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Closeup of this ultimate Bourbon cocktail in a martini glass with a lemon wedge on the rim

North & South Bourbon Limonata

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A four-way cultural mix: from the US, northern strawberries and southern spirit; from Italy, northern Balsamic vinegar and southern-style lemon granita… all come together in delicious harmony.
Course aperitif, Dessert
Cuisine American
Dish Type Cocktail
Ingredient bourbon, lemon granita, strawberry
Servings 1
Author Annette Tomei



  • 1 chilled martini glass
  • 1 muddler
  • 1 mixing glass
  • 1 bar spoon
  • 1 strainer
  • 1 small ice-cream scoop
  • 1 swizzle stick


  • 1 fresh strawberry sliced
  • 1 in piece of peeled fresh ginger cut into small bits
  • 1 tsp aged Balsamic vinegar
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 in jigger Kentucky Bourbon Bullitt Kentucky Bourbon was usedthe development of this recipe
  • ice
  • 1 small scoop lemon sorbet or granita approximately 1/8 cup, homemade or purchased
  • 1 lemon slice seeds removed


Macerate the strawberry and ginger:

  • Place the strawberry slices and ginger in a small microwave safe bowl, top with the vinegar; stir well. Cover and microwave for approximately 30 seconds. Allow to sit covered for at least 30 minutes, up to 3 hours, or until cooled completely (longer equals more flavor). This part can be done in larger proportions then chilled and stored in the refrigerator for 1 day.

Prepare the cocktail:

  • In mixing glass, muddle the strawberry-ginger mixture with the bitters until the ginger and berries are well bruised. Fill the glass halfway with ice; pour in Bourbon and agave nectar. Stir vigorously.
  • Place scoop of sorbet in the chilled glass; strain the cocktail over the sorbet. Serve garnished with a lemon slice and a swizzle stick.