Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Squid Mixes: Whiskey Fix
In Imbibe!, David Wondrich describes a fix as a "short punch," simply a smaller version of the full glass. I drew from two separate books for my mixture, the generalities from Imbibe! and a few specifics from The New York Bartender's Guide (NYBG). Wondrich's recipe, originally from Jerry Thomas (1862), indicates sugar, lemon, water and spirits with in-season fruit to garnish. The "spirits" can be brandy, gin, Santa Cruz rum or whiskey. Wondrich recommends "plain old domestic whiskey," still not particularly helpful in a country of considerable variety in this product. NYBG specifies blended whiskey. The only bottle in our cabinet was Crown Royal - not exactly domestic, though Canada is considerably closer to me than Kentucky or Tennessee. Okay, admittedly CR is distilled in Manitoba - not close at all. Still, it's in the cabinet. It will do.
NYBG is also more specific with the garnish. Orange twist. Thank you.