The Silhouette

Ingredients for Silhouette CocktailA little while back, I told you about my trip to Eleven Madison Park and my decision to go with my Bartender’s Choice. That evening, my bartender selected a cocktail for me off the Eleven Madison Park cocktail menu called the Silhouette. I’m so glad I let him choose!

The Silhouette is a Rye-based cocktail, but it has a very light profile compared to straight Rye thanks to the addition of sweet vermouth (Vermouth de Chambery Rouge at EMP) and Aperol, an orange-flavored liquor. That lighter profile makes this cocktail a great place to start for those who aren’t traditionally Rye drinkers, but would like to be (you know you want to!)

Here’s what you’re going to need:

2oz Rye whiskey
3/4oz sweet vermouth
3/4oz Aperol

Silhouette CocktailSimply add all three ingredients to a mixing glass along with a healthy does of ice, and stir well with your bar spoon. You want to stir this for probably at least 20-30 seconds so that you get the cocktail nice and cold (doing so by stirring takes a bit more time than by shaking, since there isn’t quite as much agitation.)

Once the cocktail is nicely chilled, simply strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with an orange peel. At Eleven Madison Park, they used a flaming orange peel, which we haven’t really covered yet. If you want to learn more though, check out Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s video on the subject.

This is a very refreshing drink, with a nice complex but subtly sweet flavor. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Tags: aperol, cocktail, eleven madison park, rye, sweet vermouth

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