Thursday, March 24, 2022

[the enigma of desire]

1 1/2 oz Oloroso Sherry (Lustau)
1/2 oz Rye Whiskey (Rittenhouse)
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz Gentian Liqueur (Suze)
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe.
While at Estragon, I perused bartender Sahil Mehta's Instagram and spotted a sherry drink that he had recently posted. A few days later, I made this after my work shift and dubbed it the Enigma of Desire after a Salvador Dali painting (a photo of Dali hangs at Estragon). Here, the drink donated a nutty sherry and earthy floral aroma from the gentian to the nose. Next, grape and caramel notes mingled on the sip, and the swallow showcased rye, nutty sherry, herbal, and earthy flavors.
Postnote: I had this drink served by Sahil at Estragon on 11/7/22 with Knob Creek Rye and Salers.

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