Whiskey Parlor

Trivia Tidbits:
The “Angel’s share” refers to the 4% of whiskey that evaporates every year while it ages in barrels. They want to make sure it’s OK before we drink it. But, once you bottle whiskey, the angel’s can’t touch it.

Whiskey can be finicky. Ice dulls the flavor and reduces the temperature dramatically; inhibiting the flavor and freezing its aroma. If you must, adding one cube is best. Sipping it “neat” can also be a trick that numbs your senses. Adding just a drop or two of water is best.

Ruby’s Libations

John Collins ~ Bourbon | Lime | Lemon | Candied Lemon-Lime Simple Syrup | Soda

Tom Collins is a gin cocktail; John Collins is with bourbon. In 1874 a dastardly rapscallion in NYC created a false slander game; the Prankster would report to some unsuspecting soul that Tom Collins was bandying about town talking late 19th Century smack. A clever bartender created a drink with the same name. Then, when a red-cheeked man in the bar demanded to know if Tom Collins was there, the bartender made the drink and charged for it.

Mint Julep ~ Bourbon | Candied Simple Syrup | Mint

The mint julep originated in the South during the eighteenth century. Traditionally, mint juleps were served in silver or pewter cups and held only by the bottom and top edges of the cup. This allowed frost to form on the outside of the cup.

Whiskey Sour ~ Bourbon | Simple Syrup | Lemon | Lime | Egg White Foam

Being a sailor in 1792 was tricky. Food is dried. Water is bad. Scurvy is worse. So, Vice Admiral Edward Vernon began mixing a drink to serve his crew to combat malnutrition and scurvy. But an entire ship of intoxicated sailors was bad, so he watered it down with lemon or lime. British used Gin, Americans favored Whiskey; the Whiskey Sour was born.

Manhattan ~ Rye | J. Thomas Bitters (orange?) | Sweet Vermouth | Cherry

History suggests that the Manhattan originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s, where it was invented for a banquet hosted by Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston) in honor of a presidential candidate who didn’t quite make it to office.

OR St. Soiree if they opt for a build your own old fashion.

St. Soiree ~ Bulleit Rye | St. Germain | Peach Bitters

Soiree: n. A night filled with laughter, light and music. This cocktail was a custom event creation born here in Colorado Springs!

Sazerac ~ Rye | Absinthe | Demerara Simple Syrup | Bitters

Myth: Sazerac was by a Creole apothecary who emigrated to the French Quarter in the early 19th Century. He served his drink in an egg cup called a coquetier in French, but the Americanized pronunciation resulted in the name cocktail. But..this myth was debunked when it was discovered that the term “cocktail” appeared in print as far back as 1803.

Smokin’ Old Fashioned ~ Rye | Demerara Simple Syrup | Black Walnut Bitters | Smoked Maple Wood

The first use of the name “Old Fashioned” for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been at a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky. The recipe was said to have been invented by a bartender at that club in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.

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