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.

Wild Turkey’s Sparkling Tea

Wild Turkey's Sparkling Tea. Image courtesy Wild Turkey. May 31, 2013 – Iced tea is a traditional refresher on a hot summer day, and Wild Turkey passed along this recipe for kicking it up a bit. This recipe makes one pitcher:

4 cups water
8 red herbal tea bags (such as lemon zinger or hibiscus)
2 cups Wild Turkey 81
Splash of club soda
Juice of one lemon
Cherries for garnish

In a large saucepan, boil 2 cups of water. Remove from heat. Add tea bags. Steep 10 minutes; discard tea bags. Add 2 cups of cold water to tea. Stir in Wild Turkey 81. Transfer to pitcher and chill. Just before serving, add lemon juice and a splash of club soda for a touch of refreshing fizz. Serve over ice.

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Darren McGettigan’s Kilbeggan Waterwheel

May 13, 2013 – Kilbeggan provided this recipe created by Darren McGettigan of the Bar Beoga at Galway’s Menlo Park Hotel:

1 1/4 parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
2 1/2 parts pressed apple juice
1 1/4 parts pressed pineapple juice
6 fresh blueberries
1 dash of cherry bitters
1 bar spoon of white Sugar

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Blue Smoke’s Turkey Derby

April 26, 2013 – Wild Turkey provided this recipe created by the staff at Blue Smoke in New York City:

1 and a half ounces Wild Turkey
¾ ounce fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon of honey

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Tinika Green’s American Honey Julep

April 26, 2013 – Wild Turkey provided us with this recipe for an American Honey Julep created by Tinika Green of New York City’s Blue Smoke:

2 ounces Wild Turkey 81
1 ounce Wild Turkey American Honey
1 and a half ounces of Lemon juice
Mint Sprigs
Crushed Ice

Slap the mint springs in the palm of your hand to release oils. Tear them into pieces and add to a shaker filled with all other ingredients and ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Jeff Shaw’s Wild Turkey Bourbon Mojito

April 26, 2013 – Wild Turkey provided the recipe for a Bourbon Mojito created by Jeff Shaw of Bourbons Bistro in Louisville:

Muddled mint, lime, and simple syrup
3 ounces Wild Turkey 101
House Sour mix
Top with Ginger Beer

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Travis Fourmont’s Award-Winning Midnight Manhattan

January 11, 2013 – Travis Fourmont of Roast in Detroit won the 2013 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience competition with this recipe that he shared with us in Episode 406 of WhiskyCast:

2 ounces of Woodford Reserve
1/2 ounce Italian Amaro
1/2 ounce Cherry Heering
1/2 ounce Campari
4 dashes of orange bitters

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Monkey Shoulder Ginger Brewsky

October 3, 2012 – William Grant & Sons provided this recipe featuring its Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt:

1 part Monkey Shoulder
.75 parts ginger syrup
.75 parts fresh lemon juice
Top with beer

Add all ingredients other than beer to shaker, shake well with ice. Strain into beer glass and top with beer.

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Hudson’s Maple Sage Bourbon

October 3, 2012 – This recipe was created for William Grant & Sons by Kim Haasarud of Liquid Architecture:

2 sage leaves, plus additional for garnish
0.75 part dark amber maple syrup
0.75 part lemon juice
1 egg white
2.5 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey

Muddle the two sage leaves with the maple syrup and lemon juice. Add the egg white. Dry shake (without ice) until the egg white is emulsified. Add the Bourbon. Top with ice and shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a lowball glass filled with new ice. Garnish with the remaining sage.

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Lindsay Prociw’s “The World’s Most Awarded”

August 17, 2012 – With the London Olympics in mind, Glenfiddich U.S. brand manager Lindsay Prociw came up with this summer cocktail:

One part Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
One part apple juice
One part ginger ale
Serve in a highball glass with crushed ice
Garnish with your dreams for your next big goal.

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Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark On the “Perfect Manhattan”

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.

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