Thursday, November 1, 2012

divine delusion

1 1/4 oz Novo Fogo Aged Cachaça
1 oz Punt e Mes
3/4 oz Aveze Gentiane Liqueur

Stir with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Shortly after getting to our hotel in Portland and grabbing dinner, we headed out to Kask. The bartender on our half of the bar looked familiar, but I could not place him to a Portland personality. I figured that I had seen him at Tales of the Cocktail or other. Turns out it was Ciaran Wiese who used to bartend in Arizona before Kask's bar manager Tommy Klus recently lured him up. I first interacted with Ciaran online at Robert Hess's Chanticleer Society site and soon after made his Old New York Cocktail back in 2009. Since then, I have made his Expatriate and Trans-Europe Express. For a start, I asked Ciaran for the Divine Delusion that was subtitled "the root of all evil."
Note that the bitters behind the drink in the photo are stored in a vintage wooden poker chip holder. The Divine Delusion offered up an orange oil and gentian aroma. The Punt e Mes' grape filled the sip, and the swallow presented the cachaça's grassiness and the Punt e Mes' bitter along with a gentian finish. Overall, the drink had a sort of Negroni feel to it.

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