More new toys! I ordered a new hawthorne strainer and barspoon from Cocktail Kingdom, and they arrived today, even more gorgeous than I expected. The gunmetal color is so striking, and the skull on the spoon makes it badass and useful (for ice cracking, skull cracking, etc.). Since I had to use them immediately, I picked Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall from Brooklyn Bartender. A friend mentioned pisco to me this past weekend, and this also seemed like a great way to bring that bottle back out. The salt water is curious and something new for me, though thankfully easy enough to mix even for such a small amount. I’m not a fan of Punt e Mes (too bitter for my palate), so I subbed in a 50:50 mix of Carpano Antica and Cynar to achieve that bittersweet affect. I have to say, it’s an odd drink: almost equal parts sweet and bitter. I don’t think I’d drink it exactly the same way again (would likely swap the Punt e Ames for full sweet vermouth instead), but it was definitely interesting. And the color was just gorgeous.