Bourbon is an old friend of mine, and with that, I couldn't resist at first going for a variation of a Lynchburg Lemonade. I had a lot of ideas on how to deal with one of those and then I had this (censored) conversation with Marshall:
seanmike: so i think i'm going to do a lynchburg lemonade variant for my drink for MxMo
T. Marshall Fawley III (Talk.v10451282F45): G*****N YOU, I was doing the same!
So I thought about and thought, well, maybe I'll go with Lime-ade instead. I'd planned on buy the "Simply Limeade" but instead ended up with "Nature's Own" thanks to Giant.
Thus, instead of a Lynchburg Lemonade, I'll go for an Arlington Limeade:
In a mixing glass, muddle 2-3 kaffir lime leaves and 7-8 mint leaves in 1/2 ounce simple syrup. Add in 2 ounces bourbon (I used Buffalo Trace), 1/4 ounce allspice dram, and four ounces limeade. Shake, and then strain into an ice filled collins glass, garnish with a kaffir lime leaf and a mint sprig.
I'd suggest experimenting with dropping the amount of simple syrup to 1/4 of an ounce - remember, I have a sweet tooth - and/or pushing the allspice dram to 1/2 ounce. Even my brother liked this drink, though he commented on how complex it was.
But, hey, here in the Den, we always do more than one drink. What to do next?
Bulleit Distillery, having seen that I was doing a bourbon Mixology Monday, offered to send me a sample. I couldn't resist though I'll go more into that in the MxMo recap posting. I thought and I thought and I thought and finally I decided to thumb through a few books. In the end I grabbed my copy of The Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan.
First was the Corpse Reviver Number 1. In the book, it's 2 ounces of applejack, 3/4 of an ounce of sweet vermouth, and 3/4 of an ounce of brandy.
With Bulleit Bourbon, having tasted it thoroughly, I thought we should make an All-American version of the Corpse Reviver. Thus, I give you the Corpse Reviver No. 1976 (the 200th anniversary of the United States, and the year of my birthday):
Corpse Reviver No. 1976
2 ounces Bulleit Bourbon
3/4 ounce Vya sweet vermouth
3/4 ounce Clear Creek apple brandy
Stir with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Note the ingredients; I wanted to make sure everything was made in the US of A.
You know what? Tasty. Even better, actually, when it got a bit warmer. And that Vya bottle was a pain in the butt to open!
Okay, so there we go, two drinks.
No, no, no, that won't do for THIS MxMo. I need more!
I've done the "Scofflaw Cocktail" before. I wasn't impressed with it then; it just didn't taste right, probably too much dry vermouth. The original recipe, according to The Joy of Mixology was two ounces of bourbon, 1 ounce dry vermouth, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, 1/4 ounce grenadine, and orange bitters to taste.
I changed that up a bit. I wanted to make a Scofflaw's Den Cocktail and this is, at least, the first draft of it:
Scofflaw('s Den) Cocktail
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce simple syrup
1/4 ounce grenadine
2 big dashes of Fey's West Indian Orange Bitters
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
That worked well. It got better, too, as I drank it. I'd like to experiment with raising the amount of bourbon in it a bit, maybe making it a bit more like a whiskey sour tempered with dry vermouth and grenadine. We'll have to see.
You'd think that'd do it, but I'm a masochist sometimes.
No, we need one more drink.
It needs to stick out.
It needs to kick past those two Sierra Nevada Pale Ales I had at Clare and Don's...past the half shot of Bulleit I sipped as a taste test...past the two cocktails and the liquor inherent in those...
It is THE bourbon and beer drink.
The drink of ages.
Do you need a recipe for it?
A shot of bourbon. A beer.
You can drop the shot in the beer, or you can do the shot then sip the beer.
Given that the beer you see there is almost 24 ounces of Stella Artois, I went for the latter.
Bulleit has a great freaking bottle, in my opinion. It's very Western, and they even take credit for it in their material:
"The Bulleit Bourbon bottle, which draws its design influence from the glass produced in the mid 1800s in Pennsylvania and Ohio, reflects the Frontier Whiskey heritage of Augustus Bulleit. Its authenticity was acknowledged by the Director of HBO's Deadwood series where Bulleit Bourbon appeared regularly."
(Though Augustus died in 1860, and while most of my Deadwood knowledge is from the game Deadlands, you'd have to assume it was for the design of the bottle that it seemed more appropriate. Either way, I'm a big fan of the design just in general.)
But with the Western influence, to me, that says: "do shots of me".
So, yeah, I did. It was tasty. And the beer is a great chaser, even if it's a bit...European...to be chasing a quality American spirit. But hey, it's what we have on tap in the kegerator.
Well, I hope you liked my entry. We've still got time for people to post their entries for MxMo, and so therefor and thusly, I'll be keeping my eyes open - or, more appropriately, will NOT be keeping them open, and instead going to bed. Hopefully the recap should up by the end of the day of Tuesday, but if it's not, there's only one group you can blame - the government, keeping me from something as important as that for "work".
Now, do I have the cojones for another shot of Bulleit...or is that even a question? Of course not...