Unfortunately events beyond the world of mixed drinks meant I didn’t take part in the last two rounds of Mixology Monday – a terrible oversight given that one topic was fruit liqueurs, a topic I have a great affinity with, and the other was rum, a spirit I desperately want to learn more about. Such things can’t be helped, but when I found out the guys over at Scofflaw’s Den had chosen Bourbon as the topic this month I knew I had to take part!
Bourbon was the first hard liquor I seriously got in to. The first whiskey I drank neat. The spirit I own the most bottles of (well, except maybe gin). In short, Bourbon holds a very special place in my cocktail heart.
I’ve previously covered my favourite Bourbon cocktail, the simple but beautiful Old Fashioned, so I decided to dig around for something new to try for Mixology Monday. Trawling through my list of “cocktails to try” I came across the Frisco Sour, an interesting concoction from CocktailDB that combines Bourbon with Bénédictine and plenty of citrus…
- 2 shots / 60 ml / 2 oz Bourbon
- 1 shot / 30 ml / 1 oz Bénédictine
- ½ shot / 15 ml / ½ oz lemon juice
- ¼ shot / 7.5 ml / ¼ oz lime juice
- Shake well with ice and fine strain in to a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
The original recipe was a little too tart for my liking so I bumped up the Bourbon content and increased the amount of Bénédictine, which combated the citrus and removed the need for simple syrup. After an initial hit of sour you get a lovely mixture of aromatics, spice and sweetness from the Bourbon and Bénédictine, and a nice tangy finish. Not your typical Bourbon cocktail, but an interesting one for the summer months.
Cheers to Sean and Marshall for hosting Mixology Monday this month. Head over to Scofflaw’s Den to read up on all the other entries.
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