Tuesday, February 4, 2020

bittersweet symphony

1 1/2 oz London Dry Gin (Beefeater)
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
3/4 oz Aperol

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Two Tuesdays ago, I reached for Gary Regan's The Negroni after having success finding unmade interesting recipes with the Negroni Futurista a few weeks prior. There, I was lured in by Jeffrey Morgenthaler's Bittersweet Symphony that he created at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon. The combination of gin, Punt e Mes, and Aperol reminded me of a hybrid of the two riffs on the No. 9 Park Flight of Heraldry -- namely the Contessa with its Aperol and the Patrician with its Punt e Mes. Once stirred and strained, the Bittersweet Symphony greeted the senses with a lemon and orange aroma. Next, grape and orange notes mingled on the sip, and the swallow gave forth pine, bitter herbal, and citrus peel flavors.

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