Saturday, October 3, 2020

why not

1 3/4 oz Evan Williams Black Label Bourbon (Old Grand-Dad Bonded)
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Dark Maple Syrup
3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass with ice, and garnish with a lemon wheel and sage leaf.
Two Saturdays ago, I began perusing the Cocktail Codex book for the night's libation, and I stopped upon the Why Not. The recipe was Devon Tarby's 2017 Sidecar variation that paired orange liqueur with maple syrup that I only experienced together in the Dartmouth. Once prepared, the Why Not ventured to the nose with a lemon, sage, and orange aroma. Next, lemon and rich maple notes on the sip were answered by Bourbon and orange flavors on the swallow. Indeed, the maple syrup helped to bridge the gap between the whiskey and citrus elements in the mix.

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