Tuesday, August 17, 2021

zipper skin

1 1/2 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz High Wire Distilling Southern Amaro
3/4 oz Bigallet China-China
1 dash Cocktail Punk Smoked Orange Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass with ice, and garnish with an orange twist.
During my New York City trip, I made a stop into Amor y Amaro on that Wednesday for a pair of drinks. For a starter, I asked bartender Bruce Shultz for the Zipper Skin from the menu that appeared like a Boulevardier riff akin to the Poison Arrow. When I inquired about the recipe, Bruce handed me a sheet from one of Amor y Amargo's Reserve Bar nights that they held in November and December of 2020 where five cocktails were each paired with small dishes for eight guests per session. The Zipper Skin for that event was matched with crispy orange-scented cauliflower with a raisin-caper emulsion. The Zipper Skin here without a small plate proffered an orange oil and caramel bouquet to the nose. Next, caramel and orange peel on the sip led into Bourbon, cinnamon, orange, tea, gentian, and quinine flavors on the swallow.

Post note 8/24/21: I found the Zipper Skin in Sother's I'm Just Here for the Drinks book. It describes how, "Zipper Skins are a variety of Dancy tangerine whose skins are easily peeled or zipped off. This drink is plentiful with orange flavors: China China is an orange and herb amaro... Southern Amaro... is made from gentian, mint, black tea, and Dancy tangerines... Though it's a sipper, it zips down fast."

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