So my dear, dear friend John Whitley arrived for Christmas dinner bearing a bottle of Christmas Cheer--the Jim Beam seasonal cinnamon-flavored bourbon called Red Stag. I'm of many minds about flavored spirits, but I do like spiced rum, and it has a venerable cocktail history. Hadn't had a flavored bourbon before.
The Beam stuff is a tad on the sweet side, obviously designed for after-dinner sipping on the rocks, or perhaps for an easy hot toddy with some boiling water, and a good squeeze of lemon. However, I am here to tell you that Mr. Whitley's generous offering makes a Kick-Ass (and quick to put together) whiskey sour with an interesting spicy taste. Here's what we did:
The John Whitley
2 oz Jim Bean Cinnamon Red Stag
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
a shake or two or three of bitters. I had cranberry bitters, which were great. Plain old Angostura would be fine, too.
Note: you do NOT need a sweet liqueur in here, or simple syrup.
Shake hard over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherry. Drink before the fireplace, gazing at the Christmas tree. Do not take the Christmas tree down until 12th Night!
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