We recently had friends over for a long awaited and greatly anticipated dinner party. They brought wines to pair with each course and made the most delicious aperitif, a Sarsaparilla Manhattan.
Ever since that appetizing evening, I have had a penchant for bourbon based cocktails, ordering a Manhattan to start the evening when out for dinner, or mixing up a Fig Old Fashioned or Elderflower Old Fashioned at home as a relaxing and delicious end to a busy evening.
FIG OLD FASHIONED
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 ounce maple syrup
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Remove the stem from the fig and cut it into quarters. Place the fig pieces in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the maple syrup and muddle into a paste. Add the bourbon, orange juice and balsamic vinegar, mix together then fill the shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass with ice.
Recipe adapted from the kitchn
ELDERFLOWER OLD FASHIONED
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
dash Angostura bitters
Garnish: orange zest, cherry
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine bourbon, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Angostura bitters. Shake for 20 to 30 seconds. Fill a glass with ice, strain mixture into glass, garnish with orange zest and cherry.