Thursday, September 6, 2012

black lodge

1 1/2 oz Michter's Rye
1/2 oz Cynar
1/2 oz Combier Cherry Liqueur (Cherry Heering)
1/2 oz Carpano Antica (Cocchi Sweet Vermouth)
1 dash Regan's Orange Bitters

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

While flipping through Gary Regan's 101 Best New Cocktails of 2012 two Fridays ago, I spotted the Black Lodge from Tommy Klus of Kask in Portland. Since we had enjoyed Tommy's High Desert Swizzle a few months ago, we decided to select his drink from Regan's collection. While we did not have Combier's cherry liqueur, I decided that Cherry Heering would have to do in a pinch.
The orange twist greeted the nose and preceded a sip full of Cynar's caramel notes pairing with fruity cherry and grape flavors. On the swallow, the rye was accented by the Cynar's bitter flavors, and the drink ended with a pleasant cherry finish.


Dagreb said...

"One chants out between two worlds: Fire, walk with me."

sc'Que? said...

I just made this with a split of Rittenhouse and high-proof Canadian... and finished with a coke-nail of Kala Namak (sulfur salt). Surprisingly, the salt did not overtake the drink: it acted as a binder for some flavors, while adding that tell-tale aroma that you might expect from the Twin Peaks upside-down. Now I just need to figure out how to achieve that burnt engine oil note... ;)

In other news... A few yrs back, just around the time Gaz passed, I was perfecting a new (and complementary) cocktail called the White Lodge.

THE WHITE LODGE —a Pine Grove Hall original, created circa 2018... published February 2021.
(DOF glass + Jumbo ice cube)
~ 2-da Bittermens Burlesque bitters
~ 0.50 Dolin Blanc
~ 0.50 Luxardo Bitter Bianco
~ 2.00 Ilegal mezcal
STIR. Strain over large-format Ice.
~ 2-da Swede’s RR Coffee Tincture
~ 2-da Peychaud's bitters
~ Flamed: Orange Peel

sc'Que? said...

I had tried to get it published via Gaz's blog back then, but there was no one managing it by that point. I hope you all enjoy it! (And, yes... A couple dashes of Regan's orange bitters alongside the Burlesque is not a bad choice!