It’s not just mixologists who like to shake things up. Distilleries are pushing the boundaries too, and now Irish whiskey is the fastest growing spirit in the world.
For Jameson, this means finishing Jameson Caskmates IPA, a triple distilled Irish whiskey in craft IPA-seasoned barrels. It’s ideal for anyone who’s torn between the soft smoothness of an Irish whiskey and the refreshing characteristics of an ice-cold beer.
The boom in whiskey distilling also marks the introduction of Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition which retains all the smoothness of triple distilled Jameson, with added chocolate, coffee and butterscotch notes from the stout barrels, and can be paired with a craft stout beer.
Whereas Scotch whisky tends to be distilled twice, the outcome from triple distilling is a smoother, lighter and fruitier whiskey which offers versatility in cocktails, and its mellow character makes it easy to balance.
“Irish whiskey has a unique taste, as the flavour profiles can vary drastically with different wood types it’s aged in (such as oak),” says Ronan Collins, brand ambassador, Jameson.
“The classic Jameson taste is subtle stone fruits and fresh green apples mixed with toasted barley and sherry flavoured raisins, with a long butterscotch finish. This really fits in well with cocktail profiles and long refreshing summer style drinks- especially for BBQs or picnics.”
To get you in the whiskey groove, here are four summery recipes to stir the senses and chill out with…
Light, easy drinking and delicious – bringing together the worlds of craft beer and whiskey.
Ingredients: 50ml Caskmates IPA Edition, lemonade, craft IPA beer (your choice), a grapefruit wedge
Method: Fill a pint glass with ice. Add the Caskmates IPA, fill two thirds of the glass with lemonade. Top up with craft beer, squeeze the grapefruit wedge over and drop into the drink.
Something crisp and refreshing. Where the IPA Caskmates edition has a real tone of difference is the citrus note, and the tonic balances this out with a bitter sweet taste.
Ingredients: 35ml IPA Caskmates, 100ml premium Indian tonic water, 2 dashes of orange bitters, lemon wedge
Method: Fill a highball with ice. Add the Caskmates, top with the bitters and tonic water, stir slowly and garnish with lemon wedge.
Don’t be fooled by the name, this fantastic whiskey cocktail is still young at heart, and is one of the very first whiskey cocktails ever invented. It’s certainly stood the test of time.
Ingredients: 50ml Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, 3tsp brown sugar, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters.
Method: Add the sugar to a rocks glass along with the bitters. Add a splash of water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Fill the glass with ice, add the Stout Edition and stir slowly. Garnish with a dark cherry or orange zest.
Make your coffee cold and Irish this summer…
Ingredients: 35ml Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, 15ml Kahlua, 30ml chilled espresso, 5-10ml sugar syrup (to taste), mint sprig
Method: Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the ingredients, shake gently and strain into a highball filled with ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
- Press Association