Finally, a drink that isn’t swimming in citrus—but it uses a sweet wine. Don’t get me wrong I like a good sweet wine and Tokay (Tokaji) is one of my favorites, but mixed with bourbon? Pineapple juice? Lemon juice? Okay. Let’s taste what we’re stirring.
1.5 oz. Bourbon (Grass Widow)
1.5 oz. Sweet wine (Tokay)
1 dash pineapple juice
1 dash lemon juice
Stir well, pour over ice cubes, and add club soda.
Well, this is interesting! Interesting in a “I don’t think I’m going to make this drink ever again” interesting. The drink was too winey. In a mocking tone Eric says, “Vegetal notes.” Well, it is vegetal and earthy. The bourbon is there but the wine is THERE. I guess the real theme of this Riutals session is “that one ingredient that overpowers all the others.”
SCORE: Eric 3, Brian 3
Another theme of today is variations, so we decide to make the 1917 ADMIRAL SCHLEY HIGHBALL.
ADMIRAL SCHLEY HIGHBALL
1 Teaspoon pineapple syrup (Small Hand Foods Pineapple Syrup)
1 Teaspoon lemon juice
1 oz. Irish Whiskey (Eric for some reason has no Irish Whiskey so we used Crown Royal)
1 oz. Tokay
Drop one piece of ice in a highball glass. Add other ingredients filling up with sparkling water.
For some reason this drink was better than the ADMIRAL HIGHBALL. We’re not sure why. Maybe because we used Crown Royal as opposed to Irish whiskey. Maybe the wonderful pineapple syrup. Maybe the ratios are just better suited.
SCORE: Eric 6. Brian 6