When I was a kid, my family had a vacation home in West Yarmouth, Cape Cod. Just east of Hyannis, West Yarmouth is a small town on the south shore of the Cape. It was only about four hours from where we grew up in Connecticut. So, it was an easy trip to make if we wanted to just zip up there for the weekend. My brother and I had a small group of 10-15 friends all around our age that all seemed to go to the Cape the same weeks every year. Sometimes, we all used to sneak out at night to go sit on the beach and look for satellites or shooting stars. When we got a little bit older, maybe there was a beer or two involved. But, I beg of you, don't tell my mother. She'll ground me for a week!
There was a large overgrown field with a radio station tower in our neighborhood. Well, just as kids do, we explored it. During one of our reconnaissance missions, we stumbled upon someone's secret stash of liquor. I can only assume it was some kids from other weeks in the summer that we had not met yet.
Here is where I had my first taste of Bourbon.
Again, don't tell my mother, please.
So, forever in my mind,
I will associate Bourbon with my summers on the Cape.
This is where I got the inspiration for the West Yarmouth cocktail - currently on the cocktail list at The Whelk. The West Yarmouth is a technically a ginger whiskey sour. It's a well balanced and refreshing cocktails. The Ginger liqueur adds a little spicy kick that is counter balanced by the Bourbon and lemon. It's definitely a summer favorite, in my humble opinion. This is a fairly easy drink to make. So, don't be afraid to try this at home. The King's Ginger liqueur really makes this cocktail sing. I tried subbing in Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. It just didn't give it the same depth of flavor. If you do make this at home, let me know the next time You are dining at The Whelk.
1 1/2 oz Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon
1 oz King’s Ginger Liqueur
1/2 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Add all ingredients to an ice filled shaker
Shake and strain into a Rocks Glass with fresh ice
Garnish with a lemon wedge