Bourbon Crusta
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Bourbon Crusta
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.97 / 5
A complex, sweet cocktail. The crusta is a type of drink dating back to the 1800s. Crustas originally were alternatives to cocktails. ~ Robert Hess A complex, sweet cocktail. The crusta is a type of drink dating back to the 1800s. Crustas originally were alternatives to cocktails. ~ Robert Hess
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Bourbon
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29.11% | 2.79 units *

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

Bourbon Crusta cuts through the ordinary with its clever use of a sugared rim and the bold combination of bourbon and citrus. The layering of lemon juice, Angostura bitters, and a hint of maraschino cherry liqueur crafts a complex, tantalizing profile that pushes the boundaries of traditional bourbon drinks.

Method
How to make a Bourbon Crusta

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Cut a lemon in half and remove the pulp
Place the lemon half in the top of a champagne flute and coat the edges of the lemon and glass with sugar syrup
Cover the sugar syrup with caster syrup and leave to dry for a couple of hours until it forms a hard crust
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and half a shot of chilled water shake well
Strain into a chilled champagne flute glass and serve
~ Use a sugared rim with this drink if you wish to. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Dry  ·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How should the Bourbon Crusta be prepared to achieve the best flavor?

The Bourbon Crusta is best prepared by shaking the ingredients with ice before straining into a chilled cocktail glass. This method helps to chill the drink adequately while ensuring the flavors are well-blended for optimal taste.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some recommended garnishing tips for the Bourbon Crusta?

For the Bourbon Crusta, a traditional garnish is a large swath of lemon peel, ensuring to carefully cut it to avoid the bitter white pith. The glass rim can also be sugared by running a lemon wedge around it before dipping in fine sugar to add an extra layer of flavor and decoration.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Are there any recommended substitutions for ingredients in the Bourbon Crusta if I don't have everything on hand?

If Cointreau is unavailable, you can use another high-quality triple sec or orange liqueur. Similarly, if you're out of Angostura bitters, feel free to use a different aromatic bitter. For a slightly different flavor profile, a different type of whiskey can be substituted for bourbon, although this will alter the traditional taste.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Bourbon Crusta for an elegant presentation?

To serve the Bourbon Crusta elegantly, use a well-chilled cocktail glass, perhaps one that's been in the freezer for a bit. After dipping the rim in sugar, pour the shaken and strained cocktail into the glass. The sugared rim not only looks sophisticated but also enhances the drinking experience with a sweet touch before the cocktail's complexity hits.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Bourbon Crusta compare to other classic cocktails?

The Bourbon Crusta has an alcohol content of approximately 29.11%, which places it on the higher end of the spectrum in terms of strength when compared to many classic cocktails. For example, it's stronger than an Aperol Spritz (approximately 11%) but not as potent as a straight-up Martini or Manhattan, which can range above 30% depending on preparation.

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