Nashville Hot Hot Chocolate

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Fall has officially begun and the cold weather has us missing the summer months, but the best part of cold weather is warm drinks.

Introducing the Nashville Hot Hot Chocolate. Featuring some of our Local Favorites, Olive and Sinclair’s Cinnamon Chili Chocolate, Davidson Reserve Rye, and Whisper Creek Sipping Cream with a little bit of cinnamon this is sure to warm you up on the cold nights ahead.

equipment:

2 quart Sauce Pot

Coffee Cup

Mixer

ingredients:

2 oz Davidson Reserve Rye
Olive and Sinclair Aztec Chocolate
4 oz Whisper Creek

Heavy Whipping Cream
Whole Milk Cinnamon Stick for Garnish

method:

Melt Chocolate in Whole Milk until light simmer. Blend Heavy Whipping Cream with Whisper Creek until soft peaks form. Pour Davidson Reserve into Coffee Cup. Top with Hot Chocolate. Give a quick stir. Top with Whisper Creek whipped cream. Garnish with a little cinnamon and chocolate shavings.

Peach Puppy

Nothing goes with whiskey quite like fruit does, and summer's favorite fruit, the peach, might just go with whiskey better than any other. As summer comes to a close, we can relive its glory days with this sweet, refreshing, and easy cocktail. 

Like vodka, who's flavors are too numerous to count these days, more and more whiskey makers are branching out into flavors.  While some of these flavored spirits taste great all by themselves, they are especially well suited for mixing into cocktails. Bird Dog Peach Whiskey is no exception. With its peachy sweetness it makes for a nice, easy to take shot, as well as some damn fine summery cocktails. Here we've mixed it with Pennington's Vanilla Rye (made right here in Nashville!) and some sparkling soda water that will make you think of peach pie on a hot summer day.

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz Bird Dog Peach Flavored Whiskey
.5 oz Pennington’s Vanilla Rye Whiskey
.25 lemon juice
soda water
strip of lemon zest for garnish

method:

Combine both whiskeys and the lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with a splash of soda water, garnish with lemon zest and enjoy!

'Nilla & Nut Old Fashioned

Waaaaay back in August of 2014 we kicked off this adventure we call 3st of the Month with a little more than 200 friends on the 3rd floor of Acme Feed & Seed in downtown Nashville. We had a loose 'anything goes' theme of "Booze 101" and had about 12 different tables of products. 

One of those first tables belonged to a new local product, Pennington's Strawberry Rye Whiskey. It's got the spice of a great rye whiskey, but with natural strawberry flavors. It was a hit. 

But here we are one year later getting ready for our big anniversary party (and we're heading back to Acme), and we're not the only ones that have been busy this year. Pennington's is coming back with not one - but two - new flavors! Just like the original Strawberry Rye, their new Vanilla Rye and Peach Apricot Rye have the spice you expect from rye whiskey, but with natural flavors that make them a blast for creating cocktails... and they're pretty good in shots. Even better, though they are sweetened, they have just enough sugar to make them go down easy (about half the sugar of that 'sphere of flame' cinnamon whiskey).

For this one, we're playing around with the new Vanilla Rye. And it's soooo good!

equipment:

rocks glass
bar spoon

ingredients:

2 oz Pennington's Vanilla Rye Whiskey
1 dash black walnut bitters
slice of orange

method:

This is an easy one - you can just build it in the glass! Start with a large cube of ice if you've got it. If you don't, that's fine. Just use a few regular cubes. Add in the booze and the bitters and stir it around for a minute or two to water things down a bit and toss in the orange slice before serving.