Dubey, on 17 March 2017 - 07:07 AM, said:
if I remember correctly it was 1.5 ounces soda water, 1.5 ounces bourbon. Muddled blackberries, splash of pineapple juice, teaspoon of sugar. Just tasted like a Bourbon and soda lol. None of the blackberry/pineapple/sugar flavour came through at all. It was still good and I drank it because it was good bourbon, but I could have saved all of the effort and just poured a bourbon and soda.
Have you ever tried to infuse your bourbon? I'd definitely recommend it if you want to have those flavors shine through. Downside is it can take several days/weeks depending on your own taste preferences, but its definitely worth it in my opinion. Bourbon and mixers like soda water are going to mask most of the flavor you get through muddling. If you do muddle, make sure you are twisting and not just pressing down...and really make sure the ingredients are blended together well.
This is a simple recipe I make pretty frequently
Shot of bourbon (2 oz)
3/4 oz honey
3/4 oz lemon juice
mix it all in a shaker and pour over rocks. simple but delicious. honey/lemon works really well with bourbon.
Here's another personal fav that I found online several years ago
Mint leaves (4 or 5 decent sized leaves)
Handful of blackberries
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz Cointreau
2 oz Bourbon
1 peeled and diced plum
Muddle the mint, blackberries, simple syrup, and plum in a shaker glass. Add your ice, Cointreau and Bourbon.
I've experimented quite a bit with this recipe. If you don't like plums, peaches are very good in this recipe too. You can replace the blackberries with blueberries, raspberries, etc. and play around with the flavors. All very good in my opinion.