I rather like the Fancy Free cocktail recipe I found on Serious Eats**. I've done a couple of riffs on it too, but one day, when I was feeling especially celebratory, I decided to try a tobacco infused cocktail and went and grabbed my bottle of (cue heavenly music and little drunken angels flitting about) 23 year old Pappy. RELAX! Sanity set back in and I put My Precious back in its shrine and grabbed the 15 year Old Pap for my experiment. Sorry if I just gave any Pappy fan a heart attack, it was a momentary aberration.
Pappy Van Winkle is the "be all, end all" bourbon. The 23 year is the penultimate bourbon lovers possession and not to be messed with. Sip it, thank the gods you are blessed to have a friend who has excellent taste, connections and a fat wallet and do not besmirch the Pappy 23 with ANYTHING. Some would be loath to use the 15 year as well, but I was treating myself. Besides, my generous, fat walleted friend always brings his own bottle and leaves me the leftovers. Leftovers, what a word to apply to old Pap.
I want to hand out some props to my Twitter friend @TheDiveWhisperer for inspiring the name of this cocktail. I have held off posting it for want of an appropriately great name, and fear of the wrath of the Pappy community, but this gave it to me:
Yes, folks I have succeeded in bringing back the aromatic essence of my dad with this one. I said "ghost of my father" then realized Dad was the first "Pappy"in my life so ....
GHOST of My PAPPY
Cherry Tobacco Smoked Old Pappy Cocktail
2 Oz. Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Bourbon
1/4 Oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1/4 Oz. Aromatic Cherry Tobacco Infusion*
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Large Ice Sphere or Cube
Garnish: Orange Twist, Pappy Soaked Luxardo Cherry
Glass: Old Fashioned (Low-Ball)
Tools: Cocktail Mister, Bar Spoon
In the morning of the day you are going to try this cocktail take one Luxardo Maraschino cherry (per drink) and drop it in just enough of the Pappy to cover the cherry. Let that get nice and drunker all day. Next, prepare your cherry tobacco infusion*.
Chill your glass ahead of time in the freezer.
Mist the glass with a quick spritz of the Aromatic Cherry Tobacco Infusion. If you don't have a cocktail mister, simply wash the glass interior with the tobacco infusion.
Add your ice cube or sphere then pour in the Luxardo, then the Pappy and give this about 12 stirs with the bar spoon to chill.
Drop the orange bitters on top of the ice then garnish with the Pappy soaked Luxardo Cherry and serve.
*Aromatic Cherry Tobacco Infusion Recipe
I took a teaspoon of Gawith Hoggarth & Co. Top Black Cherry tobacco and dropped it into a bit of Pappy in a very small glass bottle.
I let that infuse for a few hours, just until I got that hint of cherry and tobacco. I didn't want it too powerful, just enough to lend the smoky tobacco and a little extra cherry into the cocktail as a teaser. When the cherry and the tobacco hit your nose your infusion is ready.
Strain the tobacco out of the infused bourbon and pour the infusion into a cocktail mister. There should be just enough to mist two cocktails.
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