Have you bought your bottle of white whiskey yet? Why not? The Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey I’ve got isn’t even top-of-the-liniest (that would be this) and it’s still supremely drinkable. Have I not yet convinced you of this?
If not, get a load of this: The hands-down easiest cocktail you could ever fashion — as in old-fashioned (BWAHAHA). This was yet another cocktail I caught wind of while Googling around for corn whiskey concoctions to make. And like the other corn whiskey cocktails I’ve already made, yet again I was surprised by this one. I just keep on expecting/assuming that my jar of rotgut’s gonna taste like, well, rotgut. But really it’s so sweet it’s almost cute, and its afterbite is pleasingly bracing.
The Albino Old-Fashioned
(Adapted from Bar Celona, a new-ish cocktail/tapas lounge in Williams
2 ounces Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey
About 4 or so brandied cherries
Muddle brandied cherries in the bottom of a highball glass. Add your preferential amount of ice, pour in whiskey. Run the inside of the peel (the pith side) along the rim of your glass, then fashion peel into a twist over the mouth of the glass before dropping it in. (I’ve never been fully convinced that essential oils make their way from the peel to the drink when you do this, but I like how much I look like I know what I’m doing when I do this.)
I tried this with a single dash of bitters; specifically, Fee Brothers Peach Bitters. It took a lot of the bite off the front of the drink, almost to the point where I felt it was too rounded. However, that might be just what some drinkers need as an introduction.
To make homemade brandied cherries, combine in a saucepan 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons water, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and half a cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer about a pound of cherries (preferably previously pitted) in this mixture for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, remove cinnamon stick, stir in 3 1/2 tablespoons of brandy. Refrigerate in a Mason jar. These will last a few months, although their colors will start to brown after a couple weeks.