Friday, December 16, 2016

bitters & smoke

1 oz Tequila (Lunazul Reposado)
1 oz Cynar
1/2 oz Fernet Branca
1/2 oz Mezcal (Sombra)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a grapefruit twist (orange twist).
Two Fridays ago, my desire for a nightcap led me to the other recipe that I had spotted in Imbibe along with the Avenue & Davenport called the Bitters & Smoke. The recipe was crafted by Trey Hughes at the Hunt & Alpine Club in Portland Main, and the dual agave-dual amari structure intrigued me. In the glass, the Bitters & Smoke shared an orange aroma with agave vegetal and smoke notes. Next, the amari's caramel came through on the sip, and the swallow offered smoky agave and minty-herbal flavors with a lingering menthol aspect.

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