When Jack Daniels reach out to you to try a cocktail made by one of their competition finalists there is only one answer, yes, yes and YES.
Jack Daniels recently selected the top 10 bartenders in the North (of England) following their Jack Daniel’s Tennessee (TN) Calling II campaign. As part of the campaign, bartenders from the North were challenged to create a cocktail which embodied the three concepts, which are integral to Jack Daniel’s: entrepreneurialism, creativity and quality. Jack Daniel’s alongside JJ Goodman and Erik Lorincz, have now chosen a shortlist of 10 bartenders who created a serve that hit the brief perfectly.
Luckily for me, one of the shortlisted bartenders was Charlotte Coyle from the Filter and Fox, here in Liverpool. I was asked if I wanted to come along and try out her shortlisted cocktail, Nearest and Dearest, to which I jumped at the opportunity. I have previously visited the Filter and Fox and found the atmosphere very cosy and inviting – especially with sub-zero temperatures outside.
The cocktail itself was presented in a chilled Nick and Nora glass served with a side of water to bring you back down to earth. The cocktail consisted of:
40ml of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey (of course)
20ml of Ramazzotti Amaro
10ml of Tobacco liqueur
2 dashes Toasted Pecan Bitters
Definitely a drink to have on a cold night – which it certainly was when I visited. The cocktail instantly warmed me up, being someone who usually opts for more of a fruity flavoured cocktails I would say I am a newbie when it comes to whiskey cocktails – despite being a bartender myself for 3 years (oops).
I do however have a liking for the taste of Jack Daniels and the cocktail certainly highlighted the distinct flavour of it, the 40ml serving was delightfully enough to give me the fuzzy feeling in my cheeks whilst delivering a crisp, smoky taste from the tobacco liqueur.
Served without a garnish, the cocktail made me feel like I should’ve been sat on a Chester sofa with a three-piece tweed suit on listening to the grand works of Mozart.
I’d like to thank the guys and gals over at Filter and Fox for accommodating us both and to Charlotte for sharing her creation with us! Definitely check them out over at 27 Duke Street, Liverpool. And of course Jack Daniels for presenting me with the opportunity to try out the cocktail with their world famous whiskey within.