My Darlin’s Sand Trap Needs a Toddy [DRINKS OF THE WEEK]

Whisky, Tequila, and Vodka… Not only are these probable names of my unborn children, but they’re also what we happen to be reviewing this week on Drinks of the Week. First on the docket is Jose Cuervo Platino – Cuervo’s only silver tequila. Batting second is a single malt whisky from High Spirits Distillery. And last but not least we take an in-depth look a Bison Grass Vodka, which actually has a blade of grass in the bottle. So what are you waiting for? Check out our reviews and drink recipes below.

 Jose Cuervo Platino

Once reserved exclusively for the Cuervo family’s private enjoyment, Jose Cuervo Platino is the first ultra premium silver tequila to be created by a family with a 200 year history of making the world’s finest tequilas.

Platino is produced from 100% blue agave that is hand-selected estate grown and is handcrafted using a unique process called “Esencia de Agave.” This proprietary distillation method is said to optimize the tequila’s agave notes.

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)

Age: Unaged

Flavors: Agave, citrus, pepper/spice

TasteA- (Excellent)

Mix-abilityA- (Excellent)

Buzz Factor: (Good)

Price: $50 – $55 USD (750ml) 

Overall: We give Jose Cuervo Platino a B+ (Highly Recommended). It’s smooth yet very flavorful, without losing the essence of the tequila – the agave! At just over $50 per bottle this tequila for most of us will be relegated to special occasions or the best gift you’ve ever gotten/given someone. Regardless, if you have a chance to taste Platino, don’t pass it up.

MIX IT UP WITH“Hibiscus Toddy

Ingredients: 1 oz. Jose Cuervo Platino, 1/2 oz. Agavero Liqeur, 4 oz. hot water, 1 tbsp. Agave Nectar, 1 tbsp. Loose Hibiscus Flowers for Tea, Orance Wedge.

Directions: Boil water and steep hibiscus flowers in water for 4 minutes or until bright red in color. Strain liquid into a mug or cup. Add agavero liqueur and Jose Cuervo Platino. Stir in agave nectar. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Mesquite Smoked Single Malt Whisky

Mesquite Smoked Single Malt Whisky is handcrafted and only produced in small batches at 7000′  elevation.

The Process: It all begins with the finest two-row barley malt sourced in Wisconsin. From there the barley is smoked gently over locally harvested mesquite to add flavor. Mesquite Smoked Single Malt Whisky is then distilled in a rectifying still that’s actually used as a pot still. Aging occurs in new oak barrels before the whisky is finally bottled at 80 proof for distribution.

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)

Age: 2 – 3 years

Flavors: smoked barley, vanilla, citrus

TasteC (Average)

Mix-abilityC+ (Above Average)

Buzz Factor:  (Good)

Price:  USD (750ml)

Overall: We give Mesquite Smoked Arizona Whiskey a B-. Incredibly flavorful, yet somewhat unsavory in the end. If given more time to age and mellow at the distillery we think this new comer to the single malt industry could truly blossom into something extraordinary. Until then it’s simply not exactly what we’re looking for from a single malt mesquite smoked whisky, though we did enjoy it mixed!


Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Mesquite Smoked Arizona Whisky, 1 oz. cherry brandy, 1/2 oz. Vermouth, sweet, 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice, 1 slice Lemon

Directions: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass with ice cubes. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Bison Grass Vodka

It would appear that distillers and chemists working together have now been able to extract the essence of “Zubrowka,” and inject it directly into polish vodka. Today they’re calling this unlikely mix – Bison Grass Vodka… But why?

For centuries in eastern Poland, massive buffalo have roamed the lush and fertile fields that are full of rich flowers and “Zubrowka” or “Bison Grass,” an herb steeped in intrigue, mystique and romanticism.  High Society would celebrate hunting successes with a special vodka flavored with “Bison Grass,” in belief this would yield grand power, increase stature and youthfulness which centuries later had been banned from American shores, but not anymore!

Proof: 82 (41% ABV)

Age: Unaged

Flavors: Cinnamon, citrus, and honey


Mix-abilityB+ (Very Good)

Buzz Factor:  B (Good)

Price $21 – $27 USD (750ml) 

Overall: We give Bison Grass Vodka a (Recommended) This is by far one of the most unique vodkas we tested in a very long time. While it’s relatively smooth it’s best enjoyed most certainly when mixed. We suggest you trying it mixed in a dry vodka martini or possibly the “Oh My Darlin” recipe listed below…

MIX IT UP WITH: “Oh My Darlin”

Ingredients: 2 oz. Bison Grass Vodka, 1 oz. Clementine Juice

Directions: Shake over ices and strain into a high ball glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer.

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