The Drink: While preparing the menu for this Takeover, we decided it would be fun to Tweet and ask for drink ideas. Andy Baxter, lead singer of Penny and Sparrow, replied “Any chance we can see some Irish Mule or ginger/bourbon goodness?!” Bourbon and ginger? Oh, absolutely.
This worked perfectly with an ingredient that both Jamie and I have recently purchased – Branca Menta. Jamie got it a few months ago and mentioned a few recipes to me, but not until my Italy trip did I finally try and buy a bottle. An amaro with mint flavor? Perfection.
So we discussed how to use the bourbon, ginger and Menta, and Jamie convinced me that they’d all work together. He made the cocktail for Andy the next day since he happened to be stopping in Nashville on a tour stop. Jamie asked Andy if he’d prefer it with less Menta and more ginger, since Menta can easily overpower a drink. Andy looked at Jamie, looked at the drink, took another sip and said “Brother, that’s perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Since it was Andy’s desire for us to post a bourbon and ginger drink, and since it was Penny and Sparrow’s Atlanta stop that brought Jamie to Georgia in the first place, we decided that naming this cocktail after him was the best decision we could make. Cheers, Mr. Baxter, and also to you, world.
- 2 oz bourbon – we used Temptation
- 1/4 oz Branca Menta
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz ginger syrup
Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
Shake and strain into a pretty glass of choice.
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