Spindle blend with crushed ice. You know the drill
Footnotes, sub-recipes, links, anecdotes, to follow.
Having made some Devil's Reef style spiced coconut honey for a Voodoo Summoning, ahem, Guyana Zombie I was on the lookout for a recipe besides a Pearl Diver which I could augment. I settled on Daniele Dolla Pola's Nu Nui Nui. I even had the Barbancourt! A couple little tweaks and voila! a new (similar) drink.
Stay tuned for more tiki
*make Gardenia Mix but substitute cream of coconut for the butter.
I haven't yet changed my ratio but my research that pointed me toward doing so indicated that Punt e Mes is the vermouth called for in a Greenpoint. What's a poor boy to do? Punt e Mes isn't availabe here. (Well, it is if you're a licensee or are willing to buy at minimum a case). Neither of those scenarios apply but let's put a pin in that for now...
2 oz rye
0.5 oz yellow Chartreuse
0.5 oz punt e mes
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash aromatic bitters
13/52 Wild Turkey Rare Breed, VEP, Ango orange, Aussie aromatic, Gonzalez Byass, meyer lemon twist. A delicious whiskey cocktail; sweet and boozy.
14/52 I went back to Jim Beam rye and stayed with VEP Chartreuse and Ango orange. Wanting to up the bitterness (since lacking in Punt e Mes) I used Boker's bitters and Byrrh. It was less sweet but not as bitter as I'd hoped. Some jamminess from the wine crept in at the end.
15/52 On a whim I bought some Dillon's vermouth. I'd avoided it in the past simply because I have a significant back-stock of sweet vermouth and felt my bar funds could be spent elsewhere. I'm glad I bought a bottle. This vermouth combined with the Boker's bitters and the cask strength Knob Creek made an exceptional cocktail. Complex bitter and boozy with flavours I'd not previously found in a Greenpoint. I think this vermouth (rather than the Byrrh) will be my go to for drinks calling for Punt e Mes, rightly or wrongly, even though I can't say if the flavour is correct; my expectation of bitterness is met.
I haven't forgotten about you! I've been continuing to make weekly Greenpoint cocktails (mostly) I just have been neglectful in sharing about them. I could make a separate post for each but I shan't bother. I've been sticking to the usual ratio but in light of some recent things i may change that, we'll see.
On with the show!
2 oz rye whisk(e)y
0.5 oz Yellow Chartreuse
0.5 oz sweet vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash aromatic bitters
1 twist of lemon
stir; strain; twist; serve up.
6/52 I used Alberta Premium whisky which is a 100% rye Canadian whisky. Certainly a Canadian whisky and not a replacement for rye. It does make nice cocktails but isn't something I would regularly drink on its own. Honey sweetness and herbs dominated this Greenpoint.
7/52 Jim Beam Rye, Yellow Chartreuse VEP, Angostura bitters & orange bitters, Gonzalez Byass vermouth. Lemon Twist. "A well balanced company. No ingredient upstaging any other"
8/52 Knob Creek & Strega (I did not note which bitters or vermouth I used) "Boozy and dry. Round sweetness creeps in later"
9&10/52 I made Old Fashioneds these weeks. Once with Knob Creek and once with Wild Turkey Rare Breed. I made no notes but rather enjoyed the experience of a simple cocktail and pleasent company. :)
11/52 Canadian Club 100% Rye, Yellow Chartreuse VEP, Gonzalez Byass, Ango bitterses. "Delicious, sweet and herbal. Bread/grain later on."
12/52 Same as the previous but with Jim Beam Rye and a Meyer lemon twist. A striking new element seemed to emerge. Something like dried herbs. I suspect the meyer lemon is the source.
1 dash Angostura orange bitters
This week I decided to sub Strega for yellow chartreuse. I also used J.P. Wiser’s Dissertation (as it was still on the counter from yesterday's Human Rocket). The twist this time was grapefruit.
The ever vigilante Fred Yarm alerted me via Instagram that this drink was quite like Evan Harrison's Nonantum.
I found this variation to be delicious and herbal. Not any one ingredient dominated. Everything came together to make a lovely any-time-of-the-evening libation.
This week I stuck with the Jim Beam but went back to the MOFS and the Gonzalez Byass.
2 oz Jim Beam Bonded
0.5 oz Chartreuse MOFS
0.5 oz Gonzalez Byass La Copa
1 dash Regan’s orabge bitters
1 dash Australians Bitters Co. Bitters
Stir; strain; twist
I found this dry but not overly so. A well balanced drink that would be suitable any time. Not obviously for before or after a meal. Perhaps a pleasant second round after a Vieux Carré? Not a loser but also not a winner. Much like that song you don’t care about at the end of side one or that house you never notice because it’s three properties from the intersection. A wholly capable whiskey drink but not a chart topper. Then again certainly not a pigeonholed drink either. Ah well. You know what they say about a Jack of all trades...