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Cocktail: Worthy Park Swizzle

The only way to come back to the blogosphere is through a swizzle! So, let’s keep this short and sweet. I went to London in December (to study, actually) and while there, I had a few things on my mind. One of them being: “how much booze can I actually bring back?” I’ve done this before…when passing through Duty Free at the airport but, this time, I ventured out into the city on a hunt. Of course, the highly coveted Havana Club was a no-brainer. I keep an on-going “booze wish list” if you will and I was looking forward to crossing off a few items that I knew I wouldn’t find in the States. Well, I managed two of those (we can talk about that later). I’m not sure why I felt nervous to bring home the good this time. I was scouring the internet, trying to be extra careful because you know they’re going through your bags, right? The internet told me I could being home 1 Liter which is not even 2 whole bottles. Seriously.

On New Years Eve, my cousin and I made our way to the American Bar at the beautiful Savoy Hotel. While walking, we passed the Whiskey Exchange. By far, the very best store for booze shopping ever! Well, at least so far for me. Another favorite store of mine is in New Orleans, Keife &Co. The next day we headed back to The Whiskey Exchange, and there is where I got the best info on booze traveling. I spoke with about 3 associates at the store. One guy (who I spoke with the longest) tried to google Heathrow Airport policies and we even discussed ABV. And, it was all for nothing because the next guy (I obviously don’t remember their names, sorry) said I could bring back a suitcase full of booze!!!!!!!! That was enough for me! I did my shopping and made my way back to our room to configure the bags. I did at least bring my own bubble wrap. While my cousins bag was about 20 pounds overweight (LOL!!!!) I squeezed in 5 bottles. I’d done most of my booze (Rum) shopping by then but there was still one bottle on my mind. It was at the grocery store right around the corner from me, The Duppy Share. I had no idea if it was sold in the states, I didn’t know anything about it and it was a great price. But, alas, I didn’t bring it home. I thought maybe it would be a last minute decision at the airport in Duty Free but it wasn’t there so I was forced to buy 3 other rums.

When I got home I did some research on the Duppy Share and found that it’s a blend of Jamaican Rums from Worthy Park and Barbados Rums. The next logical step is a cocktail. I thought about the blend first and foremost. I went back and forth with the two Rums that I would use for my own blend in the swizzle. The other ingredients came easily. A well know Jamaican Rum comes from the Appleton Estate, I went with the Reserve Blend. For the Barbados Rum, there are a few options. Mount Gay Black Barrel would be marvelous here and is in fact one of my favorite Rums…ever. Plantation also produces a fine 5 year aged Barbados Rum. But, I wanted to bring something new to the Home Bar so I ventured out for Cockspur V.S.O.R. All of the elements came together in perfect harmony. Let’s get to the cocktail.

Worthy Park Swizzle:

1oz. Appleton Reserve Jamaican Rum

1oz. Cockspur V.S.O.R Barbados Rum

1oz. Lime Juice

3/4oz. Passion Fruit Syrup (Liber & Co.)

1/2oz. Licor 43 (or other vanilla liqueur)

1 Heavy Barspoon Campari

1 Dash Peychaud’s Bitters

1 Dash Orange Bitters (Regan’s used here)

Fill a Highball or Pilsner glass with crushed ice. Add all ingredients and swizzle until chilled. Top with more ice and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig or edible flowers if you have them. Feel free to use any blend of Rum you like. Cheers!

 

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Spirit Review: Hush Spiced Apple Moonshine

Psssst! There’s a secret I want you to tell. The secret is moonshine. Spiced Apple moonshine! I know what you may be thinking. Rubbing alcohol or maybe even lighting things on fire. This isn’t the white lightning from papa up in Appalachian. Hush Spiced Apple Moonshine is smooth. As soon as you pull the cork from the bottle, the bright aroma of crisp fall apples fills your nose. We all know the history of moonshine and it’s significance to American boozing. Hush is here to make their mark and change your mind on moonshine. Don’t think “burn” anymore. Think about sipping a fresh fall apple on the rocks. The distillers at Hush use a “secret” process to create the smoothest moonshine possible. The first thing that I enjoyed before tasting was the color. We’ve done plenty of infusions here on FoodieTails and one noticeable change that occurs throughout the time of infusion is the color. This is one reason why I tend to stray away from that wall of “infused” spirits at the liquor store. Apple is the most prominent flavor on the palate with warming spice and the bite of the moonshine on the finish. Hush is definitely one of the smoothest moonshine on the market. With Country Maple flavor, Original Style, Wicked Cinnamon and Spiced Apple, Hush has your holidays covered. Southern Lemonade and Georgia Peach will be rolling out soon. Get your mason jars ready!

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Hush was crafted for cocktails as well as sipping on the rocks. And, there are plenty of spiced apple cocktails to be had this time of year.

Hush Spiced Apple Moonshine Sour:

2oz. Hush Spiced Apple Moonshine

1/2oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2oz. Bourbon Infused Honey [Or Regular Local Honey or Honey Syrup]

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled, strain and serve up. Garnish with lemon twist.

 

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Hush Spiced Apple-Vanilla Old Fashioned:

2oz. Hush Spiced Apple Moonshine

1/2oz. Licor 43

2 Dashes Black Walnut Bitters [Or your favorite Bitters]

*Add all ingredients to mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with apple wheel. Cheers!

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Margarita 43

Sweet with a little spice, warming but cool, refreshing like a nice breeze on a summer day…enough about me, let’s talk cocktail. Monday’s call for a lot of [stress relieving] things. Of course I’m not advising that you drink your stress away. But, make a few Monday’s out of the month “Margarita Monday”.

There are so many ways to make and have a margarita. Frozen, on the rocks, up, infused tequilas, different triple secs, bitters, salt, no salt, agave, Tommy’s Margarita and even with green chartreuse! This Monday’s Margarita is made with Licor 43. A spanish liqueur, Cuarenta Y Tres is made with citrus, fruits, aromatic herbs and spices totaling 43 ingredients and is flavored with vanilla. Very easy to sip on the rocks and mixes well into cocktails. At around $23, it’s a good buy for your home bar. Vanilla mimosas anyone?

 

Margarita 43:

2oz. Blanco Tequila

1oz. Licor 43

3/4oz. Fresh Lime Juice

2 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters [Optional]

1 Jalapeno Ring

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice (No need to muddle jalapeno ring). Shake until chilled, double strain into coupe glass or over fresh ice. Garnish with lime wheel and jalapeno ring. Cheers!

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