Our assignment this week was to find a cocktail to accompany these grits from last week’s post. I’ll admit to being stumped for most of the week. Southern fare called for a Southern sipper, though the obvious bourbon has been done so often here. Wasn’t there something else we could whip up?
The answer was in the name: Southern Comfort–of course! But what could we make with this whiskey-flavored liqueur? Turns out a lot. My hefty copy of 10,000 Drinks listed over 300 titles under “Southern Comfort” in the index. Many of them had names not appropriate for a blog such as this (Big Booty Shake and Butt Naked? Maybe not.), which narrowed it down, but still.
But then along came Diane of Diane’s Food Blog. We’d been introduced through a mutual blogging friend (thanks, Shamim!) and had corresponded a bit via email and our respective facebook pages (mine, hers). Imagine my delight when I found myself sitting next to her at a cooking class event held at a local foodie venue. Somehow my Southern Comfort cocktail conundrum came up in conversation and she mentioned her mom liking Southern Comfort Old-Fashioneds. Diane had my attention.
Being the awesome networker that she is, Diane sent me a “loose version” of her mom’s recipe that same evening. Her comment that she “always thought they taste a bit like cough medicine, but in a good way” had me especially curious. I was missing only the orange and lemon, but as soon as that was remedied I whipped me up a Southern Comfort Old-Fashioned.
While the base (muddled citrus and sugar, bitters, and Southern Comfort) was indeed syrupy, the addition of club soda and ice means this cocktail can be diluted to taste. I used a 16-ounce glass and with a few ice cubes and to-the-top fill of bubbly water, my drink was just a bit on the weak side. Next time, I’ll use less club soda. But the overall flavors were fruity and divine. Sweet, tart, and refreshing. It’s nice to know this drink will be waiting in my cocktail repertoire for the next time I need something sassy and Southern to sip.
Diane’s loose version of her mom’s recipe is as follows, with the quantities I used in parentheses.
- Muddle some sugar (1 cube), lemon (1 wedge) and orange (2 wedges) in the bottom of the glass.
- Add some bitters (few dashes).
- Add a shot (2 ounces) of Southern Comfort and some club soda (to the top of 16-ounce glass that also holds a few ice cubes).
- Garnish with cherries or an orange+cherry skewer.
Many thanks to my bloggy friend, Diane, for finding us the perfect cocktail pairing for grits. Next week we’ll dig back into Great-aunt Helen’s recipe box for another vintage foodie find.