Developer: Brown–Forman Corporation.
Alcoholic degree: 40°.
Peculiarities of the elaboration: Southern Comfort is an American liqueur based on whiskey rectified with fruits, spices and flavorings. It has been in production since 1874. The brand was created by Martin Wilkes Heron, who in 1874 worked as a liqueur bartender and rectifier at McCauley's Saloon in New Orleans. Wilkes Heron was not very convinced of the quality of the whiskey that came to his establishment from Kentucky and Tennessee through the Mississippi River. He suspected that at some point along the way the whiskey was altered, either deliberately by the distributors who bought it in the distilleries and distributed it among the southern states, or fortuitously due to transport conditions.
The fact is that he doubted that he had enough quality to be sold to his customers, so he decided to create his own liqueur. Taking advantage of the fact that New Orleans was an important commercial port for raw materials, he experimented with fruit and spices until he found the recipe he was looking for: a liqueur with a whiskey aroma that could be transported in harsh conditions without altering its flavor. This is how the Cuffs and Buttons was born, which a few years later, in 1889, changed the name to become known as Southern Comfort. The recipe has remained a secret ever since, although it is known to have vanilla, cinnamon, orange and peach. The Southern Comfort soon became popular in New Orleans and in 1900 Wilkes decided to make it known in Europe through the World Exhibition in Paris, where he won the gold medal in a distillate contest.
Four years later he would repeat the award at the Universal Exhibition of San Luis. However, despite international recognition, the Southern Comfort did not quite take off in sales and the introduction of Prohibition in 1920 was a serious setback for the company. In the Anglo-Saxon countries it is known as SoCo.
Tasting notes: Amber color with mahogany sparkles, very clean and bright. On the nose, it reminds us of a familiar smell: that of the punch. The aromas that predominate are citrus notes of lime and fruity notes of apricot, along with more spicy touches and caramel. Although these notes are eminently sweet, it does not cloy in the mouth, since the point of sweetness is low and the contrast between alcohol and the citrus notes that predominate. The finish is medium persistence, leaving a pleasant reminder of caramel.
Uses in cocktails: Scarlett O'Hara.
Ingredients: 6 cl. of Southern Comfort, 3 cl. of lime juice, 6 cl. of cranberry juice, 1 cherry.
- Fill a tall and wide glass with ice. Mix all the ingredients in a shaker and pour into the glass.
- Garnish with a cherry.