Friday, February 26, 2016


1/2 Usher Green Stripe Scotch (1 1/2 oz Buchanan's 12 Year)
2 dash Dry Vermouth (1 oz Noilly Prat)
2 dash Crème Yvette (1/2 oz)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

After my shift a few Thursdays ago, I reached for Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933 and spotted the curiously named Lucifer. For a cocktail with floral and fruit notes from the Crème Yvette, it seemed like an odd name but perhaps fitting if the Scotch had enough smoke notes to conjure images of Hell's brimstone. Indeed, the recipe fit quite well with the book's collection of Crème Yvette Manhattan-like riffs such as the Caboose.
The Lucifer's nose had the intriguing juxtaposition of floral and smoke notes as expected. Next, malt and a hint of berry on the sip gave way to smoky Scotch and floral elements on the swallow.

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