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How to Taste and Appreciate Spirits

Tasting spirits is a captivating odyssey, where each sip unveils a story, a tradition, and a craft honed over centuries. This is not merely about drinking; it is about tasting, savoring, and understanding the essence of spirits that have traversed time and geography to reach your glass. The art of spirit tasting is a ritual, a bridge connecting the past with the present, inviting us to explore the depths of flavors, aromas, and the very soul of these distilled marvels.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the importance of the setup, including the right environment and tools, to enhance your tasting experience.
  • Learn the techniques of professional tasters, from observing the spirit’s color to the correct way of smelling and tasting.
  • Discover the intricate details about the origins, aging, and distillation processes that contribute to the spirit’s unique character.

The Setup: Preparing for a Tasting

Choosing the Right Environment

Creating the perfect environment is crucial for a successful tasting session. It should be a quiet, well-lit area free from distractions and strong odors that could interfere with the perception of the spirits. Ensure the temperature is comfortable and the lighting is conducive to observing the spirit’s true color.

Selecting Your Spirits

When selecting spirits for tasting, variety and quality are key. Aim to include a range of types and brands to fully explore the spectrum of flavors and aromas. It’s beneficial to have a theme, such as comparing spirits from different regions or focusing on a specific type of spirit like whiskey or rum.

Essential Tools and Glassware

Proper tools and glassware enhance the tasting experience. Use clean, appropriate glasses such as tulip glasses or snifters which are designed to concentrate the aromas. Essential tools include a water jug for cleansing the palate and a notebook for recording tasting notes.

Tasting Like a Pro: Tips and Etiquette

Observing Color and Clarity

Start your tasting experience by observing the color and clarity of the spirit. This initial visual inspection can provide clues about the spirit’s age and the type of cask used during aging. Hold the glass up to a light source and tilt it to examine its hue and transparency.

The Correct Way to Smell

Smelling, or nosing, is crucial for developing a refined palate. Gently swirl the spirit in the glass to release its full bouquet of aromas. Take short, quick sniffs rather than deep inhales to avoid overwhelming your senses.

Tasting and Evaluating

When tasting, take a small sip and let it coat your mouth. Focus on identifying the different flavors and textures. After swallowing, pay attention to the aftertaste or finish, which can reveal more about the spirit’s complexity and balance. Use a tasting notebook to record your impressions and track your progress in appreciating fine spirits.

Remember, the key to a successful tasting is patience and attentiveness. Allow yourself time to fully engage with each aspect of the spirit.

Understanding the Spirit: Beyond the Bottle

The Importance of Origin

Origin plays a crucial role in the identity of a spirit. The geographical location, climate, and local ingredients all contribute to the unique characteristics of each spirit. Understanding where a spirit comes from can enhance your appreciation and provide insights into its distinct flavors and aromas.

The Role of Aging

Aging is a transformative process that deeply influences the flavor profile of spirits. The type of cask used and the duration of aging determine the smoothness, color, and complexity of the final product. Spirits such as whiskey or rum can spend years in barrels, evolving with time to achieve their signature richness.

Influence of Distillation Techniques

Different distillation techniques can dramatically affect the taste and quality of spirits. Whether it’s pot still distillation for rich, full-bodied flavors or column still distillation for cleaner, more refined spirits, each method has its merits. Exploring these techniques can provide a deeper understanding of how spirits are crafted and what makes each one unique.

Avoiding Common Pitfalls

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Certain foods and fragrances have the power to linger, clouding your ability to fully appreciate the delicate balance and complexity of a spirit. To sidestep these common pitfalls, it’s advisable to avoid overly spicy, pungent, or aromatic foods prior to your tasting. These flavors can mask the subtle notes you’re seeking to uncover, skewing your perception and the spirit’s true profile.

How to Cleanse Your Palate

Adhering to proper palate cleansing techniques is crucial for a clear and unbiased tasting experience. Simple practices such as sipping water or eating neutral foods like plain bread or crackers can effectively reset your taste buds between different spirits.

Maintaining Focus During Tasting Sessions

To truly appreciate the nuances of each spirit, maintaining focus during tasting sessions is essential. Avoid distractions and engage deeply with the spirit in a dialogue that transcends the ordinary, elevating your sensory journey to an art form.


