Let’s face it: What guys really want for Valentine’s Day is a shot of whiskey. You know it’s true. Let us explain. It may be a woman’s favorite day of the year, but for many men (not all), it’s a holiday they would be happy to forget. Whether it’s picking out the perfect generic greeting card, overspending on a gift you really didn’t want to buy or her unrealistic expectations on what you should buy her, it’s a lot. Do yourself a favor while you’re out and take a left turn. Make a pit stop at your local liquor store, and go straight for a bottle of whiskey. You’ll thank us later.
If you are dating and haven’t quite figured out if the lucky young lady is the one, before you spend an obscene amount of money on a ridiculously expensive gift, here’s a test that never fails. Give it a try preferably before you buy any bling, if possible. Cook an intimate, romantic dinner for two at home. (Ladies love a dude who isn’t afraid to step in front of the stove.) Then skip the wine and complement your lovely meal with a whiskey cocktail instead. If she’s a sipper, she’s a keeper. Tip: For the novice whiskey drinker, the honey bourbons are a smooth, sweet place to start.
Wine is romantic and all, but there’s something so tough and sexy about a man who takes a shot of bourbon. It screams I’m the man. You may think all girls prefer wine or drinks mixed with vodka, but you’d be surprised. Whiskey leads liquor sales, and even quasi-whiskey Fireball helped boost the spirit’s baller reputation. Vodka has the biggest market share of the three big hard liquors in the US, but the popularity of whiskey is soaring worldwide.
And there’s no wonder why. Whiskey is natural, with bold, distinctive flavors that make it a respectable choice on the rocks or stirred or shaken in your favorite recipes. With Valentine’s Day almost here, whiskey is here to save the day. Here are a few flavored whiskey recipes you (and she!) will surely fall in love with.
Cracking open a bottle of PIEHOLE Whiskey is sure to score some points. PIEHOLE is a new whiskey that features a delicious blend of Canadian Whiskey and pie-flavored liqueur inspired by Grandma’s homemade pie recipes – perfect for entering the wholesome girl you are trying to impress. Packaging consists of eye-catching Americana imagery that sparks memories of Grandma’s homemade and delicious pies. Tempting flavors includes Apple Pie, Cherry Pie and Pecan Pie.
Recipe To Try:
1.25 oz. Piehole™ Cherry Pie
0.25 oz. Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum
0.25 oz. pineapple juice
Directions: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake. Strain into a shot glass.
Berentzen Bushel & Barrel
The combination of two time-honored crafts, Berentzen Bushel & Barrel
is the result of blending Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey distilled and aged to specification, and mingled with authentic Berentzen Apple liqueur to provide an artfully crafted and carefully matured spirit of two great traditional flavors. This flavored whiskies delivers the scent of crisp fresh-sliced apples followed by a long, warm finish of oak, caramel, and vanilla tones. The sweet apple and bold bourbon balance out to create a uniquely smooth spirit that is distinct.
Recipe To Try:
Signature Bushel & Barrel and Ginger
2 oz. Berentzen Bushel & Barrel
4 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
Directions: Add ingredients in a rocks glass over ice. Serve and garnish with an optional apple slice.
Crown Royal Regal Apple
Crown Royal Regal Apple is a blend of the smooth premium taste of Crown Royal whiskeys infused with natural apple flavors. Bright apples balanced with Crown Royal whisky and hints of spice are combined to offer a flavorful palate of slightly tart, crisp apple with notes of caramel and light spice. The apple-fused smell of sweetness is sure to impress the lady you are entertaining on Valentines.
Recipe To Try:
1 oz Crown Royal Regal Apple
½ oz Crown Royal Maple Finished
Directions: Shake over ice and serve as a shot and garnish with apple wedge.