Great friends and good drinks

Frothy whiskey goodness at Sidebar. Thanks Angela for sharing up this pretty picture and great recipe!

Frothy whiskey goodness at Sidebar. Thanks Angela for sharing up this pretty picture and great recipe!

Do you ever have weeks that you know will be tough, with grueling work hours and demanding deadlines to look forward to? Knowing what is ahead, you hold onto those last waking hours of Sunday evening, like the vestiges of a summer holiday, savoring the brief respite from reality. And yet somehow, come Monday, no matter how much energy or positive thinking you bring to your day, that day, and the rest of the week play out to be even worse than you could have possibly imagined. Somehow things transpire to make it such an epically huge failure of a week that you’re completely blindsided by the sheer magnitude of all of the ridiculous things that have occurred over the course of only a few short days. This, in short, was my week last week. While my description of these days may seem a little dramatic, by Friday I was ready for early retirement. Or at the very least a couple of very stiff drinks.

What makes all of these tough weeks and long days worth enduring are my friends and co-workers who I know I can rely on and trust to keep me sane.  Bring on the crazy so long as I have good friends by my side! And so, amongst all of the drama that last week held, some good came out of it in the form of an excellent hand-crafted cocktail made for one of my good friends during a work happy hour of sorts.

While I enjoy a well-curated cocktail menu, sometimes the best drinks are those that are created of the moment., off the cuff.  I love going to cocktail bars where you can give the well-versed bartender no more than a favorite liquor, and in minutes, right before your eyes, they’ve created a one-of-a-kind creation for you to enjoy. Even rarer in these occasions does the talented bartender write down their recipe for you to make at home. Such is what I have to share with you today, and what I meant to share last Friday, before all hell broke loose. Last Monday my good friend Angela ordered up a whiskey drink at Sidebar, a fantastic bar and restaurant in downtown Columbus, and not only did the bartender deliver a delicious drink per her request, he also generously offered up the steps to recreating the cocktail. It’s a variation on a New York Sour Cocktail, using an egg white to create a creamy smooth version of this variation on the whiskey sour. So we named it the Columbus Whiskey Flip! Enjoy!!

Columbus Whiskey Flip

makes 1 tasty cocktail

2 oz. Dickel Rye Whiskey
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
¾ oz. Demerara Syrup (simple syrup)
2 dashes of Orange Bitters
1 Egg White
Dry Red wine

To make:

  1. Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, syrup, bitters, and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice.
  2. Strain the mixture back into your shaker and shake again without ice.
  3. Pour the mixture into a coupe glass and top with the dry red wine.
  4. Enjoy!

Cheers to better days ahead and many more tasty drinks to come!