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Monday, March 1, 2010

Utah Mixologist creates cocktail for ECNY Awards: The Rimshot

Last October, the Utah Mixologist was contacted by Carol Hartsell of the ECNY Awards to create a signature cocktail for the 2010 ECNY award program scheduled for March 8 at the Comix NY club in New York. The Mixologist threw himself into the task with gusto, mixing and drinking cocktail after cocktail until the dirty job (well, someone had to do it) was done. When he emerged from his secret cocktail lab, the Rimshot, a close relative of the Manhattan was born. The Rimshot has everything a good comedy routine needs: wry humor, bitterness, pratfalls, and a little sweet and a little sour. So if you like Rye whiskey or the Manhattan cocktail, give the Rimshot a try.

The Rimshot starts with 3 parts of wry humor (1 ½ oz Jim Beam Rye), half again as much pratfall humor (3/4 oz Noilly Prat Vermouth), add some ethnic bitterness (2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters), then throw some fruit (a maraschino cherry) at the simpleton (1/4 oz simple syrup), and finish with an unexpected twist (a twist of lemon peel).

The Rimshot

1 ½ oz Jim Beam Rye

3/4 oz Noilly Prat Vermouth

1/4 oz simple syrup

2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters

1 maraschino cherry

1 twist of lemon peel

Pour the liquid ingredients into a mixing glass 2/3 full of ice. Stir well and strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass. Drop in a maraschino cherry. Twist the lemon peel over the top of the drink, rub the outside of the peel around the rim of the glass and drape the twist gracefully over the rim.

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