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Tuesday 17 November 2020

Add a taste of the US to your Christmas drinks menu

The folks from Westward Whiskey - the most awarded American single malt whiskey - thought it would be a good idea to hold a Zoom tasting to show Australians how to craft a bespoke Thanksgiving cocktail.

It is Thanksgiving Day in the US on November 25; a holiday that usually goes unnoticed and unremarked upon by most Australians. But I guess no one told the Americans. 

With 2020 having been an utter shit of a year no matter where you are in the globe, I went along with the idea of a little alcoholic celebration - and discovered the perfect drink to accompany what we in Australia call Christmas fruit minced tarts. 

Thanksgiving is synonymous with a roast turkey feast, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings, so my Westward Old Fashioned will simply step back for a few weeks and be enjoyed with family and friends at Christmas. 

This "simple yet flavoursome" cocktail is described by Westward as "perfect for all celebrations, no matter where you are in the world".

This Old Fashioned uses both sweet and spiced notes to bring out the flavours in the whiskey, and go down smoothly alongside a Christmas pudding or tart. 

Here are the ingredients: 60ml Westward American Single Malt Whiskey; 8ml Monin Chai Tea Syrup; three dashes of Fee Bros Old Fashioned Bitters (or Angostura) and a cinnamon stick. 

Pour the whiskey, chai tea syrup and bitters into a mixing glass and stir. Then pour into a big glass on a large cube of ice. Garnish with the cinnamon quill.


All the ingredients are sold at Dan Murphy's stores, I am advised.

After your cocktail you might like a glass of Westward on the rocks. Founded in 2004, the Portland distillery is a leader of the craft distilling resurgence in the US. 

Westward is both the largest distilling operation in the Pacific Northwest and the largest craft distiller on the West Coast. 


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