When the weather gets cold and the frost starts to bite, whiskey in its many forms can help warm the soul. – And what a better way to end a day’s hustle than a home crafted liquid reward with an unbeatable view of your city skyline. So hang up your waxed canvas coats and raise a glass with one of our top three go-to whiskey cocktails this season featuring our preferred choices from the almighty High West Distillery. Cheers Gents!
Gold Rush (CYTIES Style)
The Gold Rush is a refreshing whiskey alternative to a Bee’s Knee’s. In this unique variation we used High West Campfire to add some smoke to counter the sweetness. Hit it with some bitters on top to open up the floral flood gates and sip like a wise man by a fireplace.
2 ounces High West Campire
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon
3/4 ounce honey syrup
A firm dash of bitters
Add ingredients in a tin, shake and strain over new ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
This is a Negroni’s bad ass cousin. We used the always clutch High West American Prairie as the main event. It finishes with an invigorating bitterness that will have you craving for another sip before the glass hits the table.
1 1/2 ounces High West American Prairie
3/4 ounce Sweet Vermouth
3/4 ounce Campari
Combine ingredients in a tin and stir ferociously until outside of shaker is frosty. Strain into a coupe glass or in a rocks glass over a large cube (whatever preferred), garnish with fresh orange peel.
The Sazerac is a local New Orleans variation of a cognac or whiskey cocktail. Nothing will compare to the real deal you can get at The Hotel Roosevelt in NOLA, but to honor it’s hierarchy you can make this bad boy at home to pay respect.
1 sugar cube
2 ounces Whiskey, go with High West Double Rye
Absinthe Rinse on glass
2 dashes peychauds bitters
Rinse a chilled rocks glass with Absinthe and flick any excess drips out after coat. Muddle a sugar cube with two firm dashes of Angostura bitters in a new glass. Ice the glass over the sugar paste and pour whiskey close to the brim. Stir in shaker and strain neat into the absinthe washed glass.
Our favorite whiskeys from High West:
-High West Campfire
Invest in a diamond cut mixing glass
Regan’s Orange Bitters is great for the cold weather
Even if you’re mixing at home for the crew, don’t forget to put a tip jar on the bar to help you stock up for the next party … you deserve it.