Getting Comfy-Southern Style
Sometimes, I get into a creativity rut with crafting new drinks (I call it ‘Booze block”). I find myself reaching for the same ole bottles and working within a safety net of ingredients. That’s when I take time to look at my back-bar or a new product for a little inspiration or even a challenge.
Enter Southern Comfort……
“SoCo” has been around since 1874 and was created by Martin Wilkes Heron, a New Orleans barman looking to improve on whiskey. The nose has defined whiskey notes with peach, spice and sweetness. The palate is smooth with a touch of bitter and not overly “thick” like many liqueurs, and the finish completes the bitterness with a medium linger.
It never occurred to me to use SoCo in a drink subconsciously overlooking this bottle after spending more than a lot of nights pounding shots with my old college roommate and waking the next morning not knowing if I wanted to plant my head or his through a brick wall.
So my personally challenge to create a drink was set. I took a taste, and began to let my mind roll around with the flavors and imagining what I could come up with. A couple of days later I was informed about SoCo Lime, a new addition to the Southern Comfort Family (which also includes SoCo 100, Special Reserve, and a few “ready-to-drink” drinks).
Now that I began looking at SoCo and SoCo Lime like a grown-up, the creativity conveyor belt started doing it’s thing. With a bottle of Soco Lime now on the back –bar, I spent an entire night pouring drinks for the willing but unknowing regulars coming into my bar mixing without telling them the ingredients until after gaining their approval. I took great pleasure in watching their eyes light up and their jaws drop when I told them what I had poured!
- 1 oz Anejo Tequila
- 1 oz SoCo Lime
- 4 oz Ginger Ale
- 2 dashes Orange Bitters
Build ingredients over Ice in a Collins glass, Garnish with lime wheel
- 3/4 oz Soco
- 1 ½ oz Rye Whiskey
- ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
- ½ oz Demerara Syrup (1:1)
- 1 Apricot, Pitted
- Sweet Paprika Rim
Muddle apricot, syrup and lime juice in a mixing glass. Add Rye and SoCo Lime. Shake and Strain into a cocktail glass half rimmed with Sweet Paprika. (for the brave at heart, substitute cayenne pepper or a couple of drops of Tabasco for the paprika).
- 1 oz Gin
- 3/4 oz SoCo Lime
- 4 oz Brut Sparking Wine
- 1 dash Peychaud Bitters
Build in a Champagne flute, Garnish with a peach slice.
(Photos courtesy of Brown -Foreman)