Ok, it’s time for a break from the austere world of wine to lose ourselves in cocktail liberation, be it only for a moment.
If there’s one thing I like more than sharing a glass of wine with good friends it would be making a mess in my kitchen as we mix together a fabulous cocktail or two. This time we’re working on a Fentimans Lynchburg Lemonade. Fresh, classic and super easy.
We start by preparing our simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) bringing to the boil on the hob until the sugar dissolves; we then squeeze the juice of a lemon taken from my one and only scrawny lemon tree in the backyard that no matter how ugly it looks seems to produce more lemons than leaves (in this instance tough love appears to be working); we rummage through the liquor cabinet for an orange liqueur, looking, looking…. found, Triple Sec it is! You could use Grand Marnier or Cointreau, whatever you have on hand; ok, Bourbon is next, I’m a little fussy here and am a die hard fan of Buffalo Trace. Luckily I’ve a newly opened bottled so we’re in good shape; all we need now is some ice, a shaker and a little know how.
THE KNOW HOW:
Combine in a shaker over ice 50ml Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey, 25ml Triple Sec, Juice of 1/2 a lemon (big) + 1 tbsp simple syrup & shake vigorously (preferably to something like Metro Station’s ‘Shake It’). Pour over ice, top with Fentimans Victorian Lemonade and garnish with a lemon slice.
This mix serves two thirsty friends or one extremely parched individual. ENJOY!