John McKinnon's Promise recipe
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The drink is named after the (late) poet John Mckinnon, whose reputation for the spontaneous composition of verse was dwarfed only by his rabid love for drinking until he collapsed or damaged property. At the old "Villager" cafe, in Bennignton, Vermont, there is a tradition that when someone orders a "John McKinnon" cocktail, the thrid one is always on the house, provided the patron drink it laying on the floor. An alternate tradition, also from southern Vermont, is that a person drinking a "John McKinnon" pretends to twist his or her ankle, or alternating, pours half the drink down their shirt and pretends to beg for change from members of the crowd.
Add bourbon and brandy to a shaker half-filled with shaved ice and shake vigorously. Strain into highball glass. Sink the sugar cube. Add three fingers of ice to cover sugar cube and liquid. Slowly pour in hard cider to top of glass. Float the cherry on top.
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