Sunday, March 25, 2018

will robinson

1 1/4 oz Rittenhouse 100 Rye (1 1/2 oz)
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/4 oz Lemon Juice (1/2 oz)
1 Egg White

Shake once without ice and once with ice, strain into a rocks glass with ice, top with soda water (1 oz), and garnish with lemon (lemon twist).

After work on Sunday two weeks ago, we had replenished our egg supply so I was able to make a recipe that I had spotted in the 2010 The Cocktail Collective book called the Will Robinson. What I first assumed was a Lost in Space reference was created by bartender Stephen Warner then of Arlington, Virginia, as a Whiskey Silver Fizz of sorts with Aperol and ice in the mix (Fizzes unlike Collins lack ice in the final build). The other possibility on the name was a nod to the Old Pal that Harry McElhone attributed to newspaper writer and barfly William Robertson; while the Old Pal contains whiskey and Campari, the Perfect Pal in the link has Aperol as the bittering agent.
Once prepared, the Will Robinson offered no danger but a lemon and bitter orange bouquet to the nose. Next, a creamy lemon, orange, and malt sip jettisoned into rye spice leading into a dry, lightly bitter orange finish.

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