I guess it’s obvious what kind of week I’m having, seeing as the whole thing has consisted of cocktails and ice cream thus far, but well, hopefully you’ll enjoy another cocktail!
So how to describe this one, besides the usual OMG it’s so good, ahhh!!? You don’t taste any one ingredient at the expense of the others. The maple syrup isn’t obvious, it just lends the appropriate sweet note to balance out the bite of the bourbon. The rosemary doesn’t beat you over the head at all – in fact, you shouldn’t worry about it all! I mean, we all know how strong and occasionally overpowering rosemary can be, but it’s a subtle background note here, just hanging out and lending a complexity to the drink.
There’s lemon juice here, giving the drink the “sours” part that was advertised in the title, but again, not being too in your face. I think my favorite part was the rosemary garnish. You don’t gnaw on it or anything, but your nose gets a gentle whiff every time you take a sip, and it really enhances the flavors in the cocktail. All sophisticated-like!
All in all, a fantastic drink for these cold, grump-inducing winter nights we’ve been having. It’ll either cheer you right up or numb you out. Either way, you win! Enjoy!
Source: Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails by Eric Prum and Josh Williams
1 large sprig of rosemary, plus 2 small sprigs for garnish
3 shots bourbon
1 ½ shots fresh lemon juice
¾ shot dark amber maple syrup
Crush the large sprig of rosemary in your hand, then add it to the bottom of your cocktail shaker. Add the bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, and ice to above the level of the liquid. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
Place large ice cubes in 2 rocks glasses. Strain the cocktail into the glasses and garnish with the reserved rosemary sprigs. Serve immediately.
Makes 2 drinks.