Saturday, June 22, 2019

the sherpa

2 oz Bourbon (Old Granddad Bonded)
1/4 oz Allspice Dram (Hamilton's)
1/4 oz Curaçao (Pierre Ferrand)
2 dash Orange Bitters (Bittercube's "Most Imaginative" Bitters with orange, lemon, cassia, corriander, and vanilla)

Build in a whiskey glass, add a large ice cube, stir a few times, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Two Saturdays ago, I reached for Sasha Petraske's Regarding Cocktails book and spotted the Sherpa. The recipe, crafted by Matt Clark at Dutch Kills, came across like a Bourbon Old Fashioned sweetened with allspice and orange liqueurs akin to the Fancy Free with perhaps the Lion's Tail as an influence. Once built, the Sherpa guided the nose into lemon and whiskey aromas. Next, malt accented with the liqueurs' body on the sip continued into a Bourbon, orange, and allspice swallow.

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