I've been looking for something to do with my Velvet Falernum, and this is it! What an incredibly well balanced drink. A perfect intro for those that think they don't like bourbon. I've already tricked a few friends into liking a bourbon with this one.
It was created with Bulleit Bourbon and Fee's Falernum syrup for Tales of the Cocktail 2008 in tribute to the hardest struck part of New Orleans three years prior during Hurricane Katrina. It was loosely based off of Boston's own Ward Eight: "I wanted to create a drink for the event that would have some sort of New Orleans and Boston connection... So my idea was to take the Ward Eight, the best-known drink created in Boston, and turn it into a tropical cocktail for New Orleans." The recipe from way back had no garnish.