Even though the “back to school” displays are in the stores, it’s still the middle of August and still summer! When we are not working at our day jobs or working at the distillery, we spend as much time outdoors as possible. Recently most of our down time has come after 8 or 9pm, but we still manage to find the outdoors through sitting on porches and decks (depending on our location). These are usually quiet moments of rest, reflection and sometimes a nice cocktail.
This summer, I have been fixated on a cool cocktail I refer to as a modified whiskey cooler. My whiskey cooler concoction consists of whiskey, Grand Marnier, ginger ale and sometimes a rhubarb syrup or a dash of sugar. Bourbon or Rye will work as the base spirit, but I think rye works better here. Served with ice, it makes a great summer cocktail.
I have also just discovered Ardbeg Corryvreckan. I bought the bottle on our way up to Maine, and am so glad I did. It’s a beautiful and delicious scotch whiskey. Of course it’s from Islay and that means a load of peat. The smoky creosote greets you as soon as you pour from bottle to glass. I also smell a lot of dark chocolate. Corryvreckan is a super chewy and spicy mouthful. It’s all there and then some. Sarah likes it too.
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