Off to the Races

Off to the Races Cocktail

Base Spirit: Bourbon / American Whiskey

Type: Modern Classics

Served: On the Rocks

Preparation: Shaken

Strength: Medium

Difficulty: Complicated

About the Off to the Races Cocktail

Homemade peach-apricot-chipotle syrup takes this drink way beyond the Julep.

Ingredients in the Off to the Races Cocktail

  • 2 Shiso leaves
  • 2 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
  • 1 oz Peach-Apricot-Chipotle Chile Agave Nectar*
  • Just under 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Peach bitters (such as Fee Brothers)

Garnish: Shiso leaf

Glass: Double Old Fashioned

How to make the Off to the Races Cocktail

In a shaker, muddle the shiso leaves. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake well and double-strain into a double Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a shiso leaf.

*Peach-Apricot-Chipotle Chile Agave Nectar

  • 8 oz Water
  • 8 oz Light amber organic agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. Smoked chipotle chile powder
  • 6.5 oz (half a jar) Apricot preserves (Bonne Maman)
  • 6.5 oz (half a jar) Peach preserves (Bonne Maman)

Combine the water and the agave nectar in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture is warm (do not boil), add the remaining ingredients. Stir continuously until blended. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

This drink is served at The Summit Bar in New York City.

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