Home Fires

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Cocktail History

The Home Fires is a fall cocktail that was created by author Jassy Davis and was first published in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. It’s a unique variation of the classic Whiskey Sour that is made with whiskey, almond, citrus, and sherry, the combination of which was inspired by the author’s sister’s favorite spirits and the warmth of a fire in the wintertime.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Bourbon: This is the base spirit. It’s a type of American whiskey typically made with corn. We used Eagle Park Distilling Bourbon because it has a smooth flavor despite its high-rye mashbill. For a low-proof version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic American Malt in place of the bourbon.

Amaretto Liqueur: This is a sweet Italian liqueur made with almonds, spices, and alcohol. We used Amaretto Di Amore because it features strong almond flavors and is nice and smooth. For a low-proof version of this drink, use Monin Non-Alcoholic Amaretto Syrup in place of the liqueur.

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Pedro Ximénez Sherry: This is a type of white wine made with Pedro Ximénez grapes in Spain. We couldn’t find Pedro Ximénez Sherry, so we used Amontillado Sherry in its place.

Islay Scotch: This is a type of Scotch whisky made in southern Scotland. We used Ardbeg 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky because it has a strong peaty flavor. For a low-proof version of this drink, try Green Label Single Malt Whiskey Non-Alcoholic Alternative in place of the whisky.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together. For a low-proof version of this drink, try All The Bitter Alcohol-Free Aromatic Bitters in place of the bitters.

Cherry: This is the garnish. We used Luxardo Maraschino cherries because they’re delicious and high quality.

Tasting Notes

The Home Fires features the aromas of peat and allspice and has a fairly dry taste that matches the bourbon’s backbone with a noticeable earthiness of Islay Scotch and sherry, a hint of sweet nuttiness, and lemon to balance. The aftertaste then leaves a lingering lemon note in the mouth along with more savory sherry and spicy bitter notes.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Despite its odd makeup, this recipe works incredibly well. It does an especially good job of showing off the Islay Scotch without letting it overpower the other ingredients, while also cleverly working in some nuttiness and spiciness. For a drink with this many strong ingredients, a stamp of approval this good from both of us should already have you setting out to make one.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“While very eclectic on paper, this drink hits a lot of great notes. The bourbon backbone pairs well with all of the flavors, while the amaretto lends a hint of nuttiness and sweetness, the sherry provides some savory notes, and the whisky (despite only calling for a teaspoon) adds a lot of peaty, earthy flavor. A fairly dry drink, this one is definitely built for more experienced drinkers who don’t need a lot of sweetness paired with their spirits.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Of the whiskies, bourbon is my favorite, so I assumed I would like this drink quite a bit when I saw it in the book. The only ingredient that had me raising an eyebrow was the Islay Scotch. Not much of the stuff is used, but even so, I usually find its peaty taste too distracting in cocktails. I was wrong in this case! I would say sipping on this recipe is an excellent way of dipping your toe into the smoky spirit. You get a hint of the Scotch’s taste, but it lets the rest of the ingredients shine too. This gets a ‘Yes, I would make it again’ from me.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

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Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
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AuthorWinter WarmersPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 ¾ oz Amaretto Liqueur
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Pedro Ximénez Sherry
 1 tsp Single Malt Scotch Whisky
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Cherry

Method
1

Add whiskey, amaretto liqueur, lemon juice, sherry, Scotch, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cherry.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 ¾ oz Amaretto Liqueur
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Pedro Ximénez Sherry
 1 tsp Single Malt Scotch Whisky
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Cherry

Directions

Method
1

Add whiskey, amaretto liqueur, lemon juice, sherry, Scotch, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cherry.

Home Fires

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic American Malt in place of the bourbon, Monin Non-Alcoholic Amaretto Syrup in place of the almond liqueur, Green Label Single Malt Whiskey Non-Alcoholic Alternative in place of the whisky, and All The Bitter Alcohol-Free Aromatic Bitters in place of the bitters to try a low-proof version of this drink.

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If you like this autumn cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that are similar that you may enjoy:

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