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
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.