Fermentations

Whiskey for Brunch

Drinking in the morning is often frowned upon. Unless you’re sipping mimosas or seeing how much bacon you can cram into a Bloody Mary, a lot of pre-noon drink orders earn a quizzical look. Although everyone around here is comfortable with a slug of cask-strength first thing in the morning (hey, it’s a part of the job!), we understand not feeling up for straight liquor with your pancakes—though if you ever do, our Walnut Toffee Whiskey pairs quite nicely.

That’s why we’ve collected some of our crew’s favorite whiskey-based breakfast cocktails. Below you’ll find everything from hangover cures to fancy libations created to impress. As always, let us know how you and your crew enjoy whiskey for brunch.

Crew Coffee

Similar to the popular Irish Coffee, our crew also likes a little dawn pick-me-up. However, ours skips the cream and extra sugar in favor of our carefully crafted flavors:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Eyeball whiskey into mug
  • Top with coffee

Pairs well with: Coffee, much like whiskey, goes with everything

Ginger Whiskey Sour

One of our all-time favorite drinks is the versatile whiskey sour. We like to add a little kick to ours by using our Ginger Spice Whiskey. The combination of ginger, lemon, and spices leads to a surprisingly bright and complex cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Cask & Crew Ginger Spice Whiskey
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • Maraschino cherry and/or orange wheel

Directions:

  • Combine whiskey and lemon juice in shaker
  • Fill with ice and shake until chilled
  • Strain into ice-filled rocks glass
  • Garnish with one or both, Maraschino cherry and orange wheel

Pairs well with: Something salty, like a sausage or bacon breakfast sammy

Rye Me a River

Some things are better left unsaid, but not the ingredients to one of our most delicious concoctions. Now it’s your turn to Rye!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Cask & Crew Rye Whiskey Blend
  • 1 ½ oz Domaine de Canton
  • ½ fresh squeezed lemon
  • Splash of honey
  • Sprig of thyme

Directions:

  • Combine liquid ingredients in shaker
  • Fill with ice and shake until chilled
  • Strain into ice-filled glass
  • Garnish with sprig of thyme

Pairs well with:Hearty quiches, frittatas, and other baked egg dishes

Whiskey Round the World

From Italy all the way to the Caribbean, this cocktail takes advantage of some of the world’s best flavors and melds them into a full-bodied, brooding libation with a palate that continues to evolve in the glass. A sweet reminder of your own travels.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Cask & Crew Walnut Toffee Whiskey
  • ½ ounce sweet vermouth
  • ¾ ounce Amontillado sherry
  • ¼ ounce coconut syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Orange peel for garnish

Directions:

  • Combine liquid ingredients in shaker
  • Fill with ice and stir until chilled
  • Strain into coup and garnish with orange peel

Pairs well with:French toast, pancakes, and waffles

Five Famous Women Who Whiskey

By Mary Rose DeMarco, Creative & Branding Director

Whiskey has a reputation as a man’s drink—the sort of thing Clint Eastwood would order at a frontier saloon or Frank Sinatra would sip on during a night on the town with the Rat Pack.

But—surprise, boys!—women are some of the most important drivers of today’s whiskey renaissance.

Back in the 1990s, only around 15% of whiskey drinkers in the United States were female. But by the early 2000s, that number had climbed to about 37%, according to Whiskey Women author Fred Minnick’s research.

“Women are absolutely the future of whiskey,’ Minnick told NPR.

To celebrate this female-driven future utopia, we’re highlighting five whiskey-loving women, past and present, who make us all proud to say “bottoms up!”

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Springy Cocktails for Front Porch Lounging

It’s officially spring, which means it’s time to turn off Netflix, migrate from the couch to the porch, and invite the crew over for some cocktail-infused conversation.

And while the margarita and mojito might seem to have the warm-weather cocktail market cornered, whiskey drinks—when done right—can actually be just as refreshing on a hot day.

The trick is matching the right whiskey to the right mixer. We’ve got you covered. Below are some of our favorite whiskey cocktails for sitting on the porch, hanging with your crew, refreshing cocktail in hand. Can you picture it?

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#RespectTheGrain

All Rise for Rye Whiskey!

By Mary Rose DeMarco, Director of Marketing Communications

The verdict is in. Rye whiskey is experiencing a bold comeback to which I say: Please don’t leave us again!

An American original with roots back to George Washington who distilled it in his native Virginia, rye enjoyed widespread popularity in the United States right up through the mid-20th century.

But in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, American liquor tastes turned to vodka, gin and the three-martini lunch. Brown spirits faded from the scene. In more recent days, wine and craft beers each saw their popularity rise as well when consumers sought out new and unique takes on traditional alcoholic drinks.

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‘Tis The Season For Whiskey

Every holiday dish gets better when paired with one of these delicious whiskey concoctions.

Mulled wine, eggnog, maybe a dark beer—all holiday traditions. But when you’re preparing meals for parties and family gatherings this year, consider treating your guests to quality whiskey. Mixed drinks and cocktails can complement any dish, from the traditional holiday staples to more exotic fare. (Plus as edgier alternatives to classic libations, they’ll play very well on Instagram!)

Our team of experts has determined the perfect pairing for every heaping helping of holiday cuisine:

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#RespectTheWhiskey

Take the Time

By Ricky Tatar, original crew member

“Take the time” is our rallying cry at Cask & Crew. This “mantra” is something we reflect on in many different ways, but its origin comes from rule #1 of an unwritten whiskey rule book- Whiskey needs time with its barrel.

When distilled, whiskey enters a barrel clear. After a few months, it’s altered to a slight tinge of light brown. Fast forward to a few years in the barrel, that once clear whiskey is now a dark caramel, golden brown.

Before the whiskey goes in, whiskey barrels undergo a charring process at the barrel cooperage. By igniting the interior of the barrel for upwards of 30-60 seconds, the interior wood panels are charred and primed for flavor extraction. Charring the wood opens it up and makes the wood more porous. Plus, when the wood is broken down by heat, there are key chemical changes in the wood that would not be exposed without it. These chemical changes provide the whiskey flavor profiles like vanilla, toffee, and caramel.

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LiDestri Cask & Crew Gold Awards

Crafting Cask & Crew Rye Whiskey: What a Ride!

By Joe Ragazzo, vice president, LiDestri Spirits

Our effort to craft an exceptional rye whiskey when we formulated Cask & Crew has been an exciting journey. And judging from the reception we’ve had to our creation—named for our eclectic “crew” and the hand-selected charred and raw casks we used we used to age the rye and whiskey respectively—it promises to get even better as we produce each new batch.

Right now, nothing can trump our joy with Cask & Crew’s track record. Batch 1 sold out to distributors in 45 days and won six major awards: three before we introduced it in January 2017 and three in its first 10 weeks on the market. Clearly, our singular blend of 51% fine three-year-old Canadian rye and 49% classic barrel aged American corn whiskey, available in a straight rye whiskey blend or two flavors (Walnut Toffee and Ginger Spice) has struck a cord.

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