This was my entry for the Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sour Classic competition. I've been playing a lot with using acid solutions but I find that they tend to fall a bit flat compared to fresh juice. They tend to lack some body and texture and there are all kinds of flavors in juice besides just acids. We talk about balance in cocktails as a ratio of sugar to acid, and while that is crucial it is also boring.
1oz. Acid Adjusted Apple Juice
1 oz. Honey Syrup
2 dashes Bar Keep Apple Bitters
Add the fluid ingredients in a mixing tin, add ice and shake well for 6 seconds. Rinse the rim of a rocks glass with honey and rim with spicy cinnamon sugar. Add a large ice rock and strain the cocktail into the glass.
Spicy cinnamon sugar:
Mix 16 parts sugar, 2 parts ground cinnamon, and 1 part cayenne pepper.
Acid adjusted apple juice:
To every 100 grams of apple juice add 1 gram of citric acid and 4 grams of malic acid.
I loved my time down at the Jack distillery. Kevin the Barrel Man was a hoot. The story of walking through the caves with a chicken on a string was absolutely hilarious. Bluffing his way into massive concerts is something that charmer could do without even trying. Amazing stories all around. Miss Mary Bobo's was a very eclectic warm experience. The legacy of Jasper "Jack" Daniels lives on all the loyal workers of that entire town.
"Basically, I'm for anything that gets you through the night - be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels."
- Frank Sinatra