3/4 oz St. George Dry Rye Gin
3/4 oz Cynar
3/4 oz Campari
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
For a final libation at the Barrel House, bartender Sean Maher mixed us up something he had been working on. The combination came across as a distant Negroni riff with a Last Word feel. Lacking a name, I dubbed it the "Against the Strain" after the Cynar slogan "Contro il logorio della vita moderna" which translates to "Against the strain of modern life." Once mixed, it offered a vegetal, herbal, and vaguely cucumber nose. Next, a lemon and caramel sip gave way to a juniper, Cynar herbal, and Campari bitter swallow.
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)!