Easter weekend calls for one thing, lamb! I’m not a huge fan of lamb as it happens, but I was keen to try it on the BBQ and see how things turned out, so Easter seemed the perfect time to test it out. Asda have been selling the large bone in leg of lamb with a little saving, so I popped over and picked up a 2kg joint ahead of the weekend.
To prepare the joint, the day before I planned to cook I removed the wrapper and made a number of small incisions around the meat (top and bottom) where I added slices of garlic and smaller off-cuts of the rosemary. I then placed the lamb back in the fridge overnight ahead of the cook on Easter Sunday.
On the day of the cook I prepped the Weber around 12pm for a 1pm start. I needed to add my ‘Only Fire’ rotisserie frame to the grill, and then set up two banks of coals in the base so that the lamb cooked evenly as it rotated.
This variation on the classic Old-Fashioned is beyond easy and there is no need to own a muddler to make it. If that essential tool (which you should have) has barred you from enjoying an old-fashioned-like drink, then this recipe is the answer for you.
- A bone-in leg of lamb!
- A bulb of garlic
- Some sprigs of rosemary
- A little salt and pepper
- A rotisserie kit for your grill of choice.
- Strain into an old-fashioned glass over a large ice cube.
- Garnish with lemon peel.
- Ice is essential to add to the shaker while stirring this drink. This will dilute the drink just a little bit more and release the bourbon’s finer aromas and flavors. Remember, that Knob Creek was bottled at a proof that was meant to be cut with water, so you will be doing the whiskey justice.
- A rich simple syrup is recommended here and that is a syrup that is made with 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. If you have a 1:1 syrup available, add just a little bit more than recommended above to have a nice balance of sweetness.
- The large ice cube is key to serving this drink. It will keep the drink cold for longer than it should take to drink and less water will dilute the whiskey, keeping it flavorful throughout.
How Strong Is the Knob Creek Old-Fashioned?
|Knob Creek is a strong bourbon whiskey and, at 100 proof, it is stronger than many whiskeys. This Old-fashioned recipe adds very little to it so the finished drink remains pretty strong at around 33 percent ABV (66 proof). It is just slightly weaker than a straight shot of 80 proof whiskey.|