Thursday, May 2, 2013

basin street blues

1 oz Nardini Amaro
1 oz Pimm's No. 1
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Turbinado Sugar Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with 3 drops of a smokey Islay Scotch (Laphroaig 10 Year).

Two Saturdays ago, we were in the mood for something on the lighter side, and what came to mind was the Basin Street Blues that appeared in SeriousEats. The recipe was attributed to the Domenica Restaurant in New Orleans, and it is named after a song first published in 1926, frequently performed by Dixieland jazz bands, and made famous by Louis Armstrong. The connection to the Crescent City is that the song title and drink name refer to the main drag of Storyville, the French Quarter's old red light district in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
basin street blues
The Basin Street Blues greeted the senses with a peaty smoke from the Scotch and a chocolate note from the Nardini. Next, a fruity sip containing the citrus and the Pimm's strawberry flavor was followed by an herbal, coffee, and orange swallow.

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