Sunday, October 3, 2010

Essential Liquor #26

#26) Bourbon - We have already assembled our North American whiskeys and our scotch, all that's left is a good bourbon. We grow mint in abundance here in Arena, so a hot summer's day requires bourbon for our mint juleps. The classic julep is a hardcore drink, essentially bourbon and ice water, but after beginning a deck-lounging julep tradition this summer, it is one of the few drinks I actually crave. Unlike tequila, there are tons of quality cost-effective bourbons out there - Maker's Mark, Bulleit, and Eagle Rare to name a few.

But it's not summer anymore, so we will supply you with an original bourbon cocktail appropriate for football season. This is a drink that riffs from the mint julep, but does not need the massive amount of ice. I designed it in honor of Nebraska joining the Big Ten. A rough cocktail with Cornhusker color, it is a drinker's drink all the way. Definitely not for the faint-of-heart.

O Street Cocktail

2 ounces bourbon
3/4 ounces sweet vermouth
Dash of Angostura bitters
Dash of orange bitters
Dash of grenadine
4 sprigs of fresh, new mint

Place ice and mint in a shaker. Pour in remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain or serve with the small flecks of mint.

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