Wednesday, January 7, 2009

vergano's bronx

Oro Blanco-infused Gin
Dolin Dry Vermouth
Nebbiolo Chinato
Orange Juice
1 dash Regan's Orange Bitters

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

After Eastern Standard, Andrea and I walked from Kenmore Square over the bridge to Central to pay Tommy a visit at Craigie on Main for dessert. Tom had a few new drinks on the menu including this one. While a standard Bronx is half gin with the other half being equal parts orange juice, sweet vermouth, and dry vermouth, the Vergano's Bronx is similar to a variation, the Bronx Cocktail Dry (lacks the sweet vermouth). The gin infusion that Tom created for this drink truly brought the cocktail to a higher level. He infused the peel of oro blancos, a grapefuit-pummelo cross, and not just the zest. The end result was a cocktail with bitter undertones of the orange bitters and the flavors of white grapefruit-like pith. Overall, a very refreshing but complex cocktail that was delightful to drink (well, before and after but not with my sweet dessert).

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