Exiles & Poetry with Teeling Single Grain Whiskey

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EDIT: As part of #IrishWhiskeyMonth, I wanted to repost one of my favorite Teeling Whiskey drinks from last year: Exiles and Poetry. If you wanna join the party, use the hashtag #IrishWhiskeyMonth on Instagram and I’ll repost your photo! The only rule is that you have to include Irish Whiskey in your cocktail.


 

If it feels like October is a happening month with a whole bunch of new bottles in my Home Bar, YOU’RE TOTALLY RIGHT! The newest bottle I’ve got is the sibling to one of my all time fave Whiskies, Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey. Remember that? Remember how I went through that bottle faster than any other bottle I’ve ever had cause I made so many recipes with it?

Well, now I’ve got the Teeling Single Grain Whiskey and woooooooooooah my god, it’s SOOOOO DELICIOUS!

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I was introduced to the Single Grain at a fabulous Teeling tasting I went to recently and was blown away by how smooth and complex this Whiskey is. It’s aged in ex California Cabernet Sauvignon barrels which makes for a super interesting set of flavors. In addition to some nice vanilla, caramel and oak notes, Teeling Single Grain also has red fruit tones, grassy notes, and tannins. Awesome right? Oh and it’s silky silky and has really long legs in the glass. YEAAAAAAH BABY!

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My first thoughts for putting the Single Grain in a cocktail were, “PUNCH! PORT! LEMON SHERBET!” (and that recipe will be coming soon, I promise), but my second thought was “PREPROHIBITION STYLE! BOKER’S BITTERS! VERMOUTH!”

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So here we go! everyone ready? Cause I’m totally ready.

Exiles & Poetry

  • 1 3/4 oz Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Cynar
  • 1/2 oz Dolin Dry
  • 1 dash Boker’s Bitters
  • Garnish: Orange peel

Combine ingredients over ice and stirrrrrrrrr. Strain into chilled coupe, express Orange peel and garnish.

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Deliciousness in a glass. Thanks to the Baddish Group for the bottle of Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey!

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Sage Rose

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Y’allllllll, I don’t usually have Jameson in My Home Bar but my girlfriend brought a 375ml bottle home after a business trip. Now, whenever we go out to a dive bar, concert, or somewhere that isn’t a cocktail bar, we usually just order Jame-o on the rocks. It’s great on its own and it hits the spot every time.

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But after getting more Sage from the farmer’s market, it hit me that I could make a sort of Irish Rose with muddled Sage! This is the perfect cocktail to make with Jameson or any other Irish Whiskey you may have in your Home Bar. Simple and supremely delicious.

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Honestly, this is one of the tastiest Whiskey Sours I’ve ever had.

Sage Rose

  • 2 oz Jameson or similar Irish Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Grenadine
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 5 Sage Leaves
  • Garnish: Sage

Combine Lemon Juice, Grenadine, and Sage leaves in tin and muddle. Add Irish Whiskey, ice and shake. Double strain into double Rocks glass over ice. Garnish with Sage.

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Delicious Whiskey cheers to you all!

A Connoisseur’s Revenge

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If your french relatives were in the mood for an Irish Whiskey cocktail, this would be it. This boozy sipper has bright flavours, herbaceousness, and a nice long finish. Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey plays very well with Calvados making this my second favourite split base for Teeling. Throw in the gentian and herbes from Salers, fabulous botanicals from Boker’s Bitters and you’ve got A Connoisseur’s Revenge.

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A Connoisseur’s Revenge

  • 1 1/2 oz Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
  • 1 oz Christian Drouin Calvados
  • 1/4 oz Salers Aperitif
  • 1 dash Boker’s Bitters
  • Garnish: Orange Peel

Combine ingredients over ice and stir until proper dilution has been achieved. Strain into coupe, express Orange peel and garnish.

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Yummmmmmmm, I am so ready to drink this!

Thanks to The Baddish Group for this delicious bottle of Teeling Irish Whiskey

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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Happy St Patrick’s day to you all with a Teeling Irish Whiskey cocktail: The Bookseller!

On my way to creating the above cocktail, I read through a bunch of classic Irish Whiskey recipes for inspiration. A couple of them are too good not to post so here they are! I will definitely be making one of them at home today!

Belvedere Cocktail (The Wine and Spirit Bulletin, Louisville 1917)

  • 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Dry Gin
  • 1/2 oz Red Vermouth
  • 2 to 3 dashes Absinthe

Shake with cracked ice and strain into cocktail glass. This cocktail is attributed to the Hotel Belvedere in Baltimore, MD. (source: Martin’s New & Improved Index of Cocktails & Mixed Drinks.)

Black Thorn (Harry Johnson, 1900)

  • 1 oz Irish Whiskey
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 3 to 4 dashes of Absinthe
  • 3 to 4 dashes of Boker’s Bitters (or Aromatic Bitters)

Stir with cracked ice and strain into a wine glass. (source: Harry Johnson’s New and Improved Bartender’s Manual.)

