2 oz Siembra Azul Blanco Tequila (Avion)
3/4 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1/2 oz St. Germain (St. Elder)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)
Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe pre-rinsed with Del Maguey Mezcal Vida (Sombra), and garnish with grapefruit oil.
Two Tuesdays ago, I was in the mood for something stirred and smooth, so I reached for the Death & Co. Cocktail Book. There in the agave section, I stopped upon the Saramago crafted by Phil Ward in 2008. The name pays tribute to Portuguese writer José de Sousa Saramago, and Phil honored one of Saramago's books with a Negroni variation called Baltasar and Blimunda. Here, the Saramago was a Tequila Martini variation that began with smoky agave accented by bright grapefruit oil aromas. Next, the vermouth's white wine was sweetened by the liqueur's sugar content on the sip, and the swallow paired agave and floral 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!