If necessity is the mother of invention, a shortage of vermouth is the eccentric aunt of many a cocktail. Not too long ago, without a drop of sweet vermouth in the house, I wondered what to do with the bourbon and the maraschino cherries. I came up with a simple, refreshing summer cooler: The Bitter Canadian. Here's how you make one:
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Add two ounces of bourbon and three drops of orange bitters.
- Fill the rest of the glass with Canada Dry Ginger Ale (or the diet version for a skinny cocktail).
- Garnish with maraschino cherry and an orange slice.
In the photograph, the drink is modeled in an Old Morgantown El Mexicano 5", 10 oz water glass in the opaque white "Ice" color.
Try making one and let me know what you think! And I promise Scott Lindberg: no crinkle glass next time.