Saturday, June 18, 2016

Raspberry Bourbon Smash with Spicy Vanilla Sugar

We are kicking off our Father's Day with a drink.  And a damn good one!

I've never been a huge fan of bourbon (please don't tell my father because he would probably be disappointed in my Kentucky blood).  After trying this drink, my fanhood has totally moved up a notch. Make that two.

Raspberry Bourbon Smash with Spicy Vanilla Sugar
(Makes 3)
4.5 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
4.5 ounces simple syrup
4.5 ounces bourbon
3 T triple sec
1/2 pint of raspberries muddled into a pulp
Top drinks off with club soda (I used orange flavored from Trader Joe!)
Crushed ice
Vanilla sugar and cayenne for the rim (about 1/8-1/4 cup)
Basil leaves for garnish

Prepare your glasses: rim your high ball glasses by dampening the rim.  In a small dish, pour your vanilla sugar and a dash of cayenne. Give it a quick mix.  Dip your glasses into the vanilla sugar/cayenne mixture.

Fill your glass half way with crushed ice.

Mix the orange juice, simple syrup, bourbon, triple sec, and raspberries into a shaker with some ice.  Give it a good shake. Divide into 3 glasses.  Top with club soda and garnish with basil.