Monday, November 6, 2023


2 oz Bourbon (Evan Williams Bonded)
1 oz Lime Juice (3/4 oz)
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
6-8 leaf Mint
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a mint leaf.
Two Mondays ago, I was perusing the Raised by Wolves online recipe flashcard set and spotted the Expat that was different from the Expatriot I had written up years ago; I was able to confirm the flashcard by a 2015 Eater article on "Nine Awesome Cocktails That Should Be Considered 'Modern Classics'." This one was crafted by Lauren Schell at Little Branch in Manhattan circa 2009. The drink got named after Lauren moved overseas for a project and the drink kept getting served at the bar. I was game as the American whiskey-lime-Angostura combination reminded me of the Junior and Lion's Tail. Here, the Expat greeted the nose with a mint, Bourbon, and allspice aroma. Next, a lime-driven sip slipped into Bourbon, mint, clove, and allspice flavors on the swallow. Just like the Junior and Lion's Tail, this combination worked great with lime juice despite lemon generally working better and not clashing with the oak aging of Bourbon and American rye.

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