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Have you ever seen someone bring their own glassware to a bar, or tasting? I’m sure if you have one of your first thoughts may have been something along the lines of what a snot! Trust me I was there once too, I would have absolutely thought they were being a little rediculous. However, there is actually science behind the glassware you use and how your spirits taste!

Let’s dive in shall we?!

Essentially the different types of glassware that we have available now, have evolved to make our spirits and cocktails taste better. The glassware is desiged to accentuate the aroma, colors, flavors, and hold the temperature of the cocktail. Many times they also assist the bartender in proper serving sizes.

For example, the well known martini glass. Because martinis typically do not contain ice, these glasses provide a long stem so the warmth of your hand doesnt warm the cocktail.

You may have also noticed that bars almost always serve their cocktails in glass and not plastic, this is important as well! The alcohol can act as a solvent on the plastic, especially when left to sit for a period of time or if it has a high alcohol conent. It then creates a “plasticy” flavor to the drink changing the overall taste, which needless to say is not the goal.

Ok, we’ve gone over drinking from different glassware, now let’s talk about washing it! Did you know that when washing a scotch (american single malt) glass you do not want to use soap or a brush to clean the glass? The best way to clean it is warm water and gently rubbing your fingers around the inside of the glass, before any residue has been left behind and dried. There is a chance, although small, that when washing a glass with soap that some of the soap residue will stay in the glass. The next time scotch is poured into that glass the soap will bind to the scotch’s aroma and alter both the smell and flavor. Not a risk I suggest taking.

 

I’ve created a little cheat sheet about some of the more common glassware you may see below.

 

Wine glass– There are two basic types of wine glasses, the red and the white. While both glasses will most likely have  astem the red wine glass with have a more round bowl shape to better aerate the wine while the white wine glass willhave a smaller opening so that the wine doesnt over aerate and oxidize to fast.

Flutes– These glasses are tall and thin to help keep those bubbles going for ya. Less surface area helps them to last longer.

Highball– These are your typical bar glass, they are nice and tall to make that drink look large! They are mostly used for drinks that do not contain as much alcohol as mixers.

Old Fashioned– These glasses are more likely to be used in a cocktail with more alcohol content. They also are frequently used if you are muddling, or just ordering a neat or on the rocks.

Glencairn– These are a favorite for me. These nosing glasses are perfectly made for tasting whiskey, and have been created to get the most flavor possible out of every sip.

Snifter- Cradle this baby in your hand as you swirl your spirit. The large bowl shape allows for a perfect gentle swirl and the wide top allows for the aroma to really escape the glass so you get a larger wiff of the flavor profile as you sip.

Now of course there are alot more options out there for you, we chose to share some of the more common glassware that you will see.

Redintroducing Ourselves

Hey there friend!

Nice to see you again! It’s been awhile since we’ve had a moment to chat, so we thought this would be the perfect oppurtunity to say hi, see how everyone is doing, and let you know what’s been going on in our world! You may already know that we have been busy creating a variety of new products. It has been wonderful to see how much everyone is loving them! We have definetly expanded our brand quite a bit, and in the process we have been making some in house changes too! We are so excited to let you know that we are offering private tastings at two locations now! We have introduced bourbon, rum, and vodka to the Spring House family, and there are even more things on the way!

 

Let’s take a minute to chat about some of these new products!

Filmore Rides Select- Our select is a five year aged whiskey that is smooth as butter! The sweet molasses taste will have your tastebuds watering and wanting more! It is the perfect on the rocks whiskey, smooth and well rounded with a wonderful rich flavor.

Doc Windle Bourbon- Our bourbon is amazing if I do say so myself, and I know that you may think I’m biast. Sure, maybe a tad, but this bourbon can hold its own! With its deep cherrywood flavors and subtle hints of vanilla this bourbon is truly one of a kind.

St Malachi Rum- Be sure to read the bio of our rum before purchasing, because there is a great story behind it! We’ll give you the summery here. We have partnered with a local church, yup you guessed it St. Malachi, to creat a rum that really honors their history. With their love and support we will be donating a portion of the proceeds from each rum bottle bak to the church!

17 Hands Vodka- Meet our newest addition to the Spring House family! This vodka is smooth, earthy, and perfectly well rounded. Blending perfectly into a wide variety of cocktails, or standing out on its own, 17 hands is a showstopper! We like to think of it as having a martini without having to mix a thing!

