So, here’s the thing. Well a few things. First. I do not like gin. I’m sorry if I offend. I’ve honestly tried to enjoy it on its own, but unless it’s mixed into a phenomenal cocktail (that I probably can’t create on my own), I don’t love it. But what’s even more foul to my taste buds is tonic water. I recently tried it on its own. I’d long thought I hated gin & tonics because of the gin. No. It’s the tonic. And the historian in me has a hard time enjoying quinine since I first learned of it as a medicine for malaria. Just saying! Anyway, when we went to Scotland, I intended to enjoy the whisky (which we happily did), but I started seeing Edinburgh Gin bottles that were super chic and then I saw one that was pink… the Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur…
I mean. Just look at that packaging. If I were a gin lover, I’m sure I would have done the Edinburgh Gin tour, but I’m not, so we didn’t. But either their rhubarb or raspberry liqueur were bound to make their way home with me in my suitcase. And it did. I bought this bottle of rhubarb liqueur at Spean Bridge Mill and then proceeded to schlep it around Scotland in my luggage for two weeks. That’s devotion, right? So, I arrived home with this large bottle and a small sample bottle of the raspberry liqueur. The raspberry one is a deliciously sweet spirit, similar to other ones I’ve tried. (If I could, I would have brought a full size bottle of that home with me as well). The Edinburgh Gin rhubarb & ginger, however, has a tarter flavor (as expected with rhubarb, I suppose). If you want a sweet liqueur, this one isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for a fun flavor to mix into your drinks, one that would allow the main spirit (in this case whiskey), to shine through – this is it!! And if you don’t like it, it’s ok because the packaging is so beautiful, it’ll be a great item to add to your home decor! If you live in the US, you can buy it online here. Or if you’re really feeling adventurous, Food52 has a homemade recipe.
Whiskey vs. Whisky | Bourbon vs. Scotch
A few things to note about the difference between whiskey, whisky, bourbon, and scotch. It’s super simple. You can even pour yourself a cocktail before I got over it. First, Americans spell it with an ‘e’ – whiskey. The Scottish spell it without – whisky. It’s like theatre and theater; colour and color; and flavour and flavor though I find that the colour and flavor of my rhubarb liqueur is beautiful inside and out of the theatre. Apologies – I’m feeling punchy today (and I haven’t even had any bourbon yet)! Ok, so bourbon and scotch. Wait for it. Scotch is made in…. SCOTLAND!! Bourbon is made in America, usually associated with the South. I told you it was easy. But to recap. Whiskey – America. Whisky – Scotland. Bourbon – America. Scotch – Scotland.
Whiskey Cocktails for Summer
Now that I’m older and more mature, I’ve come to find that I really love wine and I really love whisky. I’ll occasionally dabble in cocktails made with other spirits (usually because of a mixed in flavor), but wine and whisky are my safe zones. When it comes to whiskey cocktails for summer heat (really any cocktails in hot weather), you want to make sure you pour small cocktails if they’re so spirit-heavy. Alternatively, you can “water” it down with more ginger beer or ginger ale (ginger beer just has a stronger flavor). It depends what you’re going for. If you want to serve it over ice, I’d recommend using whiskey stones. You can find food-grade soapstone and stainless steel cubes. They don’t melt, so your whiskey + rhubarb liqueur cocktail wont get watered down as you sip it down this summer!
Rhubarb Liqueur Whiskey Cocktail
This is one of the most simple cocktail recipes and it's pretty foolproof! The rhubarb liqueur I used is a gin liqueur (possibly the only way I can enjoy gin), but any fruit flavored liqueur is fine. If you don't love whiskey, add more ginger beer and that sugar rim. If you want a stronger whiskey flavor, you should skip the sugar rim and skimp on the liqueur or ginger beer. Cheers!
- 2 parts whisky
- 1-1 ½ parts ginger beer
- 1/2 part Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb Liqueur (or any favorite fruit liqueur)*
- optional: sugar rim for garnish
- Combine whisky, ginger beer, liqueur, and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well.**
- Pour into glasses garnished with sugary rim.
*I also love raspberry liqueur in this recipe!**If you don't have a cocktail shaker, combine ingredients in a jar with a tightly-sealed lid.
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