Lucy Maud cocktail

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Lucy Maud Montgomery

1 1/2 oz bourbon
3 oz good quality sweet cider
1/4 oz lingonberry syrup
1/4 oz lemon juice

Run a lemon slice around the edge of a short (old fashioned or rocks) glass. Rim glass with maple sugar. In an ice-filled shaker shake the bourbon, cider, lemon juice and lingonberry syrup. Strain into ice-filled glass. Garnish with fresh cranberries.

Bourbon Alexander

Bourbon Alexander (4:00 DCT version – April 6, 2013)

I thought I was being clever, making a bourbon version of the classic Brandy Alexander. Not only was I far from the first to think of it, it turns out that I was not even the first to think of making it with vanilla ice cream (remembered from an old chef’s trick for making French Toast). As I was sitting down to congratulate myself with a first sip, I came across this article with Jonathan Lundy’s similar version, although I used Amaretto and he used Godiva’s. It just proves it is a good idea to substitute ice cream for heavy cream!

Makes 2

2 oz softened vanilla bean ice cream
2 oz whole milk
2 oz bourbon
1 oz Amaretto

Stir well together to make sure the ice cream has melted. Shake vigourously with ice. Strain into an ice-filled short glass.

Blood Orange Old Fashioned

Blood Orange Old Fashioned (February 16, 2013)

Based on the Satsuma Old Fashioned in Real Cajun by Donald Link.

Muddle a blood orange slice and a maraschino cherry in a tumbler with 1 oz blood orange juice, 2 dashes each Fee Brothers orange bitters and Peychaud’s bitters, and 1/2 oz simple syrup. Add in 1 1/2 oz bourbon and stir well. Strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass.

Skoglander

Skoglander (October 28, 2012)

1 oz pear nectar
1 oz Laird’s Applejack
1/2 oz bourbon
1 heaping teaspoon Cointreau-soaked lingonberry jam

Shake well with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass (fine strain if you don’t like berry pips).

Created for Ian Skogland, who unfortunately was not here to taste it, but his wife said he would like it.