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Celebrate the holidays on ice!

Lou Manfredini, John Williams and Steve Bertrand will feature fun, festive cocktails featuring award-winning, farm-crafted whiskey from Whiskey Acres, Illinois’ first estate distillery.

Check out all the recipes we have highlighted here. Cheers!

Week 1: Whiskey Acres Bourbon Slush – perfect for a party!

  • 9 cups water, divided
  • 3 black tea bags
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cans of frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 cups of Whiskey Acres Bourbon
  • Ginger Ale for a splash to finish
How to make:
  • In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to boil. Add tea bags and allow to seep for 10 minutes. Discard teabags. Stir in sugar until completely dissolved. 
  • In large container, combine tea/sugar mixture, lemon and orange juice concentrates, water and bourbon.
  • Pour into a flat Tupperware container and freeze for 4-6 hours, or overnight if possible.
  • Serve using an ice cream scoop.  Top with a splash of ginger ale. 
Whiskey Acres Bourbon Slush (Lindsey Smithwick/WGN Radio)

Week 2: Whiskey Acres Old Fashioned

  • Lightly cover bottom of glass with simple syrup
  • Add 6-7 dashes of bitters
  • Twist in the orange slice
  • Stir well
  • Add ice
  • Add 1.5 oz of Whiskey Acres Straight Bourbon
  • Add brandied cherry (and a tsp of juice if you’d like it a bit sweeter)
  • Stir for several seconds until the outside of the glass gets cold ENJOY!
Whiskey Acres Old Fashioned (Lindsey Smithwick/WGN Radio)

Week 3: Whiskey Acres Holiday Mule

  • Fill glass with ice
  • Add 1.5 oz of Whiskey Acres Straight Bourbon
  • Add 6 oz of windmill Ginger Brew Spiced Cranberry Ginger Beer (locally made in Geneva)
  • Stir
  • Garnish with a lime slice
  • ENJOY!
Whiskey Acres Holiday Mule (Lindsey Smithwick/WGN Radio)

Week 4: Whiskey Acres Apple of My Rye

  • Simmer apple cider with mulling spices – strain out spices after 20 minutes (you can prep this step ahead of time).
  • Pour 5 oz. of warm, fresh mulled apple cider into a mug.
  • Add 1.5 oz. of Whiskey Acres Straight Rye Whiskey.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Whiskey Acres Apple of My Rye (Lindsey Smithwick/WGN Radio)

About Whiskey Acres
Whiskey Acres grows all of their own, top-quality grain and distill their own spirits – barrel age and bottle it, too – all on the family farm located in DeKalb, just off I-88. Their whiskey has received numerous awards, and they even make a vodka from 100% corn. Ask for Whiskey Acres by name in bars, restaurants and stores throughout Chicagoland and southeast Wisconsin. Find out more at