Thursday, January 26, 2017

peat's kiss

1 1/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
3/4 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch
1/2 oz Amaro Nonino
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with lemon oil from a twist.

After my shift two Thursdays ago, I took the opportunity to catch last call at Backbar on my way home. For a cocktail, I asked bartender Carlo Caroscio for his drink of the day called Peat's Kiss. The concept started with a request for a bartender's choice with apple brandy but smoky. Carlo was inspired by the apple-Scotch pairing in Phil Ward's Shruff's End and decided to merge that recipe with George Kappeler's Widow's Kiss. Finally, to stray from a straight mashup, he swapped the Benedictine common to both recipes for Amaro Nonino.
The Peat's Kiss's nose offered a large amount of peat smoke that was brightened by the lemon oil. Next, a caramel and honey sip transitioned into smoky Scotch and herbal apple notes.

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