Blow ‘em Some Smoke Signals

Whisky cocktails have been created over the decades, with some becoming staples, and some gaining popularity across nations. Just as there are some whisky cocktails, which have been much loved since way before most of us even became of legal drinking age, there are some which are comparatively new, but have managed to become sensations among whisky lovers. Among this new breed of whisky cocktails, is the Smoke Signals cocktail, which incorporates smoked ice as one of the key ingredients. Smoke Signals was created by premiere mixologist Evan Zimmerman in the year 2008. This whisky cocktail consists of a sweet, nutty pecan syrup, a dash of amontillado sherry, whisky and a heady nose of smoked ice. The three core ingredients, pecans, sherry and whisky, are little bits of Zimmerman’s childhood in Virginia, which he combines in this clever concoction, allowing us to have a taste of it. And we love what we taste. Sipping a glass of Smoke Signals, is just like sipping Jack Daniels in front of a blazing bonfire. This is one whisky cocktail you have to try before you die.

The Process

Fill a wide metal loaf pan with water for your smoked ice, and let it rest in a closed chamber like a barbeque, with 2 cups of smoking pecan (or hickory) wood chips. The greater the surface area of the pan the better the infusion of smoke. You are free to leave the water resting in the smoke for even an hour or more, because the longer you have, the better the smokiness your ice will have. Once done, let it freeze in an ice tray, while you prepare the rest. Bring 1 cup water and sugar to boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, and keep stirring until the sugar completely dissolves. Then add 1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans. Reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer until the syrup tastes like pecans. This should take about 12 minutes. Then you can strain the syrup, discard the pecans and let it chill until cold, for about 2 hours. Pour 5 tablespoons of whisky, 3 tablespoons of sherry, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons of pecan syrup in cocktail shaker. Fill it up with plain ice cubes, cover and shake until cold. Divide the mixture between 2 rock glasses. Repeat the same process with 5 more tablespoons of whisky, 3 tablespoons of sherry, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of pecan syrup, and ice. Place 1 smoked ice chunk in each glass and serve.

Blissful Breakfasts: Blueberry Bourbon Cream Cheese Pie

Halloween is the time for some yummy baked recipes. However, you might have to wait for the festive mood to set in. But that shouldn’t stop you from making some treats for parties, after-school events or to just enjoy. You can forget buying some store-bought treats. Bring out your oven, and start baking. The delicious, sweet perfection — Blueberry Bourbon Cream Cheese Pie will be ready in just 10 minutes.

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Let the FIFA Fever Kick in with Cameron's Kick

With the FIFA World Cup 2018 having kicked off and fans around the world roaring for more, tensions are high and the weather isn’t helping either. Even in Russia the summer days are hot and humid. Players are having a tougher time than most would expect, especially since we mostly think about snow and vodka when we think of Russia.Now when it comes to the fans and what they want to cool off with while watching FIFA 2018, beer is what you mostly hear. While beer is great when watching football, whisky is an even better idea. Don’t believe us? Ask around. A lot of the beer lovers also agree, that whisky and football is just as good a combination. And what can be better than a refreshing whisky cocktail named Cameron’s Kick?The Cameron’s Kick is first mentioned in a book titled Savoy Cocktail Book, written by Harry Craddock in 1930. Craddock never mentions the name of the bartender who had invented this cocktail, or why the name is what it is. The cocktail has always been a tricky one, since it has sometimes been made with 1 ounce each of blended scotch whisky and Irish whiskey. The notoriety of mixing two whiskies in one cocktail makes the drink stand out and is also why it is somewhat forgotten and lost in time.Using one whisky works just fine when making a Cameron’s Kick and you can finish it off with maybe a lemon peel to add a touch of freshness to a whisky cocktail.

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Summer is upon us, and there we go reaching out for that chilled beer from our refrigerator. Hold on! Summer isn’t just synonymous with chilled beer. Yes, we all LOVE a cold beer, but there is more deliciousness to explore. You can also smash the summer heat and treat your taste buds with seasonal cocktails. Toast to the return of patio weather, open sandals, and get-togethers with something special – a great beverage that marries your favourite beer with fresh berries and a splash of your favourite, versatile whisky – Blackbeery Whisky Smash Cocktail. A ‘smash’ makes for refreshing, easy-to-stir summer cocktails with the fresh summer produce they use that burst with intensely, fruity and fresh flavours. This cocktail with its slight, natural sweetness, a tad of tart and hint of spice is a wonderful ode to summer. A classic cocktail style, the smash has been around for ages and the most popular rendition of the same is our favourite, mint julep. Usually made with whisky, muddled fruit and fresh mint, they make for a stunning drink to chug. Give this berry-beery goodness a try at your next party, a fun craft cocktail that you’ll love stirring with ease at home.

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