2 oz Bourbon
1 oz Lillet (white)
1 tsp crème de cassis
2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
lemon peel garnish
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Twist a piece of lemon peel over top,
releasing the oils and drop in drink.
Sit back and enjoy.
This is a wonderful drink, with the Lillet yielding to the stronger flavors of the bourbon, but leaving behind a trace of sexy muskiness, as if your lover had just left the room. Crème de cassis is made from French black currants and helps to slightly sweeten the drink while imparting a lovely, rich, royal red hue.
One may notice that everything in this drink, with the exception of the ice and lemon is French, or has a French name. (Bourbon is named after Bourbon County, Kentucky, which in turn is named after the French royal family). This is one of those drinks that may turn one of those “I hate Bourbon” people you know into re-inciting the old Hatfield-McCoy feud. Ok, that was for love of a person, not a cocktail, but you get the idea.
For more drinks like this, grab David Wondrich’s fabulous book, Killer Cocktails.