Happy 101st Day of the Year!
As you can tell, it's not hard for us to find a reason to celebrate. Every day is excuse enough to enjoy life -- preferably with a good drink in hand. Having passed the 100-day mark of 2014, we feel it's time to give 100+ proof liquors the dignified praise they deserve. So, to mark this fictional (yet totally legitimate) holiday, here are three extra-strength spirits available on the Minibar app that are sure to give your favorite cocktail the strong foundation and rich flavor it deserves (without the debilitating throat burn). Let us know how you like them!
Not only does Absolut 100 have a sleek bottle, but it is also distinctly smooth. The Absolut Black Russian is a great way to enjoy this vodka:
- 2 parts Absolut 100
- 1 part Kahlúa
Fill a rocks glass to the rim with ice cubes. Pour Absolut 100 and Kahlúa over the ice. Garnish with a maraschino berry.
Smith & Cross Jamaica Rum
Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum is distilled at Navy Strength, or 114-proof. This was the traditional strength required by the British Royal Navy so that gun powder would still ignite if the rum on board spilled on it. Like other Jamaican-style rums, it offers bold flavors of spice, fruit, oak, and honey. It is the perfect rum for a Kingston Negroni:
- 1.5 oz Smith & Cross rum
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
Combine all ingredients, stir with ice for fifteen seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
And what would the 101st Day of the Year be without Wild Turkey 101? This blend of 6, 7, and 8-year old bourbons contains explosive flavors of vanilla and caramel with hints of honey, brown sugar, and tobacco. This sophisticated bourbon was made for the Manhattan:
- 2 parts of Wild Turkey® 101 Bourbon
- 1 1/2 parts of Sweet vermouth
- 1 dash of bitters
Stir all of your ingredients well with cracked ice and strain into a Manhattan or chilled martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Wild Turkey 101