The Playboy Bourbon Cooler, a drink inspired by a recipe from May ’68, is a top favorite among Flighty’s whiskey loving guests who know they could always come to her for something unique and special. Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Hibiscus, ginger, lime and cucumber peel
create a unique flavor combo for a refreshing summer beverage.
This is an updated simplified recipe that easy to make on the Fly:
the Playboy Bourbon Cooler Old Skool
1) 2 oz. fine Bourbon
2) splash Pun e Mes or other Sweet Vermouth
3) 1/2 fresh lime
4) match with simple syrup
5) 2-3 thin slices fresh ginger
6) 1-2 oz (depending on the size of your glass) Cranberry juice
7) peel of organic non-waxed cucumber
8) ginger beer
9) orange slice (optional)
In a tall glass add the bourbon, ginger, lime and sugar. Wash and dry the cucumber, and with a hand peeler or mandolin slice 2-3 generous pieces and 3 wafer thin wheels. Put in the cucumber wheels and muddle all gently. Throw in a half wheel of orange for extra flavor, muddle again. Add cranberry juice and stir. Ice is next, a couple of cubes, and then slide the cucumber peel down the side of the glass and hold it there, adding more ice until glass is nearly filled. Top with Ginger Beer and agitate gently with the end of your bar spoon. A ginger slice and orange slice make a nice garnish, add a splash of bitters for aromatics.