Two Sundays ago, Andrea and I returned to Hawthorne, and this time we made our way over to the side room where bartender Ryan Lotz was tending the small bar. For a starting point, Ryan recommended a Manhattan variation he had created earlier for the gentleman to my right. The drink's aroma presented the fruit notes from the Carpano Antica vermouth and Maraschino liqueur along with a hint of cardamom. A rich grape sip led into a rye whiskey, Campari, and Maraschino swallow. I found that the interaction of the cardamom spice with the vermouth created a tobacco- and clove-like impression on the swallow. When I mentioned the tobacco aspect, Andrea commented that she detected it more on the aroma.
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.
drink & tell: a boston cocktail book
A collection of drink recipes, techniques, and Boston bar recommendations from Frederic Yarm, one of the authors of the Cocktail Virgin Slut blog. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and The Boston Shaker (on their shelves and via their webstore). Follow the buzz on D&T's Facebook fan page!