Monday, July 15, 2013

son of dad

1 oz Old Overholt Rye
3/4 oz St. Germain
1/4 oz Campari
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass containing ice cubes. Top with 2 oz Notch Session Ale, add straws, and gently stir.

Two Wednesdays ago after work, I headed over to Brick & Mortar. There, Kenny Belanger suggested a drink that he had created for a Backlash Brewery-hosted Spin the Bottle night there a few weeks before. The drink was originally called Delayed Apocalypse and utilized one of Backlash's saisons, but for the regular menu, they opted for the Notch beer on tap. While the first name was taken from a list of possible drink names submitted by the brewers, bartender Cory Buono offered the name Son of Dad as a Seinfeld reference, namely Kramer's suggestion for a serial killer's nickname. Besides being a beer cocktail, the pairing of St. Germain and Campari appealed to me for it worked well in Ben Sandrof's Cell #34 and Colin Shearn's Sideways in Reverse.
The Son of Dad proffered a floral and herbal aroma with citrus notes. A carbonated malt and lemon sip led into a pearlike note on the swallow from the combination of the rye, St. Germain, orange bitters, and Campari. The small amount of Campari did a good job of modulating the drink without overpowering it and making it into a bitter Campari-driven one.

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