Since there's really no better accessory than a cocktail in your hand, each week brings you a tasty adult beverage from one of our favorite drinking establishments, complete with recipe.
This week: The Ginger Bourbon Lemonade at Sapporo.
Not all fruity mixed drinks have to be girly, as proven by the Ginger Bourbon Lemonade at Sapporo. This is your bourbon-lover's "lemonade:" It tastes a lot like bourbon and nothing like lemonade.
For the rest of us who aren't too keen on bourbon, however, it's a unique introduction: strong yet sweet and refreshing. We'd recommend sipping on this while eating sushi or the highly addictive crab puffs at happy hour.
(Recipe after the jump.)
Ginger Bourbon Lemonade
1-¼ oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
1-½ oz Fresh Sour Mix (made daily in-house)
1 oz Citrus Ginger Simple Syrup
¾ oz Cointreau
Splash Soda Water
In a shaker, combine bourbon, sour mix, simple syrup and Cointreau, and mix well. Put ice, two lemon wheels, and fresh ginger cut matchstick style into a tumbler-sized glass of your choosing, and pour mixture on top. Top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wheel and piece of candied ginger.
Warning: The garnish in your drink is probably not the best appetizer, unless, of course you really enjoy the bite of raw ginger. Stick safely with the lemon and candied ginger atop your glass and/or real food from the kitchen.
The Ginger Bourbon Lemonade is part of a new line of "fresh fruit drinks" featuring lots of infused booze, muddled fruit and extravagant garnishes that will be on Sapporo's menu by the end of the month. Don't see them? Ask a bartender for the flip-card menu of the newest drink recipes and pick your (fruity) poison.
FYI: This also means current favorites, read the über-popular White Cosmo, are likely on the way off the menu... Not to fret, management assured us if you ask for the clear classic, they'll gladly prepare it.