These Wild Roses Will Have You Howling Like A Wolf [DRINKS OF THE WEEK]
Summer is almost gone, but our bottles of boozer are still full, so let’s party! This week on “Drinks of the Week” we’re bringing you three taste bud tantalizing treats including Wolf Berry Rum from Bacardi, Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon and The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Rare. So sit back and enjoy the ride as we take you on yet another journey through COED’s “Drinks of the Week!” You’re sure to find at least one cocktail to get you in the partying mood.
Just when you think they’ve done it all Bacardi’s mad scientists and master distillers come up with a new intriguing rum infusion once again! They could have gone the easy route and produced a simple blueberry rum… I mean come on, who doesn’t like blueberries? Instead they’ve come up with a hybrid of sorts and they’re calling it Wolf Berry! It’s an infusion of fresh blueberries mingled with the subtle, sour sweetness of wolfberries, which is said to give the rum a sweet taste and tart bite.
Proof: 70 (35% ABV)
Flavors: Blueberry and tart fruits
Taste: B (Good)
Mix-ability: B (Good)
Buzz Factor: B (Good)
Price: $14.99 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Bacardi Wolf Berry a B (Highly Recommended). When sipping it straight we noticed this rum has a somewhat bitter initial taste that actually mellows as you swallow. If you want our opinion, this rum is just begging to be mixed! Though you’ll smell the sweet aroma of blueberry when you first open the bottle don’t be fooled, this rum packs a bite!
MIX IT UP WITH: “Howl at the Moon”
Ingredients: 1 cup blueberries (frozen), 1/4 cup Wolf Berry Rum, 1/2 lime juice, 1/2 cup ice (crushed) 1/4 cup superfine sugar.
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and process for about 30 seconds. Pour into a chilled glass.
Prized for it’s complex, full bodied and mellow taste, Four Roses Single Barrel is surprisingly potent at 100 proof, but is said to go down smooth and never put a hitch in your giddy-up! Recently we were given an opportunity to sit down and check it out for ourselves, and (spoiler alert!) we weren’t let down!
Proof: 100 (50% ABV)
Flavors: Oak, vanilla , caramel, brown sugar
Taste: A (Amazing)
Mix-ability: B+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: A (Amazing)
Price: $39 – $45 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Four Roses Single Barrel an A (Highly Recommended). Whiskey and bourbon aficionados listen up! If you haven’t given Four Roses Single Barrel a try it’s time you do! It’s warm going down and never presents any harsh or undesirable tastes from start to finish. If I had a one bourbon to drink every day, it would taste just like this!
MIX IT UP WITH: “Lillie’s Pride”
Ingredients: 2 oz Four Roses Single Barrel, ½ oz Mathilde Framboise, ½ oz fresh lemon, 1 oz spiced cherry puree, 3 dashes of creole bitters
Directions: Mix all ingredients together, serve up in a cocktail glass. No garnish
When asked to describe their Irish whiskey, the folks at The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes distillery used terms like “balanced” and “smooth.” They even went on to say that their whiskey is ”perfect for enjoying straight but also lends itself to a range of whiskey cocktail recipes.” Well, early last week we decided it was time to separate fact from fiction and go one-on-one with this highly regarded Irish whiskey and the results don’t lie!
Proof: 86 (43% ABV)
Flavors: Cinnamon, vanilla, oak and honey
Taste: A- (Excellent)
Mix-ability: B+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: A- (Excellent)
Price: $49.90 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes a A- (Highly Recommended). This is an exceptional Irish whiskey. Half of our crew enjoyed it straight-up and the rest preferred it mixed, making it a truly versatile whiskey. As for it’s self proclaimed “smoothness” and “balance” we can attest The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes is both! If you find an opportunity to sip this golden nectar for yourselves, we highly recommend don’t pass it up!
MIX IT UP WITH: “Long Goodbye”
Ingredients: 2 oz The Wild Geese Rare Irish Whiskey, 1/2 oz Elderflower cordial
2 strawberries 2 lime wedges, 1 tps sugar, 6 oz Lemonade.
Directions: Muddle limes, strawberries and sugar in a highball glass, add crushed ice, Rare Irish Whiskey and elderflower cordial and stir. Top with lemonade and garnish with a strawberry slice.
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