Drink of the Moment
Hits the Spot
Name: The Marksman
Ingredients: Rittenhouse Rye, Ximénez sherry, Cynar, Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters, burnt orange.
Target demographic: Manhattan drinkers with a weakness for the dessert menu.
Flair/flare: Your server uses a match to lightly torch the orange peel garnish.
Flavor: An overt punch of orange in the nose, thanks to the oils released by the burnt peel. Then a wash of cool rye cresting with a lick of caramel from the sherry. Bittersweet Cynar helps ground the middle, while the drink comes fully back to earth with an aftertaste of cocoa and nutmeg.
Gender role: “It’s a very masculine drink,” says beverage director Olivia Vienneau, and its relation to the Manhattan establishes its Y chromosome. “Rittenhouse is 100 proof, so it’s got a little bit of kick,” which secures the drink’s hairy-chested credentials. “The sherry’s really the only sweet part.”
Pair it with: Something rich and complex that can stand up to the rye, like miso chocolate pudding. Or Vienneau suggests crème brûlée, citing the play between burnt sugar and burnt orange.
Context: Deuxave’s cocktail program avoids typecasting. “We have a cachaça drink, a rye drink, a cognac drink,” says Vienneau. “We only have one vodka drink. I don’t want to diss vodka. But if we do something with vodka, we want to highlight the other elements with it.” Hence a forthcoming cocktail rooted in Concord grapes.
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