Bourbon and a Book

How should I put this… My relationship status has just suffered unfortunate adjustment.  I will be cooking for one for awhile.  Instead of turning to ice cream like most girls, I have turned to bourbon. Don’t worry, I’m not drowning my sorrows and getting schwasted every night. I’m carefully crafting a cocktail (note: 1) to enjoy in the evening.

My friend and I went to The Booksmith to find distractions after my… loss. The Booksmith, by the way, is one of the best little bookshops in SF. Whilst sitting on the floor, oohing and aahing over a book of puppy photos, I looked up and saw Dr. Cocktail: 50 Spirited Infusions to Stimulate the Mind and Body.  Intrigued by the promising title, I picked up the book. The photos were beautiful, and the drinks all sounded delicious. Best of all, they are supposed to “stimulate the mind and body”! Excited, I bought the book. We also stopped on the way home to pick up some ingredients.

My new cocktail book

Adam Ott, AKA Dr. Cocktail, has one of the most pompous biographies I have ever read. I will try not to hold that against him and the book, since his cocktails are quite tasty. There are many that I would like to try, but so far I’ve just made the Seabiscuit, a combination of homemade mint tea, lemon juice, apricot jam, bourbon, and a pinch of dried marjoram that can be served warm or cold. My friend and I opted for the warm version, and it did not disappoint.

Seabiscuit. Classy cocktail.

The next night, I used more of the mint I purchased at Haight Street Market (it’s the most beautiful bunch of mint I have ever bought) and my lovely bottle of Maker’s Mark to make a classic mint julep.

Mint Julep

  • 4 fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon

Muddle the mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice, then pour in bourbon. Garnish with a mint spring and serve with a straw.

Mint Julep

Maybe it’s because i grew up in the South, but I love mint juleps! I’ll probably make one again this week. Up next I think will be Dr. Cocktail’s Parisian Geisha. It is another mix of bourbon and tea, and it has such a great name!

I hope you are having a better week than I am! Think happy thoughts for me, okay?



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