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Slane Irish Whiskey
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Master the art of at-home mixology this World Whiskey Month

Impress yourself with your own mixing skills by learning these simple yet delicious whiskey drinks using whiskeys delivered to your door by BoozeBud

By Time Out in association with Brown-Forman
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May is World Whiskey Month, a month dedicated to the appreciation of distilled fermented grains from Scotland, Ireland, America and beyond. Whiskey (or whisky*) is a convivial drink best enjoyed with friends, and while quarantine means we may not always be able to raise a glass and share a wee dram in person during May, it’s also a fine opportunity to upskill in the gentle art of mixing whiskey in the privacy of one’s own kitchen. 

In partnership with Brown-Forman, we’d like to share four classic whiskey recipes that make the most of the four great whiskey brands: Woodford Reserve, Gentleman Jack, Slane Irish Whiskey and the BenRiach 10. All are available for delivery to your door by BoozeBud, and each comes with both a recipe booklet and also a free key ingredient to use with the whiskey. Order all four from BoozeBud for just $250 and you’ll receive all four free ingredients as well as the booklet. Happy World Whiskey Month!

*In case you’re wondering: whiskey spelled with an ‘e’ means the stuff made in Ireland and the USA, while elsewhere is simply ‘whisky’. Now you know!

Whiskey 101: four great, easy drinks to mix at home

Woodford Reserve Bar Scene Old Fashioned
Woodford Reserve Bar Scene Old Fashioned
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Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned

Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the famous bourbon whiskey handcrafted in Kentucky that has more than 200 flavour notes, from bold grain and wood to sweet aromatics, spice, and fruit and floral notes. It’s ideal in an Old Fashioned, a rich and smooth drink that dates back to the 1880s and returned to widespread popularity as the fave tipple of Mad Men’s Don Draper.  

You need:
60ml Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
15ml Demerara syrup
3 dashes Angostura Bitters (included free with BoozeBud order)

Mix and stir ingredients over ice for 30 to 40 seconds. Strain into serving glass and garnish with orange peel.

Gentleman Jack
Gentleman Jack
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Gentleman Jack and Fresh Apple Juice

Gentleman Jack is a Tennessee whiskey from the makers of Jack Daniel’s that has traces of vanilla, caramel, fruit and light spice and has been mellowed twice for extra smoothness. Gentleman Jack and apple juice is a great flavour combination and easy to mix.

You need:
45ml Gentleman Jack
Fresh apple juice (included free with BoozeBud order)

Mix ingredients in a highball glass over ice. Garnish with an apple fan. 

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Slane Irish Whiskey
Slane Irish Whiskey
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Slane and Dry

Slane Irish Whiskey is a smooth and complex blend made in the Boyne Valley north of Dublin. The simple addition of dry ginger ale and lime brings out the complex flavours of the whiskey’s unique triple-casked process that utilises virgin casks, seasoned casks and Oloroso sherry casks from Spain.  

You need:
45ml Slane Irish Whiskey
Ginger ale (included free with BoozeBud order)
1 lime wedge

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Pour over Slane Irish Whiskey and top with ginger ale. Squeeze in the lime wedge and add to glass.

The BenRiach scotch whisky
The BenRiach scotch whisky
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The BenRiach 10 on Ice

The BenRiach is single malt scotch whisky distilled in Speyside, northeastern Scotland. Aged ten years, it captures warm oak spices, green apple, dried apricots, peach and banana with subtle touches of aniseed, lemon zest and barley. 

You need:
45ml Benriach 10

This one’s the easiest. Because this single malt is aged in former bourbon and sherry casks, it's lively and fruity enough to enjoy simply by pouring over ice in a rocks glass (ice tray included free with BoozeBud order).

 

Now you know how to serve your drink of choice, so why not get BoozeBud to bring it to your door, contact-free, at no shipping cost for orders over $70? Your isolation sundowners will be sorted, and once restrictions are eased you can serve up something special for your friends too. 

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