Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ants on a Log

I mentioned I had uses in mind for the Fresh Celery Syrup I made recently, and this is the one at the top of my list of ideas.  Luckily, it worked well for last week's TDN: Nuts, as well, so I threw it out for them.  I decided to have some fun with the idea of a cocktail playing off the old childhood staple of peanut butter and raisins on a celery stick, and here's what I ended up with.
Ants on a Log
  • 1 oz peanut-infused bourbon
  • 1 oz currant-infused bourbon
  • scant ½ oz fresh celery syrup
  • 2 dashes celery bitters
stir and strain into DOF glass, garnish with celery stick with bourboned currants from the infusion
I really like how the peanut infusion turned out, and I think this is a nice showcase for it.  To make it I just took some unsalted and roasted peanuts and soaked them in Bourbon for a couple days and then strained it through a coffee filter.  (Actually overnight on the counter and then in the fridge for like 5 days because I went out of town, but it seemed to be pretty forgiving.)  Likewise for the currants, although I didn't strain that one and just left 'em in to soak.

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