Wednesday, January 25, 2017

illusion travels by street car

1 1/2 oz Lustau Oloroso Sherry
1 oz Cimarron Blanco Tequila
1/2 oz Cynar
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Regan's Orange Bitters
3/4 oz Water

Build in a cocktail coupe, and briefly stir to mix without ice. Note: This is a room temperature cocktail.

A few Tuesdays ago, Andrea and I ventured down to the South End to have dinner at Estragon. For a cocktail, I asked for a intriguing room temperature recipe from his drink notebook called Illusion Travels by Street Car. Sahil described how he crafted this recipe as a stirred with ice and strained libation, but he enjoyed it more when it warmed up. For his next iteration, he eschewed ice completely and substituted it with a half jigger of water. For a name, he dubbed this one after a quirky 1945 Luis Buñuel movie.
The Illusion Travels by Street Car offered a vegetal nose from the Cynar and tequila that paired well with the nutty aromas from the sherry and Maraschino. Next, the sip was rich and grape driven, and the swallow proffered tequila, herbal, and nutty flavors with a light spice finish.

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