Jamming Apples, Chillax, Arctic Summer [DRINKS OF THE WEEK]
Welcome to the 94th consecutive installment of COED’s “Drinks of the Week.” Now let’s party!! We’ll bring the gin, whiskey and vodka. You bring the cups and lots of ice! This time around we’re sippin’, mixin’ and reviewing three totally unique brands that are sure to pique your interest, including Jameson Irish Whiskey, GT Vodka Coconut and Pinckney Gin. Are you ready? Let’s get this party started! Be sure to check out our full reviews and flavorful drink recipes below… cheers!
Steeped in rich tradition and originally distilled in Smithfield, Dublin in 1780 by John Jameson himself, Jameson Irish Whiskey is triple distilled and aged in sherry casks. This may not seem like a big deal at first glance. Just try comparing it to most American whiskeys (which are typically distilled once) and Scotch whiskies (which are usually distilled twice), and you’ll start to understand that Jameson isn’t your typical whiskey at all.
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Flavors: Caramel, oak, vanilla
Taste: A- (Excellent)
Mix-ability: B+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: A- (Excellent)
Price: $22 – $26 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Jameson Irish Whiskey an A- (Highly Recommended). As far as Irish whiskeys go, Jameson is very enjoyable and ideal for both newcomers to Irish whiskies and veteran connoisseurs. Jameson is excellent to sip, though we found that it may be a little harsh for first-time whiskey drinkers. We suggest you try Jameson on the rocks for starters. If necessary, even add a splash of water. True whiskey fans would only take this golden elixir neat—but as the folks at the Dublin distillery told us, ” There’s no wrong way to enjoy Jameson.”
MIX IT UP WITH: “Jamming Apples”
Ingredients: 2 oz. of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Apple Juice (to taste), Spiral peel of one lemon or lime.
Directions: Carefully peel the lemon or lime into a long spiral, and then squeeze oils into glass. Fill the glass with ice. Add Jameson and the apple juice. Stir briefly to mix. Serve with a wedge of lime.
Distilled a whopping six times (yes… we said six!) before being flawlessly blended with the nectar of sweet coconut, GT Vodka Coconut is the latest addition to the ever growing portfolio of Grand Touring Vodka. In the past we’ve sipped the original recipe, and even mixed a few toddies with their new watermelon variation, but now we’re getting it tropical up in here with coconut vodka!
Their Motto: No Regrets | Never Ends
Proof: 70 (35% ABV)
Taste: A- (Excellent)
Mix-ability: A- (Excellent)
Buzz Factor: B+ (Very Good)
Price: $29.99 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give GT Vodka Coconut an A- (Highly Recommended). I’m not gonna lie. We didn’t think a coconut vodka would do much for us—but our whole perspective has changed after tasting, testing, and mixing GTV Coconut! It’s got an undeniable coconut flavor which gives the vodka an absolutely smooth profile that’s easy to sip, shoot and mix. If you’re a thirsty individual who is looking for a way to kick start your next party, we highly recommend you consider GT Vodka Coconut. It is the bomb.
MIX IT UP WITH: “Chillax”
Ingredients: Combine 1.5 oz GT Vodka Coconut, 1/2 oz vanilla liqueur, 3/4 oz lime juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup, and 3 dashes bitters.
Directions: Serve in a rocks glass over ice. Top with 2 oz ginger ale. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Produce in diminutive 50-gallon batches, Pinckney Bend Gin is distilled from American grains and botanicals—including juniper, coriander, orris root, angelica, licorice, and three variations of dried citrus. Every ingredient is certified organic and American-grown.That allows Mother Nature and Uncle Sam to grin simultaneously. USA! USA! USA!
Accolades: Gold medals at both the 2011 MicroLiquor Spirits Competition in Los Angeles and the 2012 San Francisco International Spirits Competition.
Proof: 93 (46.5% ABV)
Flavors: Citrus, juniper, coriander
Taste: B+ (Good)
Mix-ability: B+ (Average)
Buzz Factor: B (Very Good)
Price: $23 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Pinckney Bend Gin a B+ (Highly Recommended). This unique eco-friendly gin delivers a powerful initial citrus taste, yet finishes mellow with an earthy flavor. It’s quite tasty and is extremely suitable for mixing. If you’re a fan of gin and are looking to diversify your drinking repertoir, we suggest you give Pinckney Bend a whirl!
MIX IT UP WITH: “Arctic Summer”
Ingredients: 1.5 oz gin, 3/4 oz apricot brandy, 1 tsp grenadine syrup, 4 oz sparkling bitter lemon soda
Directions: Add ingredients to an ice-filled highball glass. Serve with a cherry and lemon slice.
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