I got a twofer (two for one) on some Jim Beam the other day so I picked up a bottle of their regular bourbon and a bottle of their new maple infused bourbon. I've made my own maple infused bourbon* but I hadn't tried Beam's version before so I thought, what the heck, basically it's free. It's also definitely maple. It's also VERY sweet, it tastes like bourbon with a lot of maple syrup in it. If you are a straight bourbon kind of person, this might not be your cup of tea. But it presents possibilities for mixing. Right away I knew this was a spirit that was going to require some bitters to balance that sweetness, but I like adding bitters to cocktails so no problemo. I'm very fond of the depth of flavor bitters can add to a cocktail and I like the additional herbal qualities they bring to the mix.
I was also in possession of some fairly ripe tangelos that needed to be used and an itch to try out a cocktail foam technique. Plus it was Monday and I really needed a cocktail. Really. Put those all together and this is what I ended up with. It's not really a sour, I don't know what the heck it is as far as cocktail categories go, but it was darned good ... so good, in fact, I had a surprise guest**.
Naming it with another issue, so pardon the word play here:
** SAVE THE BEES
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