Saturday, October 20, 2018

smoke & mirrors

1 1/2 oz Dorothy Parker Gin (Tanqueray)
1/2 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch
1/2 oz Amontillado Sherry (Lustau)
1/2 oz Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
2 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a flamed orange twist (unflamed).
Two Saturdays ago, I was in the mood for a nightcap, so I sought out Sother Teague's I'm Just Here for the Drinks book. There, I spotted the Smoke & Mirrors which seemed like an interesting Martini riff or perhaps a Martini meets a Rob Roy cocktail; since the name sounded familiar, I had to check but it was not either of the two with that same name for they were both mezcal drinks. Once mixed, Sother's Smoke & Mirrors met the nose with orange oil over peat smoke aromas. Next, a semi-dry red grape sip gave way to pine, smokiness, and nutty flavors on the swallow. Indeed, the cocktail had a delightful savory aspect to it from perhaps the Scotch, vermouth, and sherry that Andrea commented that it "tastes [a little] like olive juice."

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