What do you get when you mix science, history, and culture? Yes, that’s right: an excellent post on the top shelf liquors. These are also some of the best drinks to make while sitting around a fire pit in the winter with friends. Get ready to learn about some of our favorite alcohols!
A staple in any home bar is bourbon whiskey. Considered by some to be America’s signature drink, it is made from corn and rye that has been charred then distilled twice or more. It can be whiskey aged for many years or just days depending on preference and desired effect. This amber liquid offers a balance between sweet and dry flavors which helps bring out deeper flavors. Great for sipping over ice with a splash of water, neat. Some best examples are Johny Walker, Jameson’s, and many more.
Another great drink to have in your bar is scotch whiskey. A lot of people enjoy the smoky flavor that is found in most varieties of scotch. You can have it served on the rocks or even have it in your coffee! It is made from malted barley with many different additives to help enhance the final product. This is a must drink to be a part of your top shelf liquors.
Considered by many to be one of the tastiest drinks on earth, vodka is an alcohol that is very easy to drink both straight up or mixed with various flavors. It is said to be the most popular spirit in the world. This clear liquor is produced by means of distillation and is best made with rye or wheat. Flavoring agents are also added to make the final product.
A gin and tonic has always been a go-to drink for many people, but what about gin on its own? This strong juniper-flavored alcohol is another great addition to your home bar for cocktails or sipping over ice. Many of the most popular gins today are made with herb combinations, spices, fruits, and roots which give people a wide variety of flavors to choose from. The must-have gin is Blue Sapphire.
The most popular of the spirit-based alcohols is tequila. Unique to Mexico, it has gained popularity around the world as one of the best-mixed drinks for parties and celebrations. This drink is made from the plant known as agave and is distilled in a similar fashion as whiskey or brandy. It can be served on the rocks with lime juice or done neat. This is a must drink to be a part of your top shelf liquors.
Another great spirit for mixing and also for sipping, rum was thought to be first produced by slaves along the coast of West Africa and later brought to America by sailors who traded it with local settlers. It was first produced commercially in sugar plantations where it was used as a way to sweeten the productive molasses. Today, it is made by distillation of fermented sugar cane juice. Everyone knows about Old Monk rum.
#7 Tequila Sunrises
These are made with tequila, orange juice, orange bitters, and garnished with a lemon wedge. There are various ways to make the tequila sunrise, but this is one of my favorites because of all the fresh ingredients that are used.
Another popular mixed drink, the mojito is made with Bacardi white rum, muddled mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup or sugar, club soda, and ice. It is garnished with a mint sprig and an optional splash of bitters. A delicious treat that can be enjoyed any time of year! This is a must drink to be a part of your top shelf liquors.
Anejo is an aged tequila that has some unique taste elements. Due to its aging process which takes some time, Añejo has some interesting caramel flavor along with sweet notes of vanilla and butterscotch. It is great to sip on ice or even on the rocks with lime juice.
This mezcal is made with distilled agave sap that is found in Mexico. Similar to tequila, it has a smoky flavor that is very unique. It can be enjoyed neat or mixed with various juices for an interesting twist.
#11 Whiskey Sour
With a base of whiskey and lemon juice, this cocktail is mixed with simple syrup and egg whites for a frothy topping. The sour element comes from the addition of lemon or lime juice. It can be served in an old-fashioned glass or over ice.
A combination of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters makes up this classic cocktail. It can be enjoyed on the rocks or even stirred with ice for a cooling drink that is delicious any time of year! It is garnished with a maraschino cherry that has been soaked in Angostura bitters.
This drink will bring you back to your childhood with its signature drink made from brandy, Cointreau, and lemon juice. This delightful beverage is one worth adding to the list of recipes to prepare when there are guests over for drinks.
#14 Old Fashioned
This classic cocktail is made from whiskey, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and ice. An essential cocktail to have on your home bar is this classic drink that can be served on the rocks or even with an orange slice. It is garnished with an orange peel. This is a must drink to be a part of your top shelf liquors.
This popular cocktail is made with gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. It is served on the rocks or stirred with ice for a delicious treat. Ask your bartender to know more about making this drink for you!
#16 Long Island Iced Tea
This refreshing drink will be sure to be enjoyed by everyone at your party! The ingredients include vodka, gin, rum, tequila, peach puree, and orange juice.
#17 Sazerac – The King Cocktail – (aka The Headshot)
A very interesting dry cocktail that can be garnished with an Irish or rosemary sprig. The ingredients are whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe, sugar cube, and ice water.
#18 Pumpkin Spice Latte
This latte has a touch of pumpkin flavor with a hint of spices. It is made by blending the hot milk with the pumpkin puree and spices. The cinnamon can be used to garnish it if you wish. It is served over ice with whipped cream on top.
This fruity drink can be enjoyed anytime during the summer season when fruit goes on sale at your local grocery store! Mix lemonade or orange juice with the wine along with fruit such as grapes, strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries, and add sugar for sweetness. This is a must drink to be a part of your top shelf liquors.
#20 Red Mist
This drink was created in 2007 by bartender Brandon Miller at the Grill Room Grill in Aspen, Colorado. The unusual combination of lemon-flavored vodka and raspberry-flavored whiskey makes for a fun twist on the old-fashioned. The raspberry flavor makes for an interesting addition to this rye drink with hints of sweetness throughout.
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