Good Shot Red Two
1 1/2 oz Bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz lemon juice
Few dashes Woodford Reserve Barrel aged Cherry Bitters
Shake with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
*R2-D2 jersey not included
There are some movie quotes that just stick with you through the years. The best ones aren’t from a particularly important part of the movie, they may not advance the plot in anyway, and you and your friends won’t repeat them ad nauseum. Instead, it’s those simple little throwaway lines that for whatever reason set up shop in a cozy part of your mind, popping up now and again. I’ll often call on these when thinking of drink names.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens still setting box office records, as well as Star Wars being the theme for my Ultimate league this season, it seems like a great time to share my only drink with Star Wars related name (kind of surprising it’s the only one, actually, and I may have to change that).
Simply a bit of praise from Wedge Antilles to his squadron mate during the Battle of Endor (space portion) in Return of the Jedi, this line has more applications than simply commending someone on taking out a TIE Fighter. I found uses for it on the basketball court, golf course, at the bowling alley, or even as an alternative way of saying “nice job”.
I wanted the drink to have some red color to it, so Aperol seemed like a good start. I could lie and say I chose whiskey for the “W” in Wedge, but in reality I probably just wanted a bourbon drink at the time. Some Benedictine and lemon juice round out the sweet and tart ends of the spectrum. And since I was using Woodford Reserve Bourbon, I reached for my bottle of cherry bitters aged in Woodford Reserve barrels to finish things off.
The result is a cocktail that starts off with a malty sip thanks to the bourbon and Benedictine. The bitters actually add some darker, softer fruit notes in the middle, and everything finishes off tart and crisp with the Aperol and lemon. This is certainly a drink fit for celebrating the destruction of an intergalactic WMD, and I’d like to think Wedge and Red 2 do just that at some space bar in a galaxy far, far away.