This week, DC and Avery selected drinks that reflected our individual excerpts. Avery chose a mournful, herbaceous twist on the classic Last Word cocktail, while DC did a riff on an old-fashioned.
Matcha Elderflower Last Word
- ¾ ounce gin
- ¾ ounce green chartreuse Liqueur
- ¾ ounce maraschino liqueur
- ¼ ounce elderflower liqueur
- ¾ ounce lime juice
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- Mix all in a shaker with ice
- Shake well
- Strain into a coupe glass or Nick and Nora glass
Greatest CEO In The World
- 1½ ounce Lagavulin 16 Year Scotch
- 1½ ounce Avery’s Magical Maple Cherry w/ Cinnamon shrubs
- 1 sugar cube
- 1 peel of lemon
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 wedge of orange
- 1 splash club soda
- Drip 3 dashes of Angostura bitters on a sugar cube, in a glass
- Put a thin wedge of orange, a lemon peel, and a maraschino cherry in the bottom of glass, and muddle the fruit.
- Pour Lagavulin on muddled fruit.
- Pour in Cherry shrubs.
- Put a handful of ice in a whiskey glass, stir, and finish with a dash of club soda.
Maple-Cherry Shrub Recipe:
- 1½ cups dark sweet cherries (frozen ok)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ⅔ cup red wine vinegar
- Mix cherries, cinnamon, maple syrup, and sugar in a glass bowl or tupperware container and cover. Leave in refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days, checking and stirring once a day, until the sugar has pulled the juice from the cherries and there’s a good amount of liquid.
- Strain juice through a mesh strainer and remove cherries. (These can be pureed into a jam for toast and will last at least a few days in the fridge, if you’d like to save them.)
- Add vinegar to the juice and stir well. There may still be some stray sugar granules at this stage, but these will dissolve eventually.
- Pour into a sterilized glass bottle or jar and refrigerate. Will keep for 3-4 months if refrigerated. The flavor will change slightly for about the first week, but then will stabilize.