I created my own martini recipe last night especially for Kentucky bourbon lovers like me, naming it Song of the South. It's a simple mix of the harder-edged sweetness of sorghum mixed with the smoky taste of the Jim Beam that creates a slightly sweeter, lighter "adult beverage" in the whiskey family but served as a cold but ice cube-less martini.
As a little tutorial on the difference between sorghum and molasses...I've grown up eating both and have both in my pantry. They are both made from sugar cane but the short answer is that sorghum is sweeter and less processed. Sorghum is boiled down from the sugar cane stalks into a syrup. That's it. Molasses is actually a biproduct of sugar making. Once the sugar cane has been boiled and starts to crystalize, the crystals are removed and that's sugar. What's left is reboiled along with a milk and an alkaline solution. That's moleasses, which is darker and less sweet than sorghum.
Glenna's Song of the South Martini
Recipe by Glenna Anderson Muse
1 1/2 jiggers Jim Beam
1 jigger lemon lime soda or diet lemon lime soda
2 tsps sorghum such as our local Hallam's Ozarks Sorghum
1. Swirl sorghum into martini glass.
2. Pour Beam and soda, along with ice, into martini shaker and stir or shake until well chilled. Straining out ice, pour into martini glass and garnish with lime or lemon curl if desired.