Sunday, May 21, 2017

Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Aweigh refers to the moment the hoisted anchor clears the sea floor, indicating a ship's departure. It is when the weight of the anchor is suspended by the ship, not the sea floor, so it is "aweigh."

This drink may refer to this term directly, or it might be named after the U.S. Navy's march the popular musical of the same name. Still, its nautical origin puts it in league with other Maritime cocktails like the Seaboard. It is fairly sweet and dessert-like with its primary flavors being peach and orange cream.

The recipe calls for cherry liqueur and peach brandy, but I opted for Bird Dog peach whiskey, which matches up with the drink's base spirit, bourbon. Bird Dog peach whiskey was a good choice. It has oak and vanilla flavors of whiskey but a funny artificial peach flavor similar to peach schnapps. It is less sweet than Southern Comfort, which is good, considering that sweet Cherry Heering is my go-to cherry liqueur for this drink.
  • 1 1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 2 tsp. triple sec (Luxardo Triplum used)
  • 2 tsp. peach brandy (Bird Dog peach whiskey used)
  • 2 tsp. cherry liqueur (Cherry Heering used)
  • 2 tbsp. half-and-half
Combine all ingredients in a shaker (or blender) and shake (or blend) and pour into a double Old Fashioned glass. 

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