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Drink of the Day: Bourbon Crusta - Shaun the Bartender : Shaun the Bartender

Drink of the Day: Bourbon Crusta

September 29, 2015 | By |

Happy National Coffee Day, everyone!

That being said, you are probably wondering why I am not introducing a coffee drink to recognize this holiday.  Well, honestly, I have already given you two coffee cocktails this past week:  The Abbey Road and Keoke Coffee.  These two cocktails would work great for an after-dinner treat, and you can check out the posts of these just by scrolling down a little on this website.  It is still National Bourbon Month anyway, so I decided to go this route instead and finish the month off with some great drinks you can make with one of my favorite spirits.

The beverage I introduce to you today was very much a new and faddish cocktail back in the 1860s.  In fact, the Father of Modern Bartending himself, Jerry Thomas, made a big deal out of adding citrus and bitters to whiskey or brandy and call it a “crusta”.  Unfortunately, this name did not stick.  However, the concept of adding lemon and bitters to a cocktail did, and we are the better for it as imbibers.

This is a great example of adding secondary ingredients, or mixers, to a cocktail to not only add flavor to the base ingredient, which in this case is bourbon.  It also opens up other flavors coming from this spirit you would miss if drank on it’s own.  It complements and enhances the back flavors of the bourbon, bringing out tasty notes otherwise hidden by the bite of the whiskey itself.

Jerry Thomas had something here.  He introduced many cocktails to the masses which are now bar staples, this being one of them. Hope you enjoy this very early example of an American classic.  Cheers!


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1 1/2 oz. Bourbon Whiskey

1/2 oz. Triple Sec

1/2 oz. Maraschino Liqueur

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

2 – 3 Dashes of Orange Bitters


Method:  Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice.  Cap and shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


This Day in History:

1399 – King Richard II of England became the first English monarch to abdicate the throne.

1829 – Sir Robert Peel’s police force, the bobbies, began operations at Scotland Yard.

1978 – Pope John Paul I died one month after becoming pope.

1982 – Seven people died after taking Extra Strength Tylenol laced with cyanide.  This led to the use of safety seals on most consumer products.


Notable Birthday:

“The Singing Cowboy”, Gene Autry was born on this date in 1907.

Notable Quote:

“Strength and growth only come with continuous effort and struggle.”  –  Napoleon Hill



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