Wednesday, June 11, 2014

[against the strain]

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.

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