We here at Barseat had an opportunity to create three specialty cocktails using Classic Crown Royal Whiskey, Crown Apple and their new Crown Rye which is 90% rye. . The rye is left in the field over the winter and harvested in the spring. his method changes the flavor profile of the rye by making it much more mellow. That gives the finished product an unexpected and softer mouth feel. Each of my cocktails really allows the Crown to shine and shows Crown Royal in a different light .
Crown Royal Whiskey is a blend of 50 different whiskeys and was originally made to commemorate King George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s first grand tour of Canada in 1939. It has many similarities to bourbon including its mashbill of mainly corn with wheat and malted rye making up the remainder. Next time you go into a restaurant or bar, take a look at where the Crown Royal is kept. You will usually find it next to the bourbons and whiskeys. Crown Royal Whiskey drinks like a bourbon and has a lot of similar taste characteristics to a domestic bourbon or whiskey .
Crown Royal is a great entry whiskey for anyone dipping their toe into the whiskey world or bourbon for that matter. There are currently EIGHT different Crown Royal varieties, ranging from the original Crown Royal blend to the extremely rare XR, which is the final batch saved from the original LaSalle distillery in France. Crown Royal is a blend of 50 different whiskeys that allows for a rounded/softer mouth feel and a more balanced taste without that burn you may associate with a Kentucky bourbon or a straight whiskey.
My early memories of Crown Royal Whiskey are of that iconic purple bag filled with coins and me taking a couple of quarters to finance my many trips to get candy, cookies and freeze pops [I used to keep my plastic farm animals in those awesome bags]. My adult memories are shaping up much differently. As an adult, I will choose Crown Royal Whiskey any time over the five butter cookies I would get in my youth.
The Super Grass
1.75 oz Crown Royal Apple
.75 oz Organic green tea, I used gunpowder green tea which has a striking similarity to another “grass“ looking substance you may be familiar with.
2 dashes bitters,
0.5 oz simple syrup
Pour the Crown Royal Apple, green tea, simple syrup and bitters in your bar glass filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine
Breakfast in Bed
(the best way to start any day will always be a great southern breakfast and a craft cocktail in bed)
1.75 oz Crown Royal Rye
0.25 oz (half a jigger) fresh ginger juice [You won’t find this at Kroger. Put on your big girl pants, juice your own, and thank me later]
0.75 oz fresh lime juice
0.75 Demerara syrup (Don’t lose your cool. The recipe for this is below)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
In a cocktail shaker, filled with ice pour all of your ingredients in the glass portion of your shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into a cocktail glass (click here for cocktail glass examples). Garnish with a lime and enjoy.
1/2 cup Demerara sugar [a coarse, granulated, light brown sugar]
1/2 cup water
Cook sugar and water in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved [and no longer or you’ll get candy or, heaven forbid, caramel]. Cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes). Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.
Can you Stand the Rain
1.75 oz Original Crown Royal
.50 oz Lemongrass syrup
.50 oz fresh Lemon Juice
2 dashes Orange bitters
I was watching the New Edition story on BET while developing this cocktail . I couldn’t get this song out of my head and as you can tell , it influenced my naming decision. This cocktail is light and refreshing and will take you directly to summer time as it tastes like a boozy and refreshing lemonade. You can usually find lemongrass at any Asian supermarket. It can be found fresh or dried, I used fresh in this recipe. Try this lemongrass syrup in a Mint Julep’s or sweet tea and adds an acidic note .
First- In your cocktail shaker full of ice, add 2 dashes of Orange bitters.
Second- add the Crown Royal, Lemongrass Syrup, and Lemon juice.
Shake vigorously and pour into a Collins glass.
Top with Seltzer and garnish with a small wedge of lemon.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 lemongrass stalks (core only), sliced
(this is lemongrass)
Combine sugar, water, and sliced lemongrass core in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar.
Remove from heat and cool. Fill a jar with a few lemongrass stalks. Strain syrup into jar. Cover and keep in the refrigerator.
Makes 1 cup