Monday, August 8, 2011

The Strawberry Blonde

2 oz Bourbon - Redemption High-Rye Bourbon
2 oz Strawberry Puree - fresh

1/2 oz Coriander Syrup *
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice - fresh 

Puree about 3 heaping tablespoons of fresh strawberries in a blender.  Add puree, bourbon, coriander syrup, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.  Shake vigorously and double-strain into a small cocktail glass. 

It starts with a bit of lemon and rye in the nose, with surprisingly little strawberry aroma.  Then an incredibly smooth mouthfeel, with strawberry and coriander up front, followed by a nice long strawberry and bourbon finish.  It leaves a slightly tingly rye spice on the tongue.  I think the Redemption works well here.  It really grew on me, though I'm not sure it was worth the trouble.  Strawberry Blondes rarely are.

* I promise I will have a post about syrups soon.  It's an incredibly easy way to add tons of depth and character to your cocktails.