 

This is just the start of our new family members! There will be more additions throughout the end of the year, and early next year as well! Please comment and let us know what you would be interested in seeing next!

 

Sip Notes: By Jennifer Litwin

The word whiskey translates to ” water of life.” In many ways, our home believes that statement to be true. On its own whiskey has the power to create these incredible memories, however, if you can learn how to enhance its pure essence you can craft beautiful moments that may last a lifetime. I learned to respect whiskey early on and have loved it ever since. My first sip with my grandfather on the back of his boat while fishing in the summer heat, with a simple whiskey and coke is something I’ll never forget. The smell of that drink even now years later brings me back to the simplicity of that day. Since then I’ve learned to treasure all of the details that whiskey has to offer, and I’ve crafted recipes both for the beginner as well as the expert and everyone in between.

In this book you will find

  • The basic tools to help you craft your own cocktails
  • Popular classic whiskey cocktails
  • Exclusive cocktails handcrafted for this book
  • The history and stories behind the drinks

Find the book on Amazon for $9.99! All drinks are made to work with our spirits specifically!

 

The Irish Oir: By Memories on Main

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This Drink Is Designed By Our Partner Memories on Main! Go Check Out Their Website At

 

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The Muse: By Memories on Main

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This drink is designed by our partner Memories on Main! Go check out their website at

www.makingmemoriesonmain.com

 

Or go stop in to try the mix your self!

 
 

The Manhattan Cocktail

One of the finest and oldest cocktails, the Manhattan is truly a classic cocktail. A very simple, but enjoyable, recipe that only requires a few ingredients. This recipe is also variable to each persons taste. But, none the less lets dive into it!

For this drink you will need the following:

  • 2 ounces Filmoore Rides Whiskey

  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth

  • 2 to 3 dashes aromatic bitters

  • Cherry, for garnish

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The Classic Whiskey Old Fashioned

A sugar cube soaked in bitters, a shot of whiskey, and an orange peel; creating an old-fashioned cocktail from scratch really is that easy. This classic drink has been served since the mid-1800s and is as popular today as it was back then.

The old-fashioned is one of the best ways to dress up your favorite whiskey without significantly altering the taste.

There are many ways to adjust this recipe, too. Follow an original, simplified approach, incorporate one of the modern twists, or personalize it to your taste or the whiskey you’re pouring at the moment. Muddle or stir, add soda, use syrup, or ramp up the fruit… The point is that you enjoy the drink, so have fun exploring all of the options!

Now, here’s what you need to make this:

  • 1 sugar cube, or 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • 3 dashes bitters

  • 2 ounces ​Filmoore Rides whiskey

  • Orange peel, for garnish

  • Maraschino Cherry, for garnish

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The Whiskey Sour

The whiskey sour is one of the best classic cocktails. It’s easy to make, and the recipe is the base for the entire family of sour drinks. There are also a variety of adjustments you can make to ensure it suits your taste perfectly.

As the name suggests, this cocktail is sour. The flavor is balanced and complemented by the sweetness of the whiskey and simple syrup, so it’s not as tart as you might think. Try it with the ratio suggested in the recipe, give it a taste, and then adjust your next drink as needed.

 

The whiskey sour is such a popular drink recipe, that it has its own holiday. If you need a reason to mix one up, National Whiskey Sour Day is August 25th

So, here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • 2 ounces Filmoore Rides Whiskey

  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/2 to 3/4 ounce simple syrup, to taste

  • Maraschino cherry (or lemon peel), garnish

First step, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

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John Collins Whiskey Highball

The John Collins is a tasty whiskey sour drink that is perfect for any occasion. It makes an excellent everyday sipper that can be poured in just a few minutes. It is also a nice way to show off our whiskey in a simple, refreshing style.

This is, essentially, a tall version of the Whiskey Sour. Other than the soda and ice (and maybe a few tweaks here and there), the Collins and Sour are practically the same drink. This makes it very easy to remember both of these popular recipes, which all bartenders should know how to mix.

To make this drink, you’ll need the following:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Filmoore Rides Whiskey

  • 1 ounce lemon juice

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • 2 ounces club soda

  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish

  • Orange slice, for garnish

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