If you've never had Angel's Envy Bourbon or Angel's Envy Rye, you're seriously missing out. Both are unique in that they are aged new oak like other spirits, but they they go the extra step to finish them in recycled barrels from complimenting spirits. The bourbon is finished in port wine barrels and the rye in rum barrels. This process imparts a level of flavor to what would certainly be great booze on its own.
Angel's Envy is going to be present at our September 3st of the Month "Whisk(e)y vs Bourbon" event, so we figured it is high time we started making some cocktails!
When making cocktails with an outstanding base spirit the goal is to not cover up the flavors, but enhance them. That's why we love aperitifs...but you probably know that by now. Be it Aperol, Campari, Cynar, Fernet Branca. . . or in this case, Averna Amaro.
Amaro literally means "bitter" in Italian. There are dozens of variations and the many varieties of bitter aperitifs can technically be called an Amaro (Cynar and Fernet, for example). But there's something perhaps a little softer in the flavor of Averna Amaro than some of the other options out there. You still get the dimension that rounds out the flavor of a cocktail, but we think it's less likely to overwhelm than some other varieties.
Go get a bottle. You'll be glad you did.
cocktail mixing glass
old fashioned glass
Fill an old fashioned glass with ice to chill and set aside. Add about 4-5 ice cubes to your mixing glass and add the spirits, lemon juice and bitters. Stir to chill for 15 seconds or so. Discard ice from the chilling old fashioned glass, add a couple/few ice cubes and strain cocktail into glass. Garnish with cherry and serve.