By "home use," I mean there will be a tradeoff between simplicity and fidelity to the Platonic Form. At a nice bar, you'd expect to see Cointreau or maybe Grand Marnier involved, along with simple syrup and some mix of citrus juices that were hand-squeezed earlier in the day. At home, though, prep time and fresh ingredients are a luxury I can't always afford.
Herewith is my recipe for the season, which hits the sweet spot of minimal ingredients, relatively quick prep, and (most importantly) a good, balanced taste:
- Add 2 oz. hot tap water to an empty pint glass.
- Stir in a tablespoon (as in, the larger of the two spoons in your flatware set - not a perfectly level, scientifically calibrated measuring spoonful) of sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add 3 oz. Maker's Mark to the glass, and stir.
- Add the juice of 1/4 lemon, stir again.
- Fill the glass with enough ice to cover the liquid and stir one last time.
- Strain into a tumbler or rocks glass, ideally over a big hunk of ice.
- Tell the kids to pipe down, and Enjoy!