Today is a great day for a guest post, right!? We all need a cocktail right now and I’m thrilled to introduce you to Mike! We met in college and I fondly remember wearing a shirt to a conference that said “Have you met Mike?”. He has always been one to bring people together so cocktails in these strange times seems ohh-so fitting. Mike has been posting FAN-TASTIC cocktails and I asked if he’d share one here. Woohoo! Bottoms up! Meet Mike:
My name is Mike Lawlor, and I am the AGM for two different restaurants in Dorchester, Ashmont Grill & Tavolo Ristorante. I come up with seasonal cocktails for each establishment with the help of my bartenders. When the governor and mayor decided to move restaurants to take out only I decided I would post cocktail recipes that were delicious and approachable for the every day person with ingredients they may have in their pantry and liquor cabinet. I am fortunate enough to manage two bars where I have endless resources. Some cocktail recipes I will offer an easy suggestion for a replacement.
When we closed the doors at Ashmont Grill we let our staff do some grocery shopping on items that wouldn’t last through all this craziness. We are a tight knit family so we wanted to make sure everyone had some food to last through these hard times. I grabbed some bananas and decided to freeze them. My roommate came home night with a bottle of Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey…ding ding! Who doesn’t love a peanut butter and banana sandwich? I sure do! Growing up my favorite sandwich was a PB and banana on cinnamon raisin bread.
Peanut Butter & Banana Old Fashioned
2 oz. of Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
1 oz of Banana Puree
2 Dashes of Chocolate Bitters
1 Cup of water and sugar
2 bananas Chopped
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
Bring water and sugar to a boil and let the sugar dissolve. Add the bananas and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes, or so.
Take off heat, let cool. Blend and then strain.
LETS MAKE THE COCKTAIL!
Grab your cocktail shaker. Add the ingredients and stir with a bar spoon. Add some ice, stir again. Grab a glass of your choice and drop in some ice (I recommend a large whiskey cube so it doesn’t dilute the drink) strain the cocktail and cheers!
I hope you’re inspired and mix up a cocktail. I’ve had multiple virtual happy hours and will have to mix up a cocktail instead of wine for my next one!!