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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration
From the Knowledge Vault
April 1, 2013. I put on my temporary neck tattoo and rode my velocipede down to Powell’s bookstore the other day. Luckily, there’s designated parking throughout most of downtown Portland for velocipedes, and I took the next to last one available. Dodging through the mass of newspaper sellers, itinerant players of Trevelyan’s Rocker, and stand-ins for the cover of Shearwater’s magnificent album “Rook”, I quickly found my way up to the rare book room. I often visit this room for some peace and solitude, as all the books in this room are over $20.
While idly browsing the stacks of books, I was startled to find one pushed to the back of the shelf, as if someone had wanted to hide the book from the gaze of mere mortals. Even more startling, the cover was not affixed with multitudes of bird stickers. Though the print was barely legible, I could make out that it was a Eighteenth century book of “Divers Receipts for the Manufacture, Blending and Drinking of Chymically-Flavoured Neutral Grain Spirits at Modest Proof”. Knowing my velocipede was safely parked outside and that I had removed the seat, the large wheel, the tires and the chain to deter thieves, I settled down to peruse the curious little book.
- Nervous Breakdown — Gin, Grapefruit liqueur, Amaro, Grapefruit bitters, Lime juice
- Tartan Cocktail — Highland Scotch, Aromatized wine, Drambuie, Ramazzotti, Bitters, Orange peel
- Maria Mole — Cognac, Bianco Vermouth, Orange bitters, Orange peel
- Agave Gracias — Braulio, Mezcal, Cassis, Piloncillo syrup, Grapefruit peel
- Cowboy Killer — Scotch, Sweet vermouth, Islay Scotch, Maraschino Liqueur, Peychaud's Bitters, Lemon peel
Riffed on this by adding gin and some yuzu marmalade to make it a little more interesting here: https://kindredcocktails.com/cocktail/yuzu-slipper
Deeply Sherry containing, nice evolution, sherry nutty / raisin-ey notes throughout. That's usually a three for me, individual mileage may vary.
Go skosh a bit on the lemon juice - just a little less tart would land this a 4.
I had some trepidation about combining the Sfumato and the peaty Scotch, but instead of amping up the smoke as I feared, they somehow blended into one another providing a continuum that tied the other components together. The vanilla syrup contributes to rounding this out, but combined with the Averna this tilts sweeter than one might anticipate--I wonder if half a barspoon of vanilla syrup would work?
Tasty. Sweetness and cola flavor from the Lucano dominates, blending well with the rye. Some botanicals from the gin and the Lucano. Byrrh can be problematic for me in classic cocktails, but it is very much hidden in the background here. There is a good base recipe in this drink to play with; some might prefer a drier cocktail with more gin/rye/Byrrh using perhaps 1/4 oz less Lucano, but the current offering is an easy, no fuss, sipper. [Note: I used standard Amaro Lucano (not Anniversario), Tanqueray, Rittenhouse, and Byrrh.]