Tonight may be the night for a Valentine's Day special dinner (and dessert), but if you like to serve cocktails I have found one for you that echoes the red theme of this holiday. It is also unusual and sophisticated: the Trinidad Sour.
To make this drink you need rye whiskey, and if you have some the only other offbeat ingredient you need is Orgeat Syrup, which I have never tasted but it is supposed to be delicious. When I come across it I will pick some up and spring these cocktails on my family one evening when we are together for dinner.
I'd shop for all these ingredients at Sprouts in Tucson, because you can get organic fresh lemons (you wouldn't consider anything else) and there is also an extensive liquor section there. There is another pretty complete selection at Safeway in Tucson, as well as local liquor emporiums, of course.
For each Trinidad Sour you need to measure out 1 ounce of Angostura Bitters, 1 ounce of Orgeat Syrup, the juice of 1 lemon and 1 ounce of rye whiskey. So multiplying it out for four, here is your recipe:
4 ounces Angostura Bitters
4 ounces Orgeat Syrup
Juice of 4 lemons
4 ounces of rye whiskey
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a wide-mouthed, decorative glass and serve ice-cold.
This cocktail will be brilliant rosy red (see the HP photo above), entirely suitable for Valentine's Day. It ought to set up your guest(s) for dinner that will be delicious, followed by something for dessert that could make a strong man cry.
Hey, I don't fool around.