Posts in Whiskey
Foraged Cocktails: Wisteria Blossom Syrup + Blueberry Wisteria Whiskey Sour Recipe

One of the most fragrant and beautiful of all the plants surrounding our house is wisteria. We have a trellis outside our sunroom that’s been taken over by wisteria and trumpet vines over the years, and this time of year, the gorgeous purple blossoms hang down from overhead, their clean, sweet scent wafting through the house.

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Tomato Nectarine Whiskey Smash

This cocktail is one of my 'kitchen sink' creations, which I make by finding inspiration with whatever is hanging around in my produce drawer and starting to look a little sad. Yeah, I know, tomatoes and nectarines won't be in season until at least May, but it's never too early to get a jumpstart on summer drinking plans!

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Wormwood + Marshmallow Root Tea

The very kind folks at Standard Wormwood Distillery recently sent me some of their rye to experiment with and I’ve been having a lot of fun working with its unusual wormwood flavor. After reading up on wormwood and its uses throughout history, I decided to create a tasty medicinally-inspired cocktail.

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An Apple A Day - an Apple, Ginger, Cucumber and Rye Cocktail

I tend to make a lot of gin-based cocktails because gin + botanicals are a natural fit, but I’ve been working on expanding my booze horizons a bit lately. I’m loving Whistle Pig rye and Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, so I’ve paired them in this delicious, fresh, dare I say ‘healthy’ cocktail. I’ve made this several times over the past few days, and the fresh flavor of the juice makes it well worth the extra effort!

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My Medicine - a Mood Enhancing Cocktail with Chocolate + Reishi Mushrooms

I don’t know if it’s the general New England dreariness, the cold, or the lack of sun, but I tend to get a serious case of winter blues this time of year. After reading about the benefits of reishi mushrooms for improving mood and lowering anxiety (and also that their flavor blends well with chocolate), I was inspired to make myself an anti seasonal depression cocktail.

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Whiskey, Bourbon, RecipeAmy Traynor
Black Cherry Vanilla Shrub & Whiskey

The hubs recently picked up a bottle of New Hampshire Hall of Flags American Whiskey, which benefits preservation of a collection of historic flags. It’s a light, easy drinking blended whiskey, so I decided to create a simple cocktail using black cherries in a simple homemade shrub syrup made with vanilla beans, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. 🍒

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Recipe, Bourbon, WhiskeyAmy Traynor
Tulsi Hot Toddy - Organic Cinnamon Rose Holy Basil Hot Toddy

In the spirit of the new year, I’ve been trying to make healthier choices, but let’s be real, saying no to chocolate is stressful, so I decided to make a drink. 🍫🍩🍪
This mostly organic riff on a hot toddy blends my favorite stress relieving beverage, cinnamon rose tulsi basil tea, with bourbon, lemon, and hibiscus for a soothing, hot cocktail that’s fragrant, floral, and perfectly tart. And it’s served up in a beer mug because beer mugs hold more tea than tea cups. And because it’s what I had available.

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Whiskey, Bourbon, RecipeAmy Traynor