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This month’s box, Thirstin’ For Bourbon, was created using Knob Creek 9 Year Bourbon, an incredible Kentucky Bourbon which has an extraordinary flavour that is the result of patience and top-quality craftsmanship. Distilled in the heart of bourbon country, in Clermont, Kentucy, this spirit uses only hand selected American corn as the base and is produced in the small-batch style. Expertly aged in White Oak barrels for 9 years, this distinct process goes well beyond the minimum age requirements for American bourbon, and the result is definitely worth the wait. This prolonged method ensures a deep amber colour and a smooth, smoky oak flavour throughout the spirit, with notes of vanilla, caramel, and dried orange. Incredibly smooth, it has a bold flavour with balance that brings life and character to this month’s Crafty Cocktails box.
I Give Thanks For Bourbon
Let us all join hands and give thanks for this delicious cocktail set before us. With so many flavours and Thanksgiving inspired ingredients, there’s no shortage of things to be thankful for. We are thankful for the bounty of unique, small batch ingredients that give this drink its wonderfully seasonal profile. TOST Sparkling White Cranberry/Ginger, we thank you for your beautiful effervescent character. Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry Bitters, we thank you for the deliciously spicy body you provide. KVAS Cranberry/Rosemary Syrup, we thank you for your subtle and sweet herbal taste. Dehydrated cranberries, rosemary sprigs and orange, thank you for adding fresh and fruity touches to this cocktail. And last, but definitely not least, thank you Knob Creek Bourbon, you are the heart of this libation, adding smoky sweetness, and depth to this refreshing autumn cocktail. Good drinks, good friends, good times, let’s all be thankful and let’s all have a cocktail.
Chai to Die for
As winter approaches, the Crafty Cocktails team gets very excited, because it means that flavour profiles start switch from summertime freshness to deeper, more spice heavy ingredients. Chai is the perfect expression of these types of concoctions, as its blend of warming spices brings a fire to our tastebuds. Our Crafty Cocktails Chai Concentrate is loaded with classic Chai flavours; cinnamon, star anise, black pepper, cardamon and clove with a touch of golden honey. A good chai needs a creamy element for balance, and Blue Monkey Coconut Cream adds a velvety body that brings the chai to life. Deeper tones are delivered by Barrel Aged Maple Syrup and of course Knob Creek Bourbon. To top it all off, a little caramelized citrus from a flamed orange zest adds not only a beautiful aromatic, but also a wonderful opportunity to test your at-home bartending skills and impress your friends. With winter on the horizon, the Chai to Die For is sure to get you in the right mood.
The dunes seem to stretch on forever. You were thankful for the sun to set, but the night brings a chill no more comfortable than the heat of the day. The full moon basks the sand in a brilliant white light, making the endless stretch in front of you seem more like a snowy plain than a desert. More challenging than the cold, is this unbearable thirst. With every step you take, your lips become drier and drier. Just when you think you can’t go on, a glint at the top of the next dune catches your eye. Perhaps your delirious, but you have little left to lose. Your pace quickens as you climb to the top and find, somehow, a delicious cocktail has been left here, a gift from the gods who watch over you. You take a sip and sour tamarind greets your palette, followed by the refreshing taste of Tumeric Ginger which quenches your parched palette. You drain the glass as notes of Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, fresh orange and bourbon invigorate you. You are ready to continue your journey, at least until you find the next cocktail.
While there are many types of whiskey in the world, America’s contribution to this most noble spirit, bourbon, is quite divergent from its cousins found in other countries. This is because, unlike most whiskeys, which are distilled from wheat grains, bourbon is distilled mainly from corn, which gives it a unique sweetness that is rich, layered and extremely nuanced. Furthermore, many bourbons are aged in barrels made from America grown tress that are often charred inside and out, bringing a smokey finish and a distinct earthy tone.
These characteristics make this warming elixir the perfect base for Autumn cocktails, as it perfectly complements the flavours one would expect for this time of year, with its brisk weather and changing colours. Therefore, in October, Crafty Cocktails always features bourbon as the base spirit for the month. We can’t help ourselves; when we look at the beautiful reds, browns, and golds of the foliage, we are always reminded of the wonderful taste of bourbon and the brilliant flavour it brings to cocktails. And so, this month’s box, Thirstin’ For Bourbon, is chalked full of amazing ingredients that celebrate this special time of year, as well as the spirit that compliments Autumn so nicely.
Because bourbon possesses such a distinct, and sometimes bracing flavour, the secret to creating a tasty cocktail menu that will delight even the most skeptical drinkers, is to be incredibly selective with ingredients, choosing only those which both compliment the distinct flavour of bourbon, as well as being flavourful enough to stand up to it and shine through themselves. This can be a tricky endeavor, as a lot of ingredients can either be too weak to overcome bourbon’s intense profile, or can interact poorly with it, changing the flavour of not only the ingredient, but also the bourbon, for the worse. However, with careful selection and rigorous testing, it is possible to create a menu which allows the beautiful profile of bourbon to be present, but not overpowering, one where the flavours of all the other ingredients can be enjoyed in every sip.
This is what we’ve done in this month’s box, Thirstin’ For Bourbon, which contains a broad range of ingredients which compliment this unique spirit as well as the season. As you search through your box, you’ll find Thanksgiving-inspired ingredients like Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry Bitters, TOST Sparkling White Cranberry/Ginger and KVAS Muskoka Cranberry/Rosemary syrup. You’ll also find a ton of warming elements such as Crafty Cocktails Chai Concentrate, Tamarind paste, Kinsip Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syurp and Truly Tumeric Ginger Juice. Scattered throughout are also many herbs, spices and citrus, giving you a lot to play with to create these fantastic bourbon cocktails.
As for the bourbon itself, we’ve recommended Knob Creek 9 Year Bourbon, a complex Kentucky bourbon which is distilled in ‘small-batch’ style, resulting in a smokey and incredibly layered spirit. This ‘small-batch’ approach means that this beautifully executed whiskey is crafted using only hand-selected American corn and is produced only in small quantities, giving the distillers ultimate control in the taste of the final product. Furthermore, it is aged in American oak barrels for 9 years, far beyond the requirements for bourbon, which gives it a smooth finish that is hard to not to love.
So, as you look out your window and watch the Autumn weather change the canopy of green to brilliant reds, oranges and golds, and you feel a slight chill in the brisk air, remember that a warming bourbon cocktail is only a few shakes away. Enjoy this seasonal delight that is the Crafty’s October box, Thirstin’ For Bourbon, because it will be a whole year till you get your next bourbon fix. Cheers!
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