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Indian Summer

I’m not ready for whiskey neat. Basil Hayden’s is only 80 proof bourbon and it’s like drinking cologne. So, I’ll start with cocktails, taking baby steps toward the straight stuff.

Indian Summer is like a spiked citrus punch with an autumnal twist. It’s name is taken from the phenomenon that happens on occasion in the northern regions of America when autumn is visited by an uncommon span of warm and dry weather.

I love this cocktail and I love that it’s called Indian Summer. So fitting. The hazy and tropical citrus bite that arises from the lemon and Italian liqueur combo brings to mind the zesty and festive nights of summers past. The warmth of the bourbon and the cozy, apple cider sweetness of the marmalade is like being softly rocked to sleep by the red canopies of October.

No small pleasure provided.

2 ounces Basil Hayden’s

.25 ounce limoncello

.5 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon apricot marmalade

5 fresh sage leaves

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