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.
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.
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.
Trying something fresh today since I have fresh lemons for a change. Unfortunately, the allspice overwhelms this one a bit – I would have preferred more bourbon and maybe half the allspice. Drinkable, but not something I’ll keep in rotation. Via Oh So Beautiful Paper blog.
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.