I'm in a ladies only whiskey club. That's right, ladies only.
We meet up about once every 2 months. The host usually picks the whiskey cocktail while someone else brings a bottle of whiskey—preferably one we haven't yet tried—and the rest of us bring the food.
We've had a variety of cocktails over the past year: sazeracs to homemade eggnog to old-fashioneds to whiskey cider. Our favorite whiskey thus far is Defiant which happens to be made in North Carolina. It's the smoothest bourbon I've ever had and prefer to drink it on ice.
Recently I chose this recipe from Saveur for us to try and I have to say it was pretty delicious. I'm a big fan of port wine so it was a pretty easy decision.
For one cocktail, add:
1 oz Ruby Port wine
2 oz Bulleit bourbon (or Woodford Reserve)
1 tsp maple syrup
& a dash of bitters
to a shaker with ice.
Strain and add to a glass with a rosemary sprig and a few frozen cherries. Cheers!