Tuesday, January 15, 2013

birthday suit

1 3/4 oz Four Roses Bourbon
1/2 oz Gran Classico
1/2 oz Lustau Pedro Ximénez Sherry
1/4 oz Cinnamon Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass.
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For my second drink at Backbar, I asked bartender Alex Homans for the Birthday Suit. Bartender Joseph Cammarata had created the recipe in honor of Backbar's first anniversary in mid-December, and it appeared to be a delicious Boulevardier variation. Once mixed, the Bourbon contributed greatly to the drink's aroma, but as it warmed up, the Gran Classico's herbal accents began to take hold. A grape sip offered a hint of malt, and the rest of the Bourbon appeared in the swallow beside the Gran Classico's bitter flavors and growing cinnamon notes. Andrea thought that the Birthday Suit tasted a little like cherry from a combination of the Gran Classico and the sherry.

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