During this first week of December, it always feels like everything is in limbo. The merriment — and pandemonium — of Thanksgiving and Black Friday are a distant memory and the celebration – and bedlam — of the holiday season loom, as does joy and anxiety, respectively. This week calls for a drink that tackles both. First up: calming down. If you’re not the type of person who typically orders whiskey neat, starting now would be a bit melodramatic. Even a small measure of bourbon might do the trick. Then: celebrating. But it’s too premature for festive bubbles. The Seelbach, which originated at the historic eponymous hotel in Louisville (though not centuries ago, as a contrived legend has it), features bourbon and bubbles, bolstered with a dash of sweet orange and a heavy dose of aromatics. It’s a fine formula for bracing yourself during this liminal moment.
(Makes 1 drink)
1 ounce bourbon
½ ounce Cointreau
7 dashes Angostura bitters
7 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Dry Champagne, to top (or any sparkling wine)
Lemon twist, to garnish
1. In a cocktail shaker over ice, pour all ingredients except bubbles over ice. Stir lightly 10-15 seconds.
2. Strain into a chilled Champagne flute.
3. Top with Champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with twist.