Friday, August 26, 2022

dark entries

1 oz Mezcal (Fidencio)
1 oz Rhum Agricole (JM Blanc 100°)
1/2 oz Amaro Sfumato Rabarbaro
1/2 oz Aperol

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a Bauhaus song medley or nothing at all.
Two Fridays ago, I continued on my rabarbaro recipe quest and decided to riff on the Knife to a Gun Fight. I took the Sfumato-Aperol combination and placed it as support to the mezcal-agricole split base that I have used a bit since the Miracles Take Longer and Up Jumped the Devil. After I posted my second pass at the drink on Instagram, Jake Parrott of Haus Alpenz (distributor of Sfumato) chimed in with "50:50 rabarbaro and red bitter is a classic café drink in the Veneto – one of many drinks in Italy to get the moniker 'mezzo-mezzo'." For a name, the roast and smoke notes pushed me towards Dark Entries after the 1980 single by Bauhaus. Here, the Dark Entries proffered roast and smoke notes to the nose. Next, caramel, orange, and rhubarb notes on the sip spun into grassy vegetal, smoke, and orange flavors on the swallow.

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