Mixology Monday With The Leveretts - Shinju and Nectarine Nectar

February 07, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Hey There,

February is here and that means we will be celebrating and sharing black owned brands for Black History Month. We are kicking things off with Shinju, a Japanese Whiskey. Shinju is “double distilled, with wafts of honey, orange and vanilla, accompanied by hints of herbaceous notes and light oak." This is absolutely one of our favorite whiskeys to sip and also to gift. It is so smooth and delicate-- we know you will enjoy. We chose to pair this whiskey with nectarines, rosemary and thyme.  We hope you give this a try! As always, if you make any of our drinks, take a picture and share them with us online! Instagram ---> @ staynfocusimages  

Find Shinju, near you! https://www.shinjuwhisky.com/

To find our other posts featuring black owned brands, click here: Recipes Featuring Black Owned Brands

This makes 1 drink! Let's get started!


Here's what you need:

For Garnish
1 Sprig of Thyme


For Nectarine Herb Simple Syrup
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
2 Nectarines (chopped)
2 - 3 Sprigs of Thyme
2 - 3 Sprigs of Rosemary


For Drink
1.5 oz. Shinju Whiskey
0.5 oz. Aperol
0.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
0.25 oz. Nectarine Herb Simple Syrup (steps below)
1-2 tsp. Cooked Nectarine & Herb Solids (from making simple syrup)


You will also need,1 Whiskey Glass or Tumbler, Shaker cup (or mixing glass), Muddler, bar spoon, Hawthorne Strainer, large saucepan, colander, and ice.


Let's Make the Simple Syrup!

  1. Add chopped nectarines, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and few sprigs of rosemary and thyme to a pot over medium low heat until liquid is reduced by about half. (~15-20 mins) 

  2. Strain simple syrup liquid & let cool to room temperature.

  3. Set the cooked herb nectarine solids aside for cocktail.


Let's Make the Drink!

  1. In your shaker cup or  mixing glass add:

    • 1-2 teaspoons of cooked nectarines (from the simple syrup)

    • A few sprigs of thyme

    • Aperol (.5 oz.)

  2. Muddle

  3. Add remaining ingredients:

    • Ice 

    • Vermouth (.5 oz.)

    • Nectarine and Herb Simple Syrup (.25 oz.)

    • Shinju Whiskey (1.5 oz.)

  4. Stir gently for about 20 to 30 seconds

  5. Strain into glass, garnish with a sprig of thyme

  6. Enjoy!

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