The Rickey is an old drink with pedigree, with its origins dating all the way back to Washington DC in the 1880s.
Bourbon making differs from, say, Scotch whisky making, in a few ways: first, 51 per cent of the grains used must be corn; the remainder is often made up of rye, malted barley and wheat.
Want to up your bourbon knowledge? Seek out Simon Hopkins at Surly’s for a drink. He’s got the fervour and the passion of a bourbon evangelist — heck, you’ll learn a thing or two in the process.
You don’t have to stick to the Espresso Martini if you’re using coffee; we came across this recipe from The Wild Rover; their Cold Fashioned is a rich coffee take on that oldest of cocktails, the Old Fashioned.
We’ve been big fans of the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection recently and they’ve added to the range with this Four Wood Bourbon. The aim is to have each type of wood used in production discernible in the end product, according to Master Distiller Chris Morris.
It shares all the hallmarks of its bigger brother — like the George T. Stagg it is a big, bold whiskey bottled at barrel strength — but lands at a more accessible price.
Mixxit Chronicles have returned — and their training session on Scotch and Irish whiskies have been a hit with bartenders in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. We popped by the session held last week at Sydney’s The Wild Rover and spent the better part (in more ways than one) of the afternoon sipping whisk(e)y and hearing the profanities pile up in an entertaining fashion.