Friday, March 25, 2022

old bay ridge

1 1/2 oz Rittenhouse Rye (1 1/4 oz)
1 1/2 oz Linie Aquavit (1 1/4 oz Aalborg)
1 tsp Demerara Syrup (1/2 oz 1:1 Cane Crystal Syrup)
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Build in a double old fashioned glass, add a big cube, stir to mix and chill, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Since so many guests at work request Old Fashioned variations, I delved into Robert Simonson's The Old-Fashioned book to uncover a new trick. There, I came upon the Old Bay Ridge created by David Wondrich in 2005 for the 5 Ninth bar in New York City. The book described how this was a "homage to the Brooklyn neighborhood which used to be peopled with Irish folks, who drank rye, and Scandavians, who drank aquavit." The delicious combination of rye and aquavit was one that I discovered through the Carra-ryed Away and found great success in with the Nude Descending a Staircase. Here, the Old Bay Ridge greeted the senses with a lemon and caraway aroma. Next, a rich sip flowed into rye, caraway, allspice, and clove flavors on the swallow.

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