In five hours, I want to be drinking one of these. Well, if I’m being honest, I want a personal bartender to follow me around the city, crafting cocktails just for me each time I feel a pang of dehydration. Which, as the weekend approaches, happens quite frequently.
It has been porch weather all this week in Dallas; as such, I’m craving a bourbon-based drink with splashes of citrus and ginger. Enter the Front Porch Cocktail, born from the insights of a calm summer’s day. Not that it’s summer, but it feels like it is, so, roll with it.
Front Porch Lemonade
Yields: One Cocktail
4-5 mint leaves
1 1/2 oz. bourbon
3 oz. lemonade
Mint sprigs, for garnish
Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker
Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
Add bourbon, lemonade and ginger syrup to cocktail shaker. Shake.
Strain into cocktail glasses with ice; garnish with mint sprig
Now, you can make your own ginger syrup, but I suggest purchasing a bottle and keeping it on hand. Let’s be serious, if I want a cocktail that badly, I want it now, and I want to not be staring at ginger (that I chopped myself) slowly simmering on my stove for ninety minutes, tickling my nasal passage, taunting me with the delicious proposition of how it will treat my tummy. Also, I’m lazy. So, you can buy it here. Happy Friday!