Saturday, July 30, 2016

summer in st. tropez

1 oz El Tesoro Platinum Tequila
1 oz Cynar
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/4 oz 2:1 Demerara Syrup
4 drop Fee's Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters

Shake with ice, strain into a Double Old Fashioned glass, fill with cubed ice, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

For a second drink, I asked bartender Ryan Gagnon for the Summer in St. Tropez. The ingredients list on the menu made me think of Under the Volcano, but the actual recipe was much more Cynar forward here. Ryan also declared that the 4 drops of aromatic bitters did indeed matter.
The Summer in St Tropez presented a grapefruit oil aroma over that of the agave notes. Next, the Cynar's caramel mingled with the lime on the sip, and the swallow shared tequila paired with funky bitter and herbal flavors. Overall, the drink was in the same ballpark as Under the Volcano but the flavor balance was much more funky and herbal and less tequila-driven.

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