GSN Review: Holy Tyger Bottled Cocktail

LiveWire Cocktail Co. recently announced the release of its second bottled cocktail, this one created by Shannon Mustipher, author of “Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails.” In 2020, Shannon’s work garnered a number of accolades: she was awarded the Tales of the Cocktail Pioneer Award, and inducted into the Dame Hall of Fame. “Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails” won the  IACP Best Book in Beer, Wine and Spirits.

Inspired by a drink in her book, Holy Tyger is what Shannon describes as a “beach drink,” a whiskey sour riff with notes of lemongrass, made with Straight Bourbon, Rockey’s Liqueur, Coconut, Lime, and Jamaican #1 Bitters.

“One of my favorite things about NYC’s drinking culture is the ‘nutcracker’ – and the enterprising individuals that have turned selling them into a lucrative side hustle,” says Shannon Mustipher. “The Holy Tyger is perfect for a park or beach hang – think of it as my elevated answer to the nutcracker – easy to drink, straight up or on the rocks.”

Shannon’s writing, cocktail recipes, and opinions have been featured in a number of publications, including Vinepair, Saveur, Imbibe, GQ.com, and Liquor.com.  She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, and enjoys traveling, cooking, and collecting “too many books.”

The bottle label art, by Baltimore artist Nolen Strals, is made up of bold lines with subtle color blocking and an edge of something suggestively dangerous. Featuring Japanese imagery in the traditional American tattoo style, the Holy Tyger bottle harkens back to late 70s Americana style: saturated, pulpy, and effortlessly cool.

GSN’s Remarks: Lime hits the palate at first, followed by sweet bourbon, and then a curious coconut flavor wends its way into the mix. All of this is interesting enough, but the cocktail includes Rockey’s Liqueur which lends notes of green apple, pineapple and tea. Lastly, there is the spicy note of Bittercube’s Jamaican #1 bitters which add allspice, clove and other baking spices as top notes. So much going on here, and yet, it melds beautifully into a sum greater than its parts. Really clever, creative and desirable. GSN Rating: A++

For more information go to: LiveWire Drinks

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