How could I step back from a cocktail with this name like this? As I’m not a ‘bourbon’ drinker I cannot offer my two-bit on this; will need my “Bend, Oregon” friend, Bill to comment. Stay tuned!
Bourbon Drink: Two-By-Four
Image & recipe from Smoke: New Firewood Cooking; By Tim Byres; Rizzoli International Publications Inc
1 tsp sorghum molasses
2 ounces Sun Tea, made with bourbon***
Splash of Drambuie
1 Twist Lemon
Splash of barrel-aged bitters, or Tennessee Whisky
Drizzle the inside of a rocks glass with the sorghum syrup to create a stained-glass effect, and then gently add ice. Pour in the Sun Tea and add a splash of Drambuie and the lemon twist. Finish with a splash of bitters.
*** Sun Tea
In the South, you sometimes see large glass jars of water set out on the porch to infuse with tea throughout the afternoon. There’s no tea in this version, but the concept is similar. Infused spirits can be left to soak for longer/shorter periods depending on the strength of flavour wanted. Save the soaked plank for grilling. Do let it dry out so the alcohol will evaporate and not cause a grill flame up. Once dry, the subtle flavour of the bourbon will transfer to the food.
In a large glass container with a lid, submerge the wood in the spirit and allow it to soak for 2 days.
Maple compliments bourbon; Tequila pairs with Western Red Cedar. Pass the spirit through a fine-mesh strainer and reserve in a clean, dry jar. Drink straight or in mixed drinks – as above.
1 (750-ml) Bottle of Bourbon
1 (2×7”) Maple Wood Plank
What happens when you’ve lived in a wood house for over 25 years AND you’re next to a CRD park full of trees? More specifically the question is what doesn’t happen?!
My lovely little “Sori-bashi” – bridge with an arched appearance – was literally falling about after 20 years. Made of yellow cedar, it was riddled with bugs; even two of the treated rail-road ties had been eaten to bits.
Wood is my world; the world that gives me an opportunity to exist; to raise a family; make my mark in life. The cycle of dependence is large and varied. It’s a world of relative grace and comfort thanks to that wood in those trees. Yet the term ‘wood’ is rather loosely used, and I often wonder what defines ‘wood’ in other people’s worlds.
How do we find wood useful? Could a rough board or an old stump qualify? Some suggest it would best be served in its original ‘tree’ state. Loved but untouched.
(left) Culturally modified & will live to see another day. (right) Culturally modified in a very utilitarian, one-time fashion.
In a woodworker’s world is there an expectation that ‘wood’ needs to be re-manned; touched by human and/or machine ‘hands’ to be valued? Its form altered; enhanced? Or is wood……..trees…….best left alone; yet even mammals and birds; insects and amphibians do not leave trees unmarked. What is natural?