November 22, 2017 by unclespike218
Crap. A new drink, but no name. Yet.
Well, there are worse problems in this world, right? Okay. Storytime!
A friend of mine who is an adorable big guy fell in love with a bottle of amaretto one night. The whole bottle. It was a one night stand with a seriously painful breakup the next day. Since that day, amaretto jokes have followed him around like a stale fart, and he is OVER IT.
So, fast forward to about three days ago. I invited him and his partner to dinner at a local greasy spoon that apparently had a very extensive bourbon and whiskey selection. I did not partake, but I did enjoy a good lemongrass-flavored cider. (Hey. It’s Denver, land of some pretty awesome cideries. And yes, that’s a thing. Angry Orchard has worn out its welcome. Anyhoo…moving on…)
During dinner, I turn to Mr. Adorable Big Guy, and inspiration strikes. Simple inspiration, but I haven’t created a new drink in a long time. Him: amaretto. Greasy spoon: bourbon. The two could go together, couldn’t they? And what would combine with them?
After dinner, I swung by the local liquor warehouse and grabbed the fixins. Came home, went to town, and here was my thought process. Amaretto has a really strong flavor, so let’s just add a bit to the bourbon. Cream should cut it nicely, but I didn’t have any on hand, so whole milk it is. And…chocolate bitters to give it some interest. Well…it was okay. Potent as shit, but you could barely taste the amaretto. It was way too harsh. Demanded cream, not milk. So, back to the drawing board.
The next night, I decided on simplicity. Equalize all things, and maybe use cherry bitters to see how it worked. MUCH, much better. From here, it’s just tweaking here and there to make it perfect, but for most people, the basic combination will do, and here it is:
- 1 shot bourbon
- 1 shot amaretto
- 1 shot cream
- 2 dashes either cherry or chocolate bitters
Throw it all in a shaker with crushed ice, and shake vigorously until the shaker frosts over. Pour in a lowball glass over a large ice cube. Drink to your heart’s content.
This thing is practically a small adult winter milkshake, pretty eggnog-ish. So it scores a 0 for originality, but it is delicious. The cherry bitters are good, but I think they’d mirror the amaretto flavor a bit much, which is why I look forward to going back to the chocolate bitters on my next go-round. And is the lowball the best delivery vehicle? Does it need that single large ice cube? Maybe just serve it up in a cocktail glass, like a Brandy Alexander. See…so many decisions to be made to create the perfect drink.
And hopefully inspiration strikes soon for an appropriate name.