Don’t Judge Me Mondays: The Perfect Mark
One of my old co-workers, Kevin, and I love to compare notes about food and cocktails. He’s the one that told me about the Upper Manhattan I shared awhile ago. Well, a few weeks ago I saw Kevin and he told me about this drink he had when he was out and about. Since it featured Bourbon, I knew I had to share it soon!
I will warn you that since this drink is mostly booze, it packs quite a wallup!
Let’s get to it!
You’ll start by filling a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Now add the orange pieces and muddle.
I found a muddler for cheap at Cost Plus, but if you don’t have one the handle of a spatula or wooden spoon will work for this.
Next, pour in the Bourbon, sweet vermouth and dry vermouth. I’ve never had a cocktail with both kinds of vermouth but it really works here. The sweetness smooths things out and the dry vermouth adds a nice crisp flavor to the drink. The main flavor in this cocktail is still Bourbon though, so make sure it’s a brand you really like. I’m sure the idea behind the name is that you use Maker’s Mark, but I really enjoy The Woodinville Whiskey Company’s Bourbon so that’s what I used.
Pop the top on the shaker and shake vigorously for a few seconds. After the muddling, there will be bits of orange, so I recommend pouring it through a small strainer and into your stemmed glass(es).
This will make one large boozy drink or two smaller ones.
Garnish with an Amarena cherry or a small orange wedge.
What’s your favorite bourbon cocktail? Let me know in the comments!
- 2 ounces Bourbon
- 1 quarter orange cut in half
- 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- small orange wedges or Amarena cherries for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the orange pieces and muddle.
- Pour in the Bourbon, sweet vermouth and dry vermouth.
- Pop the top on the shaker and shake vigorously for a few seconds.
- Pour through a small strainer and into one or two stemmed glass(es).
- Garnish with an Amarena cherry or a small orange wedge.