Remember all those days you spent during your youth, going to county and state fairs, devouring way too much cotton candy and making yourself a little (or a lot) ill from eating fluffy pink sugar that looked like insulation? No? Well, I do…I even remember making cotton candy for the 4-H club. I’m not sure why this happened. I was never part of the 4-H club. My memory on this is fuzzy, at best.
Anywho, I digress. If you ever reminisce about the more innocent days of cotton candy and state fairs, then have I got something for you.
I don’t know if you guys have ever tried this stuff, but WOWZA. It sure does taste and smell like cotton candy. I mean, holy beejezus. And it is SUPER sweet. Honestly, I’m not sure I could handle more than a few sips of this on its own. BUT! As a cocktail mixer, used in much moderation, it is pretty spectacular. Seriously, don’t go overboard with this stuff, but a little bit of it can really make for a lot of deliciousness. It took a few tries, but I managed to come up with a cocktail that plays to this particular beverage’s cotton candy strengths perfectly. I call it “The Insulator”.
*2 parts bourbon
*2 parts grapefruit juice (get fancy with it)
*1/2 part Jack Rudy Tonic (for heaven’s sake, grab yourself some of this stuff!)
*1 part Jones Cream Soda
*1 part seltzer
The grapefruit juice and the tonic really tame the uber-sweetness of the cream soda, and the seltzer mellows the whole thing out just perfectly. I really enjoy this one. Sweet and tart, but not overwhelming on either account.
More tomorrow, folks! Enjoy.