On a sultry summer day, the best thing to take your mind off the heat is a long, cool drink. And what better way to cool off than with bourbon steeped in crushed ice, a dash of lime, and topped with raspberries? Encapsulating all things summer in a glass, this whisky cocktail is no less than a good berry jam.
The outcome of using an unaged spirit is that the flavours of the grain are far more pronounced than they would have been in cask-aged whiskies. Simple in its composition, the preparation takes little effort and time, yielding refreshing results.
The cocktail comes out really well with moonshine as well. Wondering what that is? Well, moonshine, a kind of distilled spirit that was at one point produced illegally, got its name from the term ‘moonrakers’, which used to denote smugglers. But it was also these moonrakers who were mostly Appalachian distillers, producing large amount of unrefined spirit during the prohibition for trading.
The industry post prohibition accommodated moonshine in the liquor family as a clear, unaged whisky. And corn mash is typically the main ingredient used. If you’re a lover of whisky and you haven’t ever tried a moonshine cocktail, this might just be the summer to do that.
What you will need:
2 oz. Moonshine or unaged bourbon
1/4 cup of raspberries
1 oz. lime juice
1 sprig tarragon
1 cube sugar
Some lime bitters
A lot of crushed ice
Then mix your own Whisky Smash with Raspberry and Tarragon:
Once you have all your ingredients ready, mix raspberries, sugar, tarragon and lime at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice cubes and the required amount of moonshine or bourbon. Shake well and strain into a glass with crushed ice. Garnish with tarragon or raspberries as you desire.
At a time when spiffy new cocktails are in vogue, revelling in the past is often a welcome change. After all, even the most foamed and smoked, avant-garde cocktail bars also rave over the classics. Why? Because the best of vintage cocktails have been groomed so perfectly over decades that they never become obsolete. Old is gold indeed.
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