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Bourbon Fix

Mix lemon juice, sugar, and water in a the serving glass until the sugar dissolves. Add ice cubes or cracked ice along with the bourbon.  Stir to combine.  Rub a lemon peel around the rim of the glass, express the oil on the drink and throw the peel in.  Garnish with slices of pineapple and/or oranges along with berries in season.

Prep Time 1 minute
Servings 1
Category Fix
Tags 1840-1880 (Cocktails Arrive), 1880-1919 (Golden Age), Classic
Proof 46.5
Strength 1.3 standard drinks
Glass Old Fashioned or Rocks Glass
Temp Cold
Bourbon Fix
Bourbon Fix

You have before you the mid-19th Century version of a Bourbon Fix as Jerry Thomas would have prepared it in the 1860's.  Later in the century the drink got fancied up (as a lot of drinks did during that time).  A teaspoon or so of Orange Curacao was added to the recipe.  I prefer the later version with the Curacao though it is a small change.  If you add Curacao be sure to back off a little on the sugar to compensate.

Bourbon is, so far, my favorite base spirit to use in a Fix.  As with all Fixes, you need to use a quality base spirit.  Knob Creek which at 100 proof and 9 years of age can really show off in this drink.  Maybe it's what makes Whiskey Sours so good - whatever it is this is a damn good drink.  A Bourbon Fix with Knob Creek is strong and resplendent but tamed amply by the two sweeteners and the citrus. 

I wonder what it would taste like with bonded rye?

Though a Fix is meant to be drunk rather quickly being a smaller, shorter version of a Sour, with a 100 proof base spirit you are looking for a little settling and dilution in the drink.  But I still find myself finishing these pretty quickly because they're so good.


Rating (Liquor & Drink)


Using Knob Creek bourbon and Gran Gala for the Curacao (late Century version). 6/12/2012

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