Remember when I used to create new cocktails every Friday, and write entertaining blog posts about each one? Yeah, well, we’re in a fucking pandemic and I have two small children and I’m just trying to survive over here, so those days are over. But thanks to my generous new Patreon supporters, I’m creating a little original content again. Still, I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I’m behind in literally everything and I haven’t had my meltdown yet today (okay, I did have one, but it was really small; I’m due for an ugly shower cry before bed).
Here’s the deal with this drink: I’m calling it a Lemon Vanilla Old Fashioned, and it’s sort of an Old Fashioned. I mean if you don’t look too closely. It’s made mostly in the style of an Old Fashioned, with sugar, bitters, and booze, but also with other delicious stuff (lemon and vanilla). Then I had to go and shake it instead of stirring it — which I really only did for the picture because my ice cubes looked like shit and I wanted to serve it up. But then it turned out I liked it better after a good shaking, so here we are.
A few things to keep in mind:
1. Use GOOD vanilla extract — not that cheap shit your mom used to put in cupcakes.
2. I know I’m always all, “Squeeze your own lemon juice, you asshole,” but I am ALL ABOUT shortcuts these days and I should probably keep my lemons so we don’t get scurvy when we inevitably go into lockdown again because some racist fucking idiots can’t be bothered to put a piece of fabric over their stupid fucking faces. Plus, the Santa Cruz brand is really good, and always consistent. Just be sure to give it a good shake before you use it.
Okay, well, I think that about sums up my mental state right now. Time for a drink!
Lemon Vanilla Old Fashioned Cocktail
1 teaspoon white, granulated sugar
1 teaspoon GOOD vanilla extract
2 to 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice (or the Santa Cruz brand)
2 ounces bourbon
Lemon twist, for garnish
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker (or wide-mouth mason jar) with a little ice. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass or serve it in an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon twist. Or don’t. Whatever. Enjoy!
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