2 oz. W. R. White Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Orange/Honey/Sage Simple Syrup
3/4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Sprig of fresh sage (garnish)
Combine whiskey, syrup, lemon juice, and orange bitters in a mixing glass. Add ice to Boston Shaker and shake ingredients for 10 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass and add a generous splash of ginger ale. Gently stir, and garnish with a fresh sprig of sage and a swizzle stick. Release the essential aroma of the herb by placing the sage sprig in one palm of your hands and "slapping" it with the other hand before garnishing the cocktail.
4 oz. locally-sourced honey
4 oz. water
8 oz. Orange Marmalade
1/2 cup fine granulated sugar
Juice of two oranges
1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
Heat water in a non-reactive pan over medium heat. Add honey, stirring until completely dissolved. Add orange marmalade and continue stirring until dissolved. Add sugar and the juice of one orange, and continue stirring until dissolved. Remove from heat and add sage leaves. Steep in syrup for 15-20 minutes or until flavor profile is achieved. Remove sage, fine strain into a bottle and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
|Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys|
I decided to use W. R. White Rye Whiskey from Journeyman Distillery (Three Oaks, MI) as the backbone of this creation. Rye Whiskey has a clean, crisp and slightly spicy flavor profile, very reminiscent of the trio's Friday evening performance, as opposed to the bitter/sweet flavor profile of corn-based moonshine. The orange/honey/sage simple syrup flavors represent each member of the trio. Honey represents Delilah DeWylde (Upright Bass/Lead Vocal) with its sweet and astringent heating components, just like Delilah heats up the crowd with her onstage performance and her sweet, pure and earthy vocals. Orange represents Lee Harvey (Guitar), who happens to play an orange Gretsch Guitar. Orange gets brighter with the flavor of lemon, and Lee Harvey's relationship with his guitar is a bright and vibrant one that heats up as the evening progresses. Sage represents drummer D. J. McCoy. Sage is a moderate-heavy weight herb and speaks in loud volumes as the driving flavor force in the syrup. D. J. brings everything together with the backbone beat just like Sage adds the perfect element to this flavored simple syrup.
Be sure to catch this fabulous honky-tonkin' rockabilly trio next time they grace the stage in your area. In the meantime, enjoy this little one minute video I captured at their recent show at Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo, Michigan. CHEERS!
|Delilah's Slap 'n Tickle Cocktail|
Pictured with The Carter Family