Saturday, December 8, 2012

Cocktail Wednesdays: The Benchley

The Benchley

This past Wednesday was Repeal Day - that is, the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.We chose to try the libation invented by the folks at 12 Bottle Bar that they posted for the event, The Benchley. This drink is a twist on The Algonquin, a drink with a mush longer legacy that, ironically, we have yet to try. The Benchley was named after a founding member of a group of writer, actors, critics, and "wits" that met regularly at the Algonquin hotel in New York, Robert Benchley. Today, he is probably best known for his acting and writing in Oscar-winning short film "How to Sleep" (1933).

The Benchley

1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
0.75 oz Dry Vermouth
0.75 Pineapple-Sriracha Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe.

For Pineapple-Sriracha Syrup:

1 part Pineapple Juice
1 part Sugar
Sriracha Hot Sauce to taste

Dissolve sugar in pineapple juice over very low heat. Stir in Sriracha, until you have reached an even balance between sweet and hot.

The verdict: This was a very unusual drink with many layers of flavor, and we all enjoyed it.  There was the fruitiness and the heat, flavors that played against each other in many ways like a sweet and sour sauce.

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