Thursday, March 14, 2013

down & brown

2 oz Rittenhouse 100 Rye
3/4 oz Fernet Branca
1/2 oz Bénédictine
1/4 oz Maraschino

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

For my last drink at Tavern Road, I asked bartender Will for the Down & Brown, another drink created by bar manager Ryan McGrale. It was pretty amusing that I had selected two drinks invented by Ryan and Andrea doubled up on drinks created by Will. I believe that I opted for the Down & Brown since it had been a few weeks since I last had drank a stirred rye drink. Will commented that he had to make the drink that night with Rittenhouse for the bar was out of Riverboat Rye, and this perhaps suggests the success of this menu item.
ryan mcgrale tavern road
The orange twist worked well with the Maraschino aroma that let through a hint of Fernet Branca. The malty sip led into the rest of the rye flavors on the swallow. The rye was then followed by a Fernet-Bénédictine combination that ended with a lingering menthol and Maraschino finish.

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