As we conclude our guide on how to taste and appreciate spirits, remember that this journey is as enriching as it is enjoyable. Each spirit offers a unique narrative, a blend of history, culture, and meticulous craftsmanship. By embracing the techniques and etiquette outlined, you not only enhance your sensory experience but also deepen your connection with the spirit’s heritage. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a curious novice, the world of spirits invites you to explore, taste, and appreciate its complexities. So, raise your glass to the art of spirit tasting, where every sip is a step deeper into the realm of distilled elegance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I prepare for a spirit tasting session?

Choose a quiet, well-lit environment, select a variety of spirits to taste, and ensure you have the right glassware and tools such as a spittoon and water for cleansing your palate.

What is the correct way to smell spirits during tasting?

Hold the glass beneath your nose and breathe in with both your nose and mouth. Avoid sticking your nose into the glass or swirling the spirit, as these actions can overwhelm your olfactory senses.

How can I avoid common pitfalls during spirit tasting?

Avoid common mistakes such as swallowing too quickly, not cleansing your palate between tastings, or losing focus. Take your time to savor each sip and engage with the spirit’s complexities.

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Unbeatable Deals at Payless Liquor Stores!

Are you a bargain hunter looking for unbeatable deals on your favorite liquor brands? Look no further than Payless Liquor Stores! From Benchmark Liter to Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Stella Rosa to Hornitos Tequila Seltzer, there are amazing deals waiting for you. Our stores are currently offering each of these amazing deals for under $15, under $10, and even under $5! Keep reading to learn more about what’s on sale and why you should head to Payless Liquor Stores ASAP.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to stock up on liquor, wine, and beer for your romantic evening. And if you happen to get snowed in during these winter months, having a fully stocked bar will ensure that you can still enjoy your favorite drinks without having to venture out in the cold. Plus, with unbeatable deals at Payless Liquor Stores, you can save money while stocking up for any occasion. Don’t miss out on these amazing deals and stock up now! With our wide selection of brands and ongoing deals, there’s something for everyone at here.

$15 Below

If you’re looking for wine, Payless Liquor Stores has a great selection on sale for under $15. From the classic Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc at $13.49 a bottle to the rich and buttery Kendall Jackson Chardonnay at $10.19 per bottle, there’s something to tempt every palate. And if you prefer something harder, try the Benchmark Liter for just $14.49, or go for the Knob Creek Pint for $14.99. These amazing prices won’t last forever, so now is the time to stock up!

$10 Below

For those on a tighter budget, Payless Liquor Stores also has deals for under $10. The Bacardi Mojito Pack is a steal at just $5.99, while the Yellow Tail Half Gallon is a great buy at $9.99. For a real bargain, go for the Sutter Home White Zin for just $2.99 a bottle. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Hornitos Tequila Seltzer Variety Pack for just $7.99. These deals won’t last forever, so be sure to head to Payless Liquor Stores today.

$5 Below

If you’re really on a budget, Payless Liquor Stores has incredible deals for under $5. At just $0.99 each, you can grab individual cans of both Bacardi and Hornitos RTD cocktails. For something a bit more sophisticated, try the Up/Or/Over RTD Cocktails for just $3.49 each. And for those who love a good deal on beer, go for the High Life Bottles 12pk at just $8.99.

In conclusion, Payless Liquor Stores is the place to go for amazing deals on all your favorite drinks. Their current sale has something for everyone and at unbeatable prices. So what are you waiting for? Head to your nearest Payless Liquor Stores location and stock up on your favorite drinks while these deals last!

Visit the Bulleit Woody

Bulleit Bourbon is a household name for a reason. With a recipe dating back to the early 19th century, bourbon drinkers know Bulleit is smooth and spicy. It is a taste that’s entirely unique to the brand. Though the liquor itself is timeless and unchanged, the Bulleit brand is always finding ways to stay relevant. The most recent of these endeavors being the advent of the Bulleit Woody. It’s a vintage-inspired teardrop camper designed specifically to serve up Bulleit Bourbon.

