Bains is made from 100% corn (or maize as it is called it in South Africa). It is double matured in first fill Bourbon barrels.
In South Africa, Whisky is spelled without the “e”, as it is in Scotland, Canada and other countries. American Whiskey is always spelled with the “e”, as it is in Ireland and many other countries.
Cocktail of the Week - Cape Mountain Boulevardier:
1 ½ oz Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Campari
6 drops Sea Salt Saline Solution: (1 teaspoon Sea Salt - Himalayan Sea Salt preferred) dissolved in 1 oz very hot water)
Stir in mixing cup with ice. Strain into Old Fashioned glass with one large ice cube
Express oil from a lemon twist into glass
Add twist as garnish
A Boulevardier is a variation on a Negroni but made with Whiskey instead of Gin, (traditionally, Rye Whisky is used in a Boulevardier). I used the Bain’s Whisky and changed the ratio from the 1:1:1 used in a classic Negroni, to 1.5 oz Whisky, 1oz sweet vermouth and 1oz Campri.
If you are not able to acquire Bain’s Whisky, try a high-wheat Bourbon such as Larcany (a great bargain), or W.L. Weller, (more expensive, but still a great bargain for such a high quality Bourbon). The Bain's is a very soft, mellow whisky, not spicy like a Bourbon that has a lot of rye (ie: Bulleit, or Basil Hayden). Even though I personally love high rye Bourbons, these have a much different flavor profile than Bain’s.
You don’t have to be from NY to appreciate this book. Its all about Craft Distilleries of course and there is a lot of knowledge about how spirits are produced in the book. Heather traveled all throughout NY interviewing distillers.
See the full interview with Heather in the video below.
Bartender Journey will be traveling to Tampa in December 2015! The Tampa chapter of the US Bartenders Guild has a 4 day Repeal Day party. Repeal Day – December 5 1933 - is the day alcohol became legal again in the US after Prohibition…a traditional anniversary for bartenders to celebrate! But the Tampa Repeal Day Party is not just all just about celebration - there are seminars and educational opportunities too. If you are interested in attending the event or just finding out more about it: repealdayparty.com
Toast of the Week:
"Remember friends... The glass is neither half empty, nor half full... It just needs to be topped off!"