Thanks, guys, for all your input! I see some Stonewall Jackson experimentation ahead this holiday season!
I had my first yesterday. Unfortunately, I had no unpasteurized cider on hand, but we can get some for future use. Per Linn's instructions, I did use VG 90 and did shake it with as much gusto as I could after a night on call. I think I lost the "froth" since it was pasteurized, but it did froth slightly.
My first taste was a nostalgic one - reproducing that bite of cider that had "turned," either expectedly or not. Not very common these days now that it's almost all pasteurized. The VG 90 complemented the cider well. With as much enthusiasm as Linn had regarding the recommendation, I knew it would. A most refreshing late afternoon cocktail. I was surprised at how lively the combination really was. I'm sure a lighter, not-so-old bourbon is required for that "liveliness," as Linn suggested.
I think my next two experiments will be EC 12 (no offense, Linn, but I gotta see for myself; my bet is that it will seem like a very different drink, but I'm not convinced it will be unpleasant) and VOB 100 (great idea, Mike - I didn't even think of that one!).
So, Linn or Mike - do you know if Stonewall Jackson really drank his bourbon (or cider) this way? If so, did he originate it?
Dave & Tina