Thursday, November 9, 2023

after school special

2 oz Irish Whiskey (Teeling Small Batch)
1/4 oz Amaro Ciociaro
1/4 oz Crème de Banane (Tempus Fugit)
1 dash Mole Bitters (Bittermens)

Stir with ice, strain into an old fashioned glass with ice, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Thursdays ago, I was perusing a set of online flashcards of Milk & Honey-related recipes, and I soon came across the After School Special by bar manager Bryan Tetorakis at The Varnish in Los Angeles circa 2019. The combination of Amaro Ciociaro and crème de banane as modifiers reminded me of the Blue Plate Special and Goldilocks, so I was definitely intrigued to see how they would do in an Irish whiskey drink. In the glass, the After School Special donated an orange and caramel aroma. Next, the caramel continued on into the sip where it was chased by Irish whiskey, bitter orange, banana, and chocolate flavors on the swallow.

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