1 oz Smith & Cross Rum
1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur
1/2 oz Averna
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Twist an orange peel over the top.
For a second drink at the Baldwin Bar in Woburn's Sichuan Garden II, Ran asked if I wanted "something weird" that he had been working on. While it lacked a name, I dubbed it the "Queen's Slipper," a name of an Australian playing card brand as a follow up to the Pair of Queens drink (and because the Smith & Cross does add some funk). Once mixed, it offered an orange oil, grape, and Jamaican rum funk to the nose. Next, the sip was mostly about the Carpano Antica's robust grape notes, and the swallow's flavor highlight was how well the Smith & Cross funk melded with the Averna and walnut for an earthy finish.
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.
drink & tell: a boston cocktail book
A collection of drink recipes, techniques, and Boston bar recommendations from Frederic Yarm, one of the authors of the Cocktail Virgin Slut blog. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and The Boston Shaker (on their shelves and via their webstore). Follow the buzz on D&T's Facebook fan page!