A Hemmingway fan? Now you can drink like him too
Whiskey has had a fabled history in the literary world. From James Joyce to Haruki Murakami, this every-man’s drink is both inspiration and instigator. And from the very first bottle of this barrel-aged elixir, glass has been the chosen vessel in which to imbibe.
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough"
Mark Twain describe in a letter to his wife the following cocktail and it sounds as good today as it did in 1874.
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- 1.5 oz Ballantines Scotch whisky
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
"There’s no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others."
King of the Southern Gothic novel and drinking while writing for inspiration, the mint julep was Faulkner’s preferred mode of liquid creativity.
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- 3 springs fresh mint
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
- 2 oz Few Bourbon
- Club soda or water to top off
- Sprinkle of powdered sugar
George Bernard Shaw
"Whisky is liquid sunshine."
Shaw was known for his comedic plays like “Pygmalion.” And just like the witty banter he wrote, we think this light cocktail is the perfect partner for laughing it up with your friends on a sunny day.
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- 2 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon
- 2 oz fresh lemon juice
- Club soda
- Honey-thyme simple syrup
Hunter S. Thompson
"Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind but falling in love and not getting arrested."
The Gonzo Journalist would be nothing without a glass of whiskey in each hand. And Hunter S. Thompson is the original. Get wild (but not too wild… it’s not the 1960s anymore) and try this Thompson-inspired drink.
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- 1.5 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
- .5 oz Vermouth
- 2 dashes bitters
- 1 cherry to garnish
"Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink."
Inspired by the Beatnik writers of the west, Haruki Murakami’s surrealistic writing is always better accompanied with this bubbly twist on a simple bourbon cocktail.
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- 1 sugar cube
- 3 dashes bitters
- 1 oz Copper Fiddle Bourbon
- Top off with Veuve Cliquot Champagne
"When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day, what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whiskey? When you are cold and wet, what else can warm you?"
What do you say about the man who has already said it all? Iconic and brief, gruff but sentimental, a Hemmingway-inspired drink deserves to be a classic with a twist. Just like the man himself.
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- 1.25 oz Ballantines Scotch Whisky
- 1 oz (ri)1 Rye
- .5 oz orange liqueur
- .75 oz lemon juice
- .5 oz almond orgeat syrup
- .25 oz simple syrup (for taste)
"The water is not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky."
This Welsh poet penned the semi-autobiographical Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, where whisky is a veritable character. In real life, Thomas enjoyed his whiskey straight.
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- 2 oz Pendleton Whiskey, neat or on the rocks
Be a Foodie Star with These Whiskey Pairings
As fall quickly approaches, we are craving comfort foods and a drink with a kick to go with them. What better way to warm up with friends and family than with a glass of whiskey? For the best tasting tipples, we make sure to pick up whiskey brands in glass bottles, so we can taste the drink, not the packaging.
Pendleton Whiskey isn’t just a pretty face. Both smooth and quick, hints of maple and sweet cherry make this traditional swig a treat for whiskey purists and new-comers a like. This whiskey brings with it big sky country and rustic charm that just can’t be beat on a chilly evening. Songs sung around campfires are recommended.
What better way to celebrate a true classic than with the kind of salt-of-the-earth food we love to indulge in in the fall? This recipe for caramelized onion and squash tartines with ricotta is the perfect partner to this cowboy of a whiskey.
Copper Fiddle Whiskey
The much-lauded fall stew is a thing of beauty. Full of rich colors and even richer flavors, this recipe calls for a whiskey that is made with as much love and attention-to-detail as your autumnal epicurean endeavors.
Because the small-batch Copper Fiddle Whiskey is a family affair, we know its smooth taste and amber hues will make this meal picture perfect.
Makers 46 Bourbon
Why mess with a good thing? Well, the distillers at Makers Mark decided that their aged oak-barrel bourbon could get even better. And so was birthed the incredibly smooth and sweet Makers 46 Bourbon. With bold flavors of vanilla, caramel and spices, this bourbon added the taste layer of seared French oak staves that are soaked in the original barrels, allowing the sweeter taste profiles of Makers 46 to develop.
Pair with these decadent pumpkin fritters with caramel sauce for a grown-up fall dessert.
Ranger Creek Belgian While Whiskey
The brainchild of Texas-based brewery and distillery Ranger Creek, this new breed of whiskey is one part Belgian White beer and one part moonshine. Clear and unaged, top notes of fig, plum and pepper belong to the beer it takes its inspiration from. The kick comes from its whiskey counterpart, including a finish of stone fruit, cinnamon and nutmeg.
