“It has not been a productive morning,” I admitted to my midday bartender. “What would be a good lunchtime cocktail?”
“Hmmm. Are you leaning gin or bourbon?” he asked, knowing my tendencies.
“Let’s go bourbon.”
“Okay, let’s give this a shot… a bourbon cocktail…”
THE BOOZE: Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon. Barrel 167, bottle 201, to be specific.
THE MIXER: Wisco Pop Ginger Brew.
SPRINKLINGS OF FAIRY DUST: Angostura bitters, the old reliable friend.
THE PREPARATION: Pretty straightforward. Pour bourbon over ice, top with ginger beer, and add just a dash of bitters. Bingo bango.
HOW IS IT? Not bad. Mildly medicinal; I think the ginger and the bitters combine to give it a vaguely patent medicine flavor, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. The bourbon is present, but not at all overwhelming. And it’s not terribly sweet. Also good.
DID YOUR BARTENDER SAMPLE IT? Yes he did.
AND HIS REACTION? “That tastes like bad decisions!”
IS THAT SO? Yes. It’s a very drinkable mix, and I can see getting in trouble after two or eight of these cocktails. Luckily I stuck to just one. So far. It’s still early.