Towards the end of the night Monday, one of our regular guests came in.
I made him a few drinks from the list or related.
We were past close, he was the only person at the bar, but he wanted a finishing drink that was unique or interesting. I just wanted him to close out his tab, so I could count the drawer.
Being the perverse cuss that I am, I started from the Jerry Thomas Manhattan and extrapolated to the Brooklyn.
Reverse Brooklyn (or Reverse Stagghattan?)
1 oz 2013 George T. Stagg Barrel Proof
2 oz Cocchi Vermouth de Torino
2 Dash Luxardo Maraschino
1/4 oz Bigallet China China
Stir, strain. No garnish. It’s too late for that. All my tools are in the dish pit, I’ve already tossed all my peels, and moved the fruit back to storage.
I charged only $11, as he is a good customer. I am not sure what the price actually should be on this, $20? $30?
In any case, he thought it was maybe the best drink that he had had in any bar in a couple months.
Unlike the Staggerac, it WAS actually a good cocktail, and freaking delicious.