Friday, March 4, 2022

black adonis

1 oz Oloroso Sherry (Lustau)
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry (Oxford 1970)
2 dash Bittermens Mole Bitters
2 dash Angostura Orange Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Fridays ago, I was in the mood for a sherry drink, so I searched Kindred Cocktails where I found Rafa Garcia Febles' Black Adonis that he crafted in 2017. I assumed that the name was a reference to the 1896 book, and drink-wise, it made me wonder at first if there was Averna in the mix akin to the Black Manhattan. Instead, it was a riff on the Adonis first mentioned in 1887 with the sherry split between Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez and the sweet vermouth made more complex with the addition of Punt e Mes. Here, the Black Adonis presented a raisin and orange nose. Next, a rich grape sip from the four fortified wines in the mix let through grape, nutty, raisin, and herbal flavors on the swallow.

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