Thursday, March 28, 2013

diversionary dam

1 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz Angostura Bitters
1 oz Lime Juice
1 barspoon Kübler Absinthe

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

After my first drink at No. 9 Park, bartender Ted Kilpatrick swooped in from working the floor to make me my second drink, the Diversionary Dam. The recipe was created in honor of two regulars, Noah and Liz, who served as Ted's safe distraction during the craziness of Restaurant Week one night. When I heard the recipe, it seemed like Ted had merged the Silent Order with an Angostura-heavy drink like the Stormy Mai Tai.
no. 9 park cocktail ted kilpatrick
Once mixed, its frothy redness attracted the attention of a woman a few seats down who declared that she wanted one. Considering that she asked for a Cosmo for her first round, her boyfriend, the barstaff, and I all deterred her from thinking this was something cute and fruity. Instead, the Diversionary Dam greeted the nose with an herbal Green Chartreuse aroma; as the drink warmed up a little, it gained absinthe notes and spiced ones from the Angostura's clove and allspice. The lime sip was then followed by Green Chartreuse herbal flavors on the swallow and Angostura's dryness on the finish.

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