January 26, 2012

For the Love of a Good Cocktail

For the Love of a Good Cocktail

January 26, 2012

Today is part three of my little about me series from the purple boxes on my website :-)

Part one is about my love of reading books! Part two is about my obsession over list making.

This is a fun one though! Instead of just talking about how much I love a good cocktail in the evening, I thought I’d actually give you the recipe for my absolute favorite winter drink :-D

Meet the Lion’s Tale. I originally tried this drink at the Violet Hour, though I don’t think it’s ever been on the menu. It’s a classic cocktail with a whiskey base and St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram which is one of the most delicious, flavorful things in the world.

 

 

 

Here’s what you need:

Whiskey (I use Weller 107 or Weller Reserve because it’s smoother, and I am not normally a huge whiskey fan)

St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram (for all of you in Chicago, you can find this at Binny’s)

One fresh lime. Yes, it does NEED to be fresh. Don’t squeeze lime juice from the bottle into this, you’d regret it.

Simple syrup (which is easy to make…but look at the cute bottle!)

Angostura bitters (available anywhere you get cocktail supplies)

You will also need a jigger to properly measure, a shaker, and strainer. And if you want to get fancy, the proper glass is a coupe.

Please note, I have modified the recipe just a wee bit because I don’t LOVE whiskey and wanted the drink to be smoother. Start with 1 1/2 ounces of the Weller 107 or other whiskey of your choice, pour this into the shaker (original recipe calls for 2 oz).

Add 1/2 ounce of Allspice Dram (original recipe calls for 3/4 oz), then 1/2 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice, and 1/2 0z of simple syrup.

Add ice, put the top on the shaker, and shake hard for about 20 seconds. The bottom of the shaker will look and feel much colder as you can see below on the right.

From here, strain out the drink into a coupe or other glass of choice, add 2 dashes of Angosura bitters to the top, cheers with someone you love, and drink up!

Enjoy! And a very happy Thursday to you all :-)

 

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