’Tis the season for
good cheer generosity big freakin’ family gatherings. Do you have a game plan for ensuring your loved ones remain in a holly-jolly mood? If you don’t, you should. Arrive armed and ready, and even your Aunt Irma (you know, the one who dresses her cats in little outfits and takes them for walks in a stroller) will be feeling merry and bright by the end of the evening. Allow me to introduce two festive new spirits on the scene- just in time for the holidays- sure to please everyone on your naughty AND nice list …
First, meet Jim Beam Apple, Jim Beam’s newest offering. With a refreshing take on family tradition, Jim Beam distillers brought together the taste of crisp, green apples and Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The result is a perfect balance of apple and delicious bourbon, with a light, juicy twist. I found Jim Beam Apple to be delightfully smooth and sippable straight or on the rocks, with a bright, apple flavor, and mellow, oaky undertones.
Jim Beam Apple is also perfect for crafting simple, cravable cocktails. Here are two to try this holiday season:
1 part Jim Beam® Apple
Build in a heat proof mug. Top with whipped cream.
Jim Beam Apple & Soda
1 part Jim Beam® Apple
2 parts Club Soda
Build over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Secondly, I would like to introduce you to your new favorite after dinner drink: Baileys Espresso Crème Irish Cream Liqueur. I mean, what’s not to like here? As the name suggests, this new addition to the Bailey’s collection boasts a bold dark roast coffee aroma on top of the classic Irish Cream. Even granny will like this one.
Tempting cocktails you will want to sample:
2 ounces Baileys Espresso Créme
1/4 oz Vodka
1/4 oz Espresso
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shake filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a Martini glass.
1 1/4 ounces Baileys Espresso Créme
1/4 oz Irish Whiskey
3 oz milk
1 egg, unwhisked (optional)
Add ingredients to a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass. Add a pinch of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick to garnish.
Enjoy these holiday spirits responsibly, and preferably in this mug. Happy Holidays!
I was graciously provided with complimentary bottles of Bailey’s Espresso Créme and Jim Beam Apple for my sampling pleasure. Both were, in fact, delicious.