With whiskey sales on the rise, more people are discovering there are plenty of ways to drink the distilled spirit than just straight on the rocks.
Drink mixologists enjoy finding more and more ways to complement the whiskey flavor with a plethora of other ingredients, whether its syrups, fruit juices, vermouth, or even tea.
A growing willingness to experiment with whiskey and bourbon as the primary ingredient in a variety of cocktails is just one of several ways consumer habits have been changing, says Steven Earles, CEO of Portland-based Eastside Distilling.
“People are drinking less wine and more whiskey, and women have become more inclined to give whiskey a try,” says Earles, whose company already experiments with a variety of flavors in its drinks, such as Cherry Bomb Whiskey and Oregon Marionberry Whiskey.
The trend of finding more ways to include whiskey in cocktails also may be just one of several factors helping to add to the bump in whiskey sales. As of November 2014, Whiskey sales were near $4 billion, in contrast to $3.5 billion in 2013, according Nielsen research.
For distilleries, those numbers may mean a toast is in order. For consumers, that toast may involve a mix of flavors made just to their liking—but definitely is still on the rocks.
Eastside Distilling is a a producer of handcrafted spirits created from local ingredients that focuses on small batches to ensure unparalleled quality. Their award-winning spirits are incredible and some of the best whiskey products I've ever tasted. Whether you like your whiskey neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail, you need to try Eastside Distilling's whiskeys.
Recipes For Mixing It Up Yourself from Eastside Distilling
Perhaps the classic whiskey cocktail is the Old Fashioned, a favorite around since the late 19th Century. But for those looking to add even more variety to their whiskey and bourbon selections, Eastside Distilling offers these cocktail recipes. We made the Marionberry Beret. You can't have just one. It's delightfully refreshing.
1.5 oz. Marionberry Whiskey
0.5 oz. Dry Curacao (if you can't find it, substitute orange curacao)
2 oz. Fresh Grapefruit juice
Served on the rocks
Fill glass with ice, add Burnside Bourbon and recipe ingredients.
1.5 oz. Burnside Whiskey
0.75 oz. Aperol
0.5 oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz. lavender simple syrup
14 oz. Old Fashioned glass over ice
Fill a 14 oz. rocks glass with ice, add all the other ingredients and stir.
Eastside Civil War
1.5 oz. Burnside Bourbon
0.5 oz. Cocchi Torino Sweet Vermouth
0.5 oz. Cynar
2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashion Bitters
Add all the ingredients, except the cherry, to a 16 oz. mixing glass (pint glass). Fill to within 1 inch of the top with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an Amarena cherry.
Earl’s Demise (Punch)
25 oz. Cherry Bomb Whiskey (one 750ML bottle)
12.5 oz. Burnside Bourbon
75 oz. Smith Teamaker Earl Grey Tea (chilled)
25 oz. Orange juice
25 oz. Simple syrup
12.5 oz. Sweet vermouth
5 tablespoons Peychaud’s Bitters
Mix all the ingredients in a large punch bowl, then add ice or ice ring. Serve in small punch glasses. The mixture serves 10-12 people.