Tuesday, November 8, 2011

backyard sour

1 oz Applejack
3/4 oz Peach-infused Brandy
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Amaro Meletti
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/8 oz Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot
1 Egg White

Shake once without ice and once with ice. Double strain into a rocks glass containing 3 ice cubes. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon.

Last Tuesday, Andrea and I stopped into Bergamot for a nightcap. For a drink, I asked bartender Paul Manzelli for the Backyard Sour that recently appeared on the menu. Paul explained that in his backyard growing up near Harvard Square and in bartender Kai Gagnon's old backyard in rural Connecticut, both had an apple and a peach tree each. In mixing these two fruit elements together, the Backyard Sour was born.
The Backyard Sour greeted me with an apple and cinnamon aroma, and the apple continued on into the sip where it mingled with the lemon. The swallow presented the peach flavors bolstered by the apricot liqueur and supplemented with a light complement of Meletti's herbal notes. With the peach and lemon flavors and the egg white smoothness, the Backyard Sour reminded me a lot of the Perfect Lady.

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