2/3 Brandy (1 1/2 oz Cooper & Kings American Brandy)
2 dash Dry Vermouth (1/2 oz La Quintinye)
2 dash Madeira (1/2 oz Blandy's 5 Year Verdelho)
1 dash Picon or Boker's Bitters (1/4 oz Amer Picon)
(1/4 oz Simple Syrup)
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
After my work shift two Thursdays ago, I sought a nightcap and my desires led me to Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933. There, I honed in on the Treasurer in the brandy section, for a straight spirits drink seemed to be just what I was needing. Since both the vermouth and my choice of Madeira were dry, I supplemented a dash of sugar syrup to get the balance to where I wanted it. Once spot on in that regard, my nose was filled with grape aromas probably most from the Madeira. Next, the grape continued on into the sip where it mingled with the Picon's caramel, and the swallow shared brandy, smoky, chocolate, and dark orange flavors. Indeed, the Verdelho's candied citrus notes worked rather well here with the Amer Picon's orange ones.
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.
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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)!