Craft Cocktail: Bourbonade

The spring is finally here in Chicago and everyone – and I mean EVERYONE – is outside soaking in the sun and rediscovering what other humans look like without a parka on.

This means it is also past time for one’s outdoor space to be operational. As my facebook, Instagram, twitter, and Snap Chat friends already know; my balcony is operational – and extra awesome this year because of some upgrades.

To help you welcome spring and summer to your balconies, rooftops, decks, porches, and yards (if you have them) – or even your local park or beach; today’s recipe is a smash hit that everyone will enjoy!

Bourbonade on my balcony

Bourbonade – it is what it sounds like if you slur together bourbon lemonade. And, thus you have the two main ingredients. To those I round out the drink with orange simple syrup, a lot of ice, and a thick lemon wheel. Basically, you mix all of these ingredients in ratios that make your mouth happy and then you can call it your own.

Mine goes together like this:

1) Fill a high ball glass with ice

2) Spoon in 1/2 tsp of orange simple syrup

3) Pour in 1.5 oz of bourbon (Four Roses Small Batch is preferred in this house)

4) Fill the rest of the way with lemonade and stir to combine

5) Garnish with a thick lemon wheel

If the drink is too sweet the first time out, squeeze in that lemon wheel and drink the cocktail. Then remake with a little less simple syrup or a little more bourbon. You can see where this could go. So, be a little careful and really enjoy!


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