A 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
Simply 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!