Saturday, August 31, 2013

Greenbush Special

Madison's Old Sugar Distillery gets a bunch of love from the Firewater Lounge and they should; they produce fine spirits. It's also no secret that we hoard their sorghum whiskey, Queen Jennie, so that we never run out. Jennie Justo, the famed Madison bootlegger, ran a speakeasy during Prohibition on Spring Street in Madison a few blocks down from where Cindy and I's college apartment was located (at that time it was called the Greenbush neighborhood). Known as Queen of Bootleggers, Jennie would run and serve anything she could get her hands on. So I don't think she'd mind one bit if we threw her namesake whiskey into Guinness, although her Greenbush neighbors, mostly Italian, might chafe at the Irishness of this post's beer cocktail.

Greenbush Special
Holly's Original

2 ounces sorghum whiskey (we used Queen Jennie)
1 3/4 ounces Guinness
1/2 ounce cinnamon syrup
3 dashes of angostura
1/4 - 1/2 ounces freshly-squeezed lemon (to taste)

Stir all ingredients on ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a cocktail glass and enjoy. If you don't have cinnamon syrup, remember you can make it yourself. Just take a gander at our Zombie write-up for the recipe.

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