Recipe: The Smoking Gun

whiskeyAs noted earlier, Barrel Aged Bitters from Fee Brothers have arrived back at our store. This recipe makes good use of them, pairing them up with two more of my favorite things: smoky scotch and Fernet Branca!

The Smoking Gun

Two notoriously assertive ingredients—scotch and Fernet Branca—balance each other out in this flavorful after-dinner sipper. “It’s a drink you can hunker down with,” says Mark Allen. “I love how it has such a warming effect, even though it’s served ice-cold.”

2 oz. Islay or other peaty scotch (Allen uses Laphroaig 10-year)

3/4 tsp. Fernet Branca

1/2 tsp. brown sugar cordial (see below)

2 dashes Fee Bros. whiskey barrel-aged bitters

Cracked ice

Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer

Glass: small scotch or cocktail glass

Garnish: mint leaf
Stir all ingredients and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish.

To make the brown sugar cordial, heat two parts brown sugar and one part water until sugar is dissolved and solution has slightly thickened. Allow to cool and stir in an ounce of demerara rum (Allen uses Lemon Hart) per every 10 ounces of syrup. Keeps for a month in the refrigerator.

Mark Allen, Red Feather Lounge, Boise, Idaho

Spring Cleaning Bonanza!

springcleaning

We’re clearing out our cellar here at Randall’s and finding all sorts of goodies. These beers are no longer available in Missouri but are well suited to aging. Barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned. This may be your last chance to snag beers from Jolly Pumpkin and Nebraska Brewing for some time to come. Keep your eyes posted for more gems to come soon as the spring cleaning continues.