Well, make more drinks, obviously, amirite? After making a second Half Century (just for research, of course, to verify the initial results), I set about experimenting with variations on the theme.
My first thought was to try replacing the rye with Connecticut's own Onyx Moonshine (made in nearby East Hartford) and the lime juice with lemon juice, producing what I call, in deference to the fact that Connecticut is much older than Greta, the Four Centuries:
- 2 1/2 oz Onyx Moonshine
- 1 oz cardamom simple syrup
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- Dash orange bitters.
And then tonight I ate half a grapefruit, looked at the leftover juice in the bowl, and thought (as I have before), "hmm, I should make a cocktail with that." Thus was born the Eastern Half Century, which is a kind of cross between Greta's original and the Eastern cocktail I blogged about earlier, replacing the latter's maple syrup with the former's cardamom:
- 2 1/2 oz rye whiskey
- 1 1/2 oz cardamom simple syrup
- 1 oz fresh ruby red grapefruil juice.