Saturday, January 9, 2021


1 jigger Rye Whiskey (1 1/2 oz Rittenhouse Bonded)
1/2 jigger Brandy (3/4 oz Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac)
1/2 jigger Apricot Brandy (1/2 oz Rothman & Winter Liqueur)
Juice 1/4 Lemon (1/2 oz)
(1 bsp Simple Syrup added for balance)

Shake with ice, strain into an old fashioned glass with cracked ice (coupe with no ice), and garnish with a lemon twist.
For a drink two Saturdays ago, I ventured into Ted Saucier's Bottoms Up and spotted the T.N.T. The recipe was attributed to Tay Garnett who was a motion picture director best know for the 1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice. Since Cognac and apricot liqueur pair rather well, I was curious to see what rye whiskey would do in the mix in this Sour. In the glass, the T.N.T. met the nose with a lemon, Cognac, and apricot aroma. Next, lemon and stone fruit on the sip came across almost like apple at times, and the swallow let forth rye and brandy flavors with a tart apricot finish.

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