Thursday, January 24, 2019

death on two legs

2 oz Wild Turkey Rye (Rittenhouse)
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/2 tsp Allspice Dram (Hamilton's)
1/2 tsp Luxardo Maraschino
1/2 tsp Cane Syrup

Stir with ice, strain into a Nick & Nora glass, and garnish with an orange twist.

Two Thursdays ago, a web search landed me upon an article about the menu that was launching at the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. in Philadelphia in January of 2012. One drink, the Death on Two Legs by Katie Link, caught my eye, but there was no recipe and only the ingredients and that it was named after a Queen song which was a vicious attack on their old manager. Given how well Campari paired with allspice dram such as in the Chester Rapkin, with Maraschino in the Carnivale, and Amaro Montenegro in the Monte Cassino, I was curious about this number. Moreover, the call for Wild Turkey Rye reminded me of drinks from Beta/Rogue Cocktails such as the Arbitrary Nature of Time. Luckily, I was able to find the recipe on a flashcard deck created by a New York City bartender, and I trust that it is correct (the other recipes were spot on).
The Death on Two Legs greeted the nose with orange aromas mingling with rye notes. Next, malt and tangerine on the sip gave way to rye and bitter orange on the swallow with a nutty cherry and allspice finish.

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