Calico Jack

Posted by on Nov 4, 2010 in Rum, Whiskey | 2 Comments

Capturing the Spirit© Gary Allard

Whenever I go somewhere new, I try something new from the cocktail menu. Sometimes it’s a bust. But lately, it’s the whiskey drinks that have me raising an eyebrow.

I’m not a whiskey drinker. Or, um, I wasn’t. After San Diego Starlite‘s Kentucky Colonol, a Sazerac from Jimmy’s Famous in Shelter Island (and another from its origin in New Orleans), and a Calico Jack from Pirate’s Alley Absythe House, also in NOLA, under my belt (over several months, of course), I may be converted.

Warm, mysterious and complex like an old library, mixed with bright, tart sweetness: whiskey is a nice change of pace from the traditional vodka and gin drinks.

Kentucky Colonel (with notes on NOLA’s Calico Jack)

In New Orleans, the Calico Jack at Pirate’s Alley was made with bourbon, ginger ale, and a squeeze of lime. Starlite’s Kentucky Colonel is a more sophisticated version — this is our guess at their recipe.2 oz. bourbon

2 oz. ginger beer (or ginger ale for less punch)

Squeeze of lemon

3 dashes cherry vanilla bitters (here’s how to make it at home)

Fill a shaker with ice, bourbon, lemon, and bitters. Shake vigorously. Strain over rocks glass of ice. Top with ginger beer.

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Calico Jack Cocktail

The Calico Jack I had in NOLA was more like the recipe at left. It turns out there are many diverse recipes. Here’s our favorite.

  • 1 oz. dark rum (We like Pusser’s)
  • 1 oz. bourbon (Jack Daniel’s seems appropriate)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup (easy to make)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice. Shake and strain over ice in a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

A great bourbon drink for non-bourbon drinkers.

CAUTION: Drink too many of these and you might start acting like a pirate, which, as you know, was SO last year. Argh.

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  1. LinneaZeiner
    November 7, 2010

    Love this little recipe and can’t wait to experiment (wearing my eye patch of course).

  2. LinneaZeiner
    November 7, 2010

    Love this little recipe and can’t wait to experiment (wearing my eye patch of course).


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