Brown, Bitter & Stirred

MxMo Brown Bitter & StirredThe ampersand tells you those three words belong together.

This is my first participation in a Mixology Monday. The theme is Brown, Bitter & Stirred, curated by Lindsay Johnson of Lush Life Productions and —wait for it—Brown Bitter and Stirred.

I’ve been waiting for an internet booze order for days and it didn’t get here in time. That’s a shame as three of the four bottles were bitter liqueurs. Since I’ve already played around so much with Fernet-Branca, I was forced to borrow some Cynar (one of the bottles in the aforementioned order) from my sister-in-law.

After various experiments —mainly Toronto variations— I realized I needed to move in a different direction. A friend left half a bottle of brandy at our house at the end of a west coast road trip, which made me think Vieux Carré. But I knew that I couldn’t just substitute the Cynar for one of the ingredients; it makes no sense. Then I remembered an article David Wondrich wrote in Esquire [if anyone has a link please let me know!] where he talked about an after dinner drink consisting of equal parts rye and amaro. Then my brain combined that with the Vieux Carré. The result (with what I used in parentheses):

Bitter SquareAmer Square

1oz rye whiskey (Jim Beam Rye)
1oz Cynar
1/2oz brandy (Raynal VSOP)
1/2oz dry vermouth (Boisierre Extra Dry)
2 dashes Angostura
2 dashes Peychaud’s
Stir with ice until very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist lemon peel over glass and rub on rim.

The result is simultaneously bitter and sweet, ideal for a cool, rainy evening such as this in Portland, OR. This could also be served in a rocks glass with a large ice cube.

My backup drink is a nightcap.

Bitter Dreams
Drink whiskey all night.
Leave a bit of the last one in the glass.
Swirl and dump, like a rinse. But dump into your mouth.
Fill with Fernet-Branca.

Not stirred, but I know that happens to me some nights. Cheers.

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3 thoughts on “Brown, Bitter & Stirred

  1. Pingback: Rye and Amaro are friends. « twinfountain

  2. TF….did i understand this correctly? Is this Amer Square potion your concoction? If so, Bravo! Works well on a freezing a.. night in the Rocky Mountains as well.

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