Already ready for another cocktail, Hipcooks? Me, too! I enjoyed our Instagram Live session last week on The Sage Rush (the video of the session is posted on Youtube.) I’ve decided to make it a regular thing. Cocktails with Hipcooks, 4pm, every Saturday: same bat time, same bat channel. Your great questions on making simple syrups inspired me! So this week is sponsored by The Tamarind Whiskey Sour. Essential to a good whiskey sour is making your own sour mix. What makes this one special, and especially easy, is that it uses tamarind concentrate as the sour mix.
A few simple ingredients make the magic
Last week we talked a lot about making simple syrups, and why they rock. We’ll do that in greater detail this week.
So grab your:
tamarind paste (read below details & for substitutions)
lime (read below for substitutions)
mint if you have it
bourbon (I use bourbon whiskey or rye whiskey)
ice, ice baby!
shaker & strainer
No citrus? No problem when you have Tamarind Paste to hand: it makes the sour for you! We use this at Hipcooks in our Thai class, Indian classes and in cocktails. Tamicon is the brand we love (we buy on Amazon), because it is the most concentrated and sour.
No tamarind? No Problem! So you happened to have Pomegranate Molasses? (From our Persian Class.) Grab it!
Neither? Do you have any herbal tea, like cranberry or hibiscus? Grab a few tea bags.
See you on the other side.
For the tamarind simple syrup:
1 cup sugar
1½ cup water
¼ cup tamarind paste (we like Tamicon brand)
For the cocktail:
a small wedge of lime (from a lime cut into 8ths)
sugar, for the rim of the glass
6 ounces bourbon
8 mint leaves
2 ounces tamarind simple syrup
for garnish: a lime wheel and a mint sprig
Make the tamarind simple syrup by boiling the sugar and water for a minute or two. Remove from the heat and stir in the tamarind paste. Chill until cold.
Prepare the cocktail glasses by running the lime wedge around the rim of the glass and then dipping it in sugar. Squeeze the remainder of the limes into the glass of a Boston cocktail shaker. Fill the glasses with ice.
Add the mint leaves to the cocktail shaker and bruise them with the muddler. Add the bourbon and simple syrup, fill with ice and shake, shake, shake! Strain as you pour into the prepared glasses, garnishing with a lime wheel and a mint sprig.