I brought a six-pack of craft-brew ginger beer to a party. One of the other guests brought a fifth of maple-flavored Jim Beam. And the Short Stack was born. It tastes exactly like pancakes. Since that party, I’ve had one of these for breakfast most mornings. Just kidding, but it is a fantastic brunch cocktail.
It’s hard for me to believe, but I’m not the first one to think a pancake-flavored cocktail would be a good idea. The Institute for Alcoholic Experimentation has even researched the idea. But if it takes that kind of brainpower to come up with this kind of cocktail, I guess I feel pretty good about my day drinking.
Makes one drink
1.5 oz. maple-flavored whiskey
1.5 oz. club soda
1 bottle (12-oz.) ginger beer
1 slice cooked bacon (optional, for garnish)
4-5 fresh blueberries (optional, for garnish)
Fill an 8-oz. rocks glass with ice. Pour whiskey over the ice. Add soda. Add ginger beer to fill the glass. (You won’t need the entire bottle.) Stir gently. (Garnish with bacon and blueberries.)
- This drink takes well to ice. As it sits, the melting ice seems to bring out the bourbon undertones.
- The club soda cuts the drink’s sweetness, which might otherwise seem cloying, depending on how sweet the ginger beer is.
- You’ll get about 4-5 drinks from a 12-oz. bottle of ginger beer. An unfiltered ginger beer is preferable. Ginger ale is a poor substitute; it’s too sweet and lacks depth. Ginger beer – unlike ginger ale – is fermented and brewed.
- You can make ginger beer at home. There’s a fast way, and a (possibly alcoholic) slow way. There are many variations of these processes, so do some research before embarkation.
- The oven is the best way to cook pretty bacon slices. Drape them over a rack, positioned over a sheet pan. Don’t preheat. Place the bacon in the oven, and set the oven to 400ºF. Bake them until they’re chewy – not fully crisped – so that they’ll be pliable enough to thread onto a skewer.
The Short Stack
Credit for images on this page: Make It Like a Man! This content was not solicited, nor written in exchange for anything. In doing research for this recipe, I discovered that a rocks glass is short tumbler. A tumbler is a straight-sided glass with no handle. The original tumblers had curved bottoms, and so could not be set down without tumbling over and spilling. This forced the drinker to drink the entire drink without putting it down. Why did that fun have to stop?
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