Wednesday, March 26, 2014

red duster swizzle

1 oz Plymouth Navy Strength Gin
1 oz Malmsey Madeira
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
1/2 oz Campari

Build in a tall glass (*) with ice and swizzle to mix and chill. Garnish with 2 dash Angostura Bitters and add a straw.
(*) Technically, Matt explained " a glass with a penis on it" but this in hindsight isn't probably all that necessary.

After the Bokemon Daiquiri, Matt Schrage mentioned that it was Negroni Week at the bar, and he had a drink that would keep well with the theme and transition well from the Daiquiri variation. When I heard that it was a Negroni adapted to Swizzle format, I was game. Matt named the drink the Red Duster (or the Red Ensign) Swizzle after the flag of the Royal British Merchant Navy included nautical-themed gems like Madeira and navy strength gin. For a structure, Matt based his recipe off of Hawthorne's Company Swizzle; Katie Emmerson called the drink that for it paid tribute to the Swizzle recipe format that her previous employer Death & Company utilized. Matt was quite proud of the bar's collection of cheeky glassware and forced me to take a photo of the drink with the artwork facing the camera; he did allow that I censor it as long as I sent him the original, and you can see the original in his OnTheBar entry. I am not sure if the yellow rubber ducky has something to do with the merchant navy as well.
The Angostura Bitters garnish paid dividends in the aroma front with cinnamon and clove notes. Next, a lime and grape sip gave way to a rich, herbal, spice, and smoky swallow with a tart and bitter finish. Overall, the elements of the Negroni were there with interesting flavors donated by the Madeira instead of vermouth and elegant spice notes from the falernum; however, the lime juice was the biggest curveball in the concept (but not the flavor) mix.

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