Looking for a unique gift for mom this Mother’s Day? As it turns out, whiskey isn’t just for dad and we think mom will love a bottle of award-winning hooch. We narrowed down our library of spirits to these 8 award-winners + a special bonus bottle. And, we’ve added a hand-crafted cocktail for each spirit so mom can kick back and sip on the finest. Happy Mother’s Day, from your friends in booze.
1. Collectors Art Series Two – XO Cognac Finish Whiskey [96pf]
First up on our list for mom is the 2022 Edition of Collectors Art Series. This limited edition, Distillery-exclusive bottle was designed by Denver Street Artist Alexandrea Pangburn. Breckenridge Distillery is proud of this second installment- it’s our first bottle ever to be designed by a female artist! We took our award-winning bourbon and finished for 2 years in XO Cognac barrels, giving this wine finish a pronounced grape nose with smooth caramel and oak notes to finish.
2 oz Breckenridge XO Cognac Finished Whiskey
¼ oz lemon juice
2 tsp honey
3 peach slices (skin pealed)
4 mint leaves
*Add more honey or citrus to your taste.
Muddle peach slices in a shaker or other vessel, add mint, honey, lemon juice, Breckenridge XO Cognac Finished Whiskey and ice. Shake and stain over ice.
Garnish: mint bouquet, peach slice and edible flower.
2. Breckenridge Gin [90pf]
Can’t make it to the flower shop before Sunday? The botanical profile of Breckenridge Gin, named World’s Best Gin, has you covered! This fragrant, American-style Gin has a citrus nose with 11 light botanical flavors like lavender and rose hips mixed throughout. Put down the flowers and perfume to get mom a bottle she’ll be sure to thank you for!
2oz Breckenridge Gin
1/2oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4oz honey simple syrup
1 dash of orange bitters
Serve up in with a lemon peel on the rim.
Garnish: Lemon wheel or ribbon
3. Breckenridge Bourbon, A Blend [86pf]
Breckenridge Distillery is most widely known for our blended bourbon whiskey, a high-rye mash American-style whiskey. Breckenridge Bourbon is one of the most highly awarded craft bourbons in the market and for good reason. Our award-winning, high-rye Bourbon Whiskey is aged for a minimum of three years, in charred, new American oak barrels, and blended to reveal the unique qualities of the Bourbon Whiskey. Deep, honey-amber hue with pronounced aromas of butterscotch, candied orange and apple; dry cacao and brown sugar envelop the tongue as the spirit lingers with notes of vanilla and white pepper.
2oz Breckenridge Bourbon
1/2oz Breckenridge Bitter
1/2oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes barrel-aged whiskey bitters
Stir top 4 ingredients with ice. Serve up.
Garnish: Luxardo cherry
4. Breckenridge Espresso Vodka [80pf]
Breckenridge’s best selling vodka, Espresso Vodka is definitely mom approved! We take our award-winning vodka base and macerate it with locally roasted decaf espresso beans giving this vodka a light maple and vanilla finish. For the woman that’s always on the go, make her mornings a little easier with a shot of Espresso Vodka in her coffee!
5. Port Cask Finish Whiskey [90pf]
Our Port Cask Finish is a Best American Blended recipient at the World Whiskies Awards and that is no surprise. Our award-winning Bourbon Whiskey gets some final grooming in 59 gallon Tawny Port casks, adding aroma and flavor of sultana raisin and maple syrup, which round out and soften the naturally spicy finish. Thanks to the superior Tawny Port casks, each batch flaunts a unique expression.
Obi Wan Old Fashioned
2-1/2oz Breckenridge Port Cask Finish
1/2oz raw simple syrup*
2 dashes of barrel-aged bitters or Angostura Bitters
Stir with ice, strain over large ice cube.
Garnish: Luxardo cherry, orange
*Raw simple syrup: 1 cup sugar in the raw, 1 cup water. Simmer until dissolved.
6. Rum Cask Finish [90pf]
Our award-winning Breckenridge Bourbon soaks up the charm of our own aged Colorado Rum casks, creating an unstoppable wave of flavor. Candied apple and cinnamon enfold, as dark chocolate and cacao follow. Lingering allspice captivates the senses, gratifying in just one sip, but mysterious enough to leave you wanting another.
May The Orchard Be With You
1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Rum Cask Finish
2 oz apple and pear allspice mix*
1 oz lemon juice
Shake with ice
Garnish: apple chip
*Apple and pear allspice mix: over medium heat add 8 oz sugar, 16 oz apple cider, 16 oz pear juice, 2 oz muddled allspice berries, 4 oz vanilla bean paste, 4 oz calvados. Stir to combine and let simmer until sugar is dissolved. Do Not Boil. Strain and let cool.
7. Breckenridge Pear Vodka
For a light and easy flavored vodka, Breckenridge Pear Vodka can go far. Pump up your mimosas this Mother’s Day with a Palisade Pear Vodka topper to show Mom how much you appreciate her!
8. PX Sherry Cask Finish [90pf]
From the Andalusia province of Spain, a luscious dessert wine is produced from the shriveled raisins of the Pedro Ximenez (PX) grape. This highly viscous, syrupy, wine is aged in ancient solera barrels for decades before release. We acquired a selection of retired PX barrels from a solera hundreds of years old and filled them with our rich and spicy Bourbon Whiskey. Left to bask in these ripe, fruity vessels, our Whiskey emerged with complex layers of fig compote, orange marmalade, and licorice to complement the sweet oak and vanilla character of our world-renowned Bourbon Whiskey.
2 dashes of cranberry bitters
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz allspice dram
1/2 oz cold brew coffee
2/3 oz vanilla bean simple syrup
1 oz Breckenridge Bitter
2 oz Breckenridge PX Sherry Cask Finish
Shake, then fine strain into a frozen coup glass
*Vanilla bean simple syrup: 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Over heat add 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, stir to dissolve.
BONUS: Breckenridge Dark Arts: Whiskey Distilled from Malt Mash [92pf]
Dark Arts was the reason that Bryan started Breckenridge distillery. A pioneering American Single Malt Whiskey, utilizing dark specialty malts and introducing them into standard malt mash. At the sacrifice of high yields, intentionally overpowering flavors such as over-ripe green apple, cacao, and chocolate dazzle the palate. We pushed the malt to the boundaries, purposefully off-balancing the undertones of bitter orange peel, angular oak, caramel, and green coffee cherries. Delightfully finishing with subtle essences of seaweed and sea salt. Up to ten years in a combination of new American oak and used bourbon casks has developed a singular and satisfying whiskey experience. Dark Arts, best served neat or with a large ice ball.
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