Saturday, November 27, 2021

poa pretensis

1 oz Bourbon (Old Grand-Dad Bonded)
1 oz Oloroso Sherry (Lustau)
1/2 oz Punte e Mes
1/2 oz Drambuie
1 dash Orange Bitters (Angostura Orange)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.

Two Saturdays ago was day six of Sherry Week 2021, and I sought out a recipe on the Shake Stir site. There, I uncovered a 2018 creation by Sahil Mehta at Estragon called Poa Pretensis which is the genus and species name for the meadow grass better known as Kentucky Bluegrass. Sahil had previously paired Drambuie with sherry in the Sebastian and Pan-European Pandemonium, and that combination that has existed in the literature since at least the 1937 Café Royal Cocktail Book with the Golden Heath. For a #SherryKu (sherry Haiku) to accompany my post on Instagram, I penned, "Kentucky bluegrass/Sherry, Bourbon, & horses/For win, place, & show."
The Poa Pretensis brought forth an orange aroma from both the twist's oils and the bitters. Next, the sherry and Punt e Mes' grape notes filled the sip, and the swallow crossed the finish line with Bourbon, bitter, and nutty flavors and a honey-tinged finish.

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