Wednesday, January 28, 2009

[myrtle point]

1 1/2 oz Old Weller 107 Proof Bourbon
3/4 oz Mirto
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
2 dashes Bittermen's Grapefruit Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Twist orange peel over the top and drop in.

For my second drink at Eastern Standard on Monday, I asked Hugh what he had been tinkering with, and he replied that he knew what he was going to make me. Without a hint, he was off preparing my drink. As the base spirit, he went with a high proof Bourbon to cut through the sweetness of the two liqueurs. The end result was kind of like the Manhattan variant the Green Point. Instead of the richness and spiciness of Punt e Mes vermouth, the Mirto added a thick wave of flavor and bitterness. The drink was a great sipping drink and required a bit of time to savor the intriguing complexities and the heat.

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