Sunday, April 10, 2016

angel maid

1 1/2 oz Angel's Envy Bourbon
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Cucumber Shrub
1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Build in a rocks glass, top with crushed ice, garnish with cucumber slices, and add straws.
Two Mondays ago, I ventured over to Brass Union which was hosting along with Angel's Envy Bourbon a benefit for bartender Vannaluck Hongthong's son Rafe. Various pairs of bartenders from across town manned the bar for an hour shift throughout the night. The drink I had was Darren Swisher's Angel Maid (or perhaps Angel Made?) that he based off Sam Ross' Kentucky Maid:
Kentucky Maid
• 2 oz Bourbon
• 1 oz Lime Juice
• 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
• 3 slice Cucumber
• 6 leaf Mint

Muddle the cucumber slices and mint leaves with simple syrup in a shaker tin. Add rest of the ingredients and ice, shake, and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice and a mint sprig.
Darren in thinking about batching out this drink decided to make a cucumber shrub instead of muddling cucumbers which would slow the number of drinks he could produce down. To adapt to the addition of shrub's vinegar, he took some of the citrus' acid out. Once served, the Angel Maid presented a cucumber aroma that led into a lime, malt, and vegetal sip. Finally, Bourbon and tart cucumber rounded out the swallow.

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