Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Yardbird

I'm a bit slow posting this, but a few weeks ago the theme for Thursday Drink Night, or TDN, was "A-Maize-ing", calling for drinks using ingredients made from corn.  I had recently read about Jim Meehan's Imperial Silver Corn Fizz, and was intrigued.  So I decided the occasion called for me trying to whip up some corn water to play around with for TDN.  I took some fresh Jersey corn off the cob and threw it in the blender, and then strained it through cheesecloth.  It seemed to work, yielding about 2 oz of bright yellow sweet liquid with a bright aroma.  While I was borrowing ideas from Meehan, I kept the egg white component, and decided to up the corn factor by using some moonshine and reached for the Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1, which has an aroma also redolent of fresh corn.
Yardbird
  • 1 oz Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1
  • 1 oz corn water
  • 1 oz egg white
  • ¼ oz gomme syrup
  • 1 dash Fee's Whiskey Barrel-Aged bitters
shake and strain
This certainly made for an interesting drink. It had a full mouthfeel from the gomme and the egg white, and lots of corn flavor. Between the corn's sweetness and the fact the corn water lent the drink a creamy quality, it was almost like a dessert drink. It did have a bit of an uncooked flavor that I'm not sure how I felt about, but was interesting enough to keep me going back for another sip to figure it out.

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