Wednesday, August 21, 2019

italian heirloom

2 oz Cynar
1/2 oz Blended Scotch (Cutty Sark Prohibition)
1/2 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch
1 pinch Salt
5 swath Lemon Peel

Build in a mixing glass, express the peels into the liquid, stir with ice, strain into a coupe, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Two Wednesdays ago, I returned to the Beta Cocktails book after writing my tribute to that and Rogue Cocktails a month before. In those pages, I was excited by the Italian Heirloom by Maksym Pazuniak that I had somehow passed over before. The Cynar and salt combo mixed with another ingredient reminded me of Beta Cocktails' Search for Delicious as well as the better known Little Giuseppe. Here the other ingredient was not Punt e Mes but Scotch which generally pairs quite well with Cynar such as in the Black Diamond Flip, Lake City Quiet Pill, and Drunk Uncle. Once prepared, the Italian Heirloom welcomed the nose with lemon and peat smoke aromas. Next, lemon and caramel mingled on the sip, and the swallow came through with more smoke notes that were accented by mint and herbal flavors.

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