Bitter Smoke


Strongly Worded Letter

1 oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
1 oz Amaro CioCiaro
1/2 oz Dry Curacao [Pierre Ferrand]
1/2 oz Amontillado Sherry [Bodega Lustau]

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with lemon twist.


Well, it’s been a few weeks since Amaro Week ended, so I think I’m ready to get back to the bitter stuff.  I used this event as an excuse to by a bottle of Amaro I had my eye on for a while, Amaro CioCiaro.  When I got Brad Thomas Parson’s Amaro book last year, I immediately tagged this bottle.  He described it as mildly bitter, with a strong bitter orange flavor prevailing and some warm caramel undertones.  I was sold (also, that label!). Continue reading

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Summer’s Bounty


Fauxsé

1 1/2 oz Gin [Bully Boy]
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/2 oz Dry Curacao [Pierre Ferrand]
1/2 oz House Strawberry Basil Black Peppercorn Shrub

Stir ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with basil sprig.


Ahh summer.  Between farmer’s markets, variety of in store produce, and pick-your-own options a bound, a great season for the cocktail lover.  Last year after a strawberry picking outing, I made a strawberry shrub which, unsurprisingly, didn’t last very long.  Flipping through my cocktail journal I came upon one of the recipes I created with it.   Continue reading