Bulleit Bourbon

Though the Bulleit recipe dates back to 1830, the company began in 1987 to revive the old family rye bourbon recipe. This unique blend of traits poises Bulleit to be a modern, viable company in the 21st century. Meanwhile, giving it the foundation of a timeless recipe with hundreds of years of development. Though its classic bourbon is still the most popular, the company has since developed other products. They offer a complete line of barrel bourbon, select blends, and ryes. Its core set of liquors has an incredible range of uses. The centuries of experience has allowed the company to develop tried and true recipes for its products, ranging from Whiskey Sours to Bourbon Swizzles to Old-Fashioneds.

The Woody Design

Though it looks like a classic camper at first glance, the Woody is anything but ordinary. It features boasting artfully chosen wood exterior (more on that in a bit) and retro, white-rimmed tires. This camper hits you in the face with nostalgia at first glance. This first glance is enough to make anyone swoon. However, upon further inspection, it’s clear that this little camper is more than swoon-worthy. While the inside lounge area has the feel of a Kentucky cigar club, the real selling point is the outside. The back of the camper pulls out into a full-service bourbon bar. It is complete with ice-well and a shiny mirrored backsplash. It gives the bar that 1940s feel that was hitherto incongruous with the outdoors. This baby camper brings a speakeasy feel to picnics and tailgate parties, something that we didn’t know we needed until now.

The Devil Is in the Details

Having a classy bourbon bar on wheels is appealing enough. But, what makes the Woody so devilishly attractive is the meticulous thought that designer Brad Ford put into its every component. Bulleit Bourbon influenced the iconic color of the Woody itself. The inside ceiling is lined with repurposed bourbon barrels. Even the seemingly unrelated aspect of the interior leather was chosen to fit the smell, feel, and ambiance of the Bulleit experience. Bulleit bourbon inspired every minute detail of the Woody. It has made it a completely unique and must-see attraction.

See It for Yourself

Bulleit Woody

Bulleit WoodyBecause there are only two Bulleit Woodys in the world, experiencing one for yourself is a rare treat. Luckily for you, Payless Liquors is hosting a Bulleit Woody event on November 13 and 14 at its store in Indianapolis. Stop by to see this excellent piece of bourbon-inspired art for yourself, and taste some of the fantastic bourbons that Payless has to offer.

How Don Julio Created Two of the World’s Finest Tequilas

Don JulioMost of the world knows tequila best as a party spirit, with Don Julio being the center of attention. It’s the essential ingredient in a margarita and makes an excellent one-shot-wonder, to be consumed with a pinch of salt and a wedge of lime. So pervasive was this reputation that when some spirits drinkers were presented with the idea of a “luxury tequila,” they had trouble imagining a tequila drinker would want to sip instead of shoot.

Of course, Don Julio wasn’t the first truly fine tequila in the world—but it was the world’s first luxury tequila. Here, we’ll explore tequila production, which makes Don Julio so special, and present two genuinely outstanding examples of fine tequila.

What Is Tequila, Anyway?

Tequila is a type of mezcal—a spirit produced by distilling nectar from the agave plant. For a mezcal to earn legal classification as a tequila, it must be produced strictly from Weber’s blue agave plant and undergo production in Jalisco, Nayarit, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, or Michoacán.

Harvesters remove the hearts, or pinas, from the center of the agave plants and roast them in special ovens to convert the starches into sugars. From there, the pinas ferment for about four days, and the liquid is distilled so that it reaches the required alcohol content. Then, the tequila is either aged in a cask of choice or bottled for sale.

How Don Julio Crafted Some of the World’s Finest Tequila

In 1942, Don Julio developed a procedure to produce higher-quality tequilas. Instead of packing as many blue agave plants into his fields as possible, Julio proposed giving each plant room to grow and mature fully. His passion for the spirit—as well as his unique dedication to quality over quantity—inspired a local businessman to grant him a loan, and Don Julio Tequila was born.

Julio selected only the best pinas for eventual fermenting. He developed a process that steamed each pina for a total of 72 hours for peak quality. When his luxury tequilas were finished, Julio chose to bottle them in a short tequila bottle. Tequila enthusiasts everywhere could share a bottle around the table instead of leaving them hidden beneath the table.

Don Julio’s Best—Don Julio 1942 and Don Julio Real

While each of Don Julio’s tequilas is something special, experts agree that two stand out above the others in this fine collection:

Don Julio

  • Don Julio 1942. Crafted as an homage to Don Julio himself, this añejo is aged 2 ½ years in bourbon oak barrels. Then, it’s distilled a second time in a stainless-steel pot still, producing a rich, sweet tequila. Tasters note that 1942 has a full, creamy palate with hints of caramel and spice and a long, spicy finish.

