Hello there. It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
I thought that for my first real post in a while I’d throw you guys something that I’m particularly proud of.
A picture of my daughter.
She’s not only sweet & adorable, but also all consuming. Time, sleep, critical thinking skills… you name it, she’s taken it.
But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. She rules.
But, to get more to the point of this here little booze blog, I want to offer you something else that I’m proud of.
Axis & Allies
One of our loveliest wine reps stopped by with a bottle of Barolo Chinato for me to play with. Being a bartender with a blog it’s mandatory that I engage in acquiring a taste for all things bitter. She knows this and plays me well.
She brought with her some tasting notes and an article she found online from one of my favorite spirit writers Jason Wilson. At the end of the article he cites a recipe from Adam Bernbach at Bar Pilar in DC, which combines the Barolo Chinato with Gin & Peychaud bitters.
I decided to use that building block to move forward and here is what I came up with.
1.5 oz Bols Genever (Netherlands)
.5 oz Barolo Chinato (Italy)
.25 oz Benedictine (France)
3 dashes Peychauds Bitters (USA)
Splash of Riesling (Germany)
Lemon twist (Unaffiliated, not like the Swiss were to WWII, more like David Bowie is to gender)
Combine Genever, Barolo Chinato, Benedictine, Peychauds over ice in a tumbler and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Splash a small amount of Riesling into your coupe and twist a lemon peel over the top.
I originally had everything but the Riesling in the recipe, but found that I just wasn’t pleased with the outcome. I needed just a bit more sweetness, but Simple Syrup was just too viscous and unbalanced the drink. The only reason I went to the Riesling I because I recognized the international products homelands and, well, needed something German. Eureka!
I’m proud of this drink. I really, really love it.
Plus, it helps me to forget that right now my daughter looks a little too similar to another WWII icon.