Friday, January 25, 2013

muckraker punch

1 oz Cognac (Pierre Ferrand 1840)
3/4 oz Dry Sack 15 Year Sherry (Lustau East India Solera)
1/2 oz Apricot Liqueur (Rothman & Winter)
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

Two Saturdays ago, we made another recipe from SeriousEats' Seattle punch article. This one was the Muckraker Punch created by Jim Romdall of Vessel. Since muckraking is a form of investigative journalism, I wonder if this drink is a variation on the Journalist Cocktail with the gin, vermouth, and curaçao exchanged for brandy, sherry, and apricot liqueur. Perhaps a bit of a stretch, but the two do share a similar structure.
The lime twist provided much of the drink's aroma. A lemon and grape sip led into a Cognac, sherry, and apricot swallow. Finally, the drink finished on the dry side from the bitters and citrus. Overall, the sherry and apricot paired rather well here.

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