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As you probably heard during the episode, Gentleman Jason is a Maker’s Mark ambassador and you should be too. You can go right here to become one. To honour his duty, this episode features two super easy cocktails from the Maker’s Mark people themselves!
First up is an easy party drink called Kentucky Bubbly. Here’s the recipe as found on their website.
MADE WITH MAKER'S MARK®
Apple and Maker’s Mark® are a natural pairing. And, this crisp and fizzy cocktail is perfect around the holidays. It’s ideal for entertaining because it is almost as easy to make as it is to drink. Simply add Maker’s® to a champagne flute or coupe glass, top with sparkling cider and garnish. Then get back to mixing.
1 part Maker's Mark
Chilled Martinelli's® Sparkling Apple Cider
Maraschino cherry for garnish
You can just barely make out the cherry in the picture below but trust us, it’s there! This drink is as easy as it sounds and it really is tasty.
Next, is a warm one. The Gents were unsure whether to do yet another hot drink, but it’s still cold out so what the heck! This one takes a little planning but it’s definitely worth doing. It’s time for Kentucky Mulled Cider! Again, this recipe (as well as their helpful pro tips) come right from their website.
Kentucky Mulled Cider
Warm apple cider, fragrant mulling spices and Maker’s Mark® make this the perfect cold-weather cocktail. It’s also great for warming up holiday parties and easily adapts into bigger batches.
1 part Maker’s Mark Bourbon
4 parts apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
3 whole allspice berries
6 whole peppercorns
Lemon slices and additional cinnamon sticks for garnish
If you’re entertaining nondrinkers, you can reserve the Maker’s Mark until serving time. Set up a self-serve cider station with your bourbon and garnishes and allow guests to prepare their drinks to taste.
AN A-PEELING HACK
When making citrus twists, a potato peeler will work in place of the handy-dandy channeling knives the pros use. Also, peel citrus over your mug to catch the fruity aromas and oils expressed from the fruit.
TAKE IT SLOW
If you have other winter fun to attend to and can’t keep an eye on the stove, try preparing this drink in a slow cooker. Set it to low and you can safely leave it. Always follow the instructions in your slow cooker’s manual.
NO STRAIN, NO PAIN
If you’d like to easily remove the cooked spices before serving, ball everything into a piece of cheese cloth before you begin so that the mulling spices can be fished out of the cider with ease later.
The Gents used an ounce as a “part” for this recipe and split it three ways so that each drink was 5 ounces in total. Warm, cosy and delicious! Try it tomorrow.
Thanks for popping by and please become Makers Mark ambassadors so that you can spread the word just like Gent Jason!
Oh, and please leave a comment to let us know if you liked the drinks!
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