Looking for new excuses to use vanilla syrup and eyeing up the 375ml bottle of Old Forester Repeal Bourbon that came in the mail a few weeks ago, I decided on a swizzle. Swizzles are fairly easy to whip up, and just as likely to taste like a muddled mess destined for the sink drain or an unsuspecting guest. They usually end up containing juice from whatever half-fruits remain on the bar, random syrups that happen to be left out and whatever spirits have found a permanent home on the counter that night.
Every once in a while, this odd combination of leftovers produces a fine concoction, and sometimes it’s even quite tasty…
- 1/2oz Old Forester Repeal Bourbon
- 1/2oz dark Jamaican rum (used Gosling’s)
- 1/2oz Lemon Hart 151
- 1/2oz maraschino liqueur
- 1/2oz grapefruit juice
- 1/2oz lime juice
- 1/2oz pineapple juice
- 1/2oz vanilla syrup
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- grapefruit wedge and vanilla bean, for garnish
Add ingredients to a barrel mug, fill with crushed ice, and swizzle for 45 seconds. Garnish and sip with delight.
Rick from Kaiser Penguin
One thing I really like about the Old Forester is that it isn’t too sweet. Since I tend to prefer rye whiskeys over bourbon, this is a welcomed attribute. It’s also fairly assertive and, to my delight, finds a way to peek out from beneath this blanket of ingredients.
And The Name?
As I mentioned excitedly in my recent post on vanilla, I picked up a bunch of Tahitian beans on ebay. Tahitian vanilla beans were first brought from the Philippines to French Polynesia by French Admiral François Alphonse Hamelin. Apparently, before his rise to admiral, he was a cabin boy on a ship that captured an English vessel named Ceylon, which among other things is a fine variety of cinnamon.
- What are some of your late night cocktail creations? Don’t be shy, you can submit your failures too.
Thursday Drink Night – Gin
Join us in the Mixoloseum Chat Room this Thursday night starting at 7pm EST. The theme will be gin, so go pick up a bottle of gin that you’ve never bought before and get ready to make new cocktail recipes. If you want to find out the prize this week…