1 1/2 oz Evan Williams Bonded Bourbon
1 oz Averna
3/4 oz Blackberry Syrup (2:1) (* see comments)
6-8 leaves Mint
Lightly muddle mint leaves in a Double Old Fashioned glass, add rest of ingredients, and stir. Top with crushed ice and garnish with mint sprigs.
The drink that Andrea requested was the Black Monk Julep created by bartenders Ryan Lotz and Jenna Rycroft. The darker ingredients and the blackberries reminded me of Eastern Standard's Cobbler, The Bon-Vivant, but this recipe was a Julep with a boozier punch. In the glass, the Julep presented a mint bouquet to the nose. Next, caramel and berry notes were balanced by the bonded whiskey's strength on the sip, and the swallow proffered Bourbon, blackberry, and minty flavors.
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!