Monday, June 11, 2012

prison nickname

1 1/2 oz Pimm's No. 1
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Crème de Cassis

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Top with ~5 oz Ommegang Belgian-style Pale Ale and garnish with a few spritzes of Fernet Branca Menta.

Two Wednesdays ago, we had to pick up a package at Fedex in South Boston, so we decided to tagteam the adventure with a trip to Local 149 for dinner. For a first drink, I decided to ask bar manager and Craigie on Main alum John Mayer for a Prison Nickname. John explained that the original reply to someone asking for the drink was to answer, "sure thing, buttercup." While the waitstaff apparently had no problem coming up with a list of possible nicknames to give out, they were too gunshy to kid with their clientele like that. Instead, Andrea joked that I should be "sweetcheeks" which was one of her old co-worker's nicknames for me.
The Branca Menta garnish contributed minty and menthol notes to the beer aroma. Next, the carbonated lemon sip had berry and malt notes, and the beer swallow paired well with the lemon's tartness. Moreover, intermittently, there were bursts of Branca Menta that carried into the drink's flavor via the beer's foam.

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