Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Jameson Harvest Sipper
After the Music City Eats Festival I found myself in possession of a bottle of Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve. (Jameson was one of the sponsors of the festival, and the primary sponsor of Pettyfest. They are NOT sponsoring this post. I’m just writing about a recipe I created using their product.) I’m familiar with the regular Jameson Whiskey, as I have a friend who likes it. But this Select Reserve is new to me. To be perfectly honest, while I enjoy whiskey a lot, in my heart I am a bourbon girl. Being born and raised in Kentucky, that’s where my alliance lies. So, when I looked up on Jameson’s website to find out what this special variety was all about, I was very pleased to discover it’s a special blend of whiskey matured in flame charred bourbon barrels. Hence the “Black Barrel” name. This is a mighty fine spirit, and I have truly been enjoying it.
One afternoon I found myself with some time on my hands and knew it had been a while since I made a cocktail. I used to experiment with cocktails once a week or so, now it seems like it’s once every 3 months. A quick glance in my fridge revealed some ingredients that resulted in this delicious seasonal drink. A little cranberry juice, a little orange juice, some delicious Jameson, and a dash of bitters. This would be a fantastic cocktail to serve on Thanksgiving day. (If you’re lucky enough to attend a Thanksgiving where a responsible amount of alcohol is welcomed. Sadly, mine will be a dry affair.) I’ve made this multiple times, and I think I will continue to do so even past Thanksgiving.
Jameson Harvest Sipper
Yield: 1 drink
Garnishing the rim of the glass with cane sugar is optional, but I love the sparkly, festive look it gives! The floating cranberries are optional too, but I think it adds a fun, seasonal flair.
3 ounces Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve, or bourbon/whiskey of your choice
2 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
2 ounces cranberry juice (from concentrate is fine)
1 dash angostura bitters
natural cane turbinado sugar (raw sugar), for garnish
fresh cranberries, for garnish
Wet the rim of a martini glass. (I like to use the rind of the orange I just squeezed.) Then dip the wet edge in the sugar.
Fill a martini shaker with ice, then add in whiskey, orange juice, cranberry juice, and bitters. (Don't skip the bitters! It adds depth and flavor.) Shake vigorously then strain into martini glass. Add fresh cranberries to garnish.
Drink & enjoy responsibly!
**This is NOT a sponsored post. I wasn’t paid to write this. All opinions are my own. The Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve was given to me as a gift, but without any expectation of a review post, or anything of that sort. I simply chose to write about it because I loved it, and I really loved this drink I created with it.**