Afternoon revolution

Although I should know better, I continue to be surprised at how a few simple ingredients can make a beautiful cocktail. Just bourbon, coffee liqueur, and orange bitters come together to make a great sweet/strong drink that required a minimum of effort (a must on this first day of the week). This is an old cocktail, but definitely worth putting into rotation. I used the ratios from Serious Eats, and started out with Kahlua. Can’t wait to try this with my Gallano Ristretto.  

Revolver, via Serious Eats

Savoir faire

I felt like rye tonight, and this cocktail was a good balance between complicated and easy. The absinthe (I used a scant tablespoon) was a nice highlight, and the drink had a perfect tinge of orange. Usually I would expect the St. Germain to overtake the drink, but this drink proved me wrong. 

Hotel Haute-Savoie, Kndred Cocktails

Leave you wanting more

I just started reading Drinking the Devils’s Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and Her Cocktails by Duggan McDonnell, and today’s cocktail is one of his selected variations on the Martinez.  I found this very subtle, with all the components in a nice balance.  I used Aviation Gin, but I could see using this drink as a test case for other gins since the Lillet and Benedictine were so subtle.  The juice from the Luxardo cherries made a lovely design at the bottom of the glass, which just added to the feeling that while I was drinking something very sophisticated, but with a wink and a nudge from the bartender.

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Laura Palmer, Charlie Russo courtesy of Blackbirdm via Drinking the Devil’s Acre by Duggan McDonnell