Sunday, December 27, 2015

drunk uncle

1 1/2 oz Islay Scotch (Buchanan's 12 Year)
3/4 oz Martini Bianco Vermouth (Dolin Blanc)
3/4 oz Cynar

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
After the Embassy Jubilee, I turned to Gaz Regan's The Negroni for something a nightcap. There, I uncovered the Drunk Uncle by Shawn Soole of Little Jumbo in British Columbia with a smoky Cynar variation on the classic. Once stirred and strained, the Drunk Uncle gave forth grapefruit and smoke aromas. Sweet grape on the sip gained a roundness from Cynar's caramel, and the swallow displayed the excellent pairing of smoky Scotch and Cynar's herbal notes all with a floral finish from the vermouth.

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