The Bar Book by Jeffery Morgenthaler was one of the first books I read that really pulled me deeper into the science and craft of the cocktail. Bourbon is a spirit that I enjoy using in cocktails, as well as sipping on its own. And this is a landmark day in #100DaysOfCocktails. Half way through.
Sherry has been around for centuries, but was lost to the United States when Prohibition struck. As bartenders are diving deeper into history, sherry is slowly moving back into the limelight. Dan Greenbaum's The Second Marriage takes this classic wine and blends it with a classic cocktail to create a modern masterpiece, as #100DaysOfCocktails discovered.
Sometimes it is a simple shift that creates a new cocktail. The Gold Rush, which seems like something that should have been around forever, was a recent creation at Milk & Honey in the early 2000's. Substituting simple syrup for honey syrup fully shifts the flavor and mouthfeel of this whiskey sour variant.
The 21c Museum and Hotel in Louisville, KY, is not just known for warm hospitality and innovative art. They are known for Proof on Main, their cocktail bar and restaurant attached to the venue. They graciously shared Above the Board in the book The American Cocktail, and #100DaysOfCocktails could not have been more excited.
After being lost for eighty years, the Seelbach cocktail popped up when a manager at the hotel of the same name discovered it. It was dusted off and added to the menu, bringing back a bourbon and champagne concoction that is a delight all the way through. What #100DaysOfCocktails found shocking was the amount of bitters in it.
Not for the faint of liver, the Mississippi Punch is an amazingly smooth sipper with one hell of a kick. It is also typical of cocktails in the 19th century that were heavy on the liquor and lighter on the mixers. #100DaysOfCocktails celebrated a little on National Punch Day with a single serving powerhouse.