Irish Cocktail (Harry Johnson, 1900)

  • 2 oz Irish Whiskey
  • 2 to 3 dashes Absinthe
  • 1 dash Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1 dash Orange Curaçao
  • 2 dashes Boker’s Bitters (or Aromatic Bitters)
  • Garnish: Lemon Peel and an Olive

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Express Lemon Peel and garnish, try it with the Olive. The salt and brine from the Olive will balance out the sweet. (source: Harry Johnson’s New and Improved Bartender’s Manual.)

Shamrock Cocktail (Hugo Ennslin, 1917)

  • 1 oz Irish Whiskey
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 3 dashes Chartreuse Vert
  • 3 dashes Crème de Menthe
  • Garnish: Olive

Stir over cracked ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with an Olive. (Source: Martin’s New & Improved Index of Cocktails & Mixed Drinks.)

Cool right? I love that back in the early 20th C the answer to balancing out sweetness was to add an Olive garnish. Brilliant. I am really into the Irish Cocktail btw.

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Now, back to St Patrick’s Day 2015: I decided to make a Manhattan Variation with Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey and Averna. I knew that I wanted to use Carpano Antica as the vermouth because it goes so well with Averna. Who am I kidding, Carpano Antica goes with everything! I was looking for a finishing touch and a way to bring out all those Rum notes in the Teeling and St Elizabeth Allspice Dram called to me from on top of the fridge*.

The Bookseller

  • 2 oz Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Carpano Antica
  • 1/4 oz Averna Amaro
  • 1 dash St Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • Garnish: Orange peel

Combine ingredients and stir over ice until proper dilution has been achieved. Strain into coupe. Express Orange peel and garnish.

*Yes, a lot of my liquor is kept in a nice red tray on top of the fridge. Remember, 500sq ft apartment y’all!
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It’s like you and your bottle of Teeling took a trip to the Caribbean and ordered a Manhattan. Yes.
Thanks again to The Baddish Group for the delicious bottle of Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey!

Brunch Bonanza: Teeling & Tea

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Welcome to Brunch Bonanza, the segment where we talk about Brunch cocktails!

Well, it’s still snowing in NYC, so I’m still making Hot Toddies. In fact, I took this gorgeous photo two days ago in Prospect Park.

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Winter Wonderland y’all

What does one want when one is out in the snow? A Hot toddy with Tea. I am lucky enough to have this terrific bottle of Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey and decided to make the toddy with that. Some quick flavour notes about Teeling:

  • Nose: Vanilla, spices, Rum, grains, corn, honey
  • Tongue: Caramel, woody, Rum, apple, a tad peaty or “Moorish”, vanilla
  • Finish: Rich, oily, full bodied, spicy

To these complex flavors I wanted to have a straightforward English Breakfast Tea, Honey, Lemon and complement the Whiskey with Hella Bitter Citrus Bitters. These bitters aren’t just Citrus, they are so much more:

Four kinds of Citrus, Clove, Cinnamon, Allspice, Black Peppercorn, Caraway, Gentian and Wormwood.

Yes please.

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Teeling & Tea

  • 2 oz Teeling Small Batch Whiskey
  • 1 oz Honey Syrup
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice
  • 2 dashes Hella Bitter Citrus Bitters
  • 5-6 oz Hot English Breakfast Tea (PG Tips* forever)
  • Garnish: Lemon Wheel & Star Anise

Combine ingredients in mug and stir until everything has combined and is swimming nicely. Garnish with a Lemon wheel and Star Anise on top. Fragrant and delicious.

*Every day of my life I have a cuppa PG Tips. It’s my fave British tea.

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Happy Brunching to you all! May your toddies be filled with Teeling & Tea!

Thanks again to The Baddish Group for the delicious bottle of Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey!

Blonde Bertie & Teeling Whiskey

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It’s March! We made it! Hopefully this crazy cold weather will begin to let up and we can return to our regularly scheduled programming.

It’s time for Whiskey, ALL the Whiskey. Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey is a complex bottle of whiskey aged in Rum casks. Here’s my impression:

Nose: Vanilla, spices, Rum, grains, corn, honey
Tongue: Caramel, woody, Rum, apple, a tad peaty or “Moorish”, vanilla
Finish: Rich, oily, full bodied, spicy

With all those Honey notes, I decided to go in the grown n’ sexy Gold Rush direction. Also, as Teeling Irish Whiskey is a revival Whiskey, along with the notes from Rum casks, I wanted to pair it with Adam Elmegirab’s Boker’s Bitters. I wanted that Old Timey feeling and Blonde Bertie definitely has that. This cocktail is a tad sweet, a tad dry and very very tasty.

Blonde Bertie

  • 2 oz Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Dolin Dry
  • 1/2 oz Honey Syrup
  • 2 dashes Adam Elmegirab’s Boker’s Bitters
  • Garnish: Lemon Peel

Combine ingredients and stir over ice until proper dilution has been achieved. Strain into coupe, express Lemon peel and garnish.

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Yes, the name of the drink is a Mad Men reference and thanks to The Baddish Group for the delicious bottle of Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey!