Sunday, September 3, 2023

the staggerly

1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey (Rittenhouse Bonded)
3/4 oz Aquavit (Linie)
3/4 oz Amaro Nardini

The recipe did not specify serving instructions other than an orange twist, so I prepared like an Old Fashioned – stir with ice, strain into an old fashioned glass with a large ice cube, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Sundays ago, I uncovered an online collection of recipe flashcards from the Zig Zag Café in Seattle and landed upon the Staggerly. I was able find an early reference to it in a 2013 Yelp review, and it was described in the 2018 book 100 Things to Do in Seattle Before You Die. I was lured in by the rye-aquavit combination that David Wondrich utilized in 2005 in the Old Bay Ridge and I later used in cocktails like the Nude Descending a Staircase. Once assembled the Staggerly donated a lemon, caramel, caraway, and herbal bouquet to the nose. Next, the amaro's caramel filled the sip, and the swallow gave forth rye, caraway, caramel, bitter, and minty flavors.

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