1/2 oz Plymouth Sloe Gin
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
2 dash Housemade Mole Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Twist a lemon peel over the top and discard.
Two Sundays ago, Andrea and I traveled down to Deep Ellum for dinner and drinks. For a cocktail, I asked bartender Evan Harrison for the Manhattan Exposition off of their "Manhattans 8 Ways" section of the menu. For an otherwise straight-laced section, the drink was a bit of an abstraction. Here, the barrel-aged Cognac could mimic certain whiskey flavors and the dry vermouth supplemented by the sweetness and ruby color of sloe gin could perhaps trick the mind into thinking sweet vermouth. Indeed, it was an abstraction I was willing to try. While I could find no historical evidence for a Manhattan Exposition, various expositions did bring about some delicious drinks such as the Columbian Punch from the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.