Fall weather brings out the best in craft cocktails. What's better than a sultry and mildly sweet Manhattan on a chilly October evening?
If you're looking to make classic Manhattans this Fall, look no further: we have everything you need. The next time you're hankering for a whiskey cocktail, try this recipe on for size:
2 oz. High West Double Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Contratto Vermouth Rosso
2 dashes Fee Brothers Bitters
1 Luxardo Maraschino Cherry
Stir the rye, vermouth and bitters well with cracked ice. Strain into in a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the Luxardo maraschino cherry.
Rye whiskey made in the United States is distilled from a mash made of at least 51% rye, with the remaining portion from corn and malted barley. Rye is aged in charred, new oak barrels. Rye whiskey aged for at least two years may be further designated as "straight rye whiskey."
Here's a review from Bourbonblog.com:
"The nose offers cinnamon, cherry, and spice. Mild tobacco and some cherry flavors hit first. On the mid-palate the rye becomes buttery smooth and well rounded between the sweet and spicy characteristics. This is an incredible sipper straight or on the rocks. Additionally, the balanced spice will make it an excellent mixer as we suggest enjoying it in a Manhattan." $26.99
This whiskey is truly unique. In fact, it is the only whiskey which uses real peaches harvested from the Rocky Mountain region, not artificial colors or flavors, to strike a balance between intense peach flavors that jump out of the glass with the subtleties of a refined whiskey which even the connoisseur will appreciate.
Leopold Brothers blends the juice of the most aromatic varieties of peaches from the Western Slope with their whiskey and move the entire spirit to used bourbon barrels. The peaches slowly oxidize in the barrel, yielding more complex flavors and colors. When the time is right, it goes straight into bottles.
This is the very essence of a Rocky Mountain peach coupled with an American small batch whiskey, painstakingly preserved in a hand-numbered bottle. It is perfect on the rocks, but also makes for stunning Manhattans and a host of other cocktails.
Templeton Rye Whiskey is here! Previously unavailable in Colorado, Templeton Rye has been the darling of many of your favorite mixologists. Thanks to some cajoling and pleading, Templeton has finally made it's way into select Colorado drinking establishments and onto retail store shelves, including Amendment XXI. Find out why Templeton was the preferred whiskey of Al Capone.
"When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as Templeton Rye, or "The Good Stuff" to those in the know. Produced from the original Prohibition era recipe and aged in charred new oak barrels, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway." $44.00
"Besides the unique high-rye mash bill, Breckenridge Distillery owes its success to careful mingling of casks at each bottling and the perfect Breckenridge snowmelt water used for proofing. The natural minerality of the water source ensures the luscious mouth-feel, depth of flavor, and long finish making Breck Bourbon one of the very best Whiskeys in the World."
This Colorado Bourbon is made with 56% yellow corn, 38% green rye, 6% malted barley and has been aged for an average of 2-3 years in new American White Oak barrels. $43.99
We were lucky to be one of the few who received some of the first barrels of "Leopold Brothers Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey". Made right here in Denver, it pays homage to a style of whiskey that was America's most popular prior to prohibition. This style must be made from 51% rye mash and is spicier and leaner than a bourbon and was the inspiration for many legendary American cocktails, such as the Sazerac and the Manhattan. It is more assertive than the fuller, sweeter bourbon style which allows it to blend more harmoniously in simple (i.e. whiskey cokes) and more complicated cocktails. Leopold seems to have the Midas touch when it comes to distilling and their newest addition is no exception. To put it more bluntly, we think this rye is awesome. Limited supply, get while it lasts! $49.99
Other whiskeys claim to use the finest ingredients, but that's tough for us to believe when ours are the only ingredients that carry the purity and the freshness of the Rocky Mountains.
Eighty percent of our barley is grown in Colorado with the remainder coming from the Rocky Mountain region. Our water sources can be found in the crisp mountain streams of the Rockies, just a stone-throw away to the west.
The barley goes through a roller mill (half husk cracked, for the sake of detail) and then into our 30 barrel mash-tun here at the distillery. The grain is mashed, sparged and transferred as a naturally maltose-sugar-rich liquid to the kettle where it is boiled before being filtered, cooled and transferred to one of our 60 barrel fermentation vessels. Once the fermentation is complete, the wash is then again filtered and transferred to distillery holding tanks. From the holding tanks, the wash goes into a custom made combination pot (scotch style) and column (bourbon style) still, made by Vendome Copper Co. of Louisville, Kentucky. We distill it twice, of course, taking the best parts of the doubling run. And that's what fills our 52.8 gallon charred, American white oak whiskey barrels.
We age our whiskey a minimum of two years before it reaches bottled perfection for your drinking pleasure.
Scotch lovers rejoice! Single malts expertly blended from both naturally aged smokey whiskies and whiskies matured in heavily charred oak barrels create JW's new Double Black beauty.
"Johnnie Walker Double Black is the newest addition to the Johnnie Walker family of Scotch whiskies. Double Black starts with the Black Label template, and from there, it adds peatier malts and malts aged in heavily charred oak barrels - the result being a smokier dram than the original. While the Black Label is aged for 12 years, Johnnie Walker Double Black carries no age statement. On the nose, Double Black offers aromas of peat smoke, oak and dried fruits. You’ll notice more smoke, plus some pleasant tropical fruit notes, vanilla and spice. It’s quite drinkable, with an easy-going mouthfeel and a dry finish." - WhiskeyIntelligence.com