Monday Funday #1: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Falernum!

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Hello everyone and welcome to the very first installment of The Woman At The Bar’s Monday Funday where we bring you our weekly Woman At The Bar Original! (For more info on Monday Funday, click here)

To start us off, we’re going for a simple but delectable creation made with two of my favorite ingredients: Bulleit Bourbon and Falernum!

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Falernum! is one of my favorite creations: simple, smooth, dynamic, and an all around crowd-pleaser. I made this last Thanksgiving for my family, and they could not get enough! Here is what you will need to get started:

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  • 1 1/3 oz Bulleit Bourbon
  • 2/3 oz Falernum
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (see below for recipe)
  • nutmeg (to garnish)

To start, gather all of your ingredients plus your shaker, a knife, a cutting board, a juice press, a 2:1 split jigger, a 1 oz : 1/2 oz split jigger, and a glass.

In general, I like to put my ingredients into the shaker glass in the following order: sour (lemon), sweet (simple syrup), strong (alcohol), weak (ice).

First off, cut your lemon in half, and squeeze it either into a small glass, or directly into the 1 oz jigger (if you’re feeling adventurous).

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The lemons I have been getting recently are pretty big, so it usually works out to 1/2 a lemon = 1 oz of juice.

Once you have your ounce, pour it directly into the shaker glass.

IMPORTANT: never ever put ice in the shaker glass before you get your other ingredients in there! You do not want your drink to dilute!

Next, pour your 1/2 oz of simple syrup into the jigger and directly into the glass.

Simple syrup recipe: By definition, this is the simplest sweetener syrup you can make! All you need is an air-tight container that you can pour from, sugar, and water. Pour equal amounts sugar and water into the container, close it, and shake until all the sugar has disolved. Then refrigerate!   There is no need to heat anything on the stove! I usually do 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water so I don’t end up with too much syrup! This can keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge.

I like my drinks a bit stronger and more tarte than sweet, so feel free to add a bit more simple syrup if you want. (I wouldn’t go more than 3/4 of an ounce though, or it will be too sweet!)

Now add your liquor! 1 1/3 oz Bulleit Bourbon, and 2/3 oz Falernum.

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Once all of your ingredients are in your shaker glass, fill your shaker tin about 2/3 full of ice.

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Now pour your ingredients over the ice, secure the shaker glass to the shaker tin, and shake shake shake! You need to shake VIGOROUSLY for 15-20 seconds. Your tin should be frosting and cold all the way at the bottom when you are done.

photo 3 (2)Now pour some ice into your serving glass, and strain your drink into it!

The final step is to grate some fresh nutmeg over the top, as your garnish. This really adds a lot to the drink, so don’t skip it! If you do not have whole nutmeg, you can use pre-ground. Start with just a small sprinkle, then add more to taste.

photo 2 (7)and there you have it! You’ve got yourself one kickass cocktail. Go forth and enjoy, my dears.

Until tomorrow!

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