Thursday, June 20, 2013

i'll have another

1 1/2 oz Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 fistful Mint Leaf

Shake with ice and double strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Top with 1 oz housemade ginger beer and garnish with a mint leaf.

After the DrinkOne event at the Sinclair, I popped into Bergamot on my way home for a nightcap. On the menu was the I'll Have Another which looked like the ginger beer instead of sparkling wine version of the Kentucky Proper. The Kentucky Proper was bartender Paul Manzelli's Bourbon riff on the Old Cuban, and the I'll Have Another was reminiscent of many of the ginger beer-laden Mules they serve there. Since those Mules are so popular, I figured the name was something the guests frequently said; however, Paul described how it was named after a horse that had 14:1 odds in the Kentucky Derby. As Paul's friend was going to Vegas that weekend, he asked him to place a wager on said horse, and lucky for him, I'll Have Another made the biggest upset in the history of the race by winning from post 19 out of a field of 20.
The mint leaf garnish added a fresh spice aroma to the I'll Have Another. Next, a lemon and malt sip shared some green herbal notes, and the swallow offered the Bourbon that was pleasantly accented by the mint and ginger.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I will definitely try this one at home!

The horse, btw, was named for something the owner would inevitably say about his wife's homemade cookies when asked if he wanted any more after having had one. Kind of sweet, really. Cookies would be a perfect pairing for the drink!