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October 24, 2011Posted by on
This is a refreshing and kind of tangy recipe that my friend and fellow tender from lyrics libations and life brought to my attention:
- 1.5 oz bourbon
- 4 basil leaves
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1.5 teaspoons white sugar
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- ginger ale
Muddle the basil, balsamic, sugar, and bitters in an old fashioned glass; add bourbon; fill with ice; and top with ginger ale, giving it a gentle stir. If you want to you can garnish it with a sprig of basil. Let me know how you like this and what you pair it with.
This is similar to a shrub, which is a spirit mixed with a vinegar based fruit syrup, popular in colonial times and in New England. I’m working on an Asian pear shrub, so stay tuned for that in the upcoming week or two.