Bourbon Crusta


Recipe: Bourbon Crusta (serves one)

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • lemon peel
  • lemon wedge and sugar for rim

Rub the rim of a martini glass with lemon wedge. Pour some sugar onto a plate and rim the glass with it. Shake the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into the sugar-rimmed martini glass, and garnish with lemon peel.

This citrusy bourbon drink is similar to the cognac-based Sidecar. In many recipes, it also has an additional 1/2 oz. Cointreau plus 2 dashes orange bitters, but we prefer the more simple version here. Crustas were created in the mid-1800’s; back then, a crusta was simply any drink that combined a spirit, lemon juice, and a sugar rim.

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