Friday, 21 May 2010

Barefoot Contessa's Whiskey Sour

Sorry for being such a crap friend and not being around for a chat for ages now. Usual boring excuses like big work load, broken laptop and no camera.

Anyhow, I'm back. With a bang. I've hit the bottle as right now it's the only thing to bring me back to earth after a really mad few weeks. I haven't had a big drink for ages now. In fact the last time I lost my co-ordinates was at the end of my work in America earlier in the year. To help with the come down of that, I fell in love with Whiskey Sours. I have never liked Whiskey but when the Barefoot Contessa herself made this for me, how could I decline? Hook, line and sinker I was in love. In the airport on the way home I even picked up a couple of bottles of the Bourbon Ina used, Makers Mark. I haven't even tried to come up with my own recipe as Ina's is to die for. 

As this recipe was in American measures I used the cutsie Matryoshka doll cup measures my sister in law Beckie sent me (from Australia) for my last birthday. You can use Jack Daniels in place of the Makers Mark. To make sugar syrup, bring equal amounts of sugar and water to a slow boil, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and then leave to cool. I used a 1/2 cup of each to give me the amount required below. I buy my Maraschino cherries (the jarred posh ones with the stem still on) in Fallon & Byrne. This recipe makes enough to serve four. The boy has just flown off on my brothers stag weekend, so I promise, I divided it in four & saved the rest for after work tomorrow, and the next day and the next day. Hick. 


3/4 cup bourbon Whiskey
1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/2 cup lime juice (about 3 limes)
2/3 cup sugar syrup 
Maraschino cherries

Combine the Whiskey, lemon juice, lime juice and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker and add a good handful of ice. 

Shake vigorously for 15 seconds and then strain into glasses.

Add a Maraschino cherry and serve ice cold.

Currently listening to the Noisettes....What ya drinking rum or whiskey? Now won't ya have a double with me?


Lorna said...

Fab, fab pictures, don't know about a double but am just about to have a nice glass of red

Lilly Higgins said...

Oh my god Sharon! Those measures are too cute! I would love that drink now, looks devine! Great to meet you the other day! Going mad I missed the rest of it!x

Sadhbh said...

I want those measures!!! too cute! (wouldn't mind a drink either ;)

likemamusedtobake said...

Oh my God, those measuring cups are the cutest things I have seen in forever. I need them.

Kristin said...

I finally got around to buying some whiskey today to make these. Wow, are these ever sour (in a delicious way, of course)! We absolutely loved them, thanks for sharing the recipe!

Nishant said...

Those measures are too cute!
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