Tuesday, December 6, 2016

melting pot

1 oz Rittenhouse Rye
1/2 oz Fidencio Mezcal
1/2 oz Lustau Palo Cortado Sherry
1/3 oz Chai Tea Syrup

Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass, fill with ice, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Two Tuesdays ago, Andrea and I had dinner at Estragon. For a first drink, Andrea asked bartender Sahil Mehta for last week's drink of the day called the Melting Pot. In the glass, the libation gave forth a lemon oil aroma that preceded a malt and crisp grape sip. Next, the rye whiskey and smoky agave paired on the beginning on the swallow, and the drink ended with a nutty spice finish. Overall, the combination of sherry and chai tea syrup mimicked a sweet vermouth such that the drink was rather like a Manhattan.

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