We’re watching Whiskey Cavalier! And it rocks


Considering its slightly unusual title, you might mistake Whiskey Cavalier for a show about … adult beverages? Turns out, this fun and action-packed spy caper might be the best series to come out of the States in quite a while.

Co-stars Scott Foley (Felicity, Grey’s Anatomy) and Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) star as FBI agent Will Chase and CIA agent Frankie Trowbridge, forced to work together in a crack interagency taskforce against the criminal elite. If the premise sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve seen this quite a few times before. Hollywood loves the will-they-won’t-they chemistry of two conflicting leads, evident in Will’s lovelorn and emphatic FBI character and CIA Frankie’s no-nonsense hard-as-nails nature.

But if done well (Mr and Mrs Smith) it works, and in Whiskey Cavalier’s it certainly works. As these sparring partners shoot and flirt their way across Europe, you can’t help but root for them.

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The show’s success is also largely due to how much fun it is – while at the same time managing to deliver a vastly satisfying hour of spy intrigue and action sequences. Whiskey Cavalier makes no pretence about being a serious show and revels in cheesy one-liners and ridiculous scenarios. Tampon bombs, anyone? Sounds crude, but you won’t be able not to laugh at how that one plays out, we promise.

Being filmed in Europe (mostly in Prague) does add to the authenticity of its look and feel, especially considering the vast number of shows shot in bland LA soundstages. When Will is in hot pursuit of a suspect in Paris, glimpses of the Eiffel Tower help to lend a certain credibility to this international super-spy business.

Which brings us back to the show’s curious title. It’s Will’s codename at the FBI, another indicator of the type of smug self-awareness that proves Whiskey Cavalier knows it is being absurd, and we can’t help but love it. His codename is his attempt at being ambitiously suave but turns out sounding just a little bit silly. Steering clear of becoming a complete spoof, the well-choreographed hand-to-hand combat scenes, car chases and spectacular explosions will satisfy even the most demanding action fans. And the fact that the action, comedy and romantic intrigue is perfectly balanced makes Whiskey Cavalier highly enjoyable entertainment.

Why not pour yourself a sophisticated cocktail while enjoying Will and Frankie’s international espionage shenanigans. Main ingredient? Whiskey, of course!

3 to-die-for whiskey cocktails

Whiskey and Bubbles

This delicious combination of whiskey and bubbly is easy to prepare and ticks all the boxes. Add ice cubes to a highball glass. Pour in one part whiskey, one part lemon juice and two parts simple syrup, followed by a few dashes of bitters. Stir gently and then top with a good-quality Méthode Cap Classique.

Classic Whiskey Manhattan

Perfect for any occasion, this is one of the oldest and most popular cocktails. With only three ingredients, it’s deceptively simple. Mix two parts whiskey, one part sweet vermouth and a few dashes of bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir well (don’t shake), and strain into a chilled whiskey tumbler. Garnish with maraschino cherries.

Old-Fashioned

Great way to jazz up a glass of whiskey, and has been around since the mid-1800s.

Place a sugar cube (a teaspoon of sugar works just as well) at the bottom of an old-fashioned tumbler and muddle with a few dashes of bitters. Fill the glass with ices cubes, add two parts whiskey and stir. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Whiskey Cavalier is on Wednesdays on M-Net (101) at 20:00.

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