My cocktail for this week is an adaptation of a recipe I learned in New Orleans earlier this year. While visiting the city I was able to spend some time at the Lobby Bar in the Windsor Court Hotel with bartender Kent Westmoreland, who has a great appreciation of classic cocktails. During our visit he had me taste a ton of his incredible cocktail creations, including the Southern Knight, and I knew immediately that I wanted to give it a twist and share it with you.
Many bourbon recipes ask for the inclusion of lemon juice and/or ginger, and todays recipe is no exception; these flavors just work so well together. I started with the bourbon, lemon juice and ginger in the form of ginger beer and then decided I needed to balance the concoction out a little further with the addition of some sugar, which came in the form of a strawberry simple syrup. The result is a delicious cocktail I am sure you will love.
The Southern Knight
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- ½ ounce strawberry syrup*
- Top with ginger beer
- 2 cups ice
Combine bourbon, lemon juice, strawberry syrup and 1 cup of ice into shaker and shake to dilute and chill mixture. Strain into a serving glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a strawberry.
*Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup of sugar
- ½ cup of chopped strawberries
- 1 cup of water
In a sauce pan combine sugar, water, and strawberries. Let it boil until sugar dissolves. Strain mixture and let it cool.