I’ve been predominately using Woodford Reserve Bourbon in our cocktails. Rich in flavour, you will pick up on hints of honey, vanilla and cinnamon. It’s great to have straight or on the rocks, but it is also perfect for cocktails!
The great thing about bourbon is that it’s an entry point into the world of whisky. It’s got that sweetness that makes it approachable. Premium bourbon is completely different to the RTD kind and I strongly suggest you give it a go before you completely disregard this epic spirit. Woodford Reserve is an incredibly smooth bourbon that’s super easy to drink and will be a wonderful gateway drink into the grunty, bold and boozy cocktail sphere.
This recipe doesn’t just look good, but it also tastes amazing with a perfect balance of sweet and tangy. St Germain elderflower liqueur provides a fragrant-floral sweet taste and when combined with freshly squeeze mandarin juice, it makes a really scrumptious fresh and fruity fizz that’s super thirst-quenching.
Dust out that cocktail shaker and bring out a strainer, muddler, jigger and a short glass (you can use a tall glass if you prefer).
Don’t worry if you don’t have the equipment as it’s pretty easy to use alternatives with stuff you already have in the kitchen.
30mls Woodford Reserve Bourbon
15mls St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Juice of one Mandarin
In a shaker add in 1 whole peeled mandarin then add a sprig of rosemary.
Muddle so that the mandarin and rosemary fuse together.
Add ice, bourbon, elderflower and Cointreau into the shaker and shake well.
Fill your glass with ice and strain your cocktail mix into the glass and top it off with soda water. Garnish your drink with a sprig of rosemary and enjoy!