As some of you guys might have heard, my team at Polite Provisions & I are going to be headed to Lost Lake in Chicago for a two day takeover the weekend of March 10th & 11th. Since the theme is going to be Kentucky meets Tiki. I decided to feature one of my favorite original recipes. This one is a tropical bourbon cocktail that I came up with for one of the early menus at Boilermaker, my bar in NYC. Due to its simplicity, it took off around the city and even ended up on the menu at Dear Irving, which was an honor, as it is one of my favorite bars in the city. The inspiration came from the fact that you don't see American whiskey in enough modern tiki drinks, which is strange when you consider that the flavors in Bourbon & Rye lend themselves quite well to traditional tropical spices. So, this was just my way of taking something old, and making it feel new again.
.5oz Simple Syrup
2 dash Angostura bitters
METHOD: Crushed/Pebble Ice
GARNISH: Mint Sprig & Grated Cinnamon
*Something 50% abv or higher works really well here. Think Old Grand-Dad Bonded or Wild Turkey 101.