Whiskey

4 Roses

by Antonio F Delgado

I love passionate people and Peter Connely is one of those individuals. As many of our regular Spooners know , I am known at work for my love of whiskey.

Pete and I got together this past January to discuss our love for whiskey and sample a few of the 4 Roses favorites!

I’ll let Pete tell you about the rest!

Garrison Bros with The Brotherhood

By Antonio F Delgado

You may or may not know this but I work with the System Engineering Team at National Instruments. My position allows me support some 80+ people. Hence, to get my work done, I have a form that my co-workers have to utilize to communicate with me. At the end of the form, my response page clearly states, “Nothing says ‘Thank you’ like whiskey.”

And that is how your build a reputation with your co-workers.

After volunteering at the Salvation Army during the holiday season, I invited everyone back the patio at the Baylor House for some bourbon.  Enjoy the discussion between, Norm, Craig, Andy, Jerry, Eddie and myself as we discuss the greatness of Garrsion Bros Bourbon, engineer ‘Micro-Stills’ for your desk and define ‘Pooh Style’.

And remember, “Nothing says ‘Thank you’ like whiskey.” Raise a glass Spooners!

Elsie Larson’s Vanilla Whiskey Holiday Cocktail

By Antonio F Delgado

Every month, the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance sends out a challenge to its members. This month, AFBA called us to create a cocktail. This was a challenge that the Spooners could take on!

Tiffany sent me an email with Elsie Larson’s Vanilla Bean Whiskey Cocktail. I am a huge fan of Elsie and her husband, Jeremy. Elsie and her sister do a great job posting photos, recipes and crafts, while her husband crafts musical gems in Sucre, his solo project, Jeremy Larson; and strings behind Switchfoot and MuteMath. One day, I will gift myself a Full-On-Jeremy-Larson-Takeover. And I digress to fan-dom.

After looking over the recipe, I realized that I have two ways of making cocktails.

  1. Like A College Student – Using traditional mixers. ie. Coke, Tonic, Soda
  2. Like A Refined Gentleman – Drinking my whiskey neat.

I do enjoy heading out to a bar with a great mixologist and having them make me their house special. However, I hadn’t taken this practice home with me until now.

Note 1: Elsie’s cocktail calls for vanilla-infused whiskey. We did not take the mere 24-48 hours to infuse our whiskey due to deadline, but we do recommend it.

Note 2: For some reason, Dr. McGillicuddy’s Raw Vanilla is unavailable in Austin. After several trips to Specs, we learned that only Specs on Airport Boulevard has Dekuyper Vanilla available. In addition, I had a rep at my neighborhood liquor store mention vanilla extract as a suitable replacement. Don’t do it. It makes your drink look murky and unappealing.

A Beautiful Mess’ Vanilla Whiskey Cocktail

The Spooners made 2 alterations to this cocktail due to our lack of time and some ingenuity.

  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1/2 an ounce  vanilla liqueur
  • 2 dashes aromatic cocktail bitters
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • star anise
  • small dash of fresh vanilla bean

We found that fresh orange juice compliments the star anise beautifully.

Directions: Gather all of the ingredients into a shake. Cover Shaker. Shake vigorously. Serve with a new star anise, not the broken one from the shaker. Enjoy with friends and show them that you are classy.

Note 3: Due to the fact that Antonio and his roommates at the Baylor House are bachelors, none of the glassware matches in these photos.

Note 4: Jack Daniel’s did not sponsor this post, but if they would like to make a donation to OhSpooning, we will gladly accept. We Spooners aren’t too cheap to beg.

Here’s a link to the original post and recipe: http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/12/vanilla-bean-whiskey-cocktail.html