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Marshmallow Smoke Out Cocktail Recipe

Marshmellow Smoke Cocktail on a table next to a bottle of Yellowstone Bourbon

Switch it up with a decadent cocktail best enjoyed after dinner any time of the year. 

Ingredients

2 oz Yellowstone Select Bourbon
.5 oz Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
3 oz cold Coffee (maybe a touch of Mr Black)
2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

Method

Combine bourbon, simple syrup and bitters into a glass over ice. Add iced coffee and stir. Garnish with whipped cream and torched marshmallows. Enjoy!

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Mount Rigi and Beer Aperitif Recipe

Cocktail in a wine glass on a table next to a bottle of Mount Rigi Liqueur with lemons on the table.

Try this ultra-refreshing, peak-of-summer combination. Pour a new aperitif flavor that pairs exceedingly well with lagers and pilsners.

Ingredients

1 part Mount Rigi Swiss Aperitif
2 parts Lager
1 shot of Cynar (optional)
Dash of Angostura bitters
Garnish: lemon slice

Method

Add all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into wine or cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy.

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A Summer Seltzer Cocktail with Lunar Craft Hard Seltzer

We're loving these new craft hard seltzers from Lunar. Fresh, interesting flavors that are delicious and refreshing solo, but they also pair super well with spirits for an easy, yet still elevated cocktail.

Here's one that our friends at Lunar recommend!

Ume Highball: a refreshing and bold Japanese-style whiskey highball

a highball cocktail tableau with two bottles of whiskey and Lunar, a craft hard seltzer paired with the drink, which is garnished with a slice of ginger

Ingredients
0.50 oz whiskey (Use any whiskey you like, but unpeated works best.)
5 oz Lunar Plum Hard Seltzer
0.5 tsp ginger juice (from crushed or grated fresh ginger)
ice
ginger thinly sliced, to garnish

Method
Make ginger juice by grating a portion of fresh ginger and squeezing/straining out the juice until you have .5 teaspoons.

Fill a tall glass with ice. Combine the whisky and ginger juice in a small glass or cocktail shaker and pour down the side of the glass.

Top with Lunar Plum Hard Seltzer, once again pouring down the side of the glass. Stir gently and garnish with a ribbon of thinly sliced ginger.  Serve immediately.

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Sangres Linas Cocktail Recipe feat. ODVI & Ancho Chili Reyes

A bar with a bottle of ODVI Armagnac, Ancho Chili Reyes Liqueur, and a Sangres cocktail sitting on it.

Sangres Linas Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

4 Blueberries
4 Raspberries
Touch of liquid sugar
Garnish: 2 Blackberries and 5 Mint leaves
 

Method

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake mildly. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with mint and blackberries.

Shop the cocktail set: Sangres Linas Spirits Set

Cocktail by: Alan Avalos

Photography by: Charlotte Deckers

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Cocktails for Prime Citrus Season

It may still be winter in much of the US, but one of the best things about February is that it's when citrus really shines. Here are three different ways to make the most of winter's freshest flavors.

gin and grapefruit cocktails

Ingredients
1.5 parts Bulrush Gin
1 part Cocchi Americano Bianco
1 part fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
1 sprig thyme

Method
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and a sprig of thyme.

recipe from Cocktail Party App
Bourbon Sour Blood Orange Cocktail

Ingredients
2 1/4 oz bourbon
1 oz blood orange juice
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz lime juice

Method
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add in blood orange juice, bourbon, simple syrup, lemon and lime juice. Stir until the shaker frosts. Pour into a glass with a single ice cube and garnish with a blood orange slice and a (optional!) maraschino cherry.

recipe from Our Salty Kitchen
Planter's Punch Jamaican Rum Punch recipe

Ingredients
2 oz dark rum
1 oz fresh pineapple juice
1 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
dash of Angostura bitters
1/4 ounce grenadine (optional)

Method
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime and orange wheels.

recipe from Booze and Vinyl
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Meet The Tasters: All the Whisk(e)y

An ongoing series

Did you know that every bottle available through Curiada is assessed and vetted by an unbiased taster? These knowledgeable and curious people are key to helping us determine which spirits we should feature and make available to you.

Most of our tasters are too modest to think of themselves as experts, but from our perspective, their personal and/or professional qualifications make them very well-equipped to assess spirits on our behalf.

Each taster bring a particular point of view to their tasting role, and we're happy to be able to introduce them to you!

