Break out your flannels: it’s Forester time!
Essentially a twist on the whiskey sour, the Forester includes some tart cherries to give an edge to the cocktail. Some recipes call for fresh cherry juice, which if you can find or want to make yourself, absolutely go right ahead. Otherwise feel free to use cherry liqueur or kirsch brandy to substitute (everyone has a bottle of kirsch rattling around their cupboard, right?). Bourbon is traditionally used, but I bet rye whiskey would taste pretty good as well.
I can’t find any explanation for why it’s called a Forester (the book I got the recipe from is literally just lists of thousands of drinks, and Google is no help either). Is it meant for foresters? Is it the favorite drink of the Brawny paper towel man? Do cherries even grow in forests? Zero clue, lmk if you have an idea. I do know that the flavors seem enhanced if you drink it in front of the Yule Log fireplace on Netflix.
Ingredients & Method:
30ml (1 oz) bourbon
10ml (2 tsp) cherry liqueur/juice or kirsch
10ml (2 tsp) lemon juice
Shake all ingredients with crushed ice until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with a cherry.