One of the greatest things about being a Chicagoan is that we really get to experience all four seasons. While we will always complain that our winters are too long and our summers are too short, we get four times in one year for a new beginning with a different set of goals than the last (and wardrobe!) When it comes to my favorite, I have always loved Chicago in the fall. The change of colors in the leaves, the cool, crisp air, the abundance of apple and pumpkin flavors, and of course Halloween are all valid enough reasons why September and October rule so much harder than any of the other months. Along with the fall also comes another season well-known in Chicago and the Midwest, known as, Whiskey/Bourbon season; a time from October-March where you notice you’re drinking darker liquor to forget there’s a polar vortex happening outside. -Ariel
This week we tried Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, an organic bourbon distilled on the northside of Chicago. Koval was founded in 2008 and was Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800’s. The company prides itself in its manufacturing by thoroughly monitoring each step of the process. All spirits are made organically from scratch, beginning with contacting local farmers to grow the grain. Since the launch of Koval, the distillery has won numerous awards including “Best Local Distillery 2014” by The Chicago Reader.
For our first cocktail we wanted to make a drink with a hint of summer since it has been unseasonably warm. we decided to use blueberries since they will be out of season soon….and we are light weights and could really use something fruity with our bourbon.
- 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries (If you don’t like blueberries, blackberries would work as well!)
- 1/2 an orange-sliced
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 soda water
- 2 oz of Koval Bourbon Whiskey
- Pour sugar into shaker, followed by the orange slice and blueberries and muddle
- Add the Bourbon
- Strain over ice and fill the glass with soda water
- Garnish with orange slice
Enjoy! Stay tuned for more Koval fall inspired recipes…since we bought the bottle.