Bourbon Cocktail with a Kick


I was at the lady doctor while waiting for the awkward but routine appointment to start.  TMI?  To fill the time I picked up a magazine to take my mind off of the unpleasantness that would occur.  While fingering through the magazine I stumbled upon this spicy recipe for a delicious Bourbon cocktail.  Besides my love for gin, I also love Bourbon.  It is in my blood to love this caramel colored adult beverage.

I quickly tore out the recipe right before the doctor came in. It was quite a sight, I didn't even fold it up, just shoved it into my purse in a ball.  So classy!

It was made according to the original directions, but I never really like to follow the directions and I wanted it a bit more gingery. The recipe for the simple syrup will make enough for a few drinks, but the rest of the ingredients are for one drink.  Use as much ginger and cracked pepper as your pallet will take.  I had about ½ inch piece muddled at the bottom of my tin and it was just the right amount.  Don’t forget to peel off the outside of the ginger.   The cracked pepper on top was also my addition and it isn’t overwhelming.  That little kick of peppery spice was just what it needed. 

Bourbon Cocktail with a Kick
Adapted from a recipe from Real Simple

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 T peppercorns whole
Fresh ginger; peeled
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 oz Bourbon (sour mashed)
fresh cracked peppercorns

  • In a pan, simmer sugar with 1 cup water, stirring until sugar dissolves. 
  • Take off the heat, steep peppercorns and ginger until cooled.
  • Take a new piece of ginger (sized according to your liking) and muddle with a toothed muddler until it is flat.
  • Add ice to the muddler.
  • Add 1 tsp of syrup and the remaining ingredients; lemon juice and bourbon.
  • Shake in the tin.
  • Strain into an iced filled glass and garnish with lemon, ginger, and freshly cracked peppercorns.

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