Monday, December 5, 2011

newton's downfall

1 1/2 oz Old Overholt Rye
1/2 oz Averna
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/4 oz Acid Phosphate
1/4 oz Cinnamon Syrup
1 barspoon Fig Jam
2 dash Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with chipped ice. Garnish with an orange twist and add straws.

For my second drink at Stoddard's, I asked bartender Tony Iamunno if he had any drinks he was working on. He mentioned that he had a drink called Newton's Downfall; I was expecting an apple drink for I imagined a Sir Isaac theme, but Tony meant the cookie. Through a spoonful of fig jam in conjunction with the other flavors in the mix, the drink reminded Tony of a Fig Newton. Also of note was how Tony supplemented a softer citrus fruit juice, namely orange, with acid phosphate's crispness to balance the sweetness in the drink similar to how lemon or lime juice alone would.
The Newton's Downfall had an orange oil aroma with fig notes poking through. A crisp orange sip presented the Averna's caramel and the rye's malt, and the swallow showcased the spicier aspects of the rye and Averna along with fig and cinnamon flavors. As the ice melted, the chocolate notes from the bitters began to appear and the fig became more prominent.

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