It’s all too easy to over-indulge during the holidays. Here’s a handy pick-you-up from a professional who knows all too well the downsides of the morning after the night before.
Warren Bobrow, the “Cocktail.Whisperer” and noted author of several entertaining and informative books on spirits and the uses thereof, has a tested-and-true elixir to help calm the stomach, soothe the senses, and ease you out of the holiday excess and into a bright new day.
The Jenks Farm Restorative is easy to prepare—even with that dry mouth, queasy stomach and pounding headache—and easy to consume as well. When coffee is a bit too much for your morning, and food is not at all enticing, but you need sustenance and a helpful morning boost, this is just the thing.
“The Jenks Farm Restorative,” according to Bobrow, “is a powerful breakfast-time cocktail, a healing concoction of white whiskey and iced coffee laced with heavy cream and sweet vanilla syrup, served over crushed ice—and it’s best made by the pitcherful, because it goes down so very quickly and easily.”
(Note: If you’re unfamiliar with “white whiskey”—also called “white dog” or “new make”—several distillers now produce it. It is essentially whiskey straight out of the still or very slightly aged; it is not “moonshine.” Moonshine is illegal, unregulated, and usually poorly made, although there are some products out there called moonshine that are simply flavored spirits. If you’d like to stay Oregonian, House Spirits makes an impressive White Dog Whiskey.)
Bobrow emphasizes the important final touch: “Don’t skip the freshly grated nutmeg—inhaling nutmeg’s warm, heady scent is like aromatherapy for hangover sufferers.”
The Jenks Farm Restorative by Warren Bobrow
6 ounces (175 ml) white whiskey
8 ounces (235 ml) heavy cream
6 ounces (175 ml) whole milk
4 ounces (120 ml) Basic Simple Syrup mixed with 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract, or to taste
6 ounces (175 ml) old black coffee (yesterday morning’s coffee is fine), chilled
Freshly scraped nutmeg
Combine the first five ingredients in a 32-ounce (1 L) pitcher, and stir well. Fill rocks glasses with crushed ice, and (quickly!) pour this toothsome restorative over the ice. Grate some fresh nutmeg over each drink, and sip to the good health of friends both near and far. Serves 4 aching heads.
Basic Simple Syrup. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup (235 ml) of water and 1 cup (200 g) of bar sugar or caster sugar and bring to a boil, mixing until the sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture cool. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a month.
(Recipe courtesy of Quarto Publishing/Fair Winds Press)
So mix up a fresh batch of The Jenks Farm Restorative in the morning, shrug off those holiday excesses, and get on with your day.
For more intriguing whiskey cocktail ideas, grab a copy of Bobrow’s “Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks Using the World’s Most Popular Spirit”, a thoroughgoing compendium of stories and recipes. While you’re at it, get his other volumes, Apothecary Cocktails, Bitters & Shrub Syrup Cocktails, and Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics..