Sips, Suds, & Smokes

So this is what happened after the Jäger

February 14, 2020

So this is what happened after the Jäger

@Pernod_Ricard @GiffardLiqueurs @MastJagerUK @maraska_zadar @unicumofficial @Angosturatt @straightup615 #amaro #amari #bitterliqueur
Co hosts : Good ol Boy Mike, Good ol Boy Sparky, Good ol Gal CaryAnn, Good ol Gal Julieanna, and Good ol Boy Dave
SIPS  Episode – Another episode celebrating Amaro. On this episode we discuss amari from all over the globe. This is 1 of 4 episodes we have on amari. Sparky helped to demonstrate what a brain spasm would sound like on the radio. We help you come up with a re-gifting plan when you get one of these as a gift. We taste and rate the following Amari from 1-5:

  1. Suze Bitter Élaboré À Partir De Gentianes Sauvages  20% ABV  Pernod-Ricard France  SIPS-2


Suze White Negroni cocktail

1 part Suze

1 part Lillet Blanc

1 part gin


Directly into an Old-Fashioned glass filled with ice cubes, pour in the Suze, add the Lillet and gin. Decorate with a zest of grapefruit.

Courtesy Suze website

also on back of bottle


  1. Bigallet China-China Amer 40% ABV Giffard France SIPS-3


China Fight cocktail

1.5 oz cognac

¾ oz China-China Amer

¼ oz elderflower liquor

Orange twist for zest

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, stir the cognac, China-China, and elderflower liqueur until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.


Courtesy Aymeric Tortereau printed in Saveur online


  1. Jägermeister 35% ABV Mast-Jägermeister SE Germany SIPS-3


Jägermeiser Count Mast cocktail

1 oz Jägermeister

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

1 oz Gin

Add above ingredients to an ice filled mixing glass.  Stir and pour into a frozen Coupette glass.  Garnish with lemon zest


Courtesy Jägermeister website:


  1. Becherovka 38% ABV Jan Becher Karlovy Vary Czech Republic SIPS-3


Incredible Kenosha Hulk cocktail

2 ounces bourbon

3/4 ounce lime juice

3/4 ounce Becherovka

Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake with ice.

Double strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

Garnish with a lime wedge.

Courtesy Brian Bartels.   printed in Punch online magazine


  1. Maraska Pelinkovac 28-35% ABV Maraska Distillery Croatia SIPS-3

It is served straight without mixers


  1. Zwack 40% ABV Zwack Unicum Plc Budpest Hungary SIPS-4


Zwack-hattan cocktail

2oz rye

¾ oz Zwack

Dash Angostura bitters


Instructions: In a mixing glass with ice, combine 2 ounces of rye (we're using Rittenhouse, a good, stiff overproof rye) and 3/4 ounce Zwack. Add a dash of Angostura bitters. Stir until well-chilled, and then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a big twist each of lemon peel—twisting over the surface of the drink to spray its citrus oils all over.


Courtesy Carey Jones and John D. McCarthy printed at Food and Wine online


  1. Amaro di Angostura 35% ABV Trinidad Distillers Ltd. SIPS-4

Banana daiquiri cocktail

.75 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz dark sugarcane syrup

1 oz Amaro di Angostura

2 oz Angostura 5 year old rum

1/2 ripe banana, thinly sliced (save two slices for garnish)

4 oz (1/2 cup) crushed ice

Pinch of cinnamon for the garnish


Put everything in a blender and blend at high speed for at least 30 sec, until smooth. Pour unstrained into a fancy glass with sugared rim and add more crushed ice to fill

Garnish with two thin banana slices, a tropical flower and some sprinkled cinnamon on top

Courtesy Helena Tiare Olsen from her blog A Mountain of Crushed Ice



  1. Fernet Vallet Aperitif 35% ABV La Joya Del Agave Mexico SIPS-1

Obscuridad Verde


3/4 Oz Fernet Vallet

3/4 Oz Green Chartreuse

3/4 Oz Lime

3/4 Oz Simple Syrup

Put all of your ingredients into a shaker with into a chilled coupe glass generously rinsed with Mina Real Mezcal (1/4 Oz)

Courtesy Cory McCollow printed on Royal Vallet website


of note – we mentioned Underberg but did not rate it.  44% ABV Underberg AG Rheinberg Deutschland
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