Thursday, May 19, 2011
Cocktail Wednesdays: Vermontucky Lemonade
This week's drink harkened back, in some ways, to the other week's Mint Julep. It's another iced drink involving burbon. This one is a recipe from Deb at Smitten Kitchen, Vermontucky Lemonade. Vermont because it contains maple syrup, and Kentucky -- as mentioned -- for burbon.
In presenting it tonight, I tried to make it as a single serving, rather than making the lemonade and pouring it over the ice and burbon as Deb directs.
I served it in glass-bottomed pewter mugs that I received today in the mail from my mother. They once belonged to to my grandmother's uncle, who raced and trained horses on Long Island. A quick search on google, found me an article about when the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association granted his license to ride in the Steeplechase on January 11, 1910, two articles on races he won in 1911 and 1912, a race in 1918 in uniform, to the opening of the United Hunts Association in 1925, to a race he judged in 1938. I thought it was appropriate to use these mugs for a drink that I associated with horse racing, even if the association is just in my own mind.
Juice of one lemon
2 tsp Maple syrup
2 oz Bourbon
Ice (I crushed the ice a little in a bag with a mallet)
Mix lemon and maple syrup until syrup is fully dissolved. Fill cup with ice, add burbon. Add lemon juice mixture. Fill with cold water to top and stir.
The verdict: Tasty and refreshing thumbs up from me and our guest. I found that the whiskey and maple syrup added a richness to the lemonade. Scott found it to be too acidic, and thought that it wasn't a standout for him.
I realized belatedly that the Preakness is happening this weekend, so next week's drink will be the Black Eyed Susan.