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Step up standard gift fare and pair the bottle of alcohol with a few mixer ingredients to make a tasty mixed drink and a more personalized gift. First up… whiskey!
I come from a family of five girls. In a few short weeks, we’ll be adding a third brother-in-law to the mix.
I’m married, and my next sister is married. Her marriage didn’t feel odd because she’s closest in age to me and her husband is just a few weeks older than me.
This upcoming wedding, however, will hitch my fourth sister to her beau. For so long, she has been one of the babies in the family, even though she’s gainfully employed and a contributing member of society. Now, though, she’s really all grown up.
Welcoming the New Addition
She’s bringing to the family a great guy she met in college and who I have come to know a bit. They live in California, so we don’t see them as often as we’d like.
At first blush, he is shy and reserved. As I’ve gotten to know him though, I’ve found out that it just takes a little warming up to wiggle him out of his shell.
He’s young; the same age as my sister, but young to me (which probably just means I’m getting old).
He’s a baseball player and a history nerd. He loves energy drinks and sleeping in late. At those traits, I didn’t bat an eye.
A few things about him surprised me though. He loves whiskey and old-school encyclopedia collections, which seem like old man affinities to me. He quietly and kindly keeps my laissez-faire sister in check, even though he’s outwardly quiet. And he has an uncanny ability to appear calm despite surging stress levels when my family tailspins into our normal chaotic selves.
It turns out whiskey-drinking, encyclopedia-loving introverts aren’t all cut from the same cloth. Who knew?! (Note to self: Duh!)
Whiskey Business on Wedding Weekend
None-the-less, as we welcome him into our family, I thought it would be fun to embrace and share with him some of things he loves.
When it comes to gift-giving, I’m really not a fan of buying something generic or boring out of obligation. Additionally, he and my sister live in a studio apartment, so they aren’t exactly flush with extra space for non-essential things.
If I am going to invest my time and money in a gift, I want to make it special and unique. So, sharing with my future brother-in-law one of his favorite things was right up my alley.
First on the list, clinking glasses of a whiskey drink to celebrate the newlyweds.
I don’t know much about whiskey, so I started at Whiskey5.com to investigate my options and find a good whiskey mixed drink to marry my fruity flavored inclinations with his love for the real deal.
The site has a simple tool with which I chose two flavors (smooth and sweet) that best suit my taste.
Then I used the sliders to set the intensity of each flavor I wanted, hit “Get Results”, and wallaw.
Crown Royal Canadian Blended Whiskey was the winner, so I checked out some tried and true recipes on the site I could take a crack at myself.
My sisters are also always up for a fun mixed drink, so I knew they’d be on board for whatever fit my tastes.
Mixology… bring it.
After perusing the site for a bit, I decided the Clubman fit the bill and set about purchasing ginger bitters, sparkling apple soda, and Crown Royal Blended Canadian Whiskey. Of course I needed a dry run (or not dry run?) before sharing it with my sisters and our new future brother-in-law during the wedding weekend.
I followed the easy instruction available on the site without issue.
- 1.5 ounces of whiskey
- 8 ounces of sparkling apple soda
- 6 drops of ginger bitters
The wedding isn’t until the end of September so this won’t be a surprise for my future brother-in-law. None-the-less I know he’ll still appreciate sharing a whiskey drink with us and of course having any leftover to add to his liquor cabinet.
You may not have a wedding coming up soon or a future brother or sister-in-law joining your crew. I think sharing a mixed drink recipe with a friend for a housewarming gift or even while having friends over is a great way to personalize and add a little unique touch to the traditional bottle of alcohol typically offered at social occasions. If you’re not sure what to bring, check out Whiskey5.com for a plethora of ideas and then find a store near you that sells it.
If you try this drink recipe, be sure to let me know on social media @honestlymodern what you think. I’d love to hear. And of course, don’t overdo it. We’re all adults now. 🙂