Friday, April 20, 2012

down at the dinghy

2 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/2 oz Cucumber Syrup (1:1)
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a flute (or cocktail) glass.

One of the surprise winners of the Le Mixeur Sharky Nine Stories event for me was bartender Rob Kraemer's Down at the Dinghy. The drink was named after the J.D. Salinger story where a boy overhears two house servants talking about the family, and he hurries to the pier where he tries to run away in a boat. With Chartreuse and cucumber juice, the drink reminded me of LUPEC's Irma la Douce, and with whiskey and a vegetable juice syrup, it shared some similarities to Rob's Lamplighter at Chez Henri.
The Down at the Dinghy began with a soft Irish whiskey and cucumber aroma that was complemented by savory herbal notes from the Yellow Chartreuse. A malty cucumber-flavored sip had some crisp citrus notes from the lemon juice, and this led into a savory Yellow Chartreuse swallow that displayed the drink's sweetness.

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