This post comes to us courtesy of food writer and editor James Schend, blogger at Dairy Freed.
The bartenders at Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco are experts at mixing some of the most creative cocktails you’ll ever taste. This cocktail is aptly named because it’s the epitome of a Southern gentleman:
- It has a distinct charm that puts everyone at ease.
- Sweet, but not overtly so, and always refreshing.
- It camouflages its wild streak behind the guise of old-world gentility.
Watch as bartender Jayson Wilde prepares this perfect summer cocktail.
The Southern Gentleman
3 fresh peach slices
2 oz. (1/4 cup) Wild Turkey Rye
1/2 oz. (1 Tbs.) brown sugar-cinnamon syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 oz. (1 Tbs.) fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. (1 1/2 tsp.) fresh orange juice
Fresh mint sprig for garnish
Grated cinnamon for garnish
Place 2 fresh peach slices in a cocktail shaker and lightly muddle. Add the rye, brown sugar-cinnamon syrup, lemon juice and orange juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
Add fresh ice to a rocks glass and strain the rye mixture into the glass through a fine-mesh strainer. Garnish with the remaining peach slice, mint sprig and grated cinnamon. Serves 1.
Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Syrup
2/3 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
See video for recipe. Makes about 1 cup.
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
About the author: A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, James Schend’s culinary career began when he won his first cooking contest at 8 years old. He’s gone on to write and develop recipes for national magazines and culinary websites. His own blog Dairy Freed focuses on the challenges of dairy-free cooking.