Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ironed Boxers

I’m not saying because I iron my boxers that I expect everyone to do this. Ironing boxers is just a way to get everything to lie flat, and to bring just a teeny amount of order into an untidy life.

This is the complicated version of a straightforward Bourbon and Ginger. It can be garnished with a strip of lemon or orange zest, but I’ve found garnishing with an apple slice can really wake it up.

It’s also not something that lends itself to being sucked down quickly - a nice companion for a lazy afternoon of laundry.

Ginger Simple Syrup

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 cup water

¼ cup fresh grated ginger

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring water to a simmer. When sugar is dissolved and ginger is fragrant, remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain out ginger. Can be refrigerated - in a scrupulously clean container - for several weeks.

The Drink:

1 ounce Ginger Simple Syrup

2 ounces whiskey

dash of bitters

Combine simple syrup and whiskey in a tumbler. Add ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with restraint.

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