After my bar shift two Saturdays ago, I reached for Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933. Instead of the stiff drink that I probably needed to unwind, I was lured in by the Red Riding Hood in the wine section that appeared like a Sherry Old Fashioned with the sweetener being grenadine instead of sugar syrup. For a sherry, I opted for a dry Amontillado to counter the grenadine's sweetness. In the glass, the Red Riding Hood was indeed red or at least a tawny red and gave forth nutty sherry aromas softened by pomegranate's berry notes. Next, the grape and pomegranate danced together on the sip, and the swallow began with nutty sherry flavors and ended with Angostura's wintry spice brightened by fruit notes on the finish.
The euphemisms are getting a bit stale, suffice to say: four people in Boston -- two of whom are much more prolific writers than the other two (including the originator of this blog, who has no excuse apart from laziness) -- who drink and tell.
drink & tell: a boston cocktail book
A collection of drink recipes, techniques, and Boston bar recommendations from Frederic Yarm, one of the authors of the Cocktail Virgin Slut blog. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and The Boston Shaker (on their shelves and via their webstore). Follow the buzz on D&T's Facebook fan page!