Thursday, November 08, 2012
Brown and Stirred: Rum Club's Gift for Your Holiday Bar
Michael Shea, co-owner of Portland bar industry hangout Rum Club, admitted that when he was coming up with a holiday cocktail menu he kept tending toward brown and stirred.
Michael Shea of Rum Club.
"I just couldn't get away from it," he said, so as with any creative endeavor, instead of fighting instinct he decided to throw it a curveball.
That's how the Walk the Line came to contain not the usual autumnal go-to of bourbon or rye, but a combination of tequila and mezcal. A lightly spicy, warming drink going down, the tequila lifts your mood at the same time that it smooths the edges of a winter day.
Work with that, instinct, you wiley dog!
Rum Club's Walk the Line
1 pt. reposado tequila
1 pt. cinzano sweet vermouth
1/2 pt. cognac
1 bsp. (barspoon) mezcal
2 dashes Angosturra bitters
2 dashes Peychaud bitters
Fill mixing glass half full of ice. Add ingredients and stir briefly to chill (30 seconds or so). Strain into short cocktail glass over large ice cube. Add twist of orange.
Makes one cocktail.