Thursday, February 4, 2021

st. louis-style whiskey punch

1 1/2 oz Bourbon (Angel's Envy)
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth (Cocchi)
1/2 oz Pineapple Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. No garnish is specified but a lemon or orange twist or perhaps a pineapple wedge would be great here.
For Black History Month, I delved into Tom Bullock's 1917 The Ideal Bartender. Bullock wrote this book after having tended bar for 25 years; it is the first cocktail book written by an African American author, and it was one of the last books to be published in America before Prohibition and provides great insight into what folks were drinking before the Bullock and fellow bartenders' careers were cut short. After having gotten his start in Louisville where Bullock worked at esteemed spots such as the Kenton and Pendennis Club, he moved on to St. Louis, Missouri, to work at the St. Louis Country Club. One of his famous patrons there penned the introduction to the book and touted Bullock’s talents behind the stick, "I doubt if he has erred in even one of his concoctions." The St. Louis Style Whiskey Punch caught my eye. To hear more about Tom Bullock and his book and to see me make the drink, please watch this video that I made for my brand work account. In the glass, the punch mixed Bourbon flavors with fruitier ones from the vermouth, pineapple syrup, and lemon, and these aspects put bright accents on the whiskey itself.

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