The Brown Turkey
- 1oz Aged Rum
- 1oz Fig and Brown sugar reduction
- 3 dashes Orange Bitters
Shake in ice and strain in to a flute
- Top with 2oz Sparkling Wine
Garnish: Orange Twist
Fig and Brown Sugar Reduction:
In a pan on medium heat, dissolve 1 cup of brown sugar in 1 cup of water. Add 1/2 Cup of chopped fresh figs (or substitute dried figs if no fresh available) and bring to a boil. Cover and remove from heat, let steep for 25 minutes. Fine strain into a glass bottle and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought this sounded like a fun and somewhat different kind of drink option for the holiday. I found this recipe in this months ‘Special Holiday issue’ of Imbibe Magazine and think it sounds really quite yummy.
Imbibe Holiday issue Nov/Dec 2012
I have to say, this is the first time I am putting up a drink as ‘drink of the week’ that I have actually not yet tasted!
It’s an intriguing recipe that sounds like it would be quite tasty though. I love figs and find them to have such a delicious natural sweetness that I believe would pair beautifully with aged rum.
The drink itself was created by Justin L Chamberlin of ‘Sagra Trattoria and Bar’ in Austin, Texas and is described in the magazine as being;
‘A formula that combines subtle spices of aged rum with the sultry sweetness of figs and a pop of sparking wine’.
I’m curious to see if the addition of bitters comes through strongly or not though.
I do intend on having my boyfriend create it next week to go with our thanksgiving feast, and I will be sure to report back on how it turns out. For now here is the recipe for all my Fussy readers who may wish to attempt it themselves, feel free to get in touch if you do make it and let me know how it goes.
JAMESON ALMOND OLD FASHIONED
- 2oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 1/4oz Amaretto / Caramel Liqueur
- 1/4oz Sugar Syrup
- 3 dash orange bitters
Garnish: Orange twist
Stir ingredients with ice cubes for a good 2 minutes. The melting and stirring in of ice cubes is essential to the dilution and taste of the drink.
Serve over 1 large Ice Cube.
St.Patricks Day: Fun Facts
As i’m sure you all know it’s St.Patricks day (AKA St.Pattys Day) this coming week-end, which for many here in the USA is merely an excuse to get drunk and wear green. However, for those of you who don’t know, Saint Patricks Day is a Religious holiday that originated in Dublin, Ireland in the 18th Century and was originally a solemn affair. The Irish Protestant organization ‘The Knights of St. Patrick’ held a parade on 17 March 1783 (March 17 being the date St.Patrick died in AD 461) and the tradition of this holiday being a celebratory occasion has continued ever since in Dublin and across the globe.
Saint Patrick was a Christian Missionary (yes, he was a real person) and a fair time after his death became the patron saint of Ireland. He is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved clover, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks has become a big feature of the day. In 1903 St.Patricks Day became a public holiday in Ireland. Irish member of Parliament James O’Mara later introduced a law that required pubs and bars be closed on 17 March after drinking got out of hand, (doesn’t surprise me) but this was repealed in the 1970s.
So in between downing pints of Guinness, or doing ‘Irish Car Bomb’ shots this Saturday night I thought you might want to try something slightly different, but still sticking with this Irish theme. What better way to celebrate than with a variation of the classic drink an ‘Old Fashioned’. I like this version of the drink because it is sweeter than a regular Old Fashioned and the almond notes of the Amaretto come through subtly. In truth this recipe (from the Jameson website) may be slightly too sweet for many people, so you can afford to remove the sugar syrup altogether if you find this to be the case.
HAPPY SAINT PATRICKS DAY!!!!