Before we start our bar reviews, and sometimes even before we visit, I like to do a little historical research. I love the history behind a lot of the bars we visit; the older and more colorful the better. I was searching for some information on the Adirondacks during prohibition and came upon this fascinating tale of Sally Miller Smith - our new hero. Her feisty spirit exemplifies the contrary attitude of what may well have been the majority of citizens at the time. Rather than retell the story, here's a link to a story which appeared in the Washington Post in 2007.
Sally Miller Smith was a woman who knew what she wanted and could afford to get it. Mostly she wanted to drink. So this drink has to be strong, no nonsense, have guts and be a little rough around the edges. It should also be somewhat historically accurate. They didn't exactly have designer vodkas back then, and apparently bootleg whiskey (whisky - a whole other discussion - 'nuff said) didn't taste so great, so was born the cocktail.
Our version of the Sally Miller Smith is probably a little more palatable than what would have been available in the 1920's and early '30's. Quality control.
Sally Miller Smith
3 parts Canadian Whisky (I know - inconsistent, but when it's Canadian, it's without the "e")
1 part sweet vermouth
Pour over ice. Garnish with a cherry.
Variation: Sally wouldn't have done this, but this ain't the 1930's and we don't quite have her grit:
Add just a splash of orange juice and a dash of cherry juice.
It was really good either way, though the first version is a sipper and may be better enjoyed in the winter in front of a roaring fire. The variation is a little gentler but not too sweet. More 'manly" than some of our other concoctions of late.
OUR MISSION - WE'RE PUBLISHED! Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 marked the Premier of our new book, Happy Hour in the High Peaks: An Adirondack Bar Guide. The hardcover, 160 page book can be found at bars and bookstores throughout the Adirondack Park or order online at www.happyhourinthehighpeaks.com. You'll find a list of our book signings on the Events page and where to buy the book on our Retailers page. The book contains reviews of 46 of our favorite bars in the Adirondack Park, and 46 drink recipes with an Adirondack twist. As a companion to the book, we have also published a 46er Passport so that you can follow the Happy Hour Trail to become a Happy Hour 46er and make new friends along the way. Summit Tour t-shirts will be for sale at our book signings or available online. Whether you are a native, resident, or visitor, you'll find 46 more reasons to visit the ADIRONDACK PARK!