Lady Jake

Creating drinks for strangers is hard. You can send them a questionnaire asking them their basic preferences, but there are still going to be unknowns. Do they have expensive or cheap tastes? Are they highly knowledgable about spirits and cocktails, meaning they will be bored with a basic concoction, or are they novices who will be put off by esoteric and/or expensive ingredients? You do the best you can, trying to strike a balance between easy-to-put-together and educational-without-being-inaccessible. As an example, consider the Lady Jake. A pretty straight-forward tart and mildly-sweet pleaser with a highly accessible base (bourbon) and a potentially alienating sweetener (Domain de Canton). Basically a whiskey sour with some citrus and other flavor notes to make it unique. I like it, anyway, and would hope one Jocelyne H. does, too. I wouldn’t know, however; I haven’t heard back from her about it.

Lady Jake ✯✯✯✯
1 1/2 oz bourbon
1 oz Domain de Canton
1/2 – 3/4 oz lemon juice
1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
1 dash orange bitters

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Lemon peel garnish.

2 thoughts on “Lady Jake

  1. Dear Sir, forgive me for being remiss in trying out my namesake cocktail. I am indeed a novice, though happily I am intrigued rather than put off by the Domain de Canton. My new year’s resolution is to satisfy your curiosity – and mine – as to the success of the Lady Jake. Cheers!

  2. Update: it took me a year, but I did it! Rang in 2014 with my very own Very Good Cocktail, and it was indeed VERY GOOD! Nice and spicy (and boozy) – just how I like it. My Other Half needed some sweet, so I added a jigger of elderflower syrup to my last one. I am happy to call this cocktail my own. Well done, sir!

    Happy New Year!

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