Getting over being sick during a pandemic is not fun! Your whole imagination takes over and everyone acts like you had the plague… ok Im being dramatic I had a bad cold with a fever but that didn’t stop me from being paranoid and getting tested since I still work in the public sector lol. I did however have a cold drug induced dream about my dream bar that I want to open someday! With that dream I started to think of what kind of drinks I would have on the menu and I thought of my latest cocktail! Its called a Hot Autumn Night and it is a spicy blackberry whisky sour. Its perfect for those not so freezing fall nights in California or if you just really like a strong, tart, and fruity drink! Enjoy!
-1oz Habanero Syrup
-2oz Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
-2oz Lemon Juice
-2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
-1 Egg White
Place blackberries in a cocktail shaker and using a muddler gently crush the berries. Pour in habanero syrup, bourbon, lemon juice, bitters, and the egg white and cover the cocktail shaker. Dry shake without ice for about ten seconds before opening the shaker, adding ice, and cover to shake for another 10 seconds. Grab a tumbler and fill with ice. Hold a fine mesh strainer over the cup and pour the cocktail in to the tumbler. Finish with a garnish of blackberries on a cocktail pick and serve!
Notes: Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace are two of my favorite bourbons to have on hand at all times. They are not overly pricy usually in the $25 range which for me is the price point Im willing to invest in for something I will drink both as a cocktail or straight. However, if you mostly drink cocktails or don’t mind a bit of a bite there is nothing wrong with a more economic brand. Old Forester 86 is a good one for less than $20. BONUS! Woodford Reserve is the Whiskey of choice for the Kentucky Derby and Buffalo Trace also produces some iconic allocated (hard to get) whiskeys like Weller and Van Winkle so quality is not to be questioned.