Still, even with bartender friends, this can me a tricky choice. I like Rye (no secret there) and I often like to use that as a guiding spirit in my Bartender's choice. But If I wanted a Sazerac, I would have ordered one. Bartender's choice should be a chance to play, invent, make up something new. And that is just what I got from my dear friend James at The Porterhouse this evening.
Into a shaker went Rye (Ri), Cherry Heering, maraschino liquor, whiskey barrel aged bitters, a splash of OJ and mint. Out came and delicious and utterly new concoction. Francine said it was the kind of drink she would like poured all over her body for a lover to taste. Yum.. I concur.
And the kicker was when I asked what this new drink was called, James responded, "Why The Abigail of course. Of course. My own cocktail tailored especially for me. Exactly what a Bartender's Choice should be.
Thank you my dear James!
The Abigail and James