1 1/2 oz Añejo Tequila (Lunazul Reposado)
1/4 oz Mezcal (Montelobos)
3/4 oz Averna
1/2 oz Elderflower Liqueur (St. Elder)
1 dash Grapefruit Bitters (Scrappy's Lime)
Stir with ice, strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
Two Fridays ago after my shift, I was in the mood for a nightcap and I remembered a drink that I had spotted on PunchDrinks. That recipe was the Midnight Bouquet created by Meaghan Dorman of Manhattan's Raines Law, and the combination spirit, Averna, and elderflower reminded me of a Cynar-less Valkyrie. Once prepared, the Midnight Bouquet gave forth a grapefruit and agave nose with hints of smoke and floral notes. Next, the Averna's caramel provided a smooth sip, and the swallow shared smoky agave, herbal, floral, and pear-like flavors with a lime finish from my bitters substitution.
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, 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)!