1 1/2 oz Blanco Tequila (Espolon)
3/4 oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry (Lustau)
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth (Alessio)
2 dash Cardamom Bitters (1 pod's worth of seeds, muddled in the tequila)
Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with an orange peel crown.
Two Wednesdays ago, I returned to Lou Bustamante's The Complete Cocktail Manual and spotted the Stage Dives & Fist Fights. The recipe was created by Stephen Mendez of the Last Word in San Antonio, Texas, and appeared like a tequila Manhattan with a sweet, raisiny sherry in place of half of the vermouth. Once built, it gave forth an orange oil and cardamom nose. Next, a rich grape sip gave way to tequila, raisins, and cardamom 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.
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!