Tuesday, March 26, 2024

amen corner

1 1/3 oz Bourbon (2 oz Evan Williams Bonded)
1/2 oz Amaro Sfumato (3/4 oz)
1/2 oz Crème de Peche (3/4 oz Mathilde)
1 tsp Cynar (1/4 oz)

Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Tuesdays ago, I was perusing an album of screen captures on my phone when I came across one that I bookmarked a year ago an Instagram post from the Cocktails by Roberts and June blog. The drink they showcased was the Amen Corner from Russell House Tavern in a Fall 2020 post. Some time after that point, their site disappeared, but luckily, it still remains on the Wayback Machine via Internet Archive -- Amen to that! After having a good moment with crème de peche with the Prodigal Son a few nights before, I was game to try this Black Manhattan of sorts. Through an an online set of server menu information cards, I learned that the drink was "named after famous bend in Masters tournament" which encompasses the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes of the Augusta National Course. Given the general manager listed on the server training cards, the drink is older than the post; that would place it sometime after I left Russell House in March of 2015 and before that general manager departed in December of 2016. In the glass, the Amen Corner proffered up orange, peach, roast, and root-herbal aromas to the nose. Next, orchard fruit notes on the sip soared into Bourbon, bitter peach, vegetal, and roasty-smoky flavors on the swallow.

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