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Daily Libations November 2021

Joe Daily, Kevin Grangier and Joni Latifi.

Joe mixes up fall cocktail recipes with Maker’s Mark Straight Bourbon Whisky

 

By Joe Daily
Photos by Kathryn Harrington

 

Welcome and thanks for joining us here at Daily Libations, featuring Maker’s Mark Straight Bourbon Whisky! This month we are coming into the fall, with the weather beginning to cool. I stopped by to see some industry friends to get the creative juices flowing over at Grassa Gramma. This time of year, I start thinking about beverages that are most enjoyable when shared. In your own cup, of course, but made in batches. Thank the stars for coming out of the pandemic. More like, thank the Greeks and Romans. We will discuss a couple of beverages that have stood the test of time back to the 2nd century. Pretty wild, right? There is no exact recipe for either beverage we will be discussing, just loose ingredients. That’s the fun part! It allows you to put your spin on it creating your variation or family recipe. I enjoy that aspect! I will also include a couple of variations at the end to get you started on your journey. Without further ado, let’s discuss our first beverage featuring Maker’s Mark Straight Bourbon Whisky, mulled wine.

Bourbon mulled wine includes such ingredients as cinnamon, mace, anise, close, citrus, honey and galangal (in the ginger family). These common ingredients can be added to bourbon mulled wine to spruce up the flair. To this day, I would accept every one of these ingredients into my bourbon mulled wine. Sounds pretty fantastic, right? With so many flavors, we start to think about the base varietal of wine and what blend of spices and sweeteners we decide to use. That is where it starts to get enjoyable with bourbon mulled wine. We have so many great wine grapes out there that it’s tough to figure out where to start sometimes! Again, that’s part of the fun, figuring out what you like.

Next on my list of favorite fall and winter drinks is cider. Cider is an excellent beverage with a lot of range due to the variety of apples we have to choose from if you would like to start from scratch. For ease of creating at home, I will be starting from a Gala apple non-alcoholic cider base. It’s pretty standard and easy to find if you would like to spice it up with your ingredients later on down the line. Like mulled wine, cider (non-alcoholic/alcoholic) has an ancient past with roots believed to be from the British Isles around 55 B.C. When the Romans discovered the beverage upon entry of the Isles, news traveled fast and made its way back to the Roman empire. Again, a drink that has stood the test of time. You would be hard-pressed like cider apples this time of year not to find these two beverages in my house. I stock them until spring, ha! 

Now I must state that we will be discussing spiked cider and not the traditional fermented cider that some of you may be familiar with. Those apples are pretty different, and you typically would not want to eat one of them like you would a Gala or HoneyCrisp. Please take my word for it!

The beauty of apples throughout history, which we take for granted and probably never think about, is their ability to last. In proper storage, specific varieties of apples may remain edible for months, making them a viable source to make alcohol out of. Much easier to control the timeline vs. grapes and, let’s say, pears or fruits that tend to spoil quickly. ­

So, what makes apple cider, cider? The spices might sound very familiar! Cider spices and mulled wine spices are the same, making it easy to have a little crossover in your household. It is a great way to have a beverage for the kids and the option of an alcoholic version for the adults along with mulled wine. You can make all three with minimal effort and look like a beverage pro. This month we will be using Maker’s Mark Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky to add our traditional Kentucky flair to our beverages.  We are going to start with our mulled wine. Are you guys and gals ready to make some shareables? Then we are off to the races!

Joe’s Bourbon Mulled Wine Made From Scratch:
Tools required to tipple your senses:
1oz to 2oz Jigger (A bartender’s tool to measure)
Slow Cooker (Medium to large saucepan works on low heat)
Where the magic happens!
4oz Maker’s Mark Straight Bourbon Whisky
1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
1 orange, sliced into rounds (Peeled if you would like a less-bitter drink)
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
2 to 4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste
Optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise
Directions
For the Slow Cooker
1. Place all ingredients (except optional garnish items) into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 hour.
2. After 1 hour pour bourbon mulled wine through a strainer into cups for serving and garnish with optional items.

Joe’s Bourbon Mulled Wine Made From Box:
Tools required to tipple your senses:
1oz to 2oz Jigger (A bartender’s tool to measure)
Slow Cooker (Medium to large saucepan works on low heat)
Where the magic happens!
4oz Maker’s Mark Straight Bourbon Whisky
1.5 liter bottle of dry red wine
Aspen Mulling Cider Spices (Pro tip! Available online or at Huber’s Orchard)
1 orange, sliced into rounds (Peeled, if you would like a less-bitter drink)
Optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise
Directions
For the Slow Cooker
1. Place all ingredients (except optional garnish items) into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 hour.
2. After 1 hour pour bourbon mulled wine through a strainer into cups for serving and garnish with optional items.


Joe’s Bourbon Spiked Cider:
Tools required to tipple your senses:
1oz to 2oz Jigger (a bartender’s tool to measure)
Slow Cooker (medium to large saucepan works on low heat)
Where the magic happens!
1 Gallon Apple Cider or Juice
1 Carton Aspen Mulling Cider Spices (Pro Tip! Available online or at Huber’s Orchard)
24 oz Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
Optional: Lemon juice to taste (Best to allow guest to adjust on the side)
Optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange or lemon), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise
Directions
For the Slow Cooker
1. Place all ingredients (except optional garnish items) into the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 2 hours.
2. Serve in cups and garnish with optional items.