I'm home. And I'll be (God willing and the creek don't rise) be doing my usual Area 24 radio show Thursday at 4 PM!
I'll tell you about my journey--and Lord was it ever a long one--on the air. But here's a cocktail that sort of segues out of my trip and into my Life Back At Home, a cocktail I dreamed up last night whilst my dearest and nearest were watching the election returns. It uses a rare ingredient: chocolate bitters. I used Scrappy's, available here, but you could also use Fee Brothers, which Amazon carries. Found the Scrappy's at Theo Chocolate in Seattle on my last day there; I had taken the tour of their factory.
So, for the wonderfully non-vanilla second term President of the United States:
THE BARRY O
1 and 1/2 oz bourbon
1/2 oz red vermouth
1/2 oz lime juice
1/4 to 1/2 oz creme de cacao (Bolls, silver variety)
1/4 to 1/2 oz Domaine de Canton liqueur (this is ginger-flavored)
a dash or two chocolate bitters
NOTE: Start with the lesser amount of sweet stuff (the creme de cacao and gingery liqueur) and taste. You may want a full half oz of both liqueurs--or not. This should not be a dessert-tasting drink, but different people have different palates.
Shake hard over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a pretty garnish: I'd suggest a curl of lime zest or perhaps a quarter-wheel of lime. Good, eh?
Here's to four more years! And speaking of 4, that's when I'll be on the air Thursday!