It’s 4 pm, do you know where your bourbon is?

Once upon a time, Sparklepants lived in Atlanta in a hostel cum bed-and-breakfast cum apartment building where everyone’s lives intertwined in a sort of Singles-like existence.  Which is to say, it was all a bit incestuous, but in a good way without the actual incest.

The owners of this complex lived in the bed-and-breakfast and the owner’s mother lived down the hall from Sparklepants in the apartment building.  Everyday at 4 pm,  she had a bourbon and coke.  Delivered. On the dot.

Now that I’ve embraced the curling lifestyle, I too can have my bourbon at 4 pm.

Ok, who am I kidding, at any-pm.

Gems of the South:  Manhattans and Spiced Pecans

For the Manhattans:

3 oz bourbon (or whiskey . . . rye is also really nice)
1 oz vermouth
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 maraschino cherry

Shaker + ice

As for the proportion of bourbon to vermouth, just do it to taste.  Here at Curl Nation, we happen to like a 3-ish-to-1 ratio and prefer Peychaud’s in our Manhattans, but you can use another bitters if you like.  Angostura is pretty common, but I might just use one dash instead of 2 like we do with the Peychaud’s.   Anyway, put the bourbon, vermouth, and bitters into the shaker with the ice.  Shake like hell – you want it nice and cold and plus all that vigorous shaking will give you a nice slurry on the top of your cocktail.  Place the cherry into the bottom of a cocktail glass.  Strain the cocktail into the glass.  Drink and be merry.

For the Spiced Pecans (based on a Nigella Lawson recipe)

1 cup pecans
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon or so gochukaru (finely ground Korean red pepper powder)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon or so brown sugar

2 teaspoons butter, melted

Mix together melted butter and seasoning in a bowl.  Toast the pecans in a dry saute pan over medium-heat (or do this in a 350F oven) until golden brown and fragrant.  Put the warm nuts in with the butter mixture and mix well to coat the nuts.  Serve with a delicious cocktail.

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3 Responses to It’s 4 pm, do you know where your bourbon is?

  1. You can substitute half of the vermouth or all of the vermouth with Liquor 43 and create a vanilla flavored manhattan. It’s not for everyday, but it’s great as an occasional change of pace in one’s daily libations routine.

  2. Oh, and try making banana bread with macadamias instead of the usual walnuts or pecans, add some sour cream, and then coat it with a bourbon flavored salted caramel icing and have that with your cocktail. Want the recipe? Come over to our site. I’ll post it next week.

  3. Pingback: Betty’s Version of Rebecca Ruth Bourbon Balls Recipe « The Cooking Channel

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