Tuesday, October 25, 2011

bourbon & birch

1 1/2 oz Old Weller Antique Bourbon
1 oz Amaro Nonino
1/2 oz Root Liqueur

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
After leaving Drink, I headed homeward and met up with Andrea at Bergamot. For a nightcap, I asked bartender Paul Manzelli for the Bourbon & Birch off of the menu. While the Bourbon part was the mighty 109 proof Old Weller Antique, the birch aspect was Art in the Age's Root Liqueur. Given the Amaro Nonino, I knew that the drink had Paul's signature on it, and it seemed like a progression from the Elizabetta where Root was swapped for the Cynar. The drink began with a grapefruit oil aroma that was joined by the liqueur's root beer-like ones. The Root notes continued on into the sip and swallow where it paired with the Bourbon's malt and barrel notes, respectively. The Amaro Nonino rounded out the swallow with some extra bitter complexity on the finish.

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