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Posts Tagged ‘Deck Drink’

June Cocktail: The Kingston Breeze

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 16, 2019

The warm summer days are great for backyard BBQ’s, good times with friends and family, and of course refreshing easy to prepare cocktails.  (Okay I admit that grapefruit wheel in the photograph looks a little intimidating; I’ll be honest and admit I just added a small slice of lime to garnish the servings that I prepare.)

The Kingston Breeze is a recipe sent to me by the good folks at Appleton Rum who also contributed a bottle of Appleton Estate Reserve Rum and another of Appleton Estate Signature Blend VX Rum for me to mix my libations. I preferred the recipe with mixed with the Reserve, although it might just be that the idea of spoiling myself with the more elite brand appealed to my ego and thus swayed my opinion.

I guess I’ll have to try both versions a few more times …

Kingston Breeze

1 1/2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum
Q Grapefruit (Soda)
2 Lime Wedges, Squeezed
Lime Slice or Grapefruit Wheel

Add Appleton Estate Reserve to an Ice-filled glass
Top with Q Grapefruit soda
Squeeze in two lime wedges
Stir gently to mix
Garnish with a citrus wheel.

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!


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Summer Cocktail #3: The Whisky Splash

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 18, 2017

Some of my favourite mixed drinks are what I call ‘deck drinks’. I have written about this serving style before; they are libations which we can easily mix with no cocktail shakers, no fancy garnishes, and most importantly of all, no fuss! The best deck drinks have only three ingredients, a base spirit, a mixer (soda or juice) and ice. Rum and Coke, and Gin and Seven are good examples of the deck drink craft. Sometimes, rather than soda, I will use fresh citrus juice. Vodka and Orange Juice (a Screwdriver) is a good example of a citrus based deck drink.

Although I like short cocktails (shaken or stirred), the truth is that when I am on my back deck with friends, I sometimes do not want to take the time to measure ingredients into my cocktail shaker or mixing glass let alone taking even more time to shake and double strain the final serving into a fancy glass. And in fact, it is not unusual for me to have a variety of juice and sodas with ice in my back yard cooler so everyone who has joined me can mix their own servings with whichever spirit they happen to have brought over that day.

Recently, the good folks at Glazer’s sent me a bottle of Revel Stoke Deluxe Canadian Whisky  which is a product of the Phillips Distilling Company. The spirit is named for the town of Revelstoke, located in the mountains of British Columbia. The whisky itself is not produced in British Columbia; instead it is distilled on the other side of those mountains at an undisclosed Canadian Distillery. According to the producer’s website, the whisky is produced by blending a young 3-year-old whisky (the youngest allowed by Canadian Law) with a more mature 8-year-old whisky. The final blend is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume, and during our recent spate of hot weather I found it to be an ideal spirit to enjoy in the Deck Drink format. The Whisky Splash made with Revel Stoke Deluxe Canadian Whisky is the third mixed drink in my Summer Cocktail round-up.

The Whisky Splash

2 oz Revel Stoke Canadian Whisky
2 Large Ice-cubes
Splash of Ginger-ale (1 -3 oz depending upon your preference)

Add the Ice-cubes to a rocks glass
Pour the Revel Stoke over the ice
Add a splash of Ginger Ale (to taste)
Garnish with a lime slice
Enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!


BTW: Here is a link to my previously published review of this wonderful Canadian Whisky:

Review: Revel Stoke Deluxe Canadian Whisky

“… The flavour of the whisky leads out with a lightly sweet impression of toffee alongside both bitter and spicy rye grain. The mouthfeel is soft, however the whisky has plenty of wood spice to both heat and pucker the palate between sips.  This is a dusty dry whisky, and as I sip, impressions of ripened grain fields and dry grassy hay lands both find their way into my consciousness …”


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Cocktail Hour: The Bourbon Buckeroo

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 23, 2016

It’s time for another deck drink, and the Bourbon Buckeroo is one of my favourites. Deck drinks as you know are that class of cocktails which are so easy to make that you can literally put all of your bar tools away and mix them up on your backyard deck as you enjoy the sunshine. No shakers, no strainers, and no fuss.

The great thing about deck drinks is that they are not only easy to make, they are also refreshing crowd-pleasers. You can haul your cooler full of ice out on to your back deck, fill it with cans of soda, place a couple of bottles of rum and whisky on the table with tray of sliced fruit and maybe a bottle of bitters, and then everyone can mix their own bar drinks to their own taste.

Buckeroo SAM_2401The Bourbon Buckeroo requires just three ingredients: Bourbon, Cola, and Bitters. Bourbon, which is at its heart a corn whiskey, mixes particularly well with cola and adding a dash or two of bitters gives this deck drink a nice extra depth of flavour. Of course, lots of ice makes it a cold refreshing serve on a lazy hot afternoon.

You probably do not need the recipe repeated; but here it is anyways:

Bourbon Buckeroo

1 1/2 oz Bourbon (George Dickel No. 12 in this case)
dash Angostura Bitters
Slice of Lime for garnish (optional)

Build in a tall glass with ice
Complete with Cola
Garnish with a lime slice

Enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

Note: Tomorrow I will be reviewing a great bourbon for Buckeroos, George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Sour Mash Whisky.



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