1 3/4 oz Four Roses Bourbon
1/2 oz Gran Classico
1/2 oz Lustau Pedro Ximénez Sherry
1/4 oz Cinnamon Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass.
For my second drink at Backbar, I asked bartender Alex Homans for the Birthday Suit. Bartender Joseph Cammarata had created the recipe in honor of Backbar's first anniversary in mid-December, and it appeared to be a delicious Boulevardier variation. Once mixed, the Bourbon contributed greatly to the drink's aroma, but as it warmed up, the Gran Classico's herbal accents began to take hold. A grape sip offered a hint of malt, and the rest of the Bourbon appeared in the swallow beside the Gran Classico's bitter flavors and growing cinnamon notes. Andrea thought that the Birthday Suit tasted a little like cherry from a combination of the Gran Classico and the sherry.
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, Amazon, 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)!