Spirit Saturday: Tamarind Whiskey Sour

This week's Spirit Saturday is a great cocktail recipe from Portland's famed thai restaurant, Pok Pok. It's a cool restaurant that serves up unique northern thai dishes and a whiskey centric cocktail list to match. Whiskey is a really great pairing with thai dishes because it's sweetness pairs well with the spiciness of the dishes. For Halloween we got takeout thai food, burgers and watched Paranormal Activity (not very good) with our neighbors while I made some "treats" for the adults, i.e. Tamarind Whiskey Sours!

Tamarind Whiskey Sour

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Adapted Andy Ricker via

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1 1/2 oz bourbon

1 oz fresh lime juice

1 tbs tamarind paste, mixed with 1 tbs hot water, cooled

1/2 oz simple syrup

soda water

orange slice and cherry, optional

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all the ingredients except soda water and garnish. Shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled rocks glass. Top with soda water and garnish with orange and cherry. Serve with a straw if you have one.