Carrying on with the whole 4th July theme, I have made us a cocktail.
It was going to be a Southern Belle, but when I came to make it I discovered that I didn’t have all the necessary ingredients as I had forgotten to look at the recipe prior to the supermarket visit. Opps.
Although, one of the ingredients was peach bitters. Angostura bitters can commonly be found in supermarkets and off-licences, but for anything else you are going to have to trawl the internet. I did a quick search. I found it, but let’s put it into context – was I really, in all honesty, going to use peach bitters again? Could I really justify purchasing a bottle for the sake of 4 drops in one drink?
Probably not. It all seemed a bit silly. But then, maybe having a bottle would tempt me to use it in other drinks? Possibly. The jury is still out. I could have made my own, of course, but I didn’t have the required 21 days to let it sit and mellow. And, according to the post I found about making your own, it actually works out more expensive than buying – although I realise that you would at least know exactly what was in it if you made it. Plus, where do you get 100% proof vodka from without someone looking at you suspiciously?
It was all too much of a faff considering that time was short. Therefore I substituted in some peach cordial – because that is what I had to hand – but, as always, if you already have peach bitters, or feel inclined to whip up a batch of your own, then please do that. As one of my favourite vloggers says “you do you, boo”.
Henceforth this is known as a South-Western Belle, as it based on a Southern Belle and I live the South-West of England, so . . . this seemed like a natural progression on the name front to me.
- 1.5 floz American Whiskey (I used this one)
- 0.5 floz Campari
- 1 floz freshly squeezed orange juice
- 0.25 floz raspberry & strawberry sorbet or strawberry syrup
- 1 tsp peach cordial or 4 dashes of peach bitters
- sparkling water, chilled
- strawberry and a sprig of mint to garnish
- Put some ice in a glass. Add the whiskey, Campari, orange juice, sorbet and peach cordial. Stir to mix.
- Top up with sparkling water and garnish with a strawberry and a sprig of mint.
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