There’s a peanut butter whiskey on the market, and we’re not quite sure what to make of it.
It’s called Skrewball, and it comes from California. Only the Golden State could take something like Whiskey and pervert it into some sort of bizarre combination of alcohol and peanut spread. Rather than advertise with cowboys and rugged white-collar workers all sporting five-o’clock shadows, Skrewball instead has a motley crew of California beach-types all getting hammered in the middle of the day thanks to their peanut-flavored brew.
Although Skrewball eschews the usual trappings of whiskey advertising, they still manage to follow a more general liquor-based slogan with “Tomorrow’s stories begin right here.”
Anyway, the advertising isn’t nearly as important as the product itself, which is a peanut butter-flavored whiskey. Full-disclosure: we haven’t been able to try it ourselves, but all reports are saying this is a whiskey that’s even more of an acquired taste than whiskeys already are.
The smell is said to be fairly reminiscent of a jar of old peanut butter, but the taste is vastly more sweet than anything to come out of a Jif container. Esquire calls it “sickly sweet in a way that attracts two of the fruit flies that perpetually haunt my kitchen,” while The Manual says the taste is “strong, rich, and sweet, almost cloying.”
Perhaps the strong flavor is a good thing. Skrewball is 70 proof.
Skrewball says it can be imbibed straight up, on the rocks, or sipped neatly, but they also offer a few mixed drink ideas to use their special concoction in.
First, we have the Classic PB&J, which is 1.5 oz Skrewball whiskey, 0.75 oz Rye whiskey, 4 dashes Angostura Bitters, and 1 Luxardo cherry. Garnish with orange peels and serve on the rocks.
Next is the Skrew Putin, which is naturally based on a white Russian. Inside you’ll find 1.5 oz of Skrewball, 0.5 oz of Vodka, 0.5 oz of Coffee Liqueur, 1 oz of cream of coconut, and 1 oz heavy cream. Shake well and serve with cinnamon and sugar.
Finally, the Salted Caramel Pretzel, which is simply 1.5 oz Skrewball, 0.75 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur, and served with caramel salted rim.
You can find a bottle for around $20 at your local liquor store, so try it and report back. We’re morbidly curious.