A Decisive Battle And Great Cocktail, All In One!
Sam Houston is a good whiskey of (possibly) dubious manufacture that may or my not be shamelessly pandering to the Texas set. I like it: just hot enough to have a nice punch, comes off both smooth and dry somehow. It’s got some rye to it, which is always appealing. I don’t play around too much anymore with creative mixology but once in a while I’ll get the bug to figure out something special. I started monkeying around with some Sam Houston just for grins and got what I considered to be a decent manner in which to serve it
Fast forward a few weeks and Gustavo Arellano, now editor of the OC Weekly, happened into Memphis at the Santora and asked me to “make him something”. Well, my Sam Houston concoction seemed like a perfect candidate for a little tester so away we went. I confided in him that I had been working on the drink for a while and was still drawing a blank on what to call it. Well, Mr. Arellano was kind enough to harness his big ‘ol brain and rapier wit to offer a suggestion. After the first sip he quipped, “Why not call it a San Jacinto?” Eureka!!
What is San Jacinto you may ask? Well, that was the battle at which Mr. Sam Houston himself was kind enough to hand General Santa Anna his ass on a silver platter, admittedly by being super sneaky and exploiting the cherished Siesta. Now, I will admit I have mixed feelings about this. I’m a big fan of Texas and consider Austin a second home. I also love all things Mexico and shout to the heavens “Mi cuerpo es blanco, pero mi corazón es Mexicano!” And I mean it. Let’s just say that I find solace in knowing that if it wasn’t for Texas AND Mexico there wouldn’t be Guero’s Tacos on South Congress Street and leave it at that.
So here’s the San Jacinto!
2 slices of lemon rind (I don’t mind the white, pithy part, but your call)
1 drop-not dash- of Angostura bitters
2oz Sam Houston American whiskey
A good ginger beer like Bundaberg
Muddle lemon rind with bitters; get all the good stuff out from the citrus. Fill bucket glass with ice, add whiskey and top with ginger beer. One quick shake and garnish with a twist.
This one’s great just about anytime, not that there is ever a bad time for a cocktail. The citrus and ginger work well together and are equally refreshing poolside or fireside. But enough talk……ENJOY!!!!!!!