A cafe near my house sells the most delicious soda I’ve had in years: Boylan Bottleworks Root Beer. Caffeine-free, with the perfect bite, I’ve gotten into the habit of stopping by and having one occasionally as a treat. Lately though I find myself wanting to bring one or two (or more) home. Why? Because I’ve discovered the best-tasting and perhaps least-known cocktail ever, and decided to name it after the person who loves it most. Me. I don’t drink a lot of liqueur, but when the mood strikes I like nothing better than a wee snifter of sambuca. Thick and slightly syrupy, with the pungent taste of black jelly beans. Ahhhh. I never imagined I could top the pleasure either brings me individually, but when combined, oh my. Sweet (though not cloying), faintly exotic, and deceptively strong, this is my ideal cocktail.
SODIUM CONTENT: 24 mg per serving
1 1/2 oz. sambuca
8 oz. Boylan Bottleworks Root Beer (available nationwide at Trader Joe’s markets as well as online)
3 ice cubes
Place the ice cubes into a drinking glass. Pour 8 ounces of root beer into a small measuring glass, then add a shot and a half of sambuca to the root beer. Stir gently once or twice, then pour the mixture over the ice and serve immediately.