Today’s cocktail is the Robert Frost, a bourbon-based cocktail with sherry and white port that is unbelievably tasty. Â The drink was invented by none otherÂ than Derek Brown, DC’s cocktail master, for a 2009 White House holidayÂ party. Â While we sadly aren’t invited to parties at the WhiteÂ House, we had the pleasure of tasting Derek’s creation during a recent outing to the Columbia Room, one of his DCÂ establishments. Â Be careful with this one. Â It goes down easily, and may disappearÂ faster than you mean it to!
Read below for the recipe!
The Robert Frost:
3/4 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz Dry Sherry (such as Amontillado)
3/4 oz White Port
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 dash Orange Bitters
Combine the ingredients and shake gently with ice. Â Strain into aÂ chilled, wide-rimmed cocktail glass. Â Garnish with thinly slicedÂ orange and lemon wheels, and enjoy!
This is a really fantastic and complex drink that showcases sherryÂ without being overwhelmed by it (which I’ve discovered can easilyÂ happen with sherry in cocktails). Â The bourbon lends an oaky, vanillaÂ flavor but the real star of this drink is the Amontillado sherry,Â which is fruity, nutty, and grainy all at the same time. Â TheÂ bourbon, sherry, and port all lend sweetness to the drink, so add simpleÂ syrup sparingly (and to taste).
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