A few years back we visited Boston’s Eastern Standard bar and wrote about our experience. The wonderful bar, along with its companion The Hawthorne, closed a few months ago which is a real shame for the city. I haven’t recently been back to Boston, so I didn’t know too much about the cocktail. All I had to go on is that it has a Prizefighter Irish Whisky base spirit, Lillet Blanc dry vermouth, Amaro Montenegro, and a pear brandy rinse.
Of that set of ingredients, the Amaro Montenegro was the only one I had handy, so I started a few rounds of experimenting and riffing on the recipe before I had something I was proud of. I’m not sure Jackson would be proud, but it’s always fun to tinker.
I subbed the blended scotch in the original recipe with Great King Glasgow Blend, which is a lightly peated blended whisky from the good folks at Compass Box. It’s a bit unusual in that it contains only around 30% grain whisky, vs. the 70+% that’s typical in most blended whiskies. It’s not overwhelmingly smoky, but it brings out some of the vanilla notes in the Montenegro.
- 2 oz Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Blend
- .75 oz Lillet Blanc
- .5 oz Amaro Montenegro
- Barspoon Starwberry Brandy
- Rinse a cocktail glass with strawberry brandy
- Add all ingredients to mixing glass with ice
- Stir and strain into cocktail glass.