Coincidentally this Thirsty Thursday happened to land on National Cocktail Day. To celebrate I whipped up a Brown Bomber, I pulled the recipe by master cocktailian Jim Meehan from the PDT Cocktail Book. It generally calls for Tennessee whiskey, but I subbed in Koval Single Barrel Boubon as I had none on hand.. Meehan says of his creation:
“I substituted Tennessee whiskey for gin in the recipe for the White Negroni and named it after Joe Louis, nicknamed the Brown Bomber of Detroit.”
Here’s the recipe:
- 2oz Tennessee Whiskey
- .75oz Lillet Blanc
- .5oz Suze
- Lemon Twist for Garnish
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe, garnish with the twist.
Despite having only three ingredients, this is a deceptively complex cocktail.The Lillet, a classic fortified wine, and the Koval bourbon naturally go well together but the Suze throws an interesting curve ball. If you’re unfamiliar with Suze it’s a gentian based bitter aperitif [and a really captivating yellow colour] and very bitter, a little bit goes a long way.
The resulting drink hits you with a splash of sweetness from the Lillet up front followed by the warmth of the whiskey; but as the the drink makes its way to the back of your tongue the bitterness of the Suze begins to shine. Surprisingly the lemon zest plays a strong role in the finish and keeps the bitterness from overpowering the drink. This is not what most would consider a refreshing cocktail, but it’s a delicious palate cleanser to start or end a meal. If sweet is your thing… I would look elsewhere.
Happy National Cocktail Day y’all.