This cocktail is a win for St. Patrick's Day. But make it for spring and summer parties too.
There is an amazing resurgence of cocktail culture happening right now.
Gone (mostly) are the days of super-sweet tiki drinks. Instead, you can roll into many great bars these days and be served an amazing cocktail. Some of them are seriously works of art and hard to reproduce at home.
But, there are great cocktails that are easy to make at home if you use good ingredients.
A whiskey sour is a classic drink that has just a few ingredients and is easy to toss together – either individually or as a pitcher for a party. This is my minty twist on the classic.
If you want to get into cocktail making, the first thing you should learn is how to make a simple syrup. As the name implies, it’s simple. It’s just equal parts sugar and water.
For this version I also tossed in a few sprigs of fresh mint.
Heat the sugar, water and mint leaves over low heat, stirring regularly, until the sugar is dissolved. It doesn’t need to boil or anything.
Then remove it from the heat and let the syrup cool slowly to room temperature.
As the syrup cools, the mint flavor will infuse into the syrup. You can strain out the mint after the syrup cools.
The only other ingredient in this drink besides booze is fresh lemon juice. Let me repeat that: fresh lemon juice. Do not use the concentrated stuff. About half of a large lemon will make one cocktail.
Add equal parts syrup and lemon (about 1 ounce of each) to a shaker glass and then add the bourbon or your favorite whiskey.
Add a few big handfuls of ice and shake it like crazy!
Pour that into a cocktail glass and garnish the whole thing with an orange slice, a cherry, and a sprig of fresh mint.
This would probably cost $10 in a fancy bar. Bring happy hour home!
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