Summer Cocktail Mini-Series Featuring Emily Castle:: The Prospector

This cocktail is special to me because crafting it was the first time creating cocktails really clicked in my head: find inspiration and experiment with things you like.  The inspiration for this drink came from The PDT Cocktail Book, one of the definitive texts in the craft cocktail renaissance we are currently experiencing.  We took the original ingredients, played with the proportions, and added a unique flavor of bitters we were excited to try.  The Prospector is the perfect bourbon drinker’s summer cocktail: super refreshing and balanced but still boozy.

A note on ingredients and equipment:

This drink really gets the best results with Elijah Craig 12-year bourbon.  Bonus: Elijah Craig makes an excellent sipping bourbon for the nights you’re not feeling ambitious enough to mix a cocktail.

To make honey syrup: combine 2 parts honey with 1 part hot water and stir to combine.

The Blackstrap bitters by Bittercube make a significant contribution to this cocktail. They keep a long time on the shelf and even longer in the fridge so I’d say they are definitely worth the $10 investment.  You can purchase them here:

This is a shaken cocktail so a shaker glass with a strainer is best, but if you have two glasses that fit snugly together you’re in business

The Prospector:

2 oz Elijah Craig 12-year bourbon

.75 oz honey syrup

.25 oz fresh lemon juice

1 dash Bittercube Blackstrap bitters

  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker glass filled with ice.

  2. Shake hard for about 15 seconds

  3. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.  If you have a fine strainer, use it to filter out the small shards of ice

Pro Tip: Trays to make the large ice cubes are inexpensive and make a huge improvement to your whiskey experience.  Look for King Cube at Bed Bath & Beyond or on Amazon.

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Emily Castle grew up in Grayson, graduating from Grayson High School in 2007. In 2011 she graduated from Davidson College in Charlotte, NC, where she swam and studied Anthropology and Environmental Studies. After a year teaching English in rural Kenya she is back in Grayson as the Beverage Director for Graft Restaurant. She loves food, cocktails and community. And also, food. You can follow Emily on Twitter @emcastle

Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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