Since everything from scoops of ice cream to the NFL has become politicized, it was only a matter of time before San Diego’s cocktail scene stepped into the arena.
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Thus, Madison on Parks’ Impeachmint. Bar manager Danny Kuehner says his concoction has a weird orange color to it and breaches the usual rules of cocktail etiquette. With these two clues, it’s not hard to figure out whom the drink’s word-play is inculpating.
“The Impeachmint doesn’t have an orange top,” Kuehner says with a laugh, “but the whole thing has an orange hue, a kind of peachy orange color.”
Kuehner says the drink is polling with rather high favorability ratings.
“We’ve gotten positive feedback from the Impeachmint,” Kuehner says. “We’re also donating a dollar of every cocktail to the ACLU. I feel some people don’t want to drink that particular cocktail, but they see its name, buy it anyway — and then fall in love with it....
“The peachiness of the peaches go well with the mint essence of the mint,” Kuehner says. “I don’t know what made me put them together, but I was playing around with different ingredients. I guess I figured that since peach goes really good with bourbon and mint goes really good with bourbon, they ought to go well all together. It worked out.”
Kuehner refers to the drink’s “bourbonality — a little spice and a little sweetness and the right amount of kick.”
No word yet from Madison on Park about whether it will be offering something similar to balance out its cocktail menu — perhaps a cocktail called the Bitter Winer (Angostura Bitters, red wine, and Russian vodka?) or the Privat Server Shrub (Privat rum and hackberry shrub?).
- .75 oz. simple syrup
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 3-5 peach slices
- 5–7 mint leaves
- 1.5 oz. Bulleit bourbon
- 1 oz. soda water
In cocktail tin, muddle mint leaves with peaches. Add ice, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Shake, strain into Collins glass with ice, and garnish with peach-slice fan and mint leaves.