The first, of what I hope to be many, PNW storm arrived yesterday. As the snow fell, we cuddled up in our home, lit a Duraflame log (yes, we forgot to order wood!) and started experimenting with winter cocktails. My husband is kind of a cocktail buff. Well, he's buff and he likes cocktails- does that equate to a cocktail buff? Searching the web, he suddenly came across the Winter Bourbon Smash.
Away he went to the kitchen, rifling through our fridge, liquor cabinet, shaking, stirring and finally, sipping! The drink was a total success- wintery, yet refreshing and not overly sweet. The reason I love this recipe (thank you, Minimalist Baker for posting), is there is a major cheat in it, that is quite perfect for days when you’re snowed (or iced) in. Instead of making a fresh fruit puree, the recipe calls for berry preserves, aka, that jar of jam that is in just about everyone’s fridge. We made the cocktail two ways- one with raspberry jam and other one with leftover homemade orange cranberry sauce! I preferred the later as the sauce had accents of nutmeg and cinnamon. However, just about any jam, preserve, or jelly will do.
I would say our first snow day was a complete success. We drank our Winter Bourbon Smash's, watched countless re-runs of The Office and even made it out for a quick and very chilly walk around our neighborhood to check out the snow that quickly turned to ice.
Winter Bourbon Smash
2 Tbsp preserves or jam of choice
1 ounce bourbon (we used Bulleit in one and Elijah Craig in the other- both were delicious!)
1 Tbsp Triple Sec
2-3 Tbsp Orange Juice (we used fresh squeezed)
1 large orange slice
A splash of club soda