Don Julio

  • Don Julio Real. The crown jewel of the Don Julio selection. This tequila is worth the purchase based on the crystal and silver leaf decanter alone. However, the real treasure is found inside, with one of the world’s first extra-añejo tequilas, aged 3 to 5 years in American oak barrels. With tasting notes of coffee, vanilla, and wood, this supremely smooth tequila is one of the best in the world to sip neat.

Reserve Your Bottle Today

For a limited time only, Payless Liquors is pleased to offer bottles of Don Julio 1942 and Don Julio Real to our customers who truly enjoy fine sippable tequilas. Reserve your bottle at our East Street location and arrange for in-store or curbside pickup today.

August Hot Item – Crown Royal

When it comes to Canadian whiskey, Crown Royal literally takes the crown. It’s been the best-selling Canadian whiskey for some time in the world market and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. You can find it anywhere from fine restaurants, on airplanes and the shelves of any liquor store you stroll into.


Crown Royal can trace its lineage back to 1939 when Seagram’s introduced a new product to honor a visit from Britain’s monarchs, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The story goes that Seagram’s had tried hundreds of variations – around 600 to be exact – before settling on a concoction that was deemed worthy. Once the right blend was found, Seagram’s bottled it in a quilted crown-shaped bottle and packaged it in a purple pouch. The pouch was purple because it is a color long associated with royalty.

With its production facilities in Gimli, Manitoba, Crown Royal is now owned by spirits giant Diageo. Every bottle of Crown contains some combination of five different whiskeys, aged in a variety of new and used casks. Like keys on a piano, these whiskeys give blenders a different note that either plays harmony with each other or emphasize a taste.

Serving Suggestions

Round and soft, this is an unchallenging, easy-drinking whiskey that may leave “serious” drinkers bored, but sure makes a great highball. It’s also enjoyable in a crystal tumbler neat or on the rocks.


Faint notes of vanilla and fresh, out-of-the-oven lemon bread. There isn’t really a scent of alcohol here like other blended whiskeys.


A sip of Crown will introduce gentle vanilla and honey notes. “Delicate” in a word is a great way to describe how these flavors intermix with each other. Tasters will also note a faint oak in the background, which is thanks to the aging process in the casks.


The finish on Crown is light, balanced, and almost too easy to drink prompting some more sips. There isn’t the typical burn of a heavier bourbon.

This August, we will be featuring Crown Royal as our hot item of the month. Stop by and pick up a bottle for yourself for $23.99 for a 754ml bottle.

Woodford Blue Label Malt Whiskey

“Malt whiskey as we’re presenting it is not out there.” – Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall

Inspired by keeping close to its roots and a desire to make the best-tasting whiskeys in the world, Woodford Reserve is charting a new course with it’s new Blue Label malt whiskey. Unlike your typical 100 percent malt whiskey, Woodford Reserve Blue Label is a Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey crafted from 51 percent malt and aged in charred oak barrels – favoring the tastes of bourbon drinkers.

From the Makers Themselves

Choosing to go with a base of 51 percent malt gives the whiskey a rich flavor that’s complex and amplifies the nutty characteristics typically found in Woodford Reserves’ original whiskey. This is a-typical when comparing to a traditional malt whiskey. Generally, malt whiskey is made from a fermented mash consisting of malted barley. In the United States Code of Federal Regulations, the Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits define a “malt whisky” as a whisky produced at an alcohol by volume (ABV) level not exceeding 80 percent from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent malted barley grain and stored for aging in charred new oak containers at less than 62.5 percent ABV. A blended whiskey that contains at least 51 percent straight malt whiskey may be labeled as blended malt whiskey or malt whiskey – a blend.

The Characteristics

In order to get that nutty characteristic, Woodford adds dark chocolate and caramel coated nuts that are dried out with a dusting of cocoa powder and brown spice. Traces of toasted coconut and a medley of fruits – apples, figs, dates, raisins, pineapples, oranges, mangos, and bananas – brighten the rich flavor and oak character of Blue Label.

