It seems so wrong, but tastes so right.
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I tried Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey. I love peanut butter, and I love whiskey, but together? I wasn’t sold.
While whiskey was my drink of choice in college, I can’t truthfully say I’m a seasoned taster. My choices tended—and let’s be honest, still tend—to be based on price.
I’ve made many a bartender grimace at my regular “whatever’s cheapest” order. (Evan Williams, I’m looking at you.)
That said, I can definitely tell the difference between an Old Crow and a Crown Royal.
I guess I thought Skrewball would taste like a higher end whiskey with peanut butter flavoring. I wasn’t exactly wrong—but damn, is it delicious.
It’s touted as a peanut butter whiskey, but there’s no mistaking the chocolate undertones.
Imagine a 70-proof Reese’s Cup, and that’s pretty much what we have here.
WATCH: How to Make 5 Peanut Butter and Chocolate Recipes
I left the bottle on the table so people could taste at their leisure—while I’m certainly not opposed to drinking whiskey at 11 a.m. at work, it’s probably not cool to force your coworkers to do the same.
An equally impressed taster was positively overwhelmed by the cocktail possibilities:
“I’m getting peanut butter for sure, but also undertones of chocolate, which makes me feel like it’d make a next-level, seriously decadent dessert cocktail—peanut butter mudslides anyone? Or, mix it with apple cider to be a drinkable version of my favorite snack, apples and PB. I was 100 percent skeptical when I saw it, but now I’m a believer in its abilities to make a delicious, unexpected cocktail.”
Another taster was reminded of another flavored whiskey:
“It kind of seems like a classier Fireball! I’d probably drink this mixed with something else. It’s a little sweet for me, but props for creativity!”
Almost everyone was impressed by the warm, toasty nut flavor, and the vast majority of us agreed that it tastes like a peanut butter cup.
Some people commented that it was too sweet to drink on its own, but I disagree. A cocktail would be amazing, and something I’ll attempt very soon, but I’d be happy drinking this straight out of the bottle.
Thank goodness, the good people at Skrewball were kind enough to include some recipes that sound very intriguing:
As Classic As PB&J, a peanut butter old fashioned:
- 1.5 oz. Skrewball Whiskey
- .75 oz. Rye Whiskey
- 4 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
- 1 Luxardo Cherry
1. Combine all these familiar ingredients over ice in a cocktail glass. Stir and allow these old friends to mingle until chilled. Garnish with Luxardo Cherry and an Orange peel.
Salted Caramel Pretzel
- 1.5 oz. Skrewball Whiskey
- 0.75 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1. Shake and strain. Serve with a caramel salt rim.