You may not know this but, I happen to be married to a whiskey connoisseur (a legend in his own mind I assure you). Even though I prefer gin, every now and then he manages to impress me with a bottle. This is definitely the case of his most recent find, St. George Spirit’s Baller Single Malt Whiskey. The first sip of was all I needed, and I should have known that the distillery that makes some of my favorite gin would make a killer Japanese style whiskey.
This cocktail is entirely inspired by the flavors in the whiskey, which immediately brought to mind warm summer evenings around a campfire. If you’re looking for a summer whiskey this is it, its sweet and smokey with a floral note that must come from its finishing in Umeshu (plum liqueur casks). St. Germain is the perfect compliment transforming it into a lovely bright summer cocktail.
Midsummer Whiskey Sour
2 oz. St. George Baller Single Malt Whiskey
0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
0.50 oz. St. Germain
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir until chilled. Pour into a low ball over fresh ice and garnish with fresh foraged flowers or a lemon twist if you’re not feeling like getting too fancy.