Islay Vacation

If all you think of when you think of Scotch is old men in suits, it's time to expand your horizons. 

Scotch is essentially just whiskey, but with a little something extra... Peat. What is it? Well, let us tell you. Peat is basically old, decayed plant material that forms over thousands of years in certain areas. Scotland, for instance, is one of those areas. The peat is cut from the ground in blocks, dried and used as a fuel source. We'll come back to the use of peat in just a minute...

When making Scotch (and most spirits), grains (barley, rye, etc.) are turned into a mash (think runny oatmeal) and yeast eats the sugars, creating alcohol. That mash is then distilled and the booze is aged in barrels. By allowing the grains to partially germinate, it converts starches into sugars. But you want to stop the germination process with heat before the grains actually sprout. A 'peated' whisky refers to the use of peat as the heat source in drying the grain prior to making the mash. The smoky flavors from the peat add significant character the end product, making Scotch unique from other whisk(e)ys. 

Now that we've had a history lesson, let's talk about this cocktail. Since Scotch has so much flavor, we figured we would use it in a Tiki drink, a perfect cocktail to appreciate the flavors of Scotch without slapping you across the face with them. The use banana, in particular, is a great partner for the flavors of good Scotch. In this case, we're using Laphroaig (pronounced like this). It's been around for 200 years, so you know they've got their shit together.

equipment:

cocktail shaker
cocktail strainer
collins glass

ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz pineapple juice
.5 oz banana puree (just mash up a ripe banana until very smooth)
1 oz simple syrup
4 dashes tiki bitters
fresh mint for garnish

method:

Combine everything except the mint in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Transfer to a glass and garnish with fresh mint. 



3rd Coast

When you see a frozen drink with an umbrella it's hard not to imagine yourself somewhere on the beach. Waves crashing...sand in your ass crack...someone's noisy kids running around and making noise while you're trying to relax...can't you just picture it?

But more often than not, these drinks are made with rum. We figured it was high time tequila got it's turn in a foo-foo umbrella drink. 

The trick to this recipe is that we're using anejo. There's basically three types of (good) tequila. Blanco (or silver) tequila is the distilled spirit that's simply bottled. Reposado translates to 'rested' and is the blanco tequila that's allowed to mellow in barrels for up to 364 days. The second you get past the one year mark, that rested reposado become Anejo. And, as you might imagine, the older the tequila, the more interesting the flavor. In this case, the oaky notes of Trianon Anejo still slides through the sweetness of the banana and coconut, but balances perfectly with the citrus and pineapple. 

equipment:

blender
large cocktail glass

ingredients:

2 oz Trianon Anejo Tequila
1 frozen banana (peeled, of course)
1 oz cream of coconut
3 oz pineapple juice
1 oz lime juice
1 cup crushed ice

method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.  


The Kernel

No, we're not talking about Mr. Sanders. We're talking about kernal as in corn. The king of the grains. 

A lot of the whiskey and bourbon our there is made with corn - but most of it is a blend of corn and some other grains - wheat, barley, rye, etc. This stuff from Tenn South Distillery is 100% corn. 

And thanks to that corn-centric mash, the finished whiskey has a unique flavor, bordering on fruity - even a little fresh banana fragrance, in fact. So we were playing around with it and came up with a combination of ingredients that might sound a little odd at first. But trust us. It works. 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Tenn South Old King Corn Whiskey
.5 oz banana purée (just mash up a ripe banana so it's real good n' smooth)
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
splash of ginger ale
lemon twist for garnish

method:

Combine everything but the ginger ale and lemon garnish in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake like hell and strain it into your rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with lemon twist.

Whisper Colada

Okay, if you've not tried Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream yet, we need to ask you something... What the hell is wrong with you?! 

Made right here in Nashville, it's the Southern answer to Irish Cream - but better. While Bailey's (and others) would like you to think they are made with Irish Whiskey, it's a teeny tiny percentage of what's in the bottle - most of it is neutral grain spirits (i.e. vodka). Whisper Creek is ALL 100% Tennessee Whiskey. Not only that, Whisper Creek has the highest proof of any cream liqueur out there, so it not only packs a punch, but that higher proof also has the benefit of giving it a lighter mouthfeel.

But what really sets it apart is the FLAVOR. Unlike those big brands with artificial 'chocolatey' flavorings and fake cream, Whisper Creek is made with REAL cream and all-natural flavors that compliment the flavors of Whiskey. Think pecan, red apple, caramel...mmmm. Seriously people, it's good shit. Trust us.

When they joined us for Tikitober on October 3, our hearts got a little fluttery just thinking of delicious frozen cocktails. So, we thought we get ready with a little experimenting.

 

equipment:

blender
cocktail glass

ingredients:

2 oz Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream
2 oz cream
1 oz coconut rum
1 oz coffee liqueur
1 oz chilled strong black coffee
1 frozen ripe banana
a few coffee beans for garnish


method:

Break the frozen banana into a few pieces and toss it in the blender. Add the Whisper Creek, cream, coffee and other spirits. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into glass and drop a couple coffee beans on top. Serve and enjoy!

Barefoot Banana

We love a good Tiki drink at 3st. There's just something fun about silly glasses, tiny umbrellas and tropical flavors. Someone recently gave us a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum to try. Before you go running for the hills, let us promise you that this is not some banana-laffy-taffy-make-you-wanna-gag flavor. It is subtle in flavor and downright tasty. 

We paired the banana rum with two other rums - black and light - and then added flavors of citrus, coconut and ginger. Coconut syrup can be found online or in many local specialty food stores. Needless to say, it did not last long before we were off to make another round! 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
tiki cup

ingredients:

2 oz Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum
.5 oz black rum
.5 oz light rum
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz coconut syrup
4 oz ginger beer

 

method:

in a cocktail shaker with 5-6 ice cubes, add all three rums, lime juice and coconut syrup. Shake the shit out of it for 45 seconds. Add ginger beer and transfer entire contents to a chilled tiki mug. Add more ice to fill the glass and garnish with fresh lime.