Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunset Cocktail: Bluegrass Smash on Father's Day

2 oz Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon
3/4 oz Honey Syrup
2 Lemon quarters
2 Orange quarters
1 Rosemary sprig

Muddle the Lemon, Orange, and Rosemary in a shaker. Add Bourbon, Syrup, and ice. Shake and strain into an ice filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with more Lemon and another Rosemary sprig.

Happy Father's Day to all of you fathers out there, especially my own. Not much of a sunset but a Hell of a drink for a Hell of a guy.

While the household Whiskey of choice for the family is usually Jameson, I couldn't resist making this Bluegrass Smash in honor of the man that raised us listening to Bluegrass. It would be bad form to use anything other than a Kentucky Bourbon for such a drink.
I remember going to Bluegrass festivals when I was a kid and meeting all of the musicians with my father. I still have the albums I got signed as a kid back when vinyl was all you got when you were looking for music.

Of course he still goes to all the shows and all of the bands know him by name and are friends with him on Facebook. You can catch him sometimes filling in the DJ spot on Country Corner from WTCC in Springield MA, spinning Olde Time Country and Bluegrass on Saturday Afternoons.

Once or twice I've been on his show (of the show he filled in for at WRSU when we lived in NJ) and have tried to find something interesting and out of the ordinary to play. maybe I'll have to dig up some more of this wonderful culturally appropriated stuff and see if it's worth playing...