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We all know what war is good for, but Bourbon is an entirely different subject. With the addition of Cointreau and sweet vermouth, this cocktail is a sunrise during a pandemic while a forest fire rages in a neighboring state. Sweet, yes, but balanced with lemon and plenty of ice, let’s consider this a smooth alternative to other horseracing-related beverages like the Mint Julip.
Four parts Bourbon
Two parts Cointreau
One part sweet (red) vermouth
One part fresh lemon juice
Lemon peel for garnish
Begin by removing your fancy Kentucky Derby hat and washing your hands. Next, combine ingredients, shake and strain via a cocktail shaker. Always use fresh lemons. Always use plenty of ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon simply because its appearance will help balance the sweetness in your mind, if not in the glass. While not a complicated drink, it is a cocktail meant for more genteel times than these. Approach it as such. As we make our way through a global pandemic, it is important to be kind to yourself. Pair this drink with a comfortable outdoor chair, a deep breath and a big swig.