Wednesday, September 9, 2020

postcard home

1 1/2 oz Mezcal (Fidencio)
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Amaro Sfumato Rabarbaro
1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Shake with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass with fresh ice and pre-rimmed with salt, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
Two Wednesdays ago, we had a rather large dinner at the Smoke Shop's patio in Kendall Square, and Andrea was in the mood for a drink with amaro to settle her stomach. I ended up going with a recipe called the Postcard Home that I had spotted on Kindred Cocktails. Wayne Curtis had written about this drink created by Amanda Schmadel at New Orleans' Barrel Proof in a 2019 article in Garden & Guns magazine. The Postcard Home delivered a grapefruit oil and smoke aroma to the nose. Next, lemon and roast-like notes from the Sfumato on the sip transitioned into smoky agave blending into funky-smoky rhubarb root on the swallow. Indeed, the salted rim worked its wonders by cutting back on the rabarbaro's bitterness to better match the vegetal agave flavor.

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