Jack P's Fabulous Five Spot Christmas Baking with SusieJ

Measurements [American]

  • 45 mL bourbon
  • 20 mL Amaretto
  • 10 mL Cointreau
  • 10 mL lime juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, or pour over ice in a rocks glass.

I find it easier to measure a double version and share.

[Bourbon cocktail in a rocks glass next to three vintage ornaments; copyright 2017 Jorj F. Bauer, all rights reserved]

Plain spice cake: Instead of pumpkin puree, increase to 1 c milk .

After sending out a call on Twitter for some ideas of what to do with all our bourbon, our college friend and cocktail aficionado Jack suggested a couple recipes, including this one. Jack has hosted some delightful cocktail parties and was long the only other person who could make a negroni, so I trusted his judgement and shook up a couple.

This eponymous variation on a stiletto is from one of the first bars in Philadelphia to embrace the cocktail resurgence. The Five Spot also had swing dancing that we went to a couple of times; it was there that I had my first negroni from a professional bartender. The citrus of the Cointreau and lime cut the sweetness and heaviness of the bourbon and amaretto.