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07.13.10 

Cracker Jack Snap Cocktail

by Warren Bobrow, Wild Table editor, food writer and cocktail whisperer

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Akin to the gingersnap cookies of children’s storybook lore, the new USDA Certified Snap liquor is anything but child-like. Weighing in at a hefty 80 proof, Snap is more Big Bad Wolf than the Three Little Pigs. It’s not like those sickly sweet liquors — in fact, it defies the concept — nor is it an artificially flavored vodka product. The spirit is akin to rye whiskey in flavor with the kick of real ginger and the after-burn of spices.

Snap will be handy to have around on a sailing trip when seasickness may be a problem. Ginger is a natural remedy for many unpleasant stomach ailments, which always occur when 50-foot ice-cold ocean waves crash down over the deck of your insignificantly tiny yacht, hundreds of miles away from terra firma. When mixed into a cocktail, the liquor is quite delicious and will “snap” you out of any dreams of rounding the Horn without proper fortification firmly in hand.

Amish-style ginger snap cookies and the super-premium Italian Luxardo cherries are the basis of my new cocktail utilizing both Tuthilltown corn whiskey (moonshine-like at 80 proof) and Snap. It’s not a sweetened drink, but one with the elements of fear built in to it. Have one or two or maybe three, but never more, otherwise, call me in the morning.

The Cracker Jack Snap Cocktail

Enjoy this cocktail with a pail of icy cold seawater at the ready to dunk your head.

  • 2 ginger snap cookies, crushed
  • Luxardo Cherries
  • 4 ounces (a real kick) Tuthilltown
  • 2 ounces Snap (USDA Certified Organic Ginger Snap liquor)
  • A few scant shakes of Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters
  • Splash of ginger beer, then another.
  1. Muddle cherries and a few ginger snap cookies to a paste.
  2. Add whiskey and Snap.
  3. Shake in a few splashes of Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters.
  4. Hit it with the ginger beer.
  5. Shake and strain into a tall glass with plenty of rock ice.

The Cracker Jack Snap Cocktail is perfect for the stormiest of seas, thanks to a pop of ginger liquor.

Photo: ajenkss

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