Friday, March 30, 2012

joe bans you

2 oz Soberano Spanish Brandy
1 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Sangre y Trabajadero Oloroso Sherry
1/2 oz Orgeat

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. See text on how the drink is now served in an dried orgeat-rimmed wine glass.

For my second drink at Clio, I was lured in by the Joe Bans You for the combination of sherry, orgeat, and lime seemed like a winner. Bartender Todd Maul explained the drink's curious name. Joe, one of his patrons, used to work at the old liquor store in Harvard Square; Todd was amused at how Joe had to deal with a difficult person who was looking at the whiskeys in the store. Eventually, Joe had had enough, snapped, kicked the gentleman out, and banned him from the store. Surprisingly, this drink calls for Spanish brandy instead of whiskey of some sort, and I am sure an aged rum would not have been out of place with this combination either. Todd mentioned that he was drying down orgeat to garnish the drink; from pictures he later posted, the Joe Bans You is served in a wine glass with an orgeat-crusted rim.
The Joe Bans You began with a grapey aroma from the sherry and brandy. The grape continued on into the sip where the fruity wine flavors paired with the lime. Next, the swallow began with a nutty flavor from the oloroso sherry and orgeat and ended with the lime's crispness.

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