Southern by the grace of God. While we love many different places all over the world, we are proud of our southern roots. Aside from maybe the humidity and mosquitos, there's not much about the south that we don't think is great. We've taken the Chattanooga Whiskey Company's 1860 Reserve Whiskey and crafted a cool, refreshing cocktail loaded with fruit and botanicals to take you back to a genteel, relaxed moment in time when mosquitos were just a fact of life and the only way to beat the heat was with an iced-down drink in your hand.
The Spicy, herbal notes of the Chattanooga 1816 Reserve are well complemented by the flavor of pears; both in the Rothman and Winter Pear Liqueur and the fresh pear puree included in this drink. Just a touch of lavender provides a perfect aromatic complement to the bright sweetness of the whiskey and fruit. While we think this drink is great during the warm summer months, it can be enjoyed year round.
This whiskey drink takes a little prep, but it's worth it. To make the pear puree, start with fresh, ripe (or even overripe) pears. Peel and pit them and put 'em in a blender until smooth. And for the lavender syrup, make a simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) and add 1 tablespoon of dried lavender flowers for each cup of water. Bring those to a boil with the water and strain the whole lot once it's cooled. It will keep in the fridge for weeks.
collins or cooler glass
2 oz Chattanooga 1816 Reserve Whiskey
.5 oz Rothman and Winter Pear Liqueur
1 oz pear puree
.25 oz lavender syrup
2.5 oz seltzer
Combine all ingredients except seltzer in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake to chill. Strain into your glass with fresh ice and top with seltzer.