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Orange Whiskey Zinger

Orange Whiskey Zinger


We had a spicy Chicken Tikka Masala so we wanted a counter balance of fruity and zippy. Often I will turn to Vodka, Gin, Rum when I think fruity. Maybe that is because I don’t think whiskey or bourbon really need any help. It feels odd like dressing your cat or something. That said, the Old Fashion reminds me that it’s okay and in this case it worked out well. Orange, Ginger, Whiskey…no extra sugar outside of the orange juice to avoid masking the Whiskey.

4oz Salado Whiskey
2oz Stirrings Ginger Liqueur
2oz Grand Imperial Orange Liqueur
2 glugs Orange juice
Top off with Seltzer

Combine, top with seltzer, stir and ice.

Ruby Red Ginger Cocktail

Ruby Red Ginger Cocktail

We get together with our friends to celebrate a show ( i wont mention) It’s a guilty pleasure that I wouldn’t admit to anyone in public. I needed a “pink” cocktail so naturally thought of grapefruit.


1 lime juiced
1tbs of minced and muddled ginger
3 fingers of Tito’s Vodka
3 fingers of fresh grapefruit juice
topped with seltzer

Lonestar Lemon Drop Cocktail

Lonestar Lemon Drop Cocktail

Saw Paula’s Texas Lemon and picked up a bottle to make a lemon drop type cocktail. Since she and Tito are from Texas I decided to combine them both to make a lemon drop type cocktail.

2 oz Paula’s Texas Lemon
2 oz Tito’s Vodka (freezer stored)
1/2 lemon (juiced)

Combine and shake 40 times with some ice and garnish with sliced lemon.


Cherry Apple Whiskey Cocktail

Cherry Apple Whiskey Cocktail
Tonight we had a lot of mustard in our dinner so I wanted something to compliment and yet brighten it up. I had a small bottle of tart cherry juice and also some all natural apple juice on hand. I have seen moonshine with cherries and also with apples so figured I would combine them.

Tart and not overly sweet and drinks as a tall cocktail. If you are not a whiskey person you could certainly settle for Vodka. Great for the fall.

3 oz of Whiskey
1 oz of Tart Cherry juice
2 oz of Natural Apple Juice
1/2 lemon

Mint “Jillep”

Please don’t tell me I misspelled Julep. while I am a horrible writer, I did that one on purpose to honor my wife.

Mint Julip

This is where the whiskey bug bit us. My wife, Jill, was at a librarian conference in New Orleans a few years ago. As she explained, she went to a party one night and they were handing out mint juleps to loosen up those stiff spines. One sip in… “where have you been all my life?” Hopefully she was talking about the drink.

We generally go weekly to a local watering hole and sit at the bar and eat. Ordered one up and loved it. I don’t like “sweet” drinks or sugar so I pulled back on the syrup and eventually just went straight whiskey. She on the other hand demands a sugar rim with her julep.

simple syrup ( 1:1 ratio ) Distilled water and turbinado sugar on the stove to dissolve the sugar. I actually put four sprigs of bruised mint to flavor my syrup.

Bourbon to Mint Syrup ratio 3:1
one splash of bitters over ice.

Agave Way Cocktail

Agave Way Cocktail

Agave Way Cocktail
Agave Way Cocktail

Created by New Mexico barman Chris Milligan. Just another way to celebrate the Hatch Green Chili.
Wasn’t sure how Jill would enjoy the roasted chili in her cocktail but we just used a ring of roasted Hatch Chili and it didnt take over the drink at all. The grapes also give it a fruity punch.

5 black grapes
ring of roasted hatch chili
juice of 1 lime
½ ounce of dark agave syrup
3 ounces of tequila

Muddle the grapes, chili, lime juice and syrup. Add tequila and ice and shake. Pour and enjoy.

Agave Way Cocktail
Agave Way Cocktail

Whiskey-Thyme Lemonade

Whiskey-Thyme Lemonade

Yesterday was national “Lemonade Day”. When life gives you lemons get lit on lemonade.
Disclaimer: Anyone under the age of 21 shouldn’t drink alcohol. That said when you are 21 you might give this one a try responsibly.

The thyme infused syrup was a nice touch.  I still struggle with ratios on stuff like this because I dont like it very sweet but my wife likes it on the sweeter side.  I think for me, I would try this ratio:  4 parts Whiskey 1 part lemon juice 1/2 part syrup.



1.5 cup water and 1 cup turbinado to make simple syrup
10 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
12 oz bourbon
lemon slices
Fresh thyme sprig
Topped with Club soda

1 Make simple syrup by dissolving the sugar in the water and 10 sprigs of thyme to infuse the syrup. Let it cool.
2 In two tall glasses, combine thyme simple syrup, lemon juice, and whiskey; stir with wooden spoon.
3 To serve, pour lemonade over ice into cups, filling each half full. Top each with club soda. Garnish with thyme sprigs.


“Frestela” Tequila Cocktail

Frestela Cocktail

This has been a “go to” cocktail in our house. We rightly named it by combining Fresca and Tequila. You can use any lemon lime, grapefruit soda.  Also you could also use Vodka or Rum.  We like the fizz.  Drinks like a summery soda but kicks like a goat.


3-4 fingers of tequila.
juice of one lime
1 can of Fresca (Peach last night)

Combine tequila and lime juice and top with Fresca and ice.