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Whiskey & Wine: A Wonderful Mix

By April 14, 2010

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Many of us love whiskey and many of us also enjoy a sip of a fine wine, but what about putting the two together? It is a mix that, while not too common, does show up every now and then in cocktails like the Maker's Mark's Bold Chieftain. When whiskey and wine are combined the result is usually spectacular.

A cocktail that Lance Mayhew has shared this week is one of those and there are not one, but two wines. The cocktail is the Viscusi Cocktail and it was created by Jacob Grier and Mayhew while experimenting with dessert wines from a California winery. One of the wines is Quady Essensia and the other is the sparkling prosecco and between those two are a nice Canadian whisky from Caribou Crossing and a dash of orange bitters. The balance between whiskey and wine are perfect and the drink is great for these warming spring days, especially if you want to go beyond a Mimosa for brunch.

Another cocktail Mayhew has brought to my attention comes from Kiernan Walsh of San Fransisco's Solstice. While the Rising Sun Cocktail does not include wine, per se, it does pair Suntory Japanese whisky with pinot noir juice in a Martini-esque mix. You may have a hard time finding the juice, but with a little effort you will find the reward quite pleasing.

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April 14, 2010 at 11:15 am
(1) Emma says:

Hm, now Iíve never tried whiskey and wine togetherÖvodka and wine yes, and also gin and wine has come onto the Gin Monkey radar before but never whiskey! However it has to be said that after reading your post, Iím especially temped by the Suntory Japanese whisky with pinot noir juice combo you described.

I think Iím going to have to go out and look for some cocktails along those lines here in London :)

March 21, 2011 at 3:31 am
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December 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm
(3) XanderFox says:

A nice Blackberry wine and whiskey is a very good combination, I let mine sit together for over 4 months, it procures a very nice smooth flavor, with little bite. Very Very good for winter months, around Christmas, and New Years

December 30, 2012 at 9:55 am
(4) Anthonu says:

Been drinking Chevas Regal and red wine for yesrs snd it is absolutely wonderful

September 8, 2013 at 1:24 am
(5) Beve says:

I am admittedly late to the party (2013), but come on people – The Manhattan! Whiskey or Bourbon with sweet Vermouth, shaken or stirred, on the rocks or up with a cherry or orange wedge and a dash of bitters! I’ll take Manhattan!

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