The word "Midnight" or the phrase "Midnight Train" appears in a lot of great songs -- "Midnight Rider" by the Allman Brothers, "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips, "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey (now the subject title should make sense), etc. The Midnight Train cocktail has no relation to any of these tunes, but like them it is something to savor. Many thanks to Alana Zanello at Jacoby's Restaurant and Mercantile in Austin for creating it.
1.5 ounces whiskey
1 ounce Averna
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 ounce super simple syrup
Combine in a shaker with ice, shake as if you're heading down the tracks goin' anywhere, and strain into a chilled glass. Lemon peel garnish optional.
The Midnight Train essentially is a Whiskey Sour plus Averna. Averna, a Sicilian amaro, is great on its own, and you can use it in other original creations such as the Lupara and the Amaro Amore. Zanello uses George Dickel, a fine Tennessee whiskey, as the base for the Midnight Train. I've used bourbon and rye for the base whiskey. Quite frankly, you're not going to go wrong with any of them. The Midnight Train will get you to Georgia or anywhere, and they're not going to catch you because you will become the Midnight Rider.