I had the pleasure of attended the inaugural release party for Angels Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey this evening. This is the Bourbon that brought 47-year Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson out of retirement. He attended the event and was so kind and gracious. I talked his ear off for a good 30-40 mins with questions regarding Angels Envy, how he became a Distiller and what it’s like to be a Master Distiller. Most interesting (and memorable after sipping bourbon) was the story of how he decided on the name Angels Envy. It is said that for every year a bourbon is aged, you lose a little spirit to evaporation. This is known as ‘the Angel’s Share’. Lincoln Henderson reckoned that he was willing to lose a little more for this masterpiece, leaving behing the Angel’s Envy. And he then signed a bottle of the Angels Envy for me. An amazing guy that Lincoln Henderson.
The main things he wanted me to take away from the tasting were:
1. This is a complex whiskey aged in traditional new oak barrels and FINISHED in port casks. They are the only Kentucky distillery to do this.
2. The port casks soften the alcohol making this a bourbon that women will love
3. This bourbon is delicious!!
Tasting Notes: Bright amber color with a tinge of copper. Aromas of maple syrup and vanilla. Medium-bodied with flavors that match the aromas and I got a subtle apricot, raisin, and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Lingering sweetness and Madeira on the finish.
The Angel’s Decree
1 1/2 oz of Angel’s Envy
1/2 oz of Port
Dash of bitters
Top with Ginger Ale
Combine the first 3 ingredients, top with ginger ale. Serve in a high ball glass.
This came to mind as I was looking at my bar and trying to make some magic happen with things I already had. This worked!! Not too fruity, too strong or too sour. Enjoy!!
Red or Green Apple Slices
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Shake well, strain over ice for a single drink or strain and split into a separate shot glass. Garnish with thin slices of apple.
As the year comes to an end, we celebrate the good fortune of 2011 AND all the amazing-ness 2012 will offer up!! Here’s a champagne cocktail that is perfect for toasting. Hope you have big plans for 2012…I sure do!!
St-Germain and Champagne
1/2 part St-Germain
top off with Brut Champagne or Brut Rose
Funny that I read this after I had already posted today’s Thirsty Thursday Cocktail. Guess we really are dating….
Sometimes you just want a basic cocktail with items you can find, and pronounce!
1-3/4 oz E&J VSOP Brandy
3/4 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.
Somewhere else to put your cinnamon stick
It got really cold, really quick! I know this is another cider recipe, but this time combine mulled wine with a spiced cider to keep you warm all winter long…or at least all weekend long. Enjoy!
Cozy Pomegranate Cider
2 cups fresh apple cider
1 cup red wine
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
2 cinnamon sticks
10-15 whole cloves
Tools: small saucepan
Glass: cinnamon sugar-rimmed Irish coffee or mug (see below)
Garnish: 4-5 pomegranate seeds (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring just to a simmer over low heat. Strain into the cinnamon sugar-rimmed mug. Garnish with the pomegranate seeds or a cinnamon stick.
Reprinted from Imbibe Magazine
The weather has cooled off quite a bit this week. Here’s a cocktail recipe to keep you warm. But be careful, this ain’t your Grandma’s cider!
Gintender’s Carmel Cider
1.5 oz of Caramel Vodka
0.5 oz of Becherovka liqueur
5.0 oz of cider or pressed apple juice
Dash of ground cloves
Heat and stir with cinnamon stick.
Since I am loving all things pumpkin right now, today definitely calls for a cocktail with a l’il pumpkin in it. Let’s hope you can find the pumpkin liqueur in a shop near you. And with Thanksgiving being next week, how about I throw in an extra recipe…just cuz I’m that kind of girl :-)
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Recipe courtesy of Mark V. at http://cocktails365.net/
Absolut 100 Pumpkin Martini
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.