1 1/2 oz Blanco Tequila (Espolon)
1/2 oz Batavia Arrack
1/2 oz Cynar
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
Shake with ice, strain into a Nick & Nora cocktail glass, and garnish with a lime wheel-cherry flag.
Two Sundays ago after my shift, I decided to make a drink from Town & Country's 17 Cocktail Recipes that Logic Says Shouldn't Work (But Do) article called Los Batman. The recipe was created by Blake Pope of Kindred in Davidson, North Carolina, as a Tequila Sour made funky with Cynar and Batavia Arrack. As I reached for the bottle of tequila on the top shelf, I disturbed a summertime visitor of a little brown bat who then took a few laps around my kitchen before returning to roost in my bottles. Building my nightcap took a pause as I donned winter gloves and was able to capture the bat and safely deposit him outdoors. So in honor of the wee bat that I told "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here," I finished preparing the Los Batman and toasted him.
The Los Batman offered the agave's vegetal notes to the nose along with the lime garnish aroma. The lime continued on into the rich sip, and the swallow was a combination of tequila, funkiness from the Batavia Arrack, and vegetal bitterness from the Cynar.
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)!