This is a Whiskey Sour with a twist, or two.
I made some Candied Lemon Slices the other day for a different recipe which resulted in about two cups of a slightly bitter, lemon flavored simple syrup. It has really great flavor and so far, has been great in Lemon Drop Martinis, the Kentucky Summer Cocktail and now this Whiskey sour.
I have also reconstituted some dried sour cherries in Orange Liqueur as a nice little garnish for the cocktail. I simply warmed 2 oz of the orange liqueur briefly, not too hot, then poured it over ¼ cup of dried sour cherries to let soak for about 30 minutes. Save the orange liqueur for the cocktail, as it picks up a really interesting, complex flavor from the sour cherries.
Here’s how I made the simple syrup:
Bitter Lemon Simple Syrup:
• 6 Lemons, sliced
• 2 cups Sugar
• 2 cups water
-Combine sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil
-Add lemon slices, reduce heat to a low simmer
-Gently swirl pan occasionally to keep the lemon slices from sticking together
-Simmer 15 minutes, until the white pith is clear.
-Refrigerate until ready to serve
For the Cocktail:
2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
1 oz Bitter Lemon Simple Syrup
1 oz Lemon Juice
½ oz Orange Liqueur (from the macerated cherries)
-Pour all the ingredients into a shaker, over ice, shake 40 times.
-Serve over ice with 3 cherries and a garnish of orange peel