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If you’re familiar with half of my business, you know I’m very into corn. I’ll eat it out Butter cob. I will eat it raw. I will eat it inserted. I’ll eat it after it’s soaked Calcium hydroxide (At that point it becomes “Hominy”.) I will Drink it. I don’t think I’ve ever come across any form of corn – or any corn-flavored product – that I didn’t like to put in my mouth. And as long as I know that Nixta corn liqueur wasn’t created to meet my specific needs, it sure feels that way.

My only problem with the people who made Nixta was that they didn’t send me a big, corn-shaped bottle, but they must have known they didn’t have to. The two tiny aliquots they sent made my thirst for more corn drink, and I’m more than happy to pay the full retail price for this stuff. (This is kudos from someone who has an already full bar cart of free press samples.)

As the name suggests, Nixta tastes not only of corn, but also of corn nixtamalized corn (also known as “hominy”), corn that has been soaked in an alkaline solution to make it more digestible, nutritious and, in my opinion, more delicious. It’s nutty, sweet and toasted, like good corn bread with whipped honey butter. I could drink it chilled and be happy, but this column has three ingredients. Fortunately, Nixta goes well with another legendary corn drink: bourbon.

There’s a recipe for one old fashioned drink on the Nixta site, but there isn’t enough Nixta. Instead of using it to modify the bourbon, I increased the ratio to 50/50 and created a juicier drink that was still plentifully sweet and cheesy. I also added lime bitters because Elote calls for lime, but you could use Angostura if that’s all you have. To do it you will need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon (I used bottle-in-bond)
  • 1 1/2 ounces Nixta Corn Liquor
  • 3 dashes of lime bitters

Add everything to a lowball, snifter, or any other short and stout glass that can hold a small handful of ice cubes. Add the ice cubes and stir a little. Sip, enjoy, repeat.

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