Thursday, September 8, 2016

shattered glasser

1 oz El Tesoro Reposado Tequila (Espolon)
1/2 oz Los Amantes Mezcal Joven (Montelobos)
3/4 oz Carpano Antica (Alessio Sweet Vermouth)
1/2 oz Batavia Arrack
1/4 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
1/4 oz Benedictine
2 dash Bittermens Mole Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass.
For my post-work shift drink two Thursdays ago, I reached for the Death & Co. Cocktail Book and found Phil Ward's circa 2008 creation the Shattered Glasser. The background history provided was that Avery Glasser of the Bittermens wanted to drink all of his favorite ingredients in a single glass, and Phil conjured up this three-spirited Manhattan riff of sorts. The idea of crafting a drink after Avery's whim reminded me of the Bird Bath where he wanted to drink something made with only bird-themed ingredients. Once prepared, the Shattered Glasser offered smoky agave, funky Batavia Arrack, and hints of chocolate to the nose. Next, the vermouth's grape dominated the sip, and the swallow began with agave and Batavia Arrack notes paired with herbal and chocolate ones and ended with an allspice finish.

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