Last February we rented an apartment in Lisbon, Portugal for a month. Between wandering around the narrow streets and hidden gardens, spending afternoons playing cards in coffee shops, and taking day excursions to the coast, we decided to utilize the beautiful space we were living in and photograph a "passion project." I (Andrew) have for a long time loved the craft of creating cocktails, and have probably spent way too much time and resources on something that is simply a hobby (but you'll thank me when you come over for a drink). There is something I find very beautiful in the art of a well-made drink: from the history of each cocktail and where/when it originated, to the science of what ingredients go into it and the right proportions for balance, to the artistic way in which you present it, and all of this before the cocktail is even tasted (arguably the best part). Thus I set out to create a Portugal-inspired, visually pleasing libation to keep us warm despite the winter rain of Lisbon, and give us an excuse to photograph in our lovely home away from home. I present to you my Lisbon Sour (a riff on a New York Sour, which itself is a riff on a Whiskey Sour): 2oz good bourbon, 1oz fresh lemon juice, .75oz honey syrup (I prefer honey instead of simple in this drink), an egg white to give it some body, and .5oz ruby port floated on top. Add all the ingredients except the port to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously, strain into a rocks glass and use the back of a spoon to gently float the port on top (hands down the hardest part, but visually worth it).
And as they say in Lisbon: Saúde!