Monday, November 23, 2015

Few Spirits

Few Spirits



I was contacted by Few Spirits and asked if I would like to try some of their spirits.  Um, yea I'd love to!!  I told them to send me a couple they thought I'd like and was told that they would send me one of each!  Awesome!

I was also sent a list of cocktails that were created by different people to try.  Now that I like gin I decided to try one with gin and another one with their single malt whisky.  I like the smell of their gin, it smells pure and fresh (if that makes sense).  I also wanted to taste the Anguish & Regret because the description of it was something that I had never heard of before.  They describe it as "special twist on Chicago favorite malört.  This spirit is an 80-proof infusion of a house-made ras al hanout Moraccan spice blend with an earthy, floral bitterness that's great in a variety of cocktails."  "Something like Chartreuse but without any sugar.)  I wasn't sure what to expect, so I took a little sip.


I absolutely tasted the earthy, floral bitterness!  In their list of cocktails there is a House Martini that is made with Anguish & Regret, so I think I am going to try that one soon.

These spirits are good!  I think if you enjoy gin or whiskey you will enjoy the variety created by Few Spirits.  Here is a short description (provided by Few Spirits) of each of the spirits they make:

  • Few American Gin, a unique gin distilled from a wheated-bourbon mash and flavored with juniper, coriander and citrus as well as more unusual botanicals including whole vanilla beans and Cascade hops grown at the distillery
  • Few Standard Issue Gin, a navy-strength gin (114-proof) made in the classic London dry style, with lots of juniper as well as a hint of fennel
  • Few Barrel Gin, a gin made from a different spirit base and using different botanicals than the two above, aged in a combination of new oak and used Few Bourbon and Rye barrels. It's sort of halfway between a gin and a whiskey and is great in cocktails that call for either one.
  • Few Bourbon Whiskey, a bourbon made from a mash of 70 percent corn, 20 percent rye and 10 percent malted barley. The high rye content makes for an especially spicy bourbon, as does the beer yeast we use for fermentation.
  • Few Rye Whiskey, an award-winning rye distilled from a mash of 70 percent rye, 20 percent corn and 10 percent malted barley. It's fermented using a French wine yeast from the Loire Valley, which contributes lots of fruity flavor on top of rye's traditional spiciness.
  • Few Single Malt Whisky, a truly American single malt distilled from 100 percent malted barley, a portion of which is smoked with cherry wood. There's a subtle fruity smoke and cappuccino notes in this unique whisky that's nothing like a Scotch.
  • Few Anguish & Regret, our special twist on Chicago favorite malört. This spirit is an 80-proof infusion of a house-made ras al hanout Moroccan spice blend with an earthy, floral bitterness that's great in a variety of cocktails. (It's something like Chartreuse but without any sugar.)

Here are pictures of the cocktails I made.  The first one contains Few Standard Issue Gin and the second one contains Few Single Malt Whisky:



If you are looking for a new kind of spirits to give away for the holiday season, you might want to give Few Spirits a try!  Here is a link to their site, you can also find out where you can buy it here.


Hope you all had a good weekend!  Happy Monday!

The Cocktail Lady




Monday, November 16, 2015

Pumpkin Nog

 Pumpkin Nog

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I was chatting with a friend last night and surprise, surprise the topic of alcohol came up!  Whaaaaattt??  She told me that Pinnacle has a Habanera flavored vodka (looks like a trip to the store is in order), then we talked about the Cinnamon Roll flavor they had and I got the cocktail making bug.  I opened up my bar (you've seen that post) today and peeked inside.  There it was, my Pumpkin Pie vodka!  Oh, we've had some good times together...so I decided that it was time to make a cocktail using it.

I decided to log onto Pinnacles site today to see if they had any new cocktails with that flavor since last time I checked.......cha-ching, they sure did!  I saw this one and crossed my fingers as I ran to the fridge in hopes that my 16 year old did not drink all of the eggnog.  He didn't!  

This cocktail created by the good people at Pinnacle is SO simple and SO delicious!  I mean, it's got to be one of the easiest cocktails to make.  Plus it's the perfect Fall/Winter combo cocktail.  You have your pumpkin pie and your eggnog, WINNER!

Here is Pinnacle's Pumpkin Nog, with a couple tiny changes:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka
  • 3 ounces Eggnog
  • Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 1/2 graham cracker
Wrap up the graham cracker in a paper towel and crush it until it turns into a bunch of crumbs.  Wet and rim your glass with water and roll it in your graham cracker crumbs.  In a shaker, add vodka and eggnog.  Shake and strain into your rimmed glass.  Garnish with pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:

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Here is a photo of the ingredients:

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I have a feeling that this week might get a bit crazy, so I'm awfully glad that I am starting it out with one of these delicious cocktails!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

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