Wednesday, August 17, 2022

lower mills

2 oz Rye Whiskey (Old Overholt 86°)
1/2 oz Cynar
1/4 oz Benedictine (1/2 oz) (*)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with lemon oil from a twist (lemon twist).
(*) The drink is better balanced with 1/2 oz Benedictine to my taste instead of sticking to the David Embury ratio.
Two weeks ago, my co-worker Kevin Morrison wanted me to try his riff on the house cocktail, the Fort Point, that he created and dubbed the Lower Mills after the neighborhood he grew up in (but different from the Lower Mills created by Ted Gallagher). Here, he subbed out the Punt e Mes for Cynar while still keeping the David Embury-inspired 8:2:1 ratio. I gave it a whirl and found that it needed a bit more Benedictine to make up for the sweetness balance between Cynar and Punt e Mes. That equal parts recipe got the Cynar-Benedictine ratio similar to the Filthy Rich, Interrobang‽, and 100 Year Old Cigar. Here, the Lower Mills proffered lemon and herbal aromas to the nose. Next, caramel and malt on the sip flowed into rye and herbal flavors on the swallow with a hint of vegetal funky notes.

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