Ellen found this in a bourbon cocktail recipe book that credits it to the El Moro Tavern in Durango, Colorado. The classic Whiskey Daisy is lemon juice, simple syrup, orange liqueur and bourbon, but Lucas Hess replaced the simple syrup with a spiced orange agave syrup and used lime juice instead of lemon. Ellen modified the recipe slightly again, adding more spice to the agave so as to highlight the flavors of Liberty Pole Spirits Bourbon.
The name for the Daisy is a nod to Amy Melissen, who plays guitar and sings here from time to time. She has a beautiful and distinct voice that customers really enjoy as they sip their cocktails. There's a song that Amy sings about a man who loves his wife so much that he gives her a daisy each day, even after she's gone, so we almost can't speak of a "daisy" around here without thinking of Amy.
2 oz. Bourbon
1/4 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 oz. spiced agave simple syrup
Shake on ice. Strain in a wine goblet. Add ice. Garnish with an organic daisy.
Spiced Agave Simple Syrup
11 oz. agave syrup
10 oz. water
2 tablespoons whole coriander
15 black peppercorns
Peel from half an orange
Bring to a gentle simmer on the stove and cook for 5 minutes. Cool overnight and strain out solids. Refrigerate until ready to use.