The Nose

The nose of Woodford’s Blue Label gives soft, nutty notes drizzled with light caramel and milk chocolate. Hints of spice and savory mint come together with freshly toasted oak. The aftertaste is one to be desired as well leaving subtle notes of sweet chocolate.

Reserve For Your Collection

If you want to claim your stake on this immaculate malt whiskey, send us a reservation form before it gets snatched up to someone else’s private collection.

Chivas Regal Ultis – A Premium Departure from the Norm

When the opportunity comes to carry a premium brand no other liquor store is carrying, we had to jump on the chance.

The Chivas Regal Scotch whiskey brand, owned by Pernod Ricard, is already a highly-regarded player on the world whiskey stage. In 2016, it decided to depart from the norm and create a premium blended malt – unveiling the Chivas Regal Ultis.

Its departure is due to the fact that the Ultis is a 100 percent malt blend made using five of the main single malts

Chivas employs in creating their whiskey. The five distilleries used for the Ultis are Tormore, Longmorn, Allt A’Bhainne, Braeval, and Strathisla – which is where they house the Chivas visitor center.

“By working together, our blending team has masterfully brought five unique single malts from across the Speyside region to create an exceptional blend which is truly the essence of Chivas Regal Ultis,” said Colin Scott, Custodian Master Blender, in a prepared statement. “Each individual malt and each individual blender has added an element of expertise to the whiskey, which is unique to the blend, ensuring it is the ultimate embodiment of shared success.”

Though this premium scotch whiskey doesn’t have an age set to it, Chivas continues to show that it knows its stuff. On the nose, you’ll find unusual and exotic notes – Eastern spices and incense, sandalwood, flamed orange peel, and dried flowers. The body has a good kick with a core of sweetness: nutty malted milk, brown butter, some seaweed, and sesame seeds. The aftertaste leaves a fresh floral element with a touch of mint and some almond.

The Ultis is both opulent and graceful, which shows it has a sense of sophistication with an ease that keeps it approachable.

Come into any of our stores and reserve this one-of-a-kind bottle before it’s gone.

Quick Facts:
Region – Scotland
Blender – Chivas Brothers
Mashbill – 100% Malted Barley
Cask – Various
Age – Not specified
ABV – 40%

Jane Walker

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition

Keep Walking America. Always forward, never backward. That’s been Johnnie Walker’s message for over a century. The iconic striding man logo celebrates taking steps forward and just in time for Women’s History  Month, Johnnie Walker is unveiling Jane Walker, the first ever female iteration of the brand’s iconic striding man logo.Jane Walker

Celebrating the many achievements of women, Jane Walker is a symbol of empowerment for all those on the journey to gender equality. The Jane Walker logo and packaging will debut on a special edition offering of the award-winning black label blend.

Johnnie Walker’s Vice President, Stephanie Jacoby worked with the brand on the campaign and shared that, “Scotch as a category is seen as particularly intimidating to women and Jane Walker is a really exciting opportunity to invite women into the brand, which they have played a significant role in since 1893.”

For every Jane Walker bottle purchased, Johnnie Walker will donate $1.00 to organizations supporting women’s progress, up to $250,000. Two organizations Jane Walker supports, in particular, are #MonumentalWomen and She Should Run.






Old Forester Single Barrel 750mL

Old Forester

Every year bourbon enthusiast set out seeking to find one to the true “unicorns” of the bourbon world, a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, or an Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. These bottles are known to be the “Best of the Best” in bourbon. While most people are fixated on the name recognition of “Pappy”, true bourbon drinkers know that the Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is often considered a more preferred prize to acquire. Unfortunately, like the Pappy, it is very limited and only available (if you can find it) one month a year.

The good news is, and what the smartest bourbon drinkers realize, is that before a barrel of Old Forester is hand selected to be included in a bottle of Birthday Bourbon, it starts out as an Old Forester Single Barrel. This is where the magic starts, and this is where the smart bourbon drinkers go the other 11 months of the year!

Payless Liquors has built a reputation of having relationships with some of the best bourbon pallets in the state, and when combined with their great connections with the Old Forester team themselves, it allows them the opportunity to select some of the most sought out selections available on the market. This year’s selection no different. We’ll start off with some tasting notes of this distinct selection.

