Wednesday, November 12, 2014

velvet washington

1 1/2 oz Gosling's Family Reserve Rum
3/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
1/2 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
1 dash Bittermens Tiki Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail or single Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon or orange twist.
Another of the drinks I had at the State Lines: A Portland & Providence Pop-up event at Thirst Boston was from Aurora in Providence called the Velvet Washington. An image search on the web could not confirm the existence of a velvet painting of George Washington, so I assume that the velvet aspect is the falernum, and perhaps the Washington part is for the apple component. Once mixed, it offered a dark aroma with a hint of bright citrus oil. On the palate, a dark grape sip gave way to dark rum swallow with clove notes and lingering caramel, char, and apple flavors on the finish.

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