Looking for a delicious drink for that special party?
I am no mixologist, that’s for sure. When friends came over recently, I promised a bourbon cocktail hour. Having read a bunch of recipes that day, they all became jumbled in my mind.
Yet, somehow, I came up with what is very close to a Cointreau sidecar.
Adding fresh lemon juice to bourbon infuses your cocktail with vitamin C, and brings a bright note to the drink.
We really enjoyed the concoction, so I’ve written it down here. (as much for my benefit as for yours, friends!)
Citrus adds a bright note in this easy to make cocktail.
- 1 c ice cubes
- 1 oz bourbon
- 3/4 oz Cointreau or another orange liqueur
- 1 T lemon juice, fresh
- 1 T simple syrup recipe below
Add ice to cocktail shaker, then add other ingredients. Shake to mix.
Let rest for a few seconds; shake again and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a thin slice of lemon.
I always use fresh lemon juice. It makes a huge difference in the taste. Although you can purchase big and complicated juicers, I find a small lemon reamer is more convenient, quick, and hassle-free.
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It's called simple syrup for a reason!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
To make the simple syrup, mix 1 c. sugar and 1 c. water in a saucepan. Continue stirring over medium heat until the sugar totally dissolves and the mixture just begins to thicken a bit (it will just be reaching the boiling point). Cool.
Keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Looking for more refreshing cocktail ideas? Try my cucumber-lime craft cocktail.