Another in a long overdue post that was sidetracked by wisdom teeth purgatory! As a follow-up to my previous recipe for an Outside Lands inspired drink, this one likewise came about after a weekend on non-stop, “This is your brain. This is your brain on San Francisco”-style crazed behavior with New Jersey’s finest lothario and part-time goaltender.
The base is Irish whiskey which is a challenging spirit for a cocktail by half. Its sharp bite and wood spice doesn’t play as easily as gin, rum or rye does in the traditional cocktail of base/sugar/water/bitters. To round out and sweeten the whiskey without clashing with the Bushmill’s, I used Cherry Heering which has a mild cherry flavor and a dry finish. Some lime juice added enough tart fruit to settle down the wood, while cherry bitters brings it all together. I topped with Reed’s ginger ale for some effervescence. Reed’s has more ginger than mass market ginger ale but isn’t a true ginger beer, which I feared would over-spice the drink. Plus, it has the right name.
1 1/2 oz. Bushmill’s Irish whiskey
1/2 oz. Cherry Heering liqueur
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
dash of cherry bitters
Reed’s premium ginger ale (approx. 2 oz.)
Combine whiskey, cherry liqueur, lime juice and bitters in shaker. Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Top with ginger ale.
As an added bonus, I’ve thrown in another Jersey inspired cocktail, this one my attempt to create a booze version of that addictive yet horrifying mall food court concoction known as the Orange Julius – a Twilight Zone beverage that is Sunny Delight orange “drink” meets frothy milkshake. Sounds gross? Totally is. But you’ll still slurp it down.
The Jerzy Mall
1 oz. gin
1 oz. Aperol
2 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 oz. homemade vanilla syrup
1 oz. milk
1 egg white
dash of orange bitters
Combine ingredients in a tin and dry shake to emulsify. Add ice and shake until your arms hurt. Strain into champagne flute and garnish with orange twist. Drink and pretend you are thirteen at the Cherry Hill Mall.