Monday, November 5, 2012

devil in a boot

1 1/2 oz Famous Grouse Blended Scotch
1/2 oz Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch
3/4 oz Cynar
3/4 oz Bols Triple Sec
2 dash Regan's Orange Bitters

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

After Portland Cocktail Week classes on Monday, we ventured over to Beaker & Flask for drinks. We had tried the night before, but alas, much of Portland's bar scene is closed on Sunday nights. The drink that caught my eye was the Devil in a Boot, for Scotch and Cynar always seem to make a great pairing. In retrospect, its recipe does remind me of the Smoking Jacket except with orange liqueur instead of Punt e Mes.
The Devil in a Boot presented an orange oil aroma over an iodine-laden smoke note. The orange notes continued on into the sip where it mingled with the Scotches' malt and the Cynar's caramel. Finally, the smoke and barrel elements of the Scotches appeared on the swallow where they played well with the bitter herbal notes of the Cynar.

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