Happy weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we're stirring up a stiff one in preparation for the season premiere of a very stressful program: Game of Thrones.
Photos by Claire Lower.
Happy weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we're pairing summery strawberries with one of my favourite citrus liqueurs around. Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curaçao.
I usually "enjoy" this particular show with a goblet of wine in one hand and my Jon Snow figurine in the other, but sometimes wine just isn't enough, and I need something stronger to soothe my frazzled nerves.
Themed drinks are always a little forced though, and I wanted something that was simple and elegant, but still relevant, so I went to my favourite watering hole for inspiration. As I sat there, staring at bottles and talking about dragonfruit (too tropical) and fire (too dangerous), my favourite bartender (who was off duty) scribbled something on a coaster and threw it at me. On it was the recipe for something he was calling the "High Sparrow", named after a particularly pious doucheface.
Like the High Sparrow himself, the beverage seems very simple at first, but you quickly realise it will eff you right up if you're not careful. It also contains Bénédictine, an herbal liqueur rumoured to have been developed by monks (though it actually wasn't) with a recipe that is only known by three people at any given time. To make this somewhat sinister sipper, you will need:
- 60mL bourbon (I used Wild Turkey 101 because, while it is not a sparrow, it is a bird.)
- 15mL Bénédictine
- A nice, healthy strip of lemon zest
Pour your two ethanol-containing liquids into a stirring glass (or a pint glass) with ice and stir to chill and dilute. Strain into a lowball over a big ol' rock and squeeze the oils from your zest into the drink. Place the zest in the glass, and sip to calm your pre-GoT jitters.