Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Jimmy’s at the Landing’s Cherry Maple Woodford Sour
One of the largest components of Tahoe’s nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin. In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.
At first glance of the name of this week’s drink, you might think it was more of a name for a country club’s croquet team than a cocktail to woo your taste buds. While the flavors of the Landing’s Cherry Maple Woodford Sour layers on the sophistication, you don’t have to buy a membership to enjoy this twist on a whiskey sour.
Full disclosure: I had no idea a traditional whiskey sour included egg white. While I love a good whiskey, I guess I live too sheltered a life to explore the complete world of whiskey wonders.
Nevertheless, this cocktail throws it back old school and added to the egg white is Woodford Reserve bourbon, lemon and Frangelico.
A cherry is dropped in the center and the sweet glaze it was resting in is swirled around the top creating a circular vortex that will hypnotize you if you stare at it too long. Actually, that’s a bit much — you won’t get hypnotized.
Finally, a dusting of cinnamon is scattered atop and leaves you with a truly beautiful-looking drink.
Sticking the schnoz in there for a smell, it’s like Santa came back for a second helping of presents and dropped one off in this drink. It’s part sweet and part savory, which is the best kind of gift for your lips.
The punchy cherry flavor hits you first, followed in flow by the citrus, and then ending with those egg whites to deliver a creamy finish. But what about the bourbon? You never get it full tilt. It’s like a supporting actor that makes everyone around them better but a little too reluctant to be the lead role.
What you end up with is perhaps the perfect balance between Omega Theta Pi and Delta Tau Chi. If that reference is lost on you, I’d suggest giving “Animal House” a spin. Nothing says Cherry Maple Woodford Sour like a good ol’ toga party.
Jimmy’s Restaurant is located inside the Landing Resort & Spa at 4104 Lakeshore Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. For information go to http://www.thelandingtahoe.com.