Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Scarlett O'Hara/ Rhett Butler

You get two drinks for one post today! I couldn't imagine separating Rhett and Scarlett, from Gone With The Wind. They wouldn't be as significant appearing by themselves. These fictional characters, had they really lived during the civil war, would never have tasted Southern Comfort. It didn't exist back then. What we have in these drinks is a Hollywood stylizing of Southern gentility, much like the film made about the book. The cocktail glasses make them look like the real deal, but they lack the potency and dimension that a real bourbon cocktail would have. That is to say that they are eyecatching and a bit like stage props, but they sure feel right going down.

These two appropriately named Southern Comfort cocktails are good drinks, if they are on the lighter side. I initially thought that the proportions of citrus would make them too tart, and I worried that Southern Comfort would not be enough to stand up against the acidity, but I underestimated old SoCo.

Scarlett O'Hara
  • 2 oz. Southern Comfort
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Rhett Butler
  • 2 oz. Southern Comfort
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • lemon twist
Combine all ingredients except twist in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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