A strong drink deserves a full-flavored partner at the dinner table that can hold its own. Fall is the perfect time to perfect your french onion soup recipe for potlucks and nights in with Ranger Creek Belgian White Whiskey.
(ri)1 Rye isn’t your average grandpa drink many associate with traditional strong rye. This rye has a lighter, sweeter profile that leans more towards a sweet bourbon. With a citrus aroma and grainy backnotes, the (ri)1 Rye is rounded out with a dry sweet and sour palate and spicy finish.
To play up the light, citrus notes of this rye, this Meyer Lemon and Thyme Focaccia recipe will pair up nicely for a tart, fresh start to any meal.
Canadian Club Dock 57 Blackberry Whiskey
The rich color and even richer taste of sweet vanilla, oak, cinnamon, caramel and pepper will have you ready for a party AND your cozy socks all at once with Dock 57 Blackberry Whiskey.
What better way to welcome cooler weather than by making fancy grilled cheese. At once irreverent and elevated, this recipe of brie, cranberries and prosciutto will knock those cozy fall socks off when paired with the mild, unexpectedly sweet Dock 57 Blackberry Whiskey.
Mississippi River Distillery Cody Creek Bourbon
Iowa may not be known for its bourbon, but that will change soon because of Mississippi River Distillery’s Cody Creek Bourbon. Lightened with notes of vanilla and caramel, this bourbon has an earthy flavor that brings grassy, nutty flavors to mind. Bring on the fall foliage!
A bourbon that takes its inspiration from nature deserves a food pairing with equal natural sensibilities. This carrot soup with tahini and crisped chickpeas is as autumnal as it gets and will play nice with the wheat and nut flavors of Cody Creak Bourbon.
Chicago may be known for its big shoulders and rough and tumble past, but nowadays it is becoming a hub for small batch distilleries and breweries. Few Distillery in Evanston is leading the pack with its rye. With a taste profile including apples, pears, plums, candied orange peel and spice, this rye is more than meets the glass bottle.
A fruity, spicy bourbon with candied orange peel is the missing link to this pear almond chocolate cake. At once fall-inspired and full of flavor, this pairing will be a special closer to any dinner party or “just because” dessert break.
9 Glass Facts Everyone Should Know
Glass is beautiful. This is something we all know to be true. But, sometimes the cold, hard facts do glass a ton of justice. Check out 9 of our favorite glass facts below. These are facts you’ll want to remember the next time you’re at family dinner and you’ll want to start a new conversation.
“Jared, how did you do on your biology exam on Monday?” says mom. “Did you know, the energy from recycling one glass bottle can power a computer for 30 minutes?” says Jared. And just like that, Mom forgot about the biology exam grade you didn’t want to share with her.
- Glass is a great insulator, keeping beverages colder longer than other packaging materials.
- Glass can be recycled over and over again into new bottles without any loss of purity or quality, and no waste or by-products. It does not have to be down-cycled into other products that eventually end up in a landfill.
- Glass protects against the effects of light. Amber and black glass provide all the protection from UV rays and other glass colors can provide ample protection for various types of beer.
- Glass is pure. It is made of three abundant, natural raw materials – sand, limestone and soda ash – as well as recycled glass.
- In the 1850s, glass bottles were first used mainly for whiskey
- The energy from recycling one glass bottle can power a computer for 30 minutes.
- In the US today, about 80% of glass containers are recycled, compared with less than 25% of plastic containers.
- September is’ Recycle Glass Month.’
- Because glass is impermeable and virtually inert, it is an ideal, natural shield for food or drinks . It will not rust, corrode or leach, and requires no plastic or chemical liners that can interact with its contents in unfavorable ways.
(Sources: Glass Packaging Institute, BottlesUp)
How To: Infuse Vodka with Chocolate…in Your Dishwasher
Yes, you read that correctly. You CAN make a velvety vodka deliciously infused with chocolate in your dishwasher. Read on and impress your friends.
1. Pour out a quarter of the vodka from a 750mll bottle and save in another glass container for future use (like more delicious vodka infusions)
2. Chop five chocolate bars to a consistency that allows them to easily pass through the neck of the vodka bottle, then pour into the bottle of vodka
3. Place the cap back on the bottle of vodka and secure as tightly as possible
4. Put the vodka bottle into your dishwasher and run it on the hottest setting for one complete cycle
5. The dishwasher’s heat should melt all the chocolate. If not, give it another spin for a cycle.
6. Once the chocolate is all melted, put it aside to cool down. At room temperature, it can be placed in the freezer.
How to Teach our Children the Benefits of Using Glass
When it comes to using glass to package or hold children’s food, parents can be very hesitant.
