Saturday, April 18, 2020

every victory

1 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon (Old Grand-Dad Bonded)
1 oz Cardamaro
1 oz Aperol
2 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Build in an old fashioned glass, add a large ice cube, and stir (stir with ice and strain into an old fashioned glass with a large ice cube).
Two Saturdays ago, I ventured into the ShakeStir recipe database and found the Every Victory by John Myers of Portland, Maine. This 2015 riff on the Boulevardier was named after a William James quote, "Every victory leaves something drastic and bitter in the cup." Once prepared, the Every Victory donated a bitter herbal bouquet akin to wormwood that led into a grape and orange sip. Next, the Bourbon was joined by bitter herbal notes melding into a gentle rhubarb flavor on the swallow with an anise finish. True to the quote, the combination of amari left something bitter in the glass that I do not usually associate with either Cardamaro or Aperol alone.

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