Monday, June 28, 2021

no loitering

1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey (Old Overholt 86°)
3/4 oz Averna
3/4 oz Campari
2 dash Bitters (Jerry Thomas Decanter)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with either a lemon or orange twist (lemon twist).

Two Mondays ago, I was perusing the Kindred Cocktails database when I spotted New York City bartender Rafa Garcia Febles' No Loitering that he created in 2014. He described it as a, "Black Manhattan meets a Boulevardier, with bonus political #COMMENTARY via the name"; with the rye and 2:1:1:bitters ratio, it reminded me more of a 1794 than a Boulevardier, but the street-themed reference fits better here. Moreover, the duo of Averna and Campari have worked well in cocktails such as the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, The Departed, and Twelve Gauge, such that I was intrigued at giving this one a go.
The No Loitering proffered a lemon, rye, and caramel bouquet to the nose. Next, caramel with a hint of fruit on the sip lingered until a rye, chocolaty caramel, and bitter orange swallow with a clove and allspice finish chased it away.

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