The event in the Christmas Story that we are focusing our cocktail on today is what we are terming Joseph's Admonition. Joseph figured out that Mary was pregnant with Jesus and was going to quietly divorce her. In a dream, however, an angel appeared and said to Joseph, "Hold up there, Joseph. Just calm the eff down. The kid Mary is carrying is gonna be the saviour soooo just relax and go with it." (No really. That's verbatim.) And Joseph did calm the eff down. Well, after a drink he calmed down...at least in our minds.
For this cocktail, we envisioned a strong drink because after finding out that your new wife is pregnant with the son of god, you're gonna need a DRINK. So we started first with a manly drink, a Manhattan with Maker's Mark for the bourbon. We then added a touch of Art in the Age's Root to give it some bitterness and some complexity and a little Galliano to give some sweetness and accent the vanilla notes. The result is a taste reminiscent of horehound candy, perfect for a guy who's basically been told, "Shut up and take your medicine."
The Admonition Cocktail
- 1 part - bourbon (we used Makers Mark)
- 1/2 part - Root
- 1/2 part - Sweet Vermouth
- 1/2 part - Galiano
- 2 dashes - Peychaud Bitters
Combine ingredients except for bitters in shaker. Shake over ice. Pour over rocks in a rocks glass. Swirl in 2 dashes of Peychauds.
- This went really smoothly. We started with Buffalo Trace bourbon, but it wasn't bite-y enough. So we switched to Makers. Done. Thanks, Joseph.