∴ Friday Entertainment

A frosty white cocktail with cherry at the bottom of the glass, a container of dark cherries behind

The short-fingered vulgarian has decamped for the flat wasteland of the Sad Clown State. A week of chaos and growing insanity subsides, and my thoughts turn to sleeping in, long walks, Wort Hog Brewing’s new SayZon saison and A-10 Weisenbock brews, visits with friends, and a day away with my favorite person and all-around best friend on Sunday. The end of the week is upon us and, as always, there’s a craft cocktail reward waiting at Andrew’s Bar.

Tonight’s entertainment is a New Orleans classic, the Corpse Reviver #2. This one’s tough to pin down; lime juice balances a splash of absinthe, Cointreau provides sweet balancing the lime’s sour and packing 80-proof alcohol, all based on gin whose juniper doesn’t punch through all those other flavors. The cherry garnish is icing on the cake.

I’ll have to try this one again – knowing a cocktail requires understanding the balance of flavors, and one example doesn’t suffice. I’ll look around for variations on the recipe first, because a cocktail written in the book of great American classics should knock me out and while I enjoyed this coupe of joy, my socks are still on my feet. Not underwhelmed. Just whelmed.

To wit:

  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part Cocchi Americano
  • 1 dash Mt. Defiance Absinthe Superieure
  • Cherry garnish

 Combine all liquids in a shaker, fill the tin 2/3-full with ice, shake until cold and mildly diluted. Strain through a Hawthorne strainer, gate closed, and garnish. Cheers!

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