Trainwreck

Trainwreck

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From
The Sunday Night Book
Photographer
Patricia Niven

This will either cause an incident or revive those at the scene. For this drink, crushed ice is best, as it helps to cool the ingredients quickly and melts in such a way as to soften the harshness of the alcohol. But if you don’t have an ice-crusher or a powerful blender, ice cubes will do.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
crushed ice
1 part rye whiskey or bourbon
1/2 part campari
1/2 part simple syrup, ideally infused with orange or grapefruit zest
1 part orange juice, or, if in season, blood orange juice
orange slices, for decoration
paper drinking straw

Method

  1. Half-fill a small metal Julep cup, ‘rocks’ glass or short tumbler with ice.
  2. Pour in the rye whiskey or bourbon, Campari, simple syrup and orange juice and stir well.
  3. Top up with enough ice to give your drink a bountiful appearance.
  4. Garnish with half-moon-shaped slices of orange and add a straw.

Simple syrup

  • As a general rule our syrups are made without any cooking. We find this produces a fresher and more delicate flavour, and provided you have enough time to let the mixture infuse, it’s actually simpler to make.

    Zest your fruit of choice into a bowl. The cocktails here call for orange or grapefruit, but in theory any fruit, herb or edible flower will make a tasty drink.

    Chop and juice the ‘zested’ fruit (if you’re making a herb or flower syrup, you’ll need to use water in place of citrus juice – add enough to cover your ingredients). Add to the bowl, along with enough sugar to give a syrupy consistency, roughly a 1:1 ratio, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved – this can take a bit of time. If you’ve added too much sugar by accident and your syrup has become stiff, mix in enough water to loosen it up.

    Leave the mixture to infuse in a refrigerator – 24 hours is best.

    Taste it – a syrup should by nature be sweet, as when used in a cocktail it will be combined with citrus juice and alcohol; however, a little lemon juice added at this stage can help to ‘brighten’ the flavour of your chosen ingredients.

    Strain through a sieve and bottle, then store in the refrigerator.
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