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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration
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This is the seventh in a series on Bourbon by Zach Pearson. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.
So look… this doesn't work in Oregon. The best thing to do here is to keep an eye on the Next Month Price Change list, and find things that you want that are going way down in price. Most recently, this was the infamous Laphroaig 10 for $20.25, but about a year ago, A. de Fussigny Tres Vielle Cognac dropped from $220 to $100 a bottle, and if you know that it’s a 50 year old Cognac that hasn’t been made in 10-15 years… well, let’s just say it was worth the drive to Eugene to pick up two bottles.
It also doesn’t work in Washington, which is too new at the private liquor sales game to have dusty old bottles lying around. There’s a lot of clean, bright new liquor stores and some helpful people, but taxes being what they are up there… I’d just avoid wasting a lot of time looking in Washington for liquor.
- Veneto Negroni — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Amaro, Aperol, Grapefruit peel
- The Drive — Mezcal, Sweet vermouth, Pastis, Cherry Bitters, Lime juice
- Its Getting Dark Early — Applejack, Bitters, Tea, Orange juice, Cinnamon syrup
- Molly's Fine — Brandy, Cassis, Framboise, Nocino, Grapefruit bitters
- BataBing — Overproof bourbon, Dry vermouth, Bitters, Grenadine
No... don't drink this. I am not sure where this came from.. and should have used that as a sign to not drink it and to pay more attention to the ratios in which case I would have realized. A tablespoon of matcha powder makes this undrinkable, which I should have realized. Went looking for ref and a bullshit Dr. Oz website as "health" because of cucumber and matcha. May try to rebalance, idea may have some potential but don't try with this much Matcha.
Yes, I need to post more of my own (admitted in a sheepish tone.) I've been merrily trying others' contributions, but have been remiss in posting my experiments that worked...at least for my palate anyway. The Pasubio one I came up with combined it, St. Raphael Rouge (which is hard to come by in the U.S.) and rye for a Manhattan riff--sort of obscure because of the Raphael that I had to import from London, but found I really like it much more than I anticipated. I haven't decided whether to call the cocktail a Purple Manhattan or Montreux as a nod to Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water." I might want to save that smoke reference for something with Sfumato Rabarbaro and Pasubio if I find a combo that works.
I also am very fond of the Rhapsody in Blue. For a fellow Pasubio enthusiast, some other Pasubio libations I am keen on are: Purple Globe, My one and only Blue, Scalatore, and Purple Martin (definitely need the Scarlet Ibis and Averell for this one to truly shine.)
Created by Vannaluck Hongthong at the Baldwin Bar in Woburn, MA.
Your one posted drink does not use Pasubio, but I'd be open to recommendations you have. This is the only Pasubio+lemon cocktail in kindred at the moment & other tasty Pasubio cocktails in general would be great. I also like the Rhapsody in Blue. Surprised there are only two cocktails on here that use this great ingredient.
Okay, but less than the sum of the parts. Even at 1/8 oz, the Pastis dominates, and much moreso than with a rinse for a Sazerac which I enjoy. As a result, the Braulio and Cynar are muted.