Bourbon and Tepache

Bryan Eichhorst, Penca | Tucson, AZ

Using the framework of a Whiskey Sour, Bryan Eichhorst’s Bourbon and Tepache combines the funky aromatics of pineapple-based tepache (a fermented Mexican beverage) and pineapple white wine vinegar with a backbone of bonded bourbon, sweet vermouth and housemade velvet falernum. Served over crushed ice, it’s equal parts sour, sweet and strong—like any good Whiskey Sour should be.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon (preferably Old Fitzgerald bonded)
  • 1 ounce tepache, Penca's recipe
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth (preferably Punt e Mes)
  • 1/2 ounce Velvet Falernum
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce pineapple macerated white wine vinegar (see Editor's Note)

Garnish: orange peel and a mist of Angostura bitters

Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Dry shake (shake without ice).
  3. Pour over crushed ice into a rocks glass.
  4. Garnish with an orange peel and a mist of Angostura bitters.
Editor's Note

To make pineapple macerated white wine vinegar, skin a pineapple, cut into 1" cubes. Macerate those in a gallon of white wine vinegar for 3-5 days. Strain, bottle and refrigerate.