The Suburban Sledgehammer
No, it’s not a pro wrestler. It’s a drink. And really it’s just called a Suburban, but the sledgehammer bit is true. While searching for some good fall cocktail recipes to sip beside a backyard fire, Regan and I came upon an Esquire recipe for these.
Mixed with rye, port, dark rum and bitters this is a powerful little drink, but it’s smooth and sweet, which makes it go down easily. From experience we’d like to tell you to pace yourself.
With a name like the Suburban, we considered all the things that could have contributed to its title. We imagined Don Draper and his Madison Avenue buddies taking the train from NY back home to the suburbs and pouring one of these powerful little drinks after a long day. In actuality it was a drink created at the Waldorf Astoria in the late 1800s and named in honor of James Keene, a big deal owner in the world of horse racing. Little known to us, the Suburban Handicap was (and is) a horse race.
I was a little disappointed in the history, but not in the drink. You should mix one up for yourself this season.
• 1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
• 1/2 ounce dark rum
• 1/2 ounce port
• 1 dash orange bitters
• 1 dash Angostura bitters
Stir well with ice, then pour into a chilled cocktail glass.