Like bourbon? Have friends who like bourbon? Try the Mother-in-Law Cocktail:

  • 1.0 teaspoon Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1.0 teaspoon Angostura bitters
  • 1.0 teaspoon Amer Picon (subsitute Torani Amer)
  • 0.5 ounce orange curaçao
  • 0.5 maraschino liqueur
  • 0.5 ounce simple syrup
  • 0.5 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 9.0 ounces bourbon

Shake in an iced cocktail shaker, and strain into three cocktail glasses.

This is a great drink, but at over three ounces of spirit in each drink, you need friends (real ones, not imaginary) and it helps if they like bourbon.

According to Dr. Cocktail, this is one of two recipes (the other is the Seelbach Cocktail) that were truly forgotten. It apparently comes from a recipe inherited by a woman from her mother-in-law just before WWI, hence the name.

I really liked this drink. It reminded me of other bourbon heavy cocktails such as the Manhattan or the Brooklyn (or even Life is Beautiful) but it was unique. It would probably be possible to cut the drink by a third but it works well with the given proportions.

Rating: 4/5

Notes: My cocktail bourbon leans toward Maker’s 46. I used Senior Curaçao curaçao and Luxardo maraschino liqueur. I used my homemade Amer Picon.