They call me the bar breaker. You should kick me out the club. I’m a big bad wolf. I’m a Jameson thug.
Today’s cocktail is Bar Breaker, a Jameson Old Fashioned.
How Did I Create the Bar Breaker Cocktail
One day, I was perusing the shelves of a local liquor store and found a bottle of Jameson Black Barrel and thought, “I could do something with this!” When I buy Jameson, the first thought that comes to my mind is Prof. Prof is an independent rapper from Minneapolis who should be sponsored by Jameson because several of his songs, videos, and photos have lyrics featuring this Irish whiskey.
My wife and I have been fans of Prof for the past six years. We’ve gone to see more than 12 of his live shows because of his energy, stage presence, and his obvious love for the music.
When I used the Jameson Black Barrel to create a variation of an old fashioned, Prof songs got stuck in my head. Taking that inspiration, I made Bar Breaker, named after the song on his 2015 Liability album.
Like Prof, I wanted the drink to have a great presence and hold up on its own. That’s why the Jameson Black Barrel caught my eye. The double char notes of vanilla and nut make it a great base spirit for an old fashioned variation.
Demerara sugar has excellent notes of toffee and caramel that enhance the Jameson but doesn’t overly sweeten it. For this cocktail, you can choose either make demerara simple syrup or use a cube. Either way works just fine, but for mine, I made the simple syrup.
To help give this Jameson Old Fashion some depth, I use ginger bitters, orange bitters, and Angostura bitters. The ginger bitters add a little snap and spice.
For garnish, just a simple lemon twist gives the drink a citrus bite while complementing the ginger bitters.
Music has always been a massive part of my life. Lyrics, guitar riffs, baselines, really anything music involved has inspired me at one time or another. You will probably begin to notice that many Alchemix Bar Original cocktails are going to have music ties in one way or another.
Use whatever inspires you in life and create your voice.
Loves metal music and singing in the shower.