With the holidays right around the corner, we took some time to get to know our friend and popular cocktail enthusiast, Justin Alford, a little bit better. Justin is known as @thewhiskeymcgee on Instagram and over the past six years he has taken his hobby of photographing cocktails and turned it into a job. Justin enjoys the challenge of using photography to entice someone into trying a cocktail as well as selling its location.
Kick back, pour a glass, and learn more about Justin.
Sitting at Taylor Starkey’s bar every Saturday at Rocco’s in Seattle. Over the years I got to know him and quickly gained his passion for creating cocktails while learning his genius techniques. I love the idea of enticing someone into trying a cocktail with a photo and love the challenge of using photography to really sell a cocktail and its location. I have always been into bourbon and whiskey but doing this commercially let me grow my appreciation for the craft cocktail world as well, and a desire to be able to do it at home.
Currently, spending every moment I can with my 2 1/2-year-old little girl. Although it has been an interesting year, to say the least, it has given me the opportunity to make the best of our one-on-one time together.
What is your favorite cocktail to drink/make during the holidays and why?
I love a Winter Spiced Old Fashioned with a syrup made up of Cardamom, Ginger, Star Anise, Cinnamon, Clove, Peppercorn, Vanilla and Orange. I’m not big on warm cocktails, so this one brings the holiday flavors but with the crispness of a solid Old Fashioned.
Burning cinnamon, something about that smell is so warming and inviting, which is exactly what I think holiday cocktails should embody.
Seeing as we won’t be able to spend the holidays with family this year, I’m most looking forward to watching my kiddo’s first Christmas where she really knows what’s happening!
Hands down has to be the Four Roses 50th Anniversary Al Young Limited Edition, neat.
As a fan of the Four Roses brand and our line of handcrafted Bourbons, Justin created the Williamsburg, perfect to sip on this holiday season. If you decide to handcraft your own Williamsburg, please share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so we can check it out.
1 1/2 oz Four Roses Small Batch
1 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Kina Aéro d’Or
1/4 oz Bénédictine
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Express Orange Peel
In a shaking tin, combine all ingredients. Shake and strain into a glass. Express an orange peel over the top and enjoy!
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