Whiskey Cocktails with Chicago's Jo Snow Syrups

Last week we finally had our whiskey mixology event that was postponed due to a Chicago Spring snow storm.  It was well worth the wait!  Whiskey Sister teamed up with the lovely and talented Melissa Yen, creator of Jo Snow Syrups and our generous and knowledgeable whiskey ambassador, Armando Zapata for a fun and informative evening.  Melissa created four cocktails for our event using her unique syrups paired with Gentleman Jack, Woodford Reserve, Old Forrester and the new Collingwood Canadian Whisky.

Mixing whskey cocktails

Mixing whiskey cocktails

This was a ladies only event and if your a lady, you know how we love to up the pleasure and fun factor into everything we do so we had a contest to name the cocktails.  As one of the judges, it was my pleasure to see all of the creativity in the name game.  The ladies took into account the history, the ingredients and added a little sass to come up with the names.

I hope that you will enjoy these cocktails as much as we did.

Our first cocktail was a take on the Jack and Coke. This rendition used the Jo Snow syrup, sparkling water and the less spicy and more smooth Gentleman Jack was much lighter and easier to drink for someone who doesn't usually like mixing whiskey.  I was very pleasantly surprised by this cocktail. Jack Daniel's was popularized by old blue eyes, Frank Sinatra who was laid to rest with a bottle of Jack, hence the alluring name of this cocktail.

Sinatra's Mistress

2 oz Gentleman Jack

1 oz Jo Snow Cola #6 syrup

3oz sparkling water

dash Bittercube Cherry Bark bitters

Add the ingredients to a rocks glass filled with ice. Gently stir. Squeeze a wedge of lime into cocktail.

Looking for a subtle introduction to whiskey cocktails? I would recommend this mild cherry~whiskey concoction.  Melissa paired her Cherry Thyme syrup with the sweet and mellow Canadian whisky.  I think this would be a great cocktail to show people who don't like whiskey that it is a possibility that they could like whiskey.  The sweeter whisky mixed with the fruity cherry and herbal Fernet Branca and thyme, I think it would be a nice cocktail to sip on in the summer too.

All in Good Thyme

2 oz Collingwood Canadian Whisky

1/2 oz Jo Snow Cherry Thyme syrup

1/8 oz Fernet Branca dash Angostura bitters

bar spoon of fresh orange juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Stir until very cold. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a bar cherry.

The premium, Woodford Reserve cocktail remained simple with the addition of Jo's Woodruff syrup. Woodruff is an herbal plant and  is traditionally added to German sour wheat beer.  For an herbal twist in your whiskey, enjoy this simple cocktail.

The Huntsman

2 oz Woodford Reserve

1/2 oz Jo Snow Woodruff syrup

dash Mile High Bergamot bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Stir. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a twist of orange.

The most complex and my favorite cocktail of the evening was full of flavor that kept popping.  I was so grateful that Melissa had made a little too much of this batch and I got to take some home to enjoy.   Old Forrester, the first bottled bourbon, was paired with the robust and quite delicious fig, vanilla and black pepper syrup.  I was leery of all the flavor combinations here but this cocktail came together perfectly. Give it a try yourself, you won't be disappointed.

Original Sin 

2 oz  Old Forrester Whisky

1 1/2 oz Amontillado Sherry

1 oz Jo Snow Fig Vanilla Black Pepper syrup

1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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