Corner Creek has always been a bit of an enigma to me. It doesn’t suit my tastes as a sipping bourbon, since I like a bold whiskey with a firm handshake. Still, it does seem to have a lot of fans out there, though I’ve always put this disparity down to cognitive dissonance.
That said, there are all sorts of other uses for bourbon. Like for use in Bourbon Sours. Also, for use in Bourbon Sours. And for that, it’s very useful to have a bourbon on hand that, when the time comes to whip up a few, say, Bourbon Sours, you won’t be secretly thinking, “I’d rather be knocking off straight shots of this.”
And at $30 at select LCBO stores, Corner Creek becomes an even more perfect fix for this modern dilemma. Seriously, I have never seen a bourbon this cheap at the old Vinmonopolet and so, at this fire sale price, it’s worth picking up a bottle or two if you’re in the habit of making cocktails at home. There are over a hundred bottles of it in Toronto, the majority lurking in the west end, home to the recent hipster bourbon explosion. Incidentally, I wouldn’t buy it in Ajax or Alliston, where a few bottles of the exact same bourbon at Vintages seem to be going for $39.95.
The Bourbon Sour
2 oz Bourbon
1 oz simple syrup
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
Half an egg white
Dry Shake (without ice) for 30 seconds, then add ice to shaker and continue shaking until chilled.
Strain into rocks glass. No garnish necessary.