Kiss

 

 

1½ oz Oregon Spirit Vodka
¼ oz Wild Card Absinthe
½ oz Campari
2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 grapefruit twist for garnish

Add all ingredients to clean shaker tin, fill with ice and shake well until tin is very cold to touch. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with grapefruit twist, making sure to express the oils from grapefruit peel into the cocktail.

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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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Zen Garden Gimlet

 

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2 ½ oz Oregon Spirit Vodka
¾ oz Simple Syrup
¾ oz Lime Juice
3 Cucumber Slices (1 slice for garnish)
Basil Sprig for Garnish
Bar Spoon of The Bitter Housewife Cardamom Bitters

Begin by dry muddling cucumber slices in the bottom of shaker tin. Add remaining ingredients, then ice and shake well for at least 30 seconds. Double strain (using both hawthorne strainer and super fine strainer) into a chilled martini glass. Now prepare the garnish by lightly spanking basil sprig in your palm. This technique will bring out the wonderful herbaceous aroma without damaging the leaves. Make a small cut representing the radius of the cucumber and place basil sprig through slit in cucumber slice. Finish by garnishing over rim of martini glass.

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Caribbean Sour

 

Caribbean Sour
1½ oz One Eyed Jon Spiced Rum
½ oz Egg White
¾ oz Lemon Juice
¾ oz Simple Syrup
Bar Spoon of Amaretto
Lemon Twist for Garnish

Begin by adding the all ingredients except amaretto to a clean shaker tin with no ice and shake. This is referred to as ‘dry shaking’, which will emulsify the egg white without diluting the drink while also adding a nice layer of foam to the cocktail. Next add ice and shake hard, chilling ingredients quickly with minimal dilution. Strain into chilled coupe glass and float one bar spoon of amaretto on top of cocktail. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Not many drinks light up my palate like a traditional sour. Using our unique One Eyed Jon Spiced Rum adds depth and complexity to this delightful cocktail, with notes of cardamom, rosemary, pepper, coffee and the additional dash of amaretto.

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Spring Rose

 

Spring Rose

 

1 oz Merrylegs Genever
½ oz Cointreau
¾ oz Raspberry Rose Simple Syrup (Available at OSD Tasting Room)
Club Soda Water
Mint Sprig for Garnish

Begin by adding Merrylegs Genever, Cointreau and Raspberry Rose Simple Syrup to clean shaker tin. Add ice and gently shake ingredients. Strain into old fashioned glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda water. Finally, to release the aroma of the mint, take mint sprig and place in the palm of your hand, gently “spank” with your other hand. This will give the cocktail a fresh herbal nose.

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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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