In honor of the explode-a-palooza about to get started out here on the west coast, I tried this Sazerac variation and it’s another winner. The Lillet and the cane syrup do a great job of tempering the burn of the bourbon without canceling it out. So simple, but so pleasant. This is also a great example of when the garnish is a critical part of the drink — the grapefruit twist really bridges the string and the sweet.
Have a safe and pleasant 4th, everyone. And don’t forget to take care of your pets when all the crazy gets started.