Last week I took a trip back to Denver to visit family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. In the midst of dealing with the chaotic frenzy of socializing with family, The Arkitekt and I snuck away to pick up some much needed supplies at Davidson Liquor.
I seriously ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ throughout every aisle, just beside myself with the sheer sweet variety so expertly curated. And get this - on Thanksgiving Day, the store staff was cheerful and helpful, speaking into their earpieces to find me Orgeat syrup on the quick. Try getting that kind of help at BevMo! Pssssht.
I decided to make one drink for my mom’s 14 guests on Thanksgiving, in honor of my brother Cameron - "Cameron’s Kick". I first found out about this drink on the menu at The Tar Pit in Hollywood and had the good fortune to try it recently. In a word - delicious. And while hanging out at The Tar Pit with The Arkitekt and a good friend from Tucson, I re-united with an old friend from Denver. How’s that for a small world?
Here’s the recipe from The Cocktail Chronicles (which is a blog I love, btw):
- 1 ounce Scotch (blended, please — Famous Grouse works well)
- 1 ounce Irish whiskey
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce orgeat
Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.
I used Black Grouse blended scotch and Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey (first time purchase, and not bad!) and amazingly found Trader Vic’s Orgeat Syrup (score!).
I am happy to report that my brother Cameron actually liked the drink (which is fantastic, because he’s usually into rum and coke..and not a whisky drinker by any means). My sister-in-law was also a big fan. Sadly, my mom was too stressed to even think about having a sip of a cocktail! ::sigh::
Yours truly made the cocktail at least five times…and happily snuck in sips of each drink. I gotta test the goods, ya know.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to sneak in much studying for my upcoming BarSmarts mixology exam that day. But I’m making up for it now!