Summer tease

As happens every year , we’re getting a week of gorgeous, perfect spring weather before the rain reclaims the region. It’s sunny and 75 degrees out, and I can think of nothing better than a daiquiri. I bought this rum a few months ago after hearing it made a great daiquiri, and boy does it hit the mark. Such a simple drink and yet so satisfying and summery. I had to force myself to sip it slowly and really savor it, much like we try to savor this glimpse of spring.   

  

Taking my medicine

No pictures today because I’m mixing medicine for a sore throat. Lucky for me, it tastes just like a sweet Manhattan and acts as a great anesthetic. 

  • 2 oz Masterson’s 10 Year Rye (just got this and love the flavor: it’s a more bourbon-y rye, leading with sweet and finishing with spicy)
  • 1 oz Graham’s Six Grapes Tawny Port
  • 2 dashes Bittermens Burlesque Bitters

Bonus points for a gorgeous deep ruby color. This can’t help but cure what ails me. 

Manhattan Monday

I absolutely love how easy it is to find new Manhattan variations to try. It’s a good thing, too, because I’m acquiring new bourbons and ryes at a disturbing rate (sort of a not-problem kind of problem in my house). Today, a simple Google search led me to The Civil War.  It’s a tad too bitter for my personal taste (I would probably go to 1/4 ounce on the Cynar and 3/4 ounce on th Cocchi di Torino), but I like the balance of dark and light between the amaro and the vermouth.  In other news, Few is one of my favorite new bourbons: definitely worth the high praise I’ve been hearing about it. From Mike Robertson at Portland’s The Driftwood Room, by way of Saveur.

The Civil War, Mike Robertson, The Driftwood Room, via Saveur

 

Manhattan Monday

Today I’m looking back to a Manhattan variation that got me through a tough project, and I could definitely use its assistance again today. My palate is still learning to tolerate a true bitter flavor profile, but I like this as an interim step.  

Georgia Transfer, custom Manhattan variation