Monday evening found me at Ivee’s On Main to watch the NCAA basketball final. While the game may have been lackluster, the cocktails were not! Recently Colleen Graham had posted the Fancy Whiskey in her cocktail blog. I thought it looked like a pretty good drink. Plus, it easily lent itself to doing a multiple versions and some serious tasting comparisons based on the type of whiskey used. So, in the name of science and to be able to give you a complete report I embarked on a fancy whiskey journey.
First, the Fancy Whiskey recipe is:
- 2 oz whiskey(of your choice)
- 1 oz bar syrup
- 1/2 oz triple sec
- dash Agnostura bitters
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake to combine and blend. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
So, the recipe is pretty straightforward. Let’s see how things worked out as I tried different whiskies. The first was made with Maker’s Mark bourbon. It was good, with the flavor reminiscent of a Manhattan, except orange flavored. While 1 oz of bar syrup sounds like a lot, it did not overly sweeten the drink. The use of triple sec helped with this cause since it is not as sweet as Cointreau is. The bitters also help to keep the sweetness in line. All in all, a good drink.
For the second variant I moved to Scotch and had Davey make it with Dewar’s. It was very similar in taste to the Maker’s Mark version with a smokey peat element from the Scotch. Depending on your specific taste you could amp up the smokey component of this drink by using a stronger single malt such as Laphroaig. Again, a very good cocktail that I wouldn’t hesitate to order or make in the future.
Finally, for version three I switched to Canadian whiskey, Canadian Club to be specific. This version was the least memorable of the bunch, probably owing to Canadian whiskey’s mellow character, particularly when compared to bourbon and Scotch. It was a good cocktail, but didn’t have the heft that the first two versions had. Think of this as the Fancy Whiskey lite!
All in all, three good cocktails. Maybe those boys from Butler should have tried one of these, it couldn’t have hurt there shooting!