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Can I Kick It?

This one tastes dark. Root is tough, you want the flavor but its hard to balance and to keep it from dominating the finish.

1½ oz bourbon
¼ oz rye
½ oz Cynar
scant ¼ oz Root liqueur
½ tsp cane syrup
3 dashes black walnut bitters
nutmeg, grated, about three passes

stir vigorously and serve over a big rock

you can finish with a dusting of nutmeg for bouquet if you don’t mind the dust in the glass

A Gentle Kombucha Cocktail

Long ago Gabe made me a kombucha margarita when I brought some in as a challenge to the Beretta bartenders. On the way home from a walk Rosy and I picked some up and experimented. Gin seemed like a logical choice, but alone didn’t quite do it. A few drops of lime juice rounded it out. Of course, this was a Rosy-made cocktail, so we have no idea of the proportions.

ginger kombucha
gin
lime

pour ingredients over a big rock

White Wine What?

“You know what this would be good with? Campari.”
“Like a kir royale. It’s getting a cherry, if that’s OK with you.”
“Now it needs a rock.”
“It’s missing something, a little heat. Maybe vodka. Or gin!”
“Yeah, gin.”
“Hm, now that I look in the liquor cabinet, how about rum? Smelling them together makes me think this is a good idea.”
“Ok, go for it.”

Surprisingly tasty. Surprisingly beautiful.

1 gl sauvignon blanc
1 Luxardo cherry
Campari to taste (just enough to taste it clearly)
big rock
rum to taste, maybe ½ oz. (I used Mt Gay)

Hannah’s Betrayal

a.k.a “Hannah’s Sorrow” or “Hannah’s Woe,” Rosy named this after Mia Farrow’s character in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters. Why? It has at least one scene set in Central Park in the fall and I thought the name had to evoke Manhattan in the autumn.

2 oz bourbon (e.g. 1½ oz Rendezvous, ½ oz Four Roses)
½ oz allspice dram
splash Gran Classico
splash Carpano Antica

stir over ice, strain over a big rock

Perfect Perfect Manhattan

The title isn’t a typo, this may be the perfect Perfect Manhattan. At least it would be if I’d remembered what “Perfect Manhattan” actually meant: I thought it referred to the 2-1-2 bourbon-vermouth-Angostura recipe (212 being the area code for Manhattan) but apparently it refers to the 1 being ½ sweet and ½ dry vermouth. Regardless, this is the best 2-1-2 Manhattan I’ve ever had, and it’s a 100% Rocho production. This is also when I found out she’d quietly started drinking my Rendezvous — I’d though it safe since she initially expressed a strong preference for bourbon, but much like her taste in beer her taste for rye (or at least for rye Manhattans) is evolving.

2 oz Rendezvous Rye
1 oz Carpano Antica
2 d Angostura Bitters

Stir on ice, strain over a big rock.