Let’s have a drink!
This drink. It’s got whiskey in it. And is delicious. If you aren’t really a whiskey person, you should try it anyway. I have never been a big whiskey drinker (even though I love love love cooking with it) because it’s always so STRONG. But this drink dilutes the harsh whiskey flavor with a bit of sweetness, and has helped me become much more of a whiskey girl than I used to be (wahoo!)
When Kyle and I were in Portland over Christmas, we went to a great bourbon bar downtown (he’s a bourbon and whiskey guy so that place was his JAM) and tried some of their signature drinks. They had one with whiskey, some other stuff I don’t remember, and APRICOT JAM. Seriously. Apricot Jam. And you know what? It was friggin’ delicious. So when we got home, I spent a day trying to create a similar whiskey drink that would tickle my tastebuds and convert me to whiskey-drinking-dom. And after a few attempts, we have a winner!
Sweet Whiskey Lemonade
2 oz triple sec (I like Cointreau when I can find it on sale)
2 oz whiskey (I used Bushmills Irish Whiskey)
1 and 1/2 oz lemon juice
2/3 oz lime juice
1 tsp. granulated sugar (super fine sugar is best, but regular baking sugar will do)
1/2 tsp. apricot preserves
3 oz. tonic water
1. In a shaker, combine all ingredients except tonic water with ice and shake well. Fill two glasses with ice and strain half of the drink mixture into each glass.
2. Top each glass off with 1 and 1/2 ounces of tonic water. Serve immediately.