So good! This was voted the best drink ever at the 2017 informal Wibbels Derby gathering. I think the best part was 1) using a kitchen torch to make individual toasted marshmallows to use to garnish each drink. 2) Eating the toasted marshmallows once you finished the drink! The only bad part was my husband kept sneaking into the kitchen to the eat the extras I'd toasted.
1 1/2 oz Kentucky bourbon 90-100 proof
1/2 oz Ballotin chocolate whiskey
3/4 oz Toasted marshmallow syrup (see below)
3 dashes Fee Brothers chocolate bitters
Mint for garnish
Toasted Marshmallow for garnish
Put the first four ingredients into the mixing glass and add ice. Stir until combined and strain into a julep cup filled with fresh crushed ice. Take a sprig of mint, spank it across the back of your hand and put in in the drink right next to the straw. Impale the marshmallow on a cocktail straw and put it next to the drinking straw. Try not to eat the marshmallow right away.
Toasted Marshmallow Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
10-12 large marshmallows (Must be toasted - use the stove or a kitchen torch. Or a fire if you have one)
1 tsp vanilla
Heat the water and sugar on the stove until it is dissolved and starts to simmer. Add the toasted marshmallows and let them dissolve. Simmer for 3 minutes. Watch it carefully because it WILL boil over. Take it off the stove and let it cool completely. Add the vanilla extract. If you want to know how good it's going to taste, you can taste-test it. But it will be hard to stop. Strain the mixture through a fine metal sieve or cheesecloth and keep in the fridge. Add a bit of vodka to make it last 4-6 weeks.
Heather Wibbels is a cocktail enthusiast who spends her time thinking about cocktails, researching cocktails and making cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.