September 27, 2023 2:53 pm

Hanover Hush

There are times that even non-cocktail enthusiasts happen upon something so brilliantly simple it becomes a staple drink.  In this case, we have a friend who created a wonderful mixed drink that consisted of Crown Royal Peach Whiskey, Ginger Ale, and a splash of orange juice.  The drink has been championed as a summer staple by our others friends/tasters and I couldn’t agree more.  I decided I wanted to “kick it up a notch”, and so we have the Hanover Hush; my take on their concept.  

Flavor Profile: Fruity and Spicy  



  • 2 1/2 oz Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
  • 1 oz George Dickel Bottled-in-Bond
  • 3/4 oz Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao
  • 1/2 oz Tuaca
  • 5 oz Heavy Cream
  • Dollop of Marshmallow Whip
  • 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters


  • Add all ingredients to a Boston shaker filled with ice
  • Shake for approximately 30 seconds
  • Strain into a highball glass filled with ice
  • Garnish: Skewered Peanut Butter Cup

My Take

I got the idea for Hanover Hush after falling in love with the tequila cocktail El Diablo which uses ginger beer.  For Hanover Hush, I use a spicy Jamaican style beer that gives the cocktail a kick that I find unique, and more complex than ginger ale. Bardstown is doing some amazing things, and their Fusion Series has a fruity note in its complexity that complements the elderflower liqueur and orange bitters perfectly. Finally, we have Crown Royal Peach Whiskey that gives Hanover Hush its sweetness. I dialed it back to one ounce as it can quickly unbalance the cocktail. I truly think Hanover Hush will become a regular spring and summer cocktail in your rotation.  

Music Pairing

Bruce Springsteen “Glory Days” Born in the U.S.A. (Columbia)

I recommend you kick back on your deck while minding the grill and smoker, and chill to this Springsteen classic from 1984.


"Whisky is liquid sunshine."

George Bernard Shaw

“The light music of whiskey falling into a glass – an agreeable interlude.”

James Joyce

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