Friday, June 26, 2009

Weekend Cocktails - Whiskey Sour

I've always loved a whiskey sour - the combination of the sweet simple syrup with the tartness of the lemon juice is just so darned tasty - and just one does me fine.

Seeing as I'm not much of a drinker, most of the liquor I have is well, pretty old. I have cathedral ceilings in my family room that extends into the kitchen, so way up on top of the kitchen cabinets in the top of the ceiling is where whatever liquor we have lives. Most of that stuff has been up there since the early 2000s; some even longer. But the whiskey I used in this is found whiskey, so yep ... there's a story here!

I don't mean I picked up some bottle off the side of the road somewhere ... but, I guess I need to first backtrack a bit.

Several years ago, my son came home from college with all his "stuff," as college kids do. Well, he's since left, married, had a child and has another on the way, but there were still some things in my spare bedroom that he had left behind. I long ago noticed a bag full of papers - nothing that appeared important, mostly junk mail really, but being one who does not toss any papers without shredding them first - especially pre-approved credit applications, which ironically much of this was - nothing I'd want to just toss either.

Well that bag kept getting pushed back into the corner until not long ago, I got tired of moving that big bag around and decided to just go ahead and get it out of the way. Well lo and behold as I began to work myself through the bag and shred, I noticed that some of the papers were slightly wet and digging further, discovered one slightly leaking, but near full bottle of Jim Beam whiskey.

And another one, never opened. Oh the days of college and frat houses.

So I sat them aside and figured I'd give the bottles to him next time I saw him, but then I thought... maybe I'll just keep 'em! And so, I stuck them up there with the other "aged" liquor.

You'll need some whiskey, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, a cocktail shaker or like me, a fancy shaker Mason jar, some ice for the shaker jar, and a cocktail glass with more ice. Oh, and some cherries are kinda nice, but totally optional.

Add the simple syrup, lemon juice and bourbon to the shaker jar.

Shake well and strain over a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice.

Top with a cherry. Enjoy! Don't drink and drive.


Whiskey Sour
From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish

1 ounce of simple syrup
1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
2 ounces of bourbon whiskey
Handful of ice cubes, plus extra for the glass
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Orange slices, for garnish

Place the ice in a shaker, or like me, one of those fancy Mason jars. Add the simple syrup, lemon juice and bourbon. Shake well and strain over a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry and enjoy!


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