Thursday, July 9, 2015

blood letter

2 oz Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal
1/2 oz Carpano Bianco Vermouth
1/2 oz Salers Gentian Liqueur
1 barspoon Habañero Vodka (*)
2 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a rock glass.
(*) Sub a small dash of hot sauce for this infusion.
For a second cocktail at Barrel House in Beverly, I requested the Blood Letter for I have found gentian liqueurs to pair rather well with agave spirits such as in the Zig Zag Wanderer. On the nose, the Blood Letter begat smoky notes with hints of herbal from either the Salers or the habañero pepper. While the sip was a sweet white grape flavor, the swallow offered smoky mezcal, earthy gentian, and lots of peppery spice.

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