Tuesday, June 6, 2023

emotional tailspin

3/4 oz Bourbon (Evan Williams Bonded)
3/4 oz Amaro Sfumato
3/4 oz Crème de Cassis (Massenez)
3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a coupe, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Two Tuesdays prior, I was skimming through the entries on the Kindred Cocktails database when I came across the Emotional Tailspin by Chicago homebartender Applejack. He was inspired by the Paper Plane and crafted this as part of his March 2020 quarantine creations. With two substitutions, it was distinct from a Paper Plane, and since Zucca and Sfumato Rabarbaros work well with berry flavors like strawberry in the King Vittorio's Cobbler and raspberry in the Hey Baby, Que Paso?, I figured that currant liqueur would be a win. Moreover, a light tough of cassis did prosper in the Dissenter's 50:50 Zucca and sweet vermouth combination. In the glass, the Emotional Tailspin gave forth a berry, roast, and smoke bouquet. Next, red berry, plum, and lemon notes on the sip flew into Bourbon, fruity, bitter, and smoky aromas on the swallow.

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