2 oz Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal
1/2 oz Carpano Bianco Vermouth
1/2 oz Salers Gentian Liqueur
1 barspoon Habañero Vodka (*)
2 dash Peychaud's Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a rock glass.
(*) Sub a small dash of hot sauce for this infusion.
For a second cocktail at Barrel House in Beverly, I requested the Blood Letter for I have found gentian liqueurs to pair rather well with agave spirits such as in the Zig Zag Wanderer. On the nose, the Blood Letter begat smoky notes with hints of herbal from either the Salers or the habañero pepper. While the sip was a sweet white grape flavor, the swallow offered smoky mezcal, earthy gentian, and lots of peppery spice.
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)!