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This version of the classic old fashioned bourbon cocktail emphasizes the citrus flavor.

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  • Old fashioned (spring)

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Serves 1

    My version of the classic old fashioned is more citrusy than sweet. Traditional recipes often include a maraschino cherry, but I find that it muddies the flavor.

    INGREDIENTS

    1/2  teaspoon sugar

    large strip of orange or lemon zest

    Dash of orange bitters

    2  ounces bourbon

    large ice cube

    INSTRUCTIONS

    In tumbler or rocks glass, combine the sugar, zest and bitters. Using a spoon or muddler, lightly mash the zest into the sugar. Add the bourbon, then stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the ice.

  • Grave digger (winter)

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Serves 1

    INGREDIENTS

    ounces bourbon

    1/2  ounce red wine

    1/2  ounce dry vermouth

    1/2  teaspoon sugar

    Splash of lemon juice

    Ice

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled, then strain into a tumbler.

  • The orchard (fall)

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Serves 1

    INGREDIENTS

    ounces bourbon

    ounces apple cider

    teaspoon agave nectar

    Ice

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, then shake well. Strain into a canning jar or some similarly laid back drinking vessel.

  • Kentucky tropics (summer)

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Serves 1

    INGREDIENTS

    small sprig fresh mint

    ounces bourbon

    ounces pineapple juice

    Ice

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Place the mint in a cocktail shaker, then use a muddler or spoon to lightly bruise it. Add the remaining ingredients, then shake until well chilled. Strain into a tumbler.

Recipes: Bourbon cocktails for seasonal weather

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 - 12:00 am

My son’s fourth grade math homework has taught me an incredibly valuable lesson. About bourbon.

Inappropriate association, you say? Perhaps. But if a bit of bourbon is what it takes for me to safely usher my offspring through the woes of improper fractions, division patterns, quadrants and perimeter calculations, then I say pour me another round, and make it snappy.

Before the intrusion of fourth grade math into my life, I had rather set notions about cocktails and the liquors from which they are born. I considered them mostly seasonal items. Gin and tonics are suitable for spring, pisco sours and margaritas love summer, cranberry juice and vodka were made for fall, and mulled wine outside of winter was simply wrong.

Actually, I still believe in that. But as my son’s math homework has carried through the seasons – the warm days of early September, the chill of November, the frost of February, and now the thaw of spring – I’ve learned that there is no season – and no volume of homework – for which bourbon isn’t appropriate.

Of course, for a cocktail to be homework-friendly, it also must be simple. Clearly – and sadly – our focus must be on the math, not mixology.

Read more articles by J.M. Hirsch



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