Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cocktail Wednesdays: Explosions In The Sky Cocktail

Explosions in the Sky Cocktail

This week's cocktail, Explosions in the Sky, was chosen in reference to our traditional way of celebrating the birthday of our country - with fireworks. The original recipe called for white whiskey, but we chose to use bourbon, which is uniquely American, and goes well with the Vernor's ginger ale we used.

Explosions in the Sky

2 oz Bourbon
½ Lime, quartered
10-12 Mint leaves
½ oz Simple syrup
3 oz Ginger beer or ginger ale

Add lime wedges, mint leaves, simlple sugar to a glass. Muddle. Add whiskey and stir. Fill glass with ice. Top with ginger beer or ginger ale. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

The verdict: This is a lovely drink, refreshing and minty, but a spicier variation of a mojito or a mint julep. Scott finds it preferable to a mint julep, but not as good as a mojito (which is one of his favorites). I don't think I would say the same, but rather, that it has to do with whether I'm looking for something spicier and richer.

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