My lovely wife came home feeling stressed from work. She really needed a drink and asked me to make her one. Her only requirements were “sweet” and “whiskey”.
After taking a look around at my collection of stuff, I settled on the bottle of Galliano I had sitting around doing nothing. It’s a sweet Italian liquor that has a root-beer-y, vanilla-y, slightly anise-y flavor. It’s also bright yellow.
After some consideration, I decided to pair it with Bourbon, Woodford Reserve to be precise.
I thought adding some orange flavor might round things out. I poured in some orange juice, but after tasting it, realized that tarted up too much, and needed some taming. Grand Mariner to the rescue!
The wife was pleased.
Fill a coupe with ice and water. Set aside.
In a mixing glass half-filled with ice, add
- 1 ounce of Woodford Reserve Bourbon
1 ounce of Galliano
1/4 ounce of orange juice
1/4 ounce of Grand Mariner
2 dashes of Regans’ No. 6 Orange Bitters
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Stir vigorously for 20 – 30 seconds.
Dump the ice and water from the coupe, then strain the cocktail into it, and serve.
I’m calling this Dose of Sunshine. Hit me up on Twitter (@jasonian) and let me know what you think.