Nose: Oak, cherries, and rye spice quickly hit you up front. There is a prevalent smell of alcohol as well, but this is to be expected in a 90 proof, but it quickly fades off when allowed to sit, allowing all the true characteristics that Old Forester is known for. A subtle sweetness exists at the end that seems to invite you in to take a sip.

Taste: More of that oak and rye back up what you get off the nose. There is some heat, but not off-putting in any way, that bring in some oak char, then gives way to a beautiful mid pallet. Cherry and dried red fruits enter and blend with some vanilla, and baking spices. Lastly, oak and spice take back over, with hints of burnt sugar to add that needed sweetness to keep the rye spice in check.

Finish: A medium to long finish allows spice to quietly dance on the tongue for a bit before slowly fading into an almost chocolate-like finish. That signature Old Forester wood never steps away too far, from start to finish, but never takes over, and provides the perfect compliment to a beautiful pour of bourbon.

Interested in trying our most recent selection? Contact us today to reserve your bottle. Cheers!

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon Barrel Selection

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon

Legend has it that Elijah Craig discovered the method of producing true Kentucky Bourbon when the warehouse he stored his barrels in caught on fire and charred the barrels. Whether or not that is true, there is no doubt that he discovered a way to make a bourbon loved throughout Kentucky and the United States.

Elijah Craig Small Batch premium is an award-winning, true small batch bourbon. Payless Liquors, along with Joe and Grady from The Grady and Big Joe Show, had the opportunity to select a barrel of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon. We are very excited for this barrel selection! Here are more details on what you can expect with our Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel selection.

Nose:  Dried orange and apricot zest with notes of custard and soft spiced wood that give a slight alcohol bite to the front of the nose.

Taste:  Up front flavors of dried cherries and ripe apples mixed with soft maple, and burnt brown sugar. Sweet soft char wood notes enter quickly in the middle and thru the end, bringing with it the slightest hint of vanilla, mixed with ever-growing spice notes that present strongly on the finish. The taste ends with just a dash of white pepper and more sweet wood char.

Finish: A medium finish with an oily texture allows its flavors to linger longer than most. Spice and sweetened wood flavors last to the end. Mostly infused with wood and fruit, yet enough subtle sweetness that keeps calling the glass back to your lips for yet another taste.

Joe and Grady
Joe and Grady with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon selection

Overall:  This is a very nice, unique pour that you hope to get when you purchase a single barrel bourbon. It presents with the combination of the healthy fruits and sassy spice that would draw Grady’s interest time and time again, yet has the right amount of decadent sweetness that will have Joe holding a bottle like Whinney the Pooh holds on to his honey.

Interested in trying our selection of Elijah Craig? Reserve your bottle online to make sure you get yours. Let us know what you think! Cheers!

Bring Out The Irish In You

Every year on March 17th, the Irish and Irish at heart come together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What originally started as a Roman Catholic feast day to honor the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating the Irish culture. People from all over the world unite with parades, dancing, drinking, and of course, green!

Whether you plan on visiting your local Irish pub or staying at home, green and Irish traditional drinks are a must! From Guinness to Irish Whiskey and cocktails, there are plenty of options for even the choosiest of drinkers. One of our favorites is a classic Irish Martini. 

It’s a simple version of a martini, with the perfect St. Paddy’s Day twist. Start with these ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Irish whiskey
  • Lemon twist for garnish

First, pour the Irish whiskey into a chilled cocktail glass. Swirl the whiskey around the glass to coat the inside then dump the excess whiskey. You don’t want any other flavors in your glass affecting the taste of your cocktail! Pour the vodka and dry vermouth into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice, then shake well. Strain the liquid into the rinsed glass and garnish with a lemon.

When making a drink as naked as this, it is important to use premium cocktails. The lack of juices and heavily flavored ingredients would not mask the poor quality taste of cheap liquor. Lucky for you, Payless has you covered!

We have hot deals on premium liquor through March 18th, just in time for St. Paddy’s Day! Check out these hot deals:

  • John Jameson 750mL -$23.99
  • John Jameson 1.75L -$45.99
  • Jameson Caskmates 750mL -$27.99
  • Jameson Black Barrel 750mL – $34.99
  • Absolut 80 Proof 1.75L – $25.99
  • Grey Goose 1.75L – $39.99

Stop by your local Payless Liquors to pick up your premium spirits, or reserve yours online today. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Cheers!