Riddles in the Dark
A whiskey distilled from a grain mash that contains at least 51% rye, a grass and member of the wheat tribe 'Triticeae.'
A fruity, rich and sweet vermouth that dates back to 1786. Thought of as a sweet vermouth with added vanilla; great with whiskey. We treat this like sweet vermouth.
Also known as PX, this is the name of a white Spanish wine grape variety grown in several wine regions in Spain. It is intensely sweet and dark; a dessert sherry.
An Italian grappa based amaro, distilled with gentian, bitter orange and peppermint; 31% ABV.
A brandy that has been flavored with or made from cherries. You can make it yourself; Google it!
A class of bitters that a broadly made from aromatic herbs, spices, fruits and botanicals. This includes Peychuad and Angostura bitters. You can make these at home. There are plenty of recipes online for various bitters, a good book source is 'Bitters' by Brad Parsons. The only down side is they generally require hard-ish to source ingredients.
A yellow citrus fruit. The peel is often used as a garnish while the juice incorporated into the drink for a tart flavor profile (citric acid).
Stir all with ice and strain into a coupe. Express the oil of a lemon peel over the drink and discard. #stir #straight
From Al Sotack. “...it tastes like an oatmeal raisin-cookie.”