Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day? Try the Commander in Chief.


I'll keep this simple. I went out and voted today. I hope you did, too. Now, I have to wait on the edge of my seat to see if the country gets turned back 12 years, or if it decides it is better to keep advancing. It's a white-knuckle moment, but I will have help dealing with it courtesy of mixologist Michael Lay at Restaurant 1833 in Monterey, California, and his Commander in Chief cocktail.

It is a well-balanced mix of rye (calls for Bulleit, but I used Rittenhouse), Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Cherry Heering, and Campari, with some Fee Brothers Orange Bitters and, according to the Restaurant 1833 site, a Laphroaig rinse as well. I did not have Laphroig, which is a smoky Islay malt, so I tried it with a scotch I had on hand--Glenkinchie 12 year old Edinburgh malt--less smokey, so perhaps not as assertive as might be required in this rich cocktail. If you have Laphroig, try it out. Leave a comment about your experience. Decide what is right for you. Then, cast your ballot.

By the way, this is quite a delicious drink, with a lot of depth and nice orange notes. You have to be sure and flame that peel!

In the shaker tonight:

Commander in Chief
  • 2 oz rye
  • 1/2 oz Carpano Antica 
  • 1/2 oz Campari 
  • 1/2 oz Cherry Heering
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Orange Bitters 
  • Flamed orange peel
Measure and pour all the ingredients together in a glass and stir gently. Strain into a coupe rinsed with Laphroig scotch, and flame the orange peel across the drink.

And then bottoms up! Hail to the Chief.