September 13, 2012

proof whisky, a tall half-skinny half-one percent extra hot split quad shot, Vol. 102

Last week, an innocent stroll to the corner coffee shop turned into a very energetic, some might even say aggressive, brainstorming session. The good news is, after several grande americanas, we came up with a brilliant idea – or at least it seemed that way at the time. Enjoy today’s Starbucks Syrup creations. For more information on proof brands, visit our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get last minute updates on tastings, parties & events.

the Starbuck 1oz proof rum • 1 oz heavy cream • 1/2 oz Starbucks’ Cinnamon Dolce Syrup • cinnamon stick

Fill a shaker with ice. Add proof rum, cream, Starbucks’ Syrup. Shake and pour into glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick. (we used sugar-free)


the hot dolce 1 ½ oz proof whisky • 1/2 oz Starbucks’ Cinnamon Dolce Syrup • 6 oz hot coffee • Heavy Cream

Combine proof whisky, Starbucks’ Syrup and coffee in a mug and stir. Float cold cream gently on top. Do not mix.

the caramel apple 1 ½ oz proof whisky • 5 oz apple cider • 1/2 oz Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Syrup • ½ oz fresh lemon juice

Fill a shaker with ice. Add proof whisky, cider, Starbucks’ Syrup & lemon. Shake and pour into a glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. 
(we used sugar-free and it still tasted buttery sweet)


If you find that making your own flavoured simple syrup is a little too arduous for your fast-paced lifestyle, we have found a pretty good alternative – Starbucks Syrups. Chances are, you have tried them in your coffee once or twice. Who doesn’t look forward to the pumpkin-spice lattes in the fall or the Christmas-time ginger bread latté? Although these syrups are quite a bit heavier than your home-brewed version, you can control the sweetness by adding the right amount of ‘pumps’. The syrups come in quite a few flavours, like Classic (sugar), Vanilla, Cinnamon Dolce, Hazelnut, Mocha, Peppermint, Caramel, Bittersweet Chocolate and many more. And the big 6 come in a sugar-free, O Calorie version as well, if you do not want to add more calories to your cocktails. Apparently there are 40 calories in two pumps (approx. 1 oz) of syrup. We used the sugar-free Cinnamon Dolce in our cocktails.

We find that the ‘spicier’ flavours go really well with proof whisky, which is why we paired The Cinnamon Dolce with apple cider and whisky. 
If you want to cut back on the sweetness, just offset it with lemon.

This summer, on a camping trip up north, we discovered, Starbucks VIA coffees. Although we had seen them in-store many times, we were never tempted to pick them up. We bought them for camping, and I have to say, it’s the next best thing to a freshly-brewed cup of coffee. VIA Coffee comes with 12 single serve, easy-to-open, packets and in quite a few flavours. You can get dark roasts, the lighter Veranda flavour and many flavoured varieties.

The latest VIA to hit the shelves is the Pumpkin Spice VIA. Mix it with hot milk, a shot of proof whisky and have a great day!

Weekend Forecast:
Saturday: Mainly sunny and a high of 21 degrees.
Sunday: Mainly sunny and a high of 22 degrees.