Somehow, the Sugar Free Old Fashioned Cocktail escaped our notice! While the MDR Labs have been sampling this one for some time, we’ve neglected to share our experience!
The Sugar Free Special Relationship is based on the Conference, according to it’s creator. The Special Relationship was created by the kindred cocktails user endless_optimism, though we are uncertain as to who this user really is, or if they have a twitter account (we couldn’t find one).
The first thing you’ll notice about this recipe is that it seems to have just about everything in it! We were a little trepidatious at first, blending so many bold whiskey flavors (rye, bourbon and scotch!) with apple brandy and bitters. How would all those strong flavors mesh, and wouldn’t it be exceedingly strong?
The Sugar Free Carolina Julep has many similarities with the Prescription (Mint) Julep that we’ve reported on previously. However, while the mint, rye, and syrup are the same, this particular drink substitutes the cognac with an apple brandy.
The Sugar Free Woody Sour was adapted from an original recipe from Daniel Rutkowski. We found it posted on kindredcocktails.com and had to try it!
Seriously, if it has Sugar Free Allspice (Pimento) Dram in it, we’ll probably try it!
This drink had a very broad flavor profile. Anything that utilizes the allspice dram is automatically going to have some extra flavor. A little goes a long way! Adding the lemon adds just the right amount of citrus. You could easily get away with just using bourbon or rye, but adding both gives you all the flavor of both worlds.
The Sugar Free Scofflaw is another drink adapted from two of our favorite books, Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails, by Ted Haigh (Dr. Cocktail) and the Savoy Cocktail Book. And it was originally made by Gavin Duffy in the Harry’s New York Bar, in Paris.
This is a flavor-filled cocktail that really blends together wonderfully with the rye whiskey, citrus, and myriad of herbs from the dry vermouth. The bit of grenadine gives it that extra flavor that really completes the drink.
The Sugar Free Sazerac is what drinking in America should taste like! Sweet, flavorful, yet bold, and delicious, with all the reagents native to our home country! This drink is considered the official drink of New Orleans!
In fact, this drink was actually created in NOLA in the Roosevelt Hotel. The name of their bar? The Sazerac! The hotel itself has a rich history and fascinating one at that!
The Sugar Free Solstice is the MDR Labs take on an original creation by @mahastew (aka Stew Ellington), who also happened to have authored his own book 901 Very Good Cocktails: A Practical Guide. We’re looking forward to adding that particular compilation to our growing cocktail book library!
Our version uses mostly the same ingredients, but swapping the normal market alcohol for our home brewed sugar free versions. The Sugar Free Solstice calls for not one, but two of our previous creations!
The Sugar Free Pioneer Spirit is another delicious cocktail that was adapted after we found it from our friends at Kindred Cocktails! However, this flavorful drink was actually the baby of The Raines Law Room in NYC. It is, as many drinks are, an adaptation of a classic. In this case, it’s a new spin on the Old Fashioned.
To quote the original source:
The Sugar Free Prescription Julep is a wonderful classic drink (and also goes by the name of Mint Julep)! It’s origins are a little muddled, but its earliest incarnation dates back the mid 1700’s with it’s first official published recipe in 1803. However, this particular variation is adapted from our friends at Imbibe Magazine!
How did we choose the sugar free whiskey sour?
Before embarking upon our grand quest, we did a fair amount of chatting. Likes, dislikes, taking stock of my bar (non-existent) and Jason’s bar (very functional), and started going over recipes that were easy to translate.
Let’s be honest, we were new at this and we didn’t want to hurt ourselves too much.