Tuesday, January 12, 2010

the eulogy

3/4 oz Batavia Arrack
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse (*)
3/4 oz Falernum (John D. Taylor Velvet)
3/4 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
(*) Now made with Strega at the Anvil.
On Sunday night when it was time for cocktails, I remembered a drink I had recently spotted on my Twitter feed by the Anvil Bar. Anvil Bartender Justin Burrow created a Last Word variant that uses Batavia Arrack instead of gin. Moreover, the Last Word's green Chartreuse was swapped for more mild yellow perhaps to balance the Eulogy's more aggressive base spirit. In addition, the original's Maraschino liqueur was exchanged for an equal amount of falernum which is rich in allspice, clove, and citrus notes.

The Eulogy's nose was filled with lime and Batavia Arrack aromas. The drink was a bit sweet for my tastes especially compared to the Last Word, although after successive sips, the sweetness seemed to subside to a more comfortable level. The first part of the sip was the sweetness combined with the lime juice's fruitiness. The Chartreuse and falernum's spice followed this first flavor wave, and the Batavia Arrack's rawness completed the profile on the swallow. The Batavia Arrack did a great job filling in for the intensity lost via eliminating the green Chartreuse, and the yellow Chartreuse and falernum did a decent job substituting for Maraschino liqueur's role in the Last Word.


justin said...

FYI, that drink was created with Strega. It is definitely too sweet with Yellow Chartreuse.

frederic said...

The drink was first tweeted by Bobby Heugel as Yellow Chartreuse.

From one source, "Bobby had originally played around with making the drink using yellow Chartreuse, but the cocktail actually comes together better using Strega rather than the Chartreuse, seemingly since Strega has a few characteristics yellow Chartreuse lacks."

So Strega was the improvement, not the initial ingredient.

frederic said...

Unless of course you're the Justin who bartends at the Anvil, in which case, I will take your word.

The first I heard of the Strega version was 9 months later when Chuck Taggart visited the bar.

justin said...

Yes. I created that drink at Anvil. It originally used Strega. We tinkered with using Yellow Chartreuse, but that was a vastly inferior drink.