1 1/2 oz Islay Scotch (Buchanan's 12 Year)
3/4 oz Martini Bianco Vermouth (Dolin Blanc)
3/4 oz Cynar
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
After the Embassy Jubilee, I turned to Gaz Regan's The Negroni for something a nightcap. There, I uncovered the Drunk Uncle by Shawn Soole of Little Jumbo in British Columbia with a smoky Cynar variation on the classic. Once stirred and strained, the Drunk Uncle gave forth grapefruit and smoke aromas. Sweet grape on the sip gained a roundness from Cynar's caramel, and the swallow displayed the excellent pairing of smoky Scotch and Cynar's herbal notes all with a floral finish from the vermouth.
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!