Friday, February 7, 2014

de la vega

1 1/2 oz Bacardi 8 Year Rum
1/2 oz Amaro Nardini
1/2 oz Amontillado Sherry
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
2 dash Fee's Old Fashioned Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a cherry.

A few Tuesdays ago during the snow storm, I ventured down the Red Line after work to Tavern Road. At the bar were Will Tomlinson and John Henderson, and I had a drink made by each of them that night. I had picked out two drinks off the menu and asked Will which one I should start with first. Will recommended the De La Vega as a first step which he attributed to bartender Bruno Prado.
The rum aroma was accented by cherry-like fruit notes from a combination of the Maraschino and the sherry. A dry caramel sip shared vague fruit notes, and the swallow began with the rum and ended with the Maraschino and sherry's nuttiness, chocolate, cinnamon, and other spice flavors.

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