Wednesday, April 18, 2012

[yellow hook]

2 oz Sazerac 6 Year Rye
1/2 oz Cinzano Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz House Amer Picon Replica
1 barspoon Maraschino Liqueur (1/8 oz)
1 dash House Aromatic Bitters
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

On Monday night last week, Andrea and I visited Deep Ellum for dinner. For a drink, bartender Max Toste wanted to tinker with the classic Brooklyn. With a change from dry to sweet vermouth, an alteration of proportions, and the addition of bitters, the recipe reminded me of the Liberal Cocktail. For a name, I took the leftist aspect of the word "liberal" and picked the far left part of Brooklyn called Yellow Hook since it was similar to the Red Hook named after a different section of Brooklyn.
The cocktail began with an orange oil aroma with a darker fruit note from the Picon or sweet vermouth. The liqueur's orange peel notes filled the sip along with grape and malt flavors, and the swallow began with rye and bitters notes and ended with the Maraschino Liqueur.

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