These days we stop for nothing. Go-go-go. The emails never stop. Twitter never stops. Instagram never stops. The subway runs 24/7. I can grab a Slurpee at any time ever. What do you stop for?
I like to stop for the cocktail.
The ritual and the rite of making a drink can almost stop time dead in its tracks because so much effort went into the preparation. A culmination of events that lead up to a few moments of enjoyment. The time involved walking to the store to procure the right bottles after researching and experimenting to learn what you like. Making the ice and breaking it down into usable pieces. Chilling the glassware. Juicing the citrus. Making sugar syrup. You do all of these things for a few moments of liquid enjoyment. The drink didn't actually take me thirty seconds to make...it took me a week if not longer.
Some drinks have taken a lifetime of work to come to the final result in the glass. For most cocktails, it is the lifetime of someone else. Other drinks have been passed down from a previous generation possibly resulting in a hundred years or more contained in a small crystal glass that will be drunk before you have to flip the record over. A solera of techniques maturing through time so that the end result has a little bit of me and a little bit of everyone else that has helped these ingredients come to the cocktail in front of you.
Following my post about 3 Bottle Bar by H.i. Williams yesterday I made one of his pre-dinner drinks: Carbro. He describes it as the "kissing cousin" of the classic manhattan that is "ruddy gold in color." Instead of sweet vermouth he uses dry white wine and pours equal parts of that and Bourbon with a touch of sugar and bitters.
In a Chilled and Iced Mixing Glass:
40 ml Bourbon
40 ml Dry White Wine
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
.25 tsp Simple Syrup
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.
Note: I used Makers Mark and a dry budget Bordeaux Blanc you can snag at Trader Joe's.
The drink is lovely. It goes down easy. It gets you ready for dinner, which happened to be paella last night. It was also a drink I had never had like this before. Give it a go and let me know what you think! It was a winner for me.
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