Something about True Grit (and the Western genre) seems to match perfectly with bourbon, so we decided to make drinks to accompany our viewing of the movie. Of course, instead of mixed drinks, we could’ve drank our bourbon straight from the bottle like Rooster Cogburn. That would have taken out the fun of coming up with our own drinks, though. We were also able to combine our plans to mix sweet tea and bourbon.
Partly inspired by Rooster’s singing the folk song “Greer County Bachelor” (“sorghum molasses and bacon and cheese”) and partly inspired by the dusty, dirty Western atmosphere, I decided my drink absolutely needed to contain molasses, which became my jumping off point.
I don’t know what to call the drink, so we’ll just go with:
True Grit Molasses Drink:
1 tsp. molasses
1 tsp. water
2 oz. Maker’s Mark
1 oz. sweet tea
1 sprig mint
Create a syrup of molasses by combining molasses and water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Mix together as it boils, then let cool. Muddle molasses syrup and mint in an old fashioned glass, add bourbon and sweet tea, top with ice and a drop of lime juice.
I was worried about the molasses flavor taking over, but it didn’t. It gave a rich thickness to the bourbon and tea and lets the aftertaste linger. I used Maker’s Mark so the drink would keep the whiskey burn necessary for a Western.
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