Spirits of the Season 2013: Jameson Irish Whiskey perfect for fall, Halloween recipe

Spirits of the Season 2013 will bring you the hottest new recipes from the coolest distilleries, restaurants and bars all across the globe!

Irish entrepreneur and hero John Jameson was born on the 5th of October 1740 to a family whose motto, ‘Sine Metu’ (‘Without Fear’), was awarded to them for their bravery in battling pirates on the high seas in the 1500’s.

John is who we have to thank for the three distillation process that makes Jameson Irish Whiskey a leader still in the whisky category today.

Jameson Irish Whiskey is a blend of pot still whiskeys with a delicate grain whiskey, infused with the nuttiness of their aged sherry casks and balanced with the fragrant vanilla of their bourbon casks. All Jameson Irish Whiskey is triple distilled, creating a smoother spirit perfect for any occasion.

Simplicity and elegance: Jameson Irish Whiskey is made from three main ingredients: barley, maize and pure Irish water. Their water is sourced from the local Dungourney River, which flows through the grounds of the distillery and is ideal for brewing and fermentation; key to the production of Jameson whiskey.

Jameson's malts their barley in three steps; Steeping, Germination and Kilning. Steeping involves soaking the barley for a number of days in water. Germination is done by laying out the barley to let it grow and produce the necessary enzymes. We then kiln dry our barley with clean hot air.

Now, for Halloween, the Irish love Halloween like Americans do, and the celebration itself actually dates back to the Celtic era over 2,000 years ago in the area which is now Ireland, United Kingdom and Northern France.

The festival called Samhain was observed on the 1st November, when the Celts celebrated their new year. The night before (which is October 31st) this is when they celebrated Samhain. Celtics and Druids would celebrate Samhain with big bonfires, sacrificing animals and dressing up in costumes and masks which mainly consisted of animal parts with poor people begging for food of the rich.

They would give the poor people soul cakes, and this is where we get the term "trick or treating."

From Jameson's mixologist:

Jameson Hot Apple


2 oz Jameson whiskey

Hot apple cider

Cinnamon syrup

Cinnamon stick for garnish

2-3 slices of apple for garnish


Coat the bottom of an Irish coffee glass with one pump of cinnamon syrup.

Add 2oz of Jameson whiskey.

Fill with hot apple cider.

Stir well.

Garnish with the cinnamon stick, and fresh apple slices.


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