We were both hung over post-housewarming last week, and wanted to make something easy and not-terrifying. Hence, the pretty mellow looking whiskey daisy. Here’s the recipe as written:
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon raspberry syrup or Grenadine
- 2 oz. Old Mr. Boston whiskey
Shake well with cracked ice and strain into stein or 8 oz. metal cup. Add cube of ice and decorate with fruit.
Notes on prep: Thanks to my cousin Jon and his girlfriend Kenn for the grenadine, and my cousin Loren for the big ol’ bottle of Jack. This drink is truly a family affair! Also, who has a stein or a metal cup? We used our usual glasses. We decorated with lemon and another of our homemade cherries.
Liz’s Take: Why anyone would put a drink this pretty in anything other than a clear glass is beyond me. It’s the loveliest shade of coral, and the yellow lemon floating in it just looks like happy summer times. Grenadine always recalls childhood Shirley Temples (I drank a ton of these, and eventually want to make an adult version– I’ll write about it), and it’s theoretically a pomegranate syrup, so it’s a little sweet, a little sour. So is this drink. Jack Daniels worked well in this cocktail: it’s light and fairly sweet. So is this drink, though the lemon juice adds a really nice sour edge. I was worried about the sugar, but this drink has balance.
Chris’s Take: So, Liz described the drink as “coral.” Gentlemen, be prepared, because this drink is pink. And that’s okay. I think most guys have dealt with the pink cocktail situation, especially if you’re unfamiliar with every ingredient that goes into fancy drinks. You look at a menu, find a whiskey drink that seems like the kind of sweet/sour/boozy balance you want. It’s always whiskey, because that’s what dudes drink. Then the bartender sets to work, and when it’s all said and done, they pour a pink drink into a dainty cup. They may (gasp) even put a cherry in it. Gentleman, you should drink that cup and enjoy. Let go of masculine misconceptions. Patriarchy hurts men too…specifically by shaming them out of good cocktails. The stuff that turns cocktails pink also makes them awesome. Embrace the pink.
Ingredient Accessibility: Medium. Grenadine seems like it’d be easy to find, but we haven’t seen it at any of our local shops.
Price: Cheap (almost free for us, since we were gifted most of the major ingredients, but a cheapish whiskey works fine in cocktails, and mixers like Grenadine are almost always very affordable)
Taste: Sweet and sour, a touch fruity, light, and refreshing.
Final Verdict: Liz would order this at a bar, and will make this at a future summertime shindig. Chris would definitely order this, and not even be embarrassed when it comes in a twee little glass.