Sangaree Comfort

I remembered that Internet Cocktail Database has a random recipe generator, so I gave that a try yesterday.  I pulled up a Sangaree Comfort, which sounded good to me.

Sangarees are usually a mix of basic liquors on ice, filled with soda (as in pop) or soda (as in water), and port floated on top.  Sometimes a sprinkle of nutmeg is called for.  This recipe didn't call for the port, and I skipped the nutmeg; I didn't want to have to wash my nutmeg scraper-thingee.

Southern Comfort is my summer drink of choice (the regular proof version; I had a bottle of the higher proof last year and didn't like it nearly as much).  February seems a weird time to be drinking it, but I gave this recipe a whirl.

It's pretty simple:

  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz Southern Comfort
  • 1/4 oz peach brandy
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Stir or shake on ice, fill with lemon-lime soda, sprinkle with nutmeg
As I said, I skipped the nutmeg.  For the bourbon, I used small batch Jack.  I didn't have peach brandy sitting around and don't use it often enough to run out and get some, so I substituted peach liqueur, and since the liqueur is very sweet, I left out the sugar.  Instead of lemon-lime soda, I used ginger ale.  Any more changes and I'd have to call this a different recipe, I guess.

I shook up a double batch, which had a lot of buzz power.  The ginger ale sort of covered the peach flavor; lemon-lime soda like 7 Up probably wouldn't hide the peach as much, but I could still tell that what I was drinking wasn't just ginger ale and bourbon.

This would be a good summer drink, especially made with lemon-lime soda or even lemonade.  Floating port might not be a bad thing either.