Tag Archives: whiskey

Support our Troops with Canadian Whiskey

28 Sep

We’re so chummy with Canada that the country’s leading whiskey distiller, Crown Royal, is helping us show our overseas troops how much we care with its Camo Care Package program. Basically, there are two ways you can participate:

  1. Go to the liquor store and buy a limited edition Camo Bag of Crown Royal Deluxe. For each bottle sold, the company will send one of our soldiers a care package with calling cards, playing cards, encouraging messages and fun stuff to make them feel at home.
  2. Visit Crown Royal’s Facebook page and write a message to be sent to a soldier. You can choose to write a short message which will be embroidered on a Camo Bag or you can write a longer one to be sent in a card.

Having recently observed the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, I’m sure you’ll agree with us here at Three Sheets Blog when we say that every man and woman fighting for our country deserves to hear from home once in a while. And if you know a soldier who has served our country, take them to your nearest bar and buy them a double shot of Crown Royal.

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

21 Aug

This past week, Abby and I made it onto the guest list for Jack Daniel’s Toast to Summer. I know. We’re big time. Basically, we can RSVP faster than other people in Dallas, which is all you really need to make it in the big leagues.

Anyways, JD’s Toast to Summer was the company’s way of officially introducing its newest product, Tennessee Honey, a blend of original Jack and honey liqueur. I’ve seen it in the liquor stores for a few months now, but this was my first time to try it, and I’m impressed. I can’t really say I like it as much as the original Jack, but it’s still pretty tasty.

On round 1, I tried it on-the-rocks to really see what it tastes like. Honestly, it was way too sweet for me. You can definitely taste the whiskey in it, but the honey liqueur is pretty strong. Rounds 2-6 were therefore Honey and soda.

Abby was a little more adventurous in her tasting and tried mixing it with lemonade as well as ginger ale. I wasn’t wild when I tried the lemonade cocktail, since it was even sweeter, but the flavors were there, so I suggest if you want to drink it straight or with soda, add a twist or a squeeze of lemon juice.

The ginger ale concoction, however, was delicious. Another squeeze of lemon set this drink off, and it cut through the sugar.

If you’re into whiskey, you may have mixed feelings about JD’s new family member, but if you’re looking for something sweet to get you going, give Jack Honey a sip and let us know what you think.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey Burgers

29 Jul

Planning on grilling out this weekend? Try these burger recipes from our friends at Jack Daniel’s. Because really, the only thing that can make summer grilling better is whiskey.

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 6 slices cheese (optional, but really…not that optional)
  • 6 strips cooked bacon (also optional, but only if it’s against your religion)
  • 6 buns or English muffins (we don’t get the muffins, but if you’re British, I guess you can do it)

Smoky Jack Burger Sauce

  • 3 tbsp. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
  • 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 tsp. Liquid Smoke

Chili Jack Burger Sauce

  • 3 tbsp. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
  • 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in small bowl
  2. Add 3 tbsp. of your whiskey sauce to the ground beef in a large mixing bowl
  3. Blend well with your hands and form into 6 patties
  4. Sear patties about 2 to 3 minutes per side directly over high heat
  5. Reduce heat to medium or move to a cooler area of the grill
  6. Baste both sides with the remaining sauce and grill until the burgers are cooked through
  7. During the last minutes of cooking, top with cheese and bacon, and lightly toast the buns or English muffins over medium heat

Jack + Coke + Bottle = Awesome.

28 Jul

I am a super fancy and sophisticated lady. Because I am said lady, I enjoy some classy adult beverages. Yes, I love a good, old-fashioned beer from time to time (okay, on most days), but sometimes a beer just won’t do it. Sometimes, Mama needs a strong mixed drink at the end of a long day.

Once upon a time, I was strolling through the aisles of my local grocery store in sheer boredom. I had already gotten my snacks and it was time to move to the booze. I was looking for something cheap and easy, but was in no mood for another boring beer – I wanted something fancier. Because I’m a fancy lady.

That’s when I stumbled upon a magical treasure.

