Wednesday, March 30

Drink Spotlight: Le Matin

Looking for a nice update for the Old Fashioned? This, like the Sazerac, is a fancy update.

Le Matin:
  • 2 1/2 oz. Rye whisky
  • 1/4 oz. Benedictine
  • 1/4 oz. Maraschino liqueur
  • 3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Build in rocks glass full of ice, and stir.

Good. Just good. Takes a little bit of time for the ice to mellow things out, but it's just great. The Maraschino and Benedictine add few complex, but still well-blended, flavors that really define the drink. It's still very rye-centric, and since my stock rye is Rittenhouse 100 proof, it's got some kick to it, so you definitely have to enjoy cocktails like the Old Fashioned, or even just be a fan of whiskey in general, to appreciate this cocktail, as otherwise you might not be able to get over the burn of the alcohol. But then, what were you expecting from a drink composed of just over 3 oz. of alcohol and some ice cubes?

I'm a little surprised that there's no garnish; a Maraschino cherry seems like a no-brainer, given the Maraschino liqueur within. It would definitely help overcome the extreme rye-ness of the whole drink. It's quite good, but then, I love whiskey....

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