I came across a recipe for Homemade Irish Cream that presented me with a perfect excuse to imbibe over the holiday weekend while simultaneously knocking off one of my my foodie resolutions while doing so. Pretty cool. 😉
I guess Irish Cream is considered a cordial… or a liqueur. Serious Eats suggests that the terms are interchangeable, with cordial appearing more often on dessert-like products: liqueurs flavored with coffee, cream, chocolate, etc.
Fun fact: today is National Whiskey Sour Day. Not like I really need “a day” for whiskey drinking — anyone who knows me personally knows that whiskey-, rye-, and bourbon-based drinks are my jam — but sadly it’s not just any day that you can find a good whiskey sour.
A “sour” is a family of drinks that includes the Daquiri, Margarita, and Sidecar. The formula to make a sour cocktail is simple: spirit + lemon or lime juice + (the “sour” part) + simple syrup (the “sweet” part). Tequila + lemon and lime juice (equal parts) + simple syrup = margarita. Whiskey + lemon juice + simple syrup = whiskey sour. Easy as that… in theory.
I say “in theory” because one would think a simple, three part recipe should be hard to screw up. And yet I hate ordering whiskey sours at restaurants. Actually, I hate ordering most mixed drinks at most restaurants, with chain restaurants and sports bars being the biggest offenders. The sour and sweet parts of mixed drinks are usually co-mingled in the form of more-sickeningly-sweet-than-sour and nuclear yellow-colored bottled sour mix. Yuck.
Not to turn my back on bourbon, which many know is a favorite spirit of mine, but the Gin and Tonic is one of my absolute favorite drinks. For World Gin Day, I’m excited to share recipes for two gin infusions that are perfect choices to use in my favorite cocktail.
I tend to stick with other herbs and spices or citrus when I infuse gin because it’s already herbal to begin with; it’s not neutral and open to most ingredients, like its cousin vodka. In this case, cucumber-lime and lemongrass-ginger are two flavor pairings that really work well and I enjoy drinking in a Gin and Tonic.