In honor of the explode-a-palooza about to get started out here on the west coast, I tried this Sazerac variation and it’s another winner. The Lillet and the cane syrup do a great job of tempering the burn of the bourbon without canceling it out. So simple, but so pleasant. This is also a great example of when the garnish is a critical part of the drink — the grapefruit twist really bridges the string and the sweet.
Have a safe and pleasant 4th, everyone. And don’t forget to take care of your pets when all the crazy gets started.
Guns and Rosé, Death & Co.
Pulled this one from the “Sazerac Variations” section of the Death & Co. book, and it’s definitely a winner. The Compass Asyla scotch is lovely all on its own, and the Averna and simple enhance the scotch without overwhelming it. Really enjoyable.
Bay City Roller, Death & Co.
After last night’s misses, I was looking for a win and I think this is a fair approximation. A hair too sweet for my taste, but that seemed to settle as I made my way through the drink. What a lovely daiquiri variant.
Sunset at Gowanus, Death & Co.
Today was not a good day to drink. I started with the original Savoy Cocktail Book recipe for an Aviation, and it was absolutely not my bag — the Creme de Violette was just too floral to carry the rum and maraschino. I prefer Creme Yvette for a little more depth of flavor. Next up was Howl on the Hill, but I admit that my bitter-sensitive palate found the Fernet completely overwhelming, which is a shame, because these are a couple of lovely rums. I may need to revert to the comfort and safety of a Manhattan just to call the night a draw.
Howl on the Hill, Death & Co.