I’ve really had my hands full dealing with getting my book printed and other of life’s diversions, but now I’m going to focus my energies on what this blog is all about. Namely, posting a lot of really tasty drinks. One task I’ve been busy with is concocting drink recipes for my many generous backers. I’ve made about 50 new namesake drinks, and I’ve got about 25 to go. The first drink I’ll post is actually one I created for me after a tough day and named accordingly. If you like tequila and bitterness, you’ll love this one. Without any further delay, let’s get to it.
A Long Day ✯✯✯✯1/2
1 oz añejo tequila
1 oz Cynar
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash grapefruit bitters
Build in a rocks glass half-full of ice. Squeeze a lemon peel over the top, rub it around the rim, and drop it in.
Cynar is an amaro, which is a bitter Italian liqueur. Cynar happens to be flavored with artichoke, if you can believe that. Amari work quite well with tequila, and this drink is no exception. I recommend the use of Cocchi sweet vermouth, which is nice and sweet with no bitterness, to balance against the amaro and bitters. Some dashes of orange and grapefruit help to brighten things up a bit.