Thursday, February 23, 2012

Delilah's Slap 'n Tickle using W.R. White Rye Whiskey

Delilah's Slap and Tickle

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
Ginger Ale
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.  

Orange/Honey/Sage Simple Syrup
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
This cocktail creation is inspired by Delilah DeDwylde & The Lost Boys' most  recent performance at Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo, MI.   The name was inspired by Delilah's upright bass/lead vocal performance.  She has been described as, "Her outsized stage presence is the centerpiece of the show — one minute singing sweetly, the next standing on her bass and slapping it into submission." The trio describe themselves as "a succession of no-good punks and ill-mannered teenagers that took the best of American roots music — hard-partying honky tonk country, searing gutbucket blues and lonesome hillbilly twang — and distilled it into a potent moonshine known as rockabilly. This combustible formula, passed down through the generations, forms the heart of the revved-up stylings of Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys."  I recently described the band after a live stage performance, "if Buddy Holly, Chet Atkins and Patsy Cline had a three-way at Pulp Fiction's "Jack Rabbit Slim's," the triplets of Delilah and her Lost Boys would have been conceived."

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.  
Delilah's Slap 'n Tickle Cocktail
Pictured with The Carter Family
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!