Friday, September 13, 2013

grand street

2 oz Beefeater Gin
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
1/4 oz Cynar

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

After returning from Estragon, I decided to have a nightcap and I selected one from an article about Brooklyn variations (you might need to register for ShakeStir to read it though). The novel one that appealed to both of us was the Grand Street created by Death & Co. Grand Street is an east-west street in lower Manhattan that runs through SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side, and is about 10 blocks south of the bar.
The Grand Street's grapefruit twist offered up bright citrus oils to the nose. A grape and caramel sip led into a gin-driven swallow. After the gin flavors came a wave of bitter notes from the Punt e Mes and Cynar that faded into and were balanced by the nuttiness of the Maraschino liqueur. As the drink warmed up, the Maraschino began to take a bigger role in the finish.

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