Spiced Car Bomb, Devil’s Old Fashioned, Batanga [DRINKS OF THE WEEK]

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It’s the freakin’ weekend! And it’s not just any weekend, it’s Memorial Day weekend, so kindly take time to honor those who gave their lives to serve our country. It’s because of them we live freely. For most of us this is a three-day weekend and that means copious amounts of booze while basking in the sun or tending the grill. Do yourself a favor and check out our latest reviews and drink recipes! It can only make your weekend better… That’s not a promise, it’s a fact!

Jim Beam – Devil’s Cut 

The “Angel’s Share” is an industry term used to explain the amount of the liquor lost to the barrel due to evaporation during the aging process. After aging, when Jim Beam Bourbon is dumped out of the barrel, a small amount of whiskey is left trapped within the wood of every barrel. Jim Beam calls this the “devil’s cut.” And they’ve trademarked it for good measure. Smart!

The bourbon geeks over at the Jim Beam distillery have developed a new proprietary process that actually allows them to pull the whiskey trapped inside the barrels’ out of the wood after they’ve been emptied. Then they hold onto the barrel-treated extract until it develops the proper balance, then it’s blended with 6-year-old bourbon, and finally bottled at 90 proof. Sounds awesome, but is it…

Proof: 90 (45% ABV)

Age: Blended

Flavors: Vanilla, caramel, and intense oak-ness!

TasteB+ (Very Good)

Mix-ability(Very Good)

Buzz Factor: B+ (Very Good)

Price$23.99 USD (750ml) 

Overall: We give Jim Beam Devil’s Cut a B+ (Recommended). This Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is truly awesome, though maybe a little too robust for casual bourbon drinkers. Preferred mixed by the majority of our crew, we think Devil’s Cut is an excellent addition to the Jim Beam collection of bourbons!

Mix It Up With: “Devil’s Old Fashioned”

Ingredients: 1 1/2 parts Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, 2 dashes bitters, Water,  Cherry, Orange slice, Lemon wedge, Sugar

Directions: Start by muddling 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 2 dashes bitters in water. Fill the glass with ice, then pour1 1/2 par ts Jim Beam Devil’s Cut. Top it off with a cherry, a lemon wedge and an orange slice.

el Jimador Reposado Tequila

Distilled twice and then aged for a minimum of 2 months in white oak barrels, el Jimador Reposado is a 100% agave tequila that has been in production since 1994 at the Casa Herradura distillery in Jalisco, México.

“Jimador” is the Spanish name given to a master harvester of the agave plants used to make tequila. These proud workers, whose skills have been passed down for generations, are said to be at the heart of el Jimador Tequila. Has all their hard work and dedication paid off where it counts most: flavor and drink-ability? We found out and here are the results!

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)

Age: 2 months

Flavors: Agave, citrus, and vanilla.

TasteB (Good)

Mix-ability(Good)

Buzz Factor: B+ (Very Good)

Price$15.99 USD (750ml) 

Overall: We give el Jimador Reposado a B (Recommended). Inexpensive for a 100% agave tequila and quite smooth as well. It’s not going to replace Jose Cuervo, but its a suburb alternative. Drink it straight-up as a shot (training-wheels recommended) or mixed it up with the drink below… Either way, it’s tasty!

Mix It Up With: “Batanga”

Ingredients: 2 oz el Jimador Reposado, 1 oz Lime juice, 5 oz Pepsi or Coke, Pinch of salt.

Directions: In highball glass add ice, tequila, Pepsi or Coke and lime juice. Stir to mix. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Tip: Don’t drink on an empty stomach… You’ll probably get sick and you’re less likely to be able to control yourself when you do drink on an empty stomach. Take it from people who know!

FECKiN Spiced – Irish Whiskey

Yeah that’s right, spiced Irish Whiskey! Spiced whiskeys have been around for a long time, but to-date no one has produced an spiced Irish whiskey… That’s where Shane Braniff (Feckin creator) and the good people of the Cooley Distillery in Ireland stepped in and put the foot down.

Distilled in age-old traditional copper pot stills, Feckin Spiced Irish Whiskey is a blended whiskey that was brought to life by an expert panel of blenders and has been infused with heather and cane sugar. When asked to review this unique spirit, we couldn’t say no. Here’s what our tasting panel thought of Feckin Spiced.

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)

Age: Blended

Flavors: Vanilla and mixed spices.

TasteA- (Excellent)

Mix-ability(Good)

Buzz Factor:  B (Good)

Price$20.00 USD (750ml)

Overall: We give Feckin Spiced a B+ (Highly Recommended). Truly one of a kind. Feckin is not your average Irish whiskey, and that’s what makes it so great. It’s much much more and at just $20 a bottle it’s totally worth checking out if you’re a whiskey drinker like (most of) us!

Mix it up with – “Spiced Car Bomb”

Ingredients: 3/4 pint Guinness stout, 1/2 shot Bailey’s Irish cream, 1/2 shot Feckin Spiced Whiskey.

DirectionsAdd the Bailey’s and Feckin to a shot glass, layering the Bailey’s on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug 3/4 of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug. Drink it fast or it will curdle!

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