The Lloyd Promise

Have I mentioned how invaluable this backer drink project has been in honing my ability to come up with a tasty drink on the fly with whatever’s on hand? I’ve been crafting one new drink a night for going on two months now and have learned very much about what tastes good with what and what doesn’t. I suppose our next drink could be interpreted as a riff on a Manhattan, or on a Manhattan/Whiskey Sour frankenstein. Cherry Heering, a delectably sweet cherry liqueur made in Copenhagen since 1818, happens to pair nicely with whiskey and loves to get all tarted up with lemon juice. A dude whose last name is Lloyd may be enjoying this drink right now. Or he might hate it, I really can’t say for sure.

The Lloyd Promise ✯✯✯✯
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2 oz Rittenhouse 100 rye
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1/4 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 tsp rich (2:1) simple syrup

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

To be perfectly clear, rich simple syrup is mixed two parts sugar to one part water. In fact, here are explicit instructions for making it:

1. Stir 1 cup sugar (I recommend either demerara or turbinado for a rich, molasses-y flavor) with 1⁄2 cup water over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Funnel the syrup into a small bottle and add 1 tsp 151 rum to help keep it fresh.

3. Store in your refrigerator for up to two months.

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