Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Yorker

Today we're drinking the New Yorker cocktail, a bourbon based drink that surprised me, even when it shoudn't have.

New Yorker
The Ultimate Bar Book, page 360

1 1/2 oz bourbon (or rye)
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon of sugar
Dash of grenadine
Orange twist
Lemon twist

Pour the bourbon and lime juice into an ice-filled old fashioned glass.  Add the sugar and grenadine and stir well  Twist the lemon and orange peels over the drink, and drop them in.

This was an unexpected flavor profile, but upon some reflection, it should not have been surprising at all.  I looked at its contents before drinking it, and despite seeing a few additions that should have clued me in, I just assumed this was related to an Old Fashioned.  It isn't.  This tastes like an alcoholic fruit drink.  A strong one, but still, the lime juice is quite prominent.  The sugar and grenadine are both adding plenty of sugar too, to cut through the tart qualities of the juice.

You'll notice that I did not include an orange twist in the cocktail.  No doubt it would have imparted some flavor to the drink, though I believe the cocktail worked out just fine without it.  As my internal rules state: never let a garnish stand between you and a cocktail.

I'd make one of these for standard summer fare, a BBQ or a gathering of friends.  I would suggest though, using a basic bourbon, as the nuance in something more expensive, like a Woodford Reserve bottle that I used, will be lost in the shuffle.

See you on Thursday!
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