As I mentioned in my last post (Further Thoughts on the Gin Sling), this past Friday evening I stopped by Eleven Madison Park for a few pre-dinner cocktails. During that time, I had that great discussion with the bartender I was telling you about, concerning the classic gin sling. When it came time to order a second round, I opted to leave the decision up to him. From our earlier discussion, I knew he was a pretty well informed bartender, and I knew quite well from previous experience that it would be hard to go wrong ordering pretty much anything from the cocktail menu at this particular bar.
Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. I was presented with a cocktail that was new to me, called the Silhouette (this is available on the cocktail menu at Eleven Madison Park, if you’re ever in the neighborhood.) The Silhouette was described to me as follows, “If a light were shown through a Negroni, the Silhouette would be the result.” (Clever, huh?) The drink was composed of Rye whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, and Aperol, which is an orange-flavored liqueur. I’ve got to do some work to deconstruct it more and get the exact proportions, but once that’s done, expect to see a more in-depth posting on the Silhouette!
In any case, I wanted to share this experience with you in the hopes that you’ll take the opportunity, when in a fine drinking establishment where you trust the taste of the bartenders, to allow them to guide you. If you’re feeling hesitant, talk to your bartender, and ask questions! Tell them what you like – what flavors, what spirits, and so on. See what they would recommend. My bartender chose a drink that I likely wouldn’t have chosen for myself, and in doing so, introduced me to new flavors that I really enjoyed!