1 oz Lustau Los Arcos Amontillado Sherry 1 oz Philippe Latourelle VS Calvados 1 oz Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur 1 dash Angostura Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
For my last drink at Estragon, bartender Sahil Mehta wanted to make for me the Bittersweet Serenade. Sahil described how this recipe was published in Stuff at Night a few months ago in an article about sherry drinks. Here, the sherry was matched with equal portions of Calvados and walnut liqueur. Despite it seeming more like an autumnal drink, it worked rather well with the rich chocolate dessert we had. The Bittersweet Serenade began with an orange oil aroma that contained a hint of the sherry's nuttiness poking through. The sherry's grape flavor appeared in the sip, and its nuttiness in the swallow where it complemented the walnut liqueur. As the drink warmed up, the brandy notes strengthened on the swallow to round out the drink.
The euphemisms are getting a bit stale, suffice to say: four people in Boston -- two of whom are much more prolific writers than the other two (including the originator of this blog, who has no excuse apart from laziness) -- who drink and tell.
boston cocktail books!
The 2017 collection of 855 drink recipes, bartender tributes, and essays on hospitality from Frederic Yarm, one of the authors of the Cocktail Virgin Slut blog. Available at Barnes and Noble, and The Boston Shaker (on their shelves and via their webstore)!
The 2012 collection of 505 drink recipes, techniques, and Boston bar recommendations from Frederic Yarm. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and The Boston Shaker (on their shelves and via their webstore)!