Monday, August 12, 2013

so say kaiser

1 oz Pimm's No. 1
1/2 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
1/4 oz Averna
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 dash Celery Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe and flame a lemon twist over the top (I omitted the flaming aspect).
After remaking the Sea Captain's Sazerac two Tuesdays ago, I reached for Food & Wine: Cocktails 2013 and spotted the So Say Kaiser. Melissa Hayes of Atlanta's Holeman & Finch created the drink, and I have to imagine that she was inspired by the infamous character Kaiser Söze from 1995's The Usual Suspects movie. Once mixed, the So Say Kaiser offered a lemon oil aroma with a darker note from perhaps the Averna amaro. A lemon, caramel, and honey sip then led into a Scotch and herbal swallow with a celery note on the finish. Overall, the libation was light, sweet, and perfect for the season.

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