Thursday, May 31, 2012


1 1/2 oz Tio Pepe Palomino Fino Sherry
1 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
3/4 oz Galliano L'Autentico
1/2 oz Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with 2 drops orange blossom water.

Two Sundays ago, Andrea and I ventured down to West Bridge in Kendall Square, Cambridge, where Eastern Standard alumni Josh Taylor accepted a position as bar manager. For a drink, I asked Josh for the Wheelwright. The restaurant itself is named after the nearby West Bridge, also known as the Longfellow or Salt-and-Pepper-Shaker Bridge, that connects West Boston with East Cambridge. As for the drink, it was named after Edmund Wheelwright who was the consulting architect for the structure, and Wheelwright took his inspiration from the various bridges he studied in Europe. Josh decided to pay tribute to the architect by combining his love of sherry to make a lighter style aperitif for the West Bridge cocktail menu.
The Wheelwright presented Galliano's star anise and other herbal aromas that merged well with the fino sherry and orange blossom water notes. A crisp grape sip led into a nutty, vanilla, and herbal swallow with a lingering Jamaican rum finish. The drink succeeded as an aperitif, and its bright yellow hue certainly garnered a lot of attention at the bar.

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