Flannel Pajamas - Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

Flannel Pajamas – Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

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Here we are in the new year, trying our best to eat healthy and get fit after the indulgent season of everything delicious. (I ask you, how does anyone resist never-ending plates of cookies and peppermint-flavored everything? How?!) It’s #newyearnewyou time, but in the midst of resolution season, when you’re not quite far enough into the year to fall off your fitness wagon, I say the best thing you can do is compromise with a cocktail. Skip dessert in favor of a cozy cup of rye!

Slow & Low Rock and Rye Whiskey has a natural sweetness, so in this recipe I countered it with 100% pure cranberry juice. I added a little fresh tangerine juice for brightness and maple syrup to give it a smooth, caramel finish. A few dashes of bitters – the spice of cocktails – balances everything out. I used homemade 1889 Aromatic Bitters from a Dash Bitters kit, but you can sub for classic Angostura if you don’t have a homemade one in your arsenal. Garnish with a maraschino cherry if you’re feeling fancy. The real deal, like Luxardo – you deserve it.

When freezing your buns off in the dead of winter, nothing warms the bones like a good tipple. And thanks to the lovely hue this one takes on due to the cranberry juice, I couldn’t help but think of snuggling up in plaid lumberjack-style flannel pjs. The mind drifts to thoughts of a fireside seat in a picturesque stone and timber ski lodge. With nary a vacation in sight for months, this booze-fueled fantasy is your surefire ticket to relaxation.


Flannel Pajamas Cocktail Recipe

  • 2 oz Slow & Low Rock and Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz 100% cranberry juice
  • juice of 2 small tangerines (approximately 1 oz)
  • 1 oz maple syrup
  • 3 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Luxardo cherry for garnish (optional)

Combine all ingredients over ice. Best served in a rocks glass.

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12 thoughts on “Flannel Pajamas – Whiskey Cocktail Recipe”

  1. It sounds good and I don’t usually care for whisky drinks. I like Scotch– smoky and peaty–but not the sweetness of American bourbons and ryes. If I were to have a whisky drink, yours is the one I’d make. Love the name, BTW!

    1. Thanks Sherri! The cranberry certainly counteracts that sweetness, and you can cut back on the syrup too if you don’t want it too sweet.

  2. Looks pretty good. It’s rare for me to want to try something with whiskey, but this is seriously on my list. What gave you the idea to try tangerines, and could there be a substitute for the maple syrup?

    1. If you’re not a huge whiskey person Slow & Low’s Rock and Rye is a good place to start! I used tangerines instead of oranges because you get a more mellow version of the citrus flavor with less acidic bite. As for the maple substitute, you could swap it for agave or simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water in a pot, stir over medium high heat until the sugar dissolves, then allow to cool), though it will alter the flavor a bit. Hope you enjoy!

  3. I had a great whiskey drink the other day, but I don’t know what was in it (more than whiskey of course). I’m out looking on every blog I can find that is about whiskey. That plan seems impossible though, it’s a popular drink ;-)

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