Sunday, June 5

Jockey Club Cocktail #2

Somehow, after the '20s, people forgot about gin.  At least that's what it seems like to me.  Gin is a dry spirit that is flavored with all sorts of things such as Juniper berries, orange peels, coriander, licorice, and who knows what else.  Anyway, the Wall Street Journal published some cocktail recipes for the Kentucky Derby a couple weeks ago and my mom raves about this one.

Jockey Club Cocktail #2
from The Wall Street Journal

2 oz. gin
3/4 oz. amaretto
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 dash Angostura bitters

Shake it all together with ice and strain.  For the record, 1 shot is equal to 1.5 oz of liquid and these measurements make one serving.

Here's part of the little blurb the article had:
The sweet almond flavor of the amaretto melds nicely with the tartness of the lemon juice, while the gin gives the drink a pleasant dryness.
I realize it is kind of a pain to buy all these ingredients, but my mother raves about this cocktail and from what I can tell, bitters and amaretto are not too expensive.  A little bottle of bitters goes for about $9 (and it will last you awhile) and a decently sized bottle of amaretto is about $12.  (Amaretto is a sweet-almond flavored liqueur.  And liqueurs are alcoholic beverages that have been bottled with sugar and flavored with various things such as fruits and creams.)

I am in no way familiar with the type of music that is typically played at the Kentucky Derby, but I feel like the music should match... so here's Johnny Cash singing "My Old Kentucky Home":

Sintumuang, Kevin. "Drinks for Your Kentucky Derby Party, Beyond the Julep." The Wall Street Journal [New York City] 7 May 2011. Print.

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