Monday, April 16, 2007

Mixology Monday: Bourbon

Bourbon Lancer

1 1/2 oz. Bourbon
1/2 tsp. sugar -or- 1 sugarcube
1 dash Angostura bitters

In a tall glass (14 oz. works well), place sugar and wet with Bourbon and bitters. Add several ice cubes and fill with Champagne. Garnish with lemon peel spiral.

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The good folks over at Married with Dinner are hosting Mixology Monday, and the theme this time around is Champagne cocktails. Go check it out, grab a bottle of the fizzy stuff, and try the nifty concoctions they've compiled.

As for my entry, I found a few scant recipes online, but little else in the way of history/origin. None of the bar guides in my collection made reference to it either, which further increased the mystery. However, I enjoy mysterious things so I found my fevered imagination filling in the blanks and pretty much guaranteeing I had to try it.

The drink is as simple as it is tasty. It has few ingredients, and requires little in the way of preparation or fancy mixing. As such, I definitely recommend using decent quality booze, because this recipe contains nothing to mask an inferior product.

I made two of these- one with Maker's Mark, and one with Woodford Reserve. The Woodford made a much better-tasting drink, but if you have a favorite brand I'm sure you'll enjoy it in this recipe just as much as any other.

It's a very refreshing drink. The Bourbon is right up front as the dominant flavor (people who aren't fans of Bourbon will probably want to take a pass). The Champagne lightens & crisps up the Bourbon's earthiness without watering it down, and in some ways it reminded me of a stripped-down Mint Julep.

Give it a shot. It would be a great warm-weather drink, or something to spring on your friends if a celebration is in progress and bubbly is in good supply.


Anita (Married... with dinner) said...

Yum -- We like us some bourbon!

I'm trying to imagine what this will taste like -- I suspect a drier version of the Prince of Wales we made over the weekend. This is definitely one we can try out soon.

I'm relieved that at least one of the MxMo entrants isn't going to be red! Everyone else is getting all berry on us -- not that that's a problem, but the coincidence is kinda freaky!

And, as always... love the illustration. :D

Anita (Married... with dinner) said...

Hiya, Doc!

Thanks again for participating in MxMo XIV -- the roundup is posted here:

Quite a bourbon-y turnout, actually...

Dr. Bamboo said...

No problem! Glad to see I wasn't the only one who went for the Bourbon on this one.

experiment33 said...

Sounds good and your image as always looks great. I'll have to try it next time I have champagne in the house (I always have bourbon and Angostura bitters).

Also, thanks for adding me to your colleagues section, a few of your other colleagues were new to me. You mentioned you had the same swizzle from my blue lagoon post. I collect vintage barware and have posted a bunch of pics on flickr and started a group so others can share as well. Join us if you've got any.

Dr. Bamboo said...

Thanks for the kind words! I just discovered your great site a few days ago, so I definitely had to link you.

Also, your barware collection is fantastic! I might have one or two pieces worth taking a photo of, so I'll have to grab the camera and scrounge around the liquor closet...