2 oz Rhum Clement VSOP (Depaz Rhum Agricole)
3/4 oz Dow's Tawny Port (Sandeman)
1/2 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth (Alessio)
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)
Stir with ice, strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with an orange twist.
After my bar shift two Thursdays ago, the Skyfall's Chancellor-like structure the night before reminded me that I never made the Professor from the P.D.T. Cocktail Book. The Professor was Michael Madrusan's 2007 rhum-for-Scotch riff on the Chancellor Cocktail that appeared in the Esquire Drink Book; since a chancellor is the executive or merely ceremonial head of a college, the name Professor made perfect sense. In the glass, the orange oil and rhum's grassy funk notes brightened the tawny port aroma. Next, port and vermouth's grape dominated the sip, and the swallow presented the grassy rhum melding into the grape flavors with a clove and allspice finish. Overall, the mix reminded me of a less fruity version of The Chadburn.
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)!