Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Squid Mixes: Hunter Variations
Last week's Hunter's Cocktail was highly successful in that my wife asked for the same a few days later. I'm always happy to take requests, though I had in mind a couple of variations. One was out of necessity. I only had rye enough for one drink so the second would have to be bourbon. Also, I wanted to include Angostura bitters this time.
A rye, bourbon side-by-side comparison is always meaningful. My wife definitely preferred the rye and chose that one as hers. The bourbon felt bigger, more bitter perhaps. I went with one dash of the bitters for each and didn't really taste it - might try two next time. It might also be interesting to toy with the whiskey/brandy proportions so as to bring out more cherry flavor. I don't mind the whiskey taking prominence but it might distinguish the drink more from others with a stronger cherry flavor.
Now the question: does altering the ingredients change the name of the drink? In this case, I would say no. Looking online, I found Hunter Cocktail recipes with bourbon and with bitters, though interestingly orange rather than Angostura - something else to bear in mind for next time.
It did make me wonder, though, is there a word for a bitter hunter, one who didn't come back with anything to show for his/her efforts? I couldn't find such a term. Does anyone know of one?
Squid on the Vine
La Masseria, Puglia Primitivo 2017
My rating: 8.2
Opens sweet, then bitter.