So to provide my students with the best possible advice and knowledge in this realm, I've hired a pro. Today you'll be hearing from Dr. Becca, the official Cynicism 101 Mixology Consultant. My good blogger friend has agreed to do recurring posts here in which she'll school us in the art of drinking like a grownup by occasionally providing us with trendy, distinguished, and exciting libations! She's also funny as hell, so I expect you guys to be following her blog over at Fumbling Toward Tenure Track and/or catching her on Twitter, right? Right. Without further ado, I present Dr. Becca!
Hello Cynicism students! I'm Dr Becca, your visiting lecturer for when Dr. C needs a cocktail. As a new professor myself, I pretty much always need a cocktail, and fortunately for me and those around me, my knowledge on that front is vast. I cannot tell you much about being a professor except that it takes approximately 14 emails and 8 phone calls in order to buy a Sharpie Fine Tip marker from Staples, but I can tell you about whiskey and gin, and maybe some other spirits, if you ask nicely.
Speaking of whiskey/whisky, how great is this?
|With permission from Jordan Anderson|
Some totally brilliant design student I found on Twitter made it, and you should totally go look at the rest of his stuff, because seriously, it is beautiful. And if it is within your power, give him a job when he graduates. Poor arty people.
The cocktail I'm going to tell you about today is called the Nutty Professor, which has nothing to do with Eddie Murphy, and everything to do with the fact that it is nut-flavored and I am a professor.* On his last visit, my boyfriend brought me a new variety of Fee Bros. Bitters called "Black Walnut," and now that it is fall and whatnot, I decided to experiment. The Nutty Professor is what emerged, and it is a very nice digestif - really a desserty drink, since the Black Walnut Bitters are pretty sweet. Drink this after a meal, not before, do you understand me?
Here is what you will need:
2 oz bourbon
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino
1/2 oz Cynar
2 dashes Fee Bros. Black Walnut Bitters
In case you are curious, Luxardo Maraschino is a light, cherry-flavored cordial that has been around forever. It should be used in extreme moderation, but is a good sweetener. On the flip side, Cynar is a very bitter spirit made from artichokes, and the two balance each other remarkably well. Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice and walk around your apartment swirling, not shaking. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over a large spherical ice cube (or several smaller ice cubes), and garnish with a brandied cherry if it pleases you.**
This is what it looks like, when it is sitting next to a 1970s phone:
*And now, on my first post, we can put to bed the question of whether I am the kind of person who would sort of name a drink after myself.
**Brandied cherries, by the way, are super easy to make and monstrously delicious. I posted a recipe here.