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Sep122010

The Mortal Sunset

Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 10:39AM

The September/October 2010 Issue of Imbibe features the cocktail scene of Washington D.C. with some tasty recipes from some of the bartenders in the spread. One cocktail that caught my eye was Chantal Tseng’s Mortal Sunset mostly because of its use of rye whiskey, the only ingredient I had on hand when I read the article.

It took three trips to the store over the course of the week mostly because I’m in a scattered and distracted state lately (I’m working the day job as well as producing and acting in a play). I toted a snapshot of the recipe on my phone, but still found myself unable to collect what I needed in one go. A week and a half after deciding I wanted to try the drink, I was able to get my stuff together, assemble the ingredients, and make the drink.

Mortal Sunset

  • 1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
  • .5 oz black tea maple syrup
  • .5 oz Cynar
  • .5 oz fresh orange juice
  • ice
  • dash of Cherry Heering
  • garnish with an orange wheel

With the exception of the Cherry Heering and garnish, put all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice, and give a good shake. Strain it into the glass, garnish and drizzle the Cherry Heering over the orange wheel.

Tseng says to double strain, and serve it in a small cocktail glass. Fair enough. I was careful not to get orange seeds or pulp when I squeezed, and I thought a martini glass was just fine.

The Verdict

Without a doubt, this is my favorite new cocktail with rye whiskey, and worth the $50 it took to get the Cynar and Cherry Heering which had no place on my shelf before this experiment. The bitter Cynar and spiciness of the rye are very noticeable, but they don’t go crazy on the palate thanks to the tea-infused maple syrup and Cherry Heering. I recently started making some Manhattans for friends, and the Mortal Sunset will be the next thing I hand folks at my place when they want something new.

At first, I hated the name Mortal Sunset simply because drinks with dramatic names have always annoyed me. Given the result, I’m fine with the name. It’s perfect. It’s a name worthy of the drama, and if it were the last thing to pass your lips before your own mortal sunset, you could do far worse.

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