First up: meet Josh. Josh tastes whisk(e)y, bourbon, and scotch on our behalf. (Occasionally a little rum sneaks in there, too.)

Whiskey taster, Josh Case, a man with long hair and blue shirt on sitting out side. A Curiada logo.
I have been a fanatic of whisk(e)y and the world of flavors it has to offer ever since my first drink of Maker's Mark. Little did I know what a rabbit trail it would lead me down over the past 13 years. For the past 8 years I have run a blog, Tipple&Text, which chronicles my whisk(e)y adventures and love for books. Since 2014, I have been a member of the Evansville Bourbon Society in Evansville, Indiana and have had the pleasure of serving on the board for the past 5 years and have been the President of the Board since 2020. We have over 200 members and have purchased over 10 single barrels of whiskey for our club members. In 2020, I joined Curiada as a Spirits Taster. It is my pleasure to serve in this role to help bring unique whisk(e)ys to the world.

 

We had a chance to ask Josh a few questions recently, here's what he shared.


How did you first start getting into whiskey?

My spirits journey all started at a party in 2007. I was sitting around chatting with a few people when the host walked in and slammed down two bottles on the coffee table: Maker's Mark and Crown Royal. The Crown was good but the Maker's caught my attention. After that day and even until today, there has been and always will be a bottle of Maker's on my bar. It was the first distillery I toured but wasn't and won't be the last. Then, I got a new boss at work and came to find out, he liked bourbon and other whiskies as well. Our work relationship turned into a friendship with whisk(e)y as the foundation. We explored all kinds of whisk(e)ys together and had some amazing trips to distilleries: sipping on bourbon and smoking cigars. When we both moved away (him to Florida and me to Southern Indiana) in 2014, I found a little club called the Evansville Bourbon Society. Since joining I have grown close to a few other members and we have explored hundreds of different whiskies and met many master distillers along the way. I am reminded every time I crack open a new bottle of whisk(e)y why I love the product: it brings people together...and it tastes damn good.


Any interesting encounters in the whiskey world that stand out? 

In 2017 I got to not only meet Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey's Master Distiller, but I got to have dinner with him twice over the course of one week. If you want to have a blast, learn everything you could ever want or dream of learning about whisk(e)y, and have a dram or two, hang out with Jimmy.

What are you experimenting with, exploring, and learning about right now?

Since 2019, I have gotten deep into tasting and researching Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Especially, different barrel-finishes and the unique flavors they can impart. I always thought I would be a bourbon man. But, I've transformed from primarily liking bourbon to liking mostly rye to now loving Scotch.


What's your desert island pour?

W.B. Saffell. One of the best bourbons to be released in the last decade. I wish I had more of it.

Most underrated whiskey? 

Mellow Corn. It is my summer dram and is super cheap. You can't go wrong with a little corn whiskey.


When you assess a spirit for its quality, what do you look for?

Integration and rich consistency from nose to finish. I want a dram that takes me on a journey. I want a dram that makes me want to immediately take a sip when I smell it, knocks me back in my chair when I drink it, and begs me to come back for another sip or three because of it's long and tasty finish.


Fill in the blank: More people should...

... try more variations of what they like. If you like whisk(e)y, try them all! 

Here are a few of recent bottles Josh has helped select:

 

Follow Josh on Instagram at @tippleandtext, and check out his blog here.  

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In the mood for...cocktails

Four fun ways to celebrate this month of love.

Coupe glass with Mr Black & rye whiskey cocktail

Ingredients

1.5oz Ry3 Whiskey
.75oz port wine
.75oz Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
.75oz cinnamon apple spiced cordial
.75oz heavy cream

Method

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker shake. Shake for 10 seconds. Double strain into a coupe glass.



Ingredients

1 sprig rosemary
1 oz vodka
1 oz gin
.75oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
.5oz simple syrup
1 egg white
fresh raspberries

Method

Muddle rosemary in a cocktail shaker. Add all the rest of the ingredients, including 5-10 raspberries, and shake vigorously. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with 3 raspberries on a skewer.

 
Fancy glass with red cocktail on a wooden table.
Bourbon cocktail in a small glass on a table. Text "Holy Smokes".
 

Ingredients

1.5oz bourbon
1.5oz Ramazzotti amaro
.5 oz Bénédictine
2 dashes chocolate bitters
1 tsp single-malt scotch

Method

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a flamed orange peel.

 

 

Ingredients

1.5oz gin
1.5oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes Fernet Branca

Method

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Hanky Panky cocktail with vermouth, gin & fernet branca
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