Many press releases from Whisky PR firms come with a cocktail recipe or two. Rather than waste the hard work of bartenders who created those recipes, we’re sharing them with the WhiskyCast community here. Recipes provided by whisky companies and their PR firms will be identified as such, and just because a recipe specifies a certain brand doesn’t mean you can’t use what you already have at home.
June 26, 2012 – Rob Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark shared his father’s recipe for the “Perfect Manhattan” in an email to Maker’s Mark Ambassadors:
1 and a half parts of Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1/2 part Sweet Vermouth
1 teaspoon of Maraschino Cherry juice
1 Maraschino Cherry
Shake the Maker’s Mark, vermouth, and cherry juice together for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled Manhattan glass. Garnish with the cherry, and serve straight up with no ice.
August 30, 2008 – In Episode 160 of WhiskyCast, “King of the Cocktail” Dale DeGroff gave us his recipe for the classic Sazerac:
Start with two rocks or “Old Fashioned” glasses, fill one with crushed ice and set it aside.
In the second glass, put 4-5 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters and a sugar cube, then use a muddler to turn that into a paste.
Add ice cubes, then a “hefty shot” of Rye whiskey, then stir well until completely mixed and chilled.
Dump the crushed ice from the first glass, then splash a “good portion” of Absinthe into the glass so that it covers the entire inside, then dump any leftover liquid in the glass.
Pour the mixture from the second glass into the first while straining the ice, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Note: in the interview, Dale recommends splashing the Absinthe into the second glass, then tossing it into the air while shouting “Saz-er-aaac!”. This is a feat best left to professionals, and we recommend that you not try this at home.