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Bluegrass Cocktails: Nine-Pound Hammer

Jun 23, 2016

Bluegrass Cocktails: Nine-Pound Hammer

With a commanding name like Nine-Pound Hammer, you might expect a stiff drink … so why something light and somewhat sweet? This tune is one in the tradition of hammer songs, which lament the struggles and grueling labors of railroad workers. In that case, a cooling cocktail seems even more necessary — the combination of Drambuie and pineapple lends the drink a delicate candied quality, and the yellow Chartreuse brings in a distinct herbal element, all for a libation that’s refreshing and easy-drinking. Add in those few dashes of absinthe, and this one is a real doozy — which anyone could use after a hard day's work.

1 oz aged rum
3/4 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz yellow Chartreuse
1 oz pineapple juice
3/4 oz lemon juice
2 dashes absinthe
Seltzer water
Orange and brandied cherry for garnish (optional)

Add all ingredients (except seltzer) to shaker with ice and shake vigorously until cold. Strain into a collins or high-ball glass with ice and top with seltzer water. Garnish with orange slice and brandied cherry.

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Bluegrass Cocktails: Nine-Pound Hammer
Bluegrass Cocktails: Nine-Pound Hammer