July 30, 2010 (Day 181) — Whiskey Sour
Today is the first day of Dodge City Days — Kansas second largest festival, and actually a pretty cool piece of Americana. Even cooler, we’re celebrating it’s 50th year, this year. Steeped in western mythos and blazing guns, Dodge City Days is a pretty interesting combination of old west hooplah and modern entertainment.
For example, this evening is a reception at the bigger art gallery in town, a grand opening of another gallery just down the block, the Rock n’ Race Fest (hard rock music and car racing), and the Testicle Festival. Most of those are pretty self explanatory. The Testicle Festival, I should explain, is a gigantic bull fry. I should Explain, a bull fry is frying up the testicles of neutered bulls — making them steers. It sounds gross, but trust me — cow balls are actually one damn tasty dish.
Now, the problem inherent in the Testicle Festival is that it tends to be packed. So much so that the line stretches around the block and they run out of nuts. So, a few years ago, Jenn and I started our own tradition. We’d go out and kick off Dodge City Days, but rather than fight the crowds at the fesitval, we’d call one of the local steak houses and order two dinner orders of calf fries. Then we’d take them home.
This year, my stepson Kolin is tagging along with us to the art galleries and to partake in calf fries.
In honor of this oh-so-western celebration, I decided to make a traditional western cocktail…
2 oz bourbon
1 1/2 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Pour the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake well. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice.
Garnish with the cherry.
This, is delicious. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never had a Whiskey Sour before. And I’m legitimately bummed I didn’t make one of these before. This is a solid classic. The sweet bourbon and simple syrup are offset by the bite of the lemon juice. It’s freakin’ great.
And since it’s Dodge City Days for the next 10 days, I’m going to make a not-very-concerted effort to make them somewhat, kind of related to the celebrations. Tomorrow night is the concert, which I’m shooting photos for!