Tuesday, July 5, 2011

[the rapscallion]

1 oz Dry Olorso Sherry
1 oz Averna
3/4 oz Galliano Ristretto Liqueur
1/4 oz Old Port Rum
3 dash Mole Bitters

Stir without ice and pour into a small glass or punch cup. Top with a meringue made with egg white, 1/4 oz mole bitters, and sugar. Garnish with freshly grated coffee bean and lemon oil from a twist.

After Stoddard's, our group made their way over to Drink. During a slight delay in entering the establishment since it was at or near capacity on that Saturday night, a few of us made a field trip across the street to Lucky's for a round of shots and ale. Shortly after returning from that excursion, the fine folk at Drink welcomed us with the bowl of brandy rum punch that we had ordered while waiting. Other period touches included a round of 1892's Appetizer a l'Italiennes, a Blue Blazer, and other tipples. To hear more about the drinks served and the people in attendance, read the entry in the Four Pounds Flour blog. For a drink, bartender Tyler Wang wanted to make a coffee-flavored drink in a 19th century style. The idea came from a discussion with Zach from Craigie on Main about how most coffee liqueur drinks have no dignity, and this was Tyler's attempt to change that.
The drink Tyler created for me lacked a name, but considering the glee he took later by informing me that his drink was unwaterized, I dubbed it the Rapscallion. Even without the dilution of ice or water, it was rather smooth and drinkable; perhaps it was the lower proof of the sherry or perhaps it was the sugar from the liqueurs smoothing out the balance. Indeed, the coffee elements started the drink with an aroma from the ground bean and the Ristretto liqueur. The meringue on top of the drink had a delightful light coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate to it, and underneath was a sip containing the rich roast element of the liqueur. The coffee continued on the swallow where it was joined by the sherry's nutty notes and the Averna's herbal complexity. While perhaps not the only recipe to do so, dignity was definitely achieved here.

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