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