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The Season

After dinner the other night I was looking around the bar trying to figure out a good dessert/nightcap drink and came across this rye based darkly flavored concoction:

  • 2 Rye Whiskey
  • 1 Campari
  • .5 Creme de Cassis
  • 2 dashes Fee Brother’s Aztec Chocolate bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura

Stir all of this over ice and strain into an old fashioned glass, top with a twisted orange. This is definitely not a drink to have before a meal or during a hot day, this is much better on a cool night after a heavy meal.

Alex’s Two Wheels

With the blooming of all the dogwoods recently I felt compelled to make something that reminds me of growing up in Florida, so I grabbed some grapefruit juice and whiskey and started mixing:

  • 1.5 Rye Whiskey
  • .5 St. Germain
  • .25 coriander ginger syrup
  • 2 splashes grapefruit juice
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 dash lemon bitters

Stir over ice and strain into chilled coupe glass. No garnish is needed, and this could also be served on the rocks as a punch. This is sweeter than most of my drinks, but not cloyingly so, with light citrus, and crisp.

The Whisky Brigade

Last night I went to my first Whisky Brigade at Jack Rose Dining Saloon. A number of great whiskys were presented for the sampling, some known and some untasted by me so far.

Among the list were The Glenrothes out of Speyside: Select Reserve, 1985, 1994, and 1998 vintages; all of which took home awards from the San Francisco Wine and Spirits Competition. Of these I tried the vintages, the select reserve ran out too quickly, unfortunately. The favorite of mine was the 1998 with its smooth lush fruit notes and heaviness. This whisky has a definite spice to it, maybe light cardamom, and middling cinnamon, with vanilla smoothing out the sharpness that comes from this.

The other vintages are definitely more drinkable, I could probably only have a couple glasses of this, but I do like the bold character of this one. The 1998 is not something that I would drink with a meal, but something I would have for dessert, I think that it could easily overpower almost any meal. It is an interesting new addition to my notebook.

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