Mixology Monday: The House of Bourbon Sour

It’s a mixopalooza! Mixology Monday and Bourbon Heritage Month! Here we impart a subtle blending of the Corpse Reviver #2 and classic, Whiskey Sour for a lavish little libation fit for the royals!

This one was a process. More a matter of attrition, actually, but I was determined! Putney Farms, a cocktail and foods blog that I follow on the daily, pointed me in the direction of Mixology Monday on the Cocktail Virgin Slut website. Oh, happy day! I love mixing on Mondays! Like the fix I had to make to my $12 “daiquiri” this weekend at a Pasadena hotel poolside bar, it makes them palatable. “What’s in a daiquiri, anyway?” She asked me as I stirred in some simple syrup and lime.

MxMo’s topic is “Equal Parts,” which is defined on the website as:

For this month, I have chosen the theme of equal part cocktails — those simple drinks where only one jigger is needed despite how many ingredients are added. These recipes have gained a lot of popularity as classics like the Negroni and Last Word have resurfaced, and variations of these equal part wonders have become abundant.

But what to do, what to do? Afterall, it’s Bourbon Heritage Month! It’s Monday, which is Bourbon posting day during this glorious of glories, this celebratory of celebrations! It must. Be. Bourbon! So, I scoured… and scoured and scoured… the Savoy, Imbibe!, MixShakeStir, Craft of the Cocktail and then I wondered, will Lillet and Bourbon work together? I had never tried it, I had no idea what to expect… could it be okay? What else would it need? Will I survive to tell the tale?

Too much thinking — more doing! And so we did and the first one was a sour monkey; a result of the bourbon selection (Old Fitzgerald Bonded). We landed on my most recent acquisition, Larceny, by those wily folk at Heaven’s Hill who have provided the world with a vanilla-sweet, hotly-spiced punch of Kentucky blood. Oh yes, that worked.

House of Bourbon Sour

  • 1 part Bourbon Whiskey (Heaven Hill’s Larceny)
  • 1 part Lillet Blanc
  • 1 part brandy-based orange liqueur (Gran Gala)
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker without ice and give it a hard dry shake. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Double-strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

This is by no means the most complex or original cocktail I’ve stumbled onto, but its merit lay in simple elegance. It’s a Corpse Reviver variation, or one of the most-subtly nuanced whiskey sours I’ve encountered. A hint of orange and wine with that whiskey and lemon? Yes please!

House of Bourbon seems fitting, given the presence of Bourbon and two french liqueurs, despite the fact that nothing of the House of Bourbon could be deemed “subtle.” They did love fine things though, and while this may not be cake, it certainly is delicious.

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