Right there, in the middle of the grocery store, was the answer to my boring booze blues: Jack Daniel’s and Cola. This glorious pre-mixed beverage, which made its debut in March of 2011, is everything I was looking for: a delicious drink that induces a nice buzz and, most importantly, it’s CHEAP. A six-pack of 12-ounce Jack & Coke is about the same price as a six-pack of any regular beer in the store, but this drink makes you feel much fancier than a regular brewsky. Plus, the new line comes in both cans and bottles, so it’s appropriate for every occasion from day drinking by a pool to a super classy dinner with friends.

If you’re like me, and you like to drink but want a nice departure from regular beer, do yourself a favor and give Jack Daniel’s and Cola a try – it’s sure to do the trick.

Whisk(e)y 101 – What’s in your whiskey?

26 Jul

It’s delicious…that, you know. But I’m one of those people who really likes to know what I put into my body. I try my best to buy all-natural, because, although there is no governmental regulation, I can usually understand the ingredients. Call me a hippie, but we’ll see who’s laughing when your stomach falls out.

That is why I’m here to tell you what whiskey is made out of—what makes it taste so dang good. If I plan on consuming as much as I plan on consuming over the course of my life, I think it’s probably for the best. Plus, who knows? You may actually be able to understand the label instead of picking the one with the fanciest font!

Basically, back in the day, a bunch of monks in Europe (God bless ’em) developed barley beer because they didn’t have grapes to make wine. One thing led to another and they figured out it was awesome and started making whiskey out of it. We salute them.

Since then, the rest of the world caught on and everyone started making their own brews, which is why there are so many different kinds today, and people are real uppity about what kind they drink. Now we’ve got Scotch, bourbon, rye, single-malt, etc., and the poor youth of the nation (21+, obviously) can’t tell them apart.

Really, the only differences between the oodles of brews are how the grains are fermented, distilled and aged. The rest is pretty uniform across the board. So here’s a vocabulary lesson to help you out with the rest. Obviously, this isn’t the last you’ll learn about whiskey from me. I’m obsessed with the stuff, so stay tuned for more Whisk(e)y 101 in the future. Of course, you can always help me out by leaving comments or emailing me with more specific questions so I don’t just ramble on in a drunken stupor. Continue reading

Manic Monday – The Maker’s Mark Old Fashion

25 Jul

It’s Monday, and you look like you need something strong to sip after a long day. Try this old-timey concoction on for size, from Clayton’s personal favorites at Maker’s Mark. The best part—you can make it as big as you want.

  • 1 1/2 parts Maker’s Mark bourbon
  • 2 orange slices
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 part club soda
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  1. Muddle one orange slice, 1 maraschino cherry and sugar in old fashioned glass
  2. Fill glass with ice
  3. Add Maker’s and soda
  4. Garnish with the remaining orange slice and cherry

Tell me that don’t take the edge off!

Jameson Irish Whiskey

23 Jul

Believe it or not, I haven’t been drinking whiskey since birth. My mother’s womb didn’t come equipped with a fifth and a lowball glass. In fact, I was beyond 21-years-old before I even tried the stuff. But when I did, boy, was I hooked. I can still tell you about my first taste.

One evening, I was winding down at a friend’s college duplex. One of my closest high school friends was in town visiting and we had just finished an epic evening beginning, of course, at The Library. I don’t remember the ride to my friend’s house, but I do recall slumping into his easy chair, hand gushing blood, and sipping a Coors Light. Clearly, I needed a shot, so my buddy handed me a double of Jameson Irish Whiskey.

It was love at first sip. From that day forward, I was a whiskey man.

Since then, I’ve had plenty of different blends of bourbon, Irish and otherwise, but Jameson remains among my favorites. If you’re looking to break into the whiskey world, I would recommend starting with this one. It’s sweet, so you won’t be overpowered by the alcohol at first and can ease yourself into it. Kind of like how you’re drinking cocktails and each drink you make gets a little stronger because you can’t taste the alcohol.

Jameson is also great for mixing. It’s very affordable (normally around $25 for a 750 mL) so you don’t feel like you’re wasting money by diluting it with mixers, and if you’re still new to it, you can start with Jameson and Cokes, and slowly move toward on-the-rocks without looking like you can’t handle it.

John Jameson, I salute you.