Here are some ways to teach your children to #chooseglass:
1. Let your children see all the pretty colors of glass and how beautiful glass is. Show them how everything looks better in glass and over time children will develop a liking for glass and it will become something special to them.
2. Explain to your children that all their favorite food and drinks taste better in glass. And that sometimes when their food is in other kinds of packaging the taste can change, but in glass it will always be delicious. (You may even be able to convince them that their least favorite veggies taste better in glass!)
3. Teach your children about the importance of being healthy and eating foods that are going to help them grow big and strong. Explain to them that there is a difference in how healthy food is when it is packaged in glass and that glass keeps all the good stuff from the food in it and protects any unhealthy materials from getting in.
4. Every child has a favorite fish that they love. Explain to them that sometimes if the products they use cannot be recycled the fish will have to leave their homes. But don’t discourage them too much, tell them that if they choose to use glass instead of other material they can help save the homes of all the fish and marine life living in the sea.
We hope these ideas help so that you can start teaching your child early about all the benefits of glass so they will want to #chooseglass starting at such a young age.
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Prosecco Soaked Apples
Looking for a sweet snack to help you cool down by the pool this weekend? Here’s a new treat we tried out yesterday, prosecco soaked apples (or any fruit of your choice). It was so delicious we just had to share it with all of you. So if you’re having a barbecue or just lying out by the pool this weekend with some friends try out this refreshing treat. If the pool can’t cool you off this certainly will!
Le Parfait Jar
Fruit of your choice
We made a small serving for just a few friends so we chose the ½ liter Terrine Le Parfait jar. Two whole apples were enough to fill this jar. Apples were a great choice because they absorbed the prosecco well, but you can choose whatever fruit you like best. We chose a Mionetto Prosecco because of its great sweet flavor, but you can choose any prosecco you enjoy or even champagne.
We started by slicing the apple into small pieces so that we could fit as many as possible in the jar. The more apple pieces you can fit the merrier (and the more there is to share with your friends!).
Once the jar is completely filled with the apple slices, it is time to add our favorite part: the prosecco! You can use as much prosecco as you want. (We filled the jar to the top.) With this size jar we used a little over half the bottle.
Seal the lid of the Le Parfait jar tightly and place the jar in the fridge for at least 24 hours. (We left ours in there a little longer.) The longer the apples can soak, the better they will taste.
After the 24+ hours of soaking, the apples are ready to be enjoyed. Our finished product was delicious because the taste was preserved in glass. What better way to display this beautiful treat than in a Le Parfait jar?
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The Glass Is Life Guide to Sparkling Wines
Sparkling wine is something shared with friends and family during celebrations around the world. Sparkling wine may be called something different in each of the regions, like Champagne in France, Prosecco in Italy, Sekt in Germany and Cava in Spain. One characteristic each has in common are bubbles!
Travel with us around the globe as we look at Sparkling wines.
A type of sparkling wine we are all familiar with hails from the Champagne region in France. Champagne is made from black Pinot Meaner, Pinot Noir and white Chardonnay grapes to create its unique taste and smell.
This dry and sweet Italian sparkling white wine derives from the northern region of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. It comes in lightly sparkling and fully sparkling versions using Prosecco grapes.
This Portuguese sparkling wine is produced both in the northern and southern regions of Portugal, floral with a creamy finish.
Produced mostly in France, this type of sparkling wine is mostly known for its low amounts of carbon dioxide. Traditionally, carbon dioxide pressures were used for the cremant hence giving it a creamy feel.
This is a Spanish (white or pink) sparkling wine that uses Macabeo, Parellada, Xarello and Chardonnay grapes. Cavas can drastically differ in their levels of dryness, so take your pick.
A sweet Italian sparkler made in the region of Asti. Muscat grapes are used to create this wine, which has a sweet flavor and low alcohol content of about 8%.
Cuvee is a type of Champagne which usually denotes wine of a higher quality. Look for cuvee on the label if you want something extra special.
This is a Sparkling wine produced in Germany using the Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc grapes, which can also be found in Austria. However, the Austrian version uses different grapes, giving it a more golden hue.