By Natalie Brant
As a fairly recent transplant to Oregon, I had previously only associated Pendleton with the much coveted blankets and jackets that I would always desperately look for in thrift stores. Imagine my delight when I found it is also a city, a rodeo and a portfolio of whiskies! A bit of background on the Pendleton® Whisky portfolio. It is the branded whisky named to honor the Pendleton Round-Up rodeo that takes place in Pendleton, Oregon the second week of September each year.
I recently sampled Pendleton® Midnight and shook up a couple of cocktails with it. Midnight is a 90 proof Canadian blend that includes a portion of whisky that is aged 6 years in American brandy barrels. This is a very accessible blend that is perfect for sippers who prefer their whisky on the sweeter side. The nose has strong hints of vanilla, and I caught a slight hint of cake batter before taking my first sip. The flavor is sweet and smooth on the front, no spiciness or heat to speak of. The brandy barrels definitely come through with slight fruitiness in the flavor. I was excited to try the Midnight in a couple of cocktails!
I decided to try a new-school and a classic cocktail to see how this whisky mixes.
The new-school cocktail I chose is the Pendleton® Tranquilizer, which was recommended by the brand and sounded delicious.
- 1 ½ oz. Pendleton® Midnight
- ¾ oz. ginger liqueur
- ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz. honey syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a highball. Garnish with a lemon slice
This cocktail was so refreshing! I want to sip this all summer long in the sunshine. It’s spicy and tart with a strong ginger bite on the front and a caramel sweetness on the back. I used local New Deal Ginger Liqueur for this cocktail as well, and it was perfection.
Next, I chose to make a classic Old Fashioned.
Midnight Old Fashioned
- 2 oz. Pendleton Midnight
- 2 to 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
- 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a cherry and lemon.
The Midnight was very well balanced in the Old Fashioned. The subtle vanilla pops out in the drink and the sweetness worked well. This drink felt like it would be perfect as a nightcap, or even dessert.
Pendleton® Midnight is a solid choice for lovers of blended whisky, and I’ll bet brandy lovers would really enjoy experimenting with Midnight. Probably due to the rodeo history, I kept thinking this whisky would be lovely to sip next to a cowboy campfire with the flavor blending into wood smoke and saddle leather.
Pendleton® Midnight is widely available in the U.S.
This post is published in paid partnership with Pendleton® Midnight. All opinions are our own.