Bar Manager Sean Beck of Backstreet Café, Hugo’s, and Caracol in Houston, Texas, originally created this cocktail for Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes from Our Neighborhood Café. The cookbook, initially published in 2013, recently received a gold medal in the category of Cookbooks–General in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs), recognizing excellence in independent publishing. The cookbook tied with another book for first place.
It’s filled with plenty of recipes to while away the hours in the kitchen, but we especially love the neighborhood feel that comes through its pages. And occasional humor, such as Sean’s comment on the inspiration for this drink:
“Whisky has historically been associated with the likes of cowboys, oil workers and shore men. The thought of any of those traditional tough guy stereotypes breaking into a scarlet blush makes me smile.
It’s OK to blush.
reprinted with permission from Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes from Our Neighborhood Café by Tracy Vaught and Chef Hugo Ortega, 2013