Wednesday, November 23, 2011

east village athletic club

1 1/2 oz Blanco Tequila (Espolon)
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/2 oz Grand Marnier

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

Two Tuesdays ago, I turned to the PDT Cocktail Book for a drink that night. One that caught my eye was Jim Meehan, John Derragon, and Don Lee's tribute to the Detroit Athletic Club where the Last Word was created. I remembered that there was also a recipe in Ted Saucier's Bottom's Up called the Detroit Athletic Club, and when I checked, it was an egg-based one that seemed unrelated to this one. Therefore, this is a tribute to the Last Word itself named after PDT's neighborhood in Manhattan. Or perhaps a tribute to other similar drinks created in that Detroit locale as well such as the equal parts D.J.
The East Village Athletic Club presented tequila and Yellow Chartreuse aromas to my nose and tequila and lemon to Andrea's. The sip was a combination of citrus from the lemon and Grand Marnier, and the swallow presented the tequila which blended rather well with the Yellow Chartreuse. Overall, it was not as quirky as a Last Word; perhaps this was due to it being more citrus driven, less sharply herbal from the Chartreuse choice, and less funky from the secondary liqueur selection. Indeed, the drink was pleasantly smooth save for the tequila bite at the end.

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