Monday, October 29, 2012

the aftermath

1 oz Dewar's 12 Year Blended Scotch
1 oz Applejack
1/2 oz Bénédictine
1/4 oz Fernet Branca
1 barspoon Allspice Dram
1 barspoon Water
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe pre-rinsed with Laphroaig Scotch.

After Brick and Mortar, I made my way home by way of Union Square in Somerville. Once there, I was lured into Backbar after reading about their drink of the day called the Aftermath. The tweet described it as, "It's the remainder of a fight between a Lion's Tail, Toronto, Bobby Burns, and a Junior." With that description, I was quite curious. Bartender Aaron Feder mentioned that there were elements of each in the drink, but the citrus aspect of the Lion's Tale and Junior were removed to make the Aftermath a straight spirits cocktail. In retrospect, I regret not asking where the Applejack aspect came from.
The Aftermath shared a Scotch and apple nose. The apple flavors and the Scotch's malt filled the sip.  Next, the swallow began with a hint of smoke and the herbalness of the Fernet Branca and Bénédictine and ended with the allspice notes of the Pimento Dram.

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