Allie recently got me a cocktail book, Shake. The book features laid back recipes for simple but stellar cocktails. I recommend glancing through the book (or at least making this drink) if you have even a flicker of interest in cocktails. These drinks are good, no-nonsense, and a nice stepping stone to the next level if you want to get there.
I was pretty fired up to find this rosemary maple bourbon sour recipe on page 139. Sour drinks are my favorite: whiskey sours, pisco sours, even absinthe sours, tart wines like Rieslings, and all the way to sour beers like gose and sour ale. Allie isn’t a whiskey drinker, but this drink’s rosemary hint, lemon zap, maple goodness, and slight bourbon sweetness combine to make a top-notch drink even she will sip.
We’ll be filling a shaker or two for our friends during the game tomorrow.
Here’s what you need (recipe adapted from Shake):
3 shots bourbon
1.5 to 2 shots lemon juice (2 if you’ve got a taste for sour, like me)
3/4 shot maple syrup
1 sprig rosemary
Lots of ice
What to do: Fill a short glass with ice. Add everything to a shaker with (more) ice. Shake for 15 seconds. Pour into iced glass. Garnish with rosemary + lemon. Makes 2 drinks.