We “stole” (hence the name heist) this recipe from MartinsWest's Nova cocktail. We sat and watched them make it 3 times before we figured out the ratios. Now we call it our own. Thanks guys! 2 oz Bourbon (preferably Balcones Texas Whiskey) 1 oz Ginger juice† 1 oz Lemon juice 1 oz Luxardo 10 dps Chocolate bitters 1 black cherry on a spear (more than a garnish)
Mix all liquid ingredients into a shaker or pitcher adding a 3-4 big ice cubes, or handful of crushed ice. Stir vigorously and consistently until well chilled (about 30-45 sec). Strain into a tumbler or collins glass (stir the drink with the speared cherry).
†Ginger Juice 1 palm size ginger root 8-12 oz Water (depends on how gingery you want it/fits into a container afterwards) 1 Tbsp brown sugar 1 Sieve 1 container or jar
Peel/Shave off the skin of the ginger root, then cut the pieces down to small chunks. Place pieces into a blender, add water, add sugar. Blend concoction until you can't see chunks of ginger (1 min+). Taste to make sure you don't need more sugar.
Pour contents of blender through a sieve and into the container. Be careful and strain out just the juice. Chill juice before using in cocktails.