Want a different twist on a Sazerac? Try adding Chinese five spice bitters. This take uses Corsair's Rymaggedon to add a little smokiness to the cocktail. This is close enough to a traditional Sazerac to for Saz fans to enjoy, and just different enough to make this a new classis in my house:
2 oz Rymaggedon
1/2 oz spiced simple syrup (I infuse cinnamon, a tiny bit of clove, all spice, ginger and star anise)
1 barspoon Absinthe
2 dashes Peychaud's
2 dashes Chinese Five Spice bitters
Garnish: Orange peel and star anise
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and garnish with an orange peel and star anise pods.
Need a quick, sweet cocktail that reminds you of candy? I thought so. Here's an easy recipe you can use to make a cocktail that tastes like you're sipping an Almond Joy:
1.5 oz Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey
1 oz Lucky's Coconut Liqueur
3/4 oz Amaretto
2 dashes chocolate bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled old fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with a mini Almond Joy, if you haven't eaten them all.
Four Roses began with a love story. One hundred thirty years later, we’re still talking about her elegant reply and the whiskey brand that has inspired generations. The distillery had a cocktail contest, and although I didn't win, this is one of my favorite cocktails this year. Plus it's beautiful in the glass!
The Lady’s Reply
1.75 Four Roses small batch
1 tsp pecan liqueur
0.5 oz chocolate whiskey
0.75 oz fine apricot brandy (not artificially flavored)
1 dash apple bitters
Garnish: dried apricot and optional rose petal or small rose
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with an apricot and rose or rose petal. Sip and enjoy.
Heather Wibbels is a cocktail enthusiast who spends her time thinking about cocktails, researching cocktails and making cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.