Last night was the series finale of Mad Men which means I needed a good cocktail. After way too much careful thought I landed on the classic New York cocktail, both because I thought it was fitting and because it was strong enough to dull the emotions that the show evokes within me.
This whiskey based drink is one of those cocktails that have been around for like 100 years, but isn’t very en vogue right now. It should be though. It’s almost like a whiskey sour but sweeter and less tart. I like to use Rye, but you can use whatever whiskey or bourbon floats your boat.
New York Cocktail
2 ounces Rye Whiskey
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 splashes of Grenadine
1 piece orange peel
Shake well with ice and strain. Serve with a twist of lemon peel.
Makes 1 drink
After making my last batch of boozesicles I was feeling creative and took to the bar cart to see what other concoctions I could get into. I picked up the bourbon because it’s my husband’s fave and because he not so subtly requested it. We have a few pounds of dates left over from our trip to the date farm and I thought those would probably taste really good with bourbon. In fact when ever I mention making a recipe with dates he’s all “…with bourbon?”. He loves date shakes so, BOURBON DATE SHAKE…POPSICLE.These turned out just as I’d hoped. They’re creamy and they have little chunks of dates, just like a date shake spiked with bourbon.
Ingredients (4 standard sized popsicles)
5 large medjool dates
1/4 cup bourbon
1 1/2 cups almond milk (I used Silk Original)
4 tbsp simple syrup
In a small sauce pan, warm bourbon over a low flame. Roughly chop the dates and toss them in to the bourbon. Turn off heat, cover, and let stand to cool. The dates plump up and the bourbon gets all syrupy and delicious.
Next, blend the almond milk, the dates, 4 tbsp of the infused bourbon, and 4 tbsp simple syrup in a blender (or with an immersion blender). Pour into molds and freeze for at least 5 hours or until solid.