Raton Canyon Cocktail

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The colder it gets, the more punchy I want my cocktails to be. It’s a survival tactic…  Yes? In the summer, let’s do juice and muddling and syrups galore. Right now, things are getting dangerously close to two-digit negative temps, so let’s grab a big blanket for our outsides and make a really stiff drink for our insides. This is “take no prisoners” winter living. Thank goodness it’s delicious too.

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Old Tom gin, the base for this, is oh-so woodsy, citrus peel-y, and spicy. It’s a perfect counterpart to amaro–and a gentler one like Montenegro works perfectly here. I’d say it mellows and enhances at the same time–crazy, right? As for the bitters, cardamom is a really, really great choice in this scenario (although you could do classic aromatic ones for sure).

I based this on the Martinez cocktail–more about that bad boy here.

Then, naturally, I wanted to call this the Amartinez (Martinez with amaro, GET IT?) but…  No. I have serious reservations about connecting anything without vermouth to the martini, however tangentially. So. Martinez = named after a town in the Bay Area. I stuck with that theme.

I’m on a big Jack Kerouac kick (though honestly, I have been since I was like 16) and I just re-read Big Sur for the umpteenth time. It chronicles a very bad experience in a very beautiful place–Big Sur, right on the central coast of California. Particularly, the setting is a cabin in Big Sur, right in the Bixby Canyon, under the famed Bixby Bridge. He calls it Raton Canyon in the novel.

One time, I went there and took a picture. See? Real-life Bixby/novel-life Raton.

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I’m supposed to grow out of Kerouac with age/maturity/responsibility, but I think I’m growing IN as I get older. It’s as if that youthful energy speaks even louder when you’re more aware of how fast time flies.

So let’s have a drink. Or do whatever else pleases you. Live and adventure, my friends!

(Meanwhile, here I am, eating Moose Munch popcorn for dinner and refusing to leave my place because it’s just SO COLD out there. I will take my own advice tomorrow.)

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Raton Canyon Cocktail
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  1. 1 1/2 ounces Ransom (or another brand) Old Tom Gin
  2. 1 1/2 ounces Montenegro amaro
  3. 1/4 oz Maraschino liqueur
  4. A few dashes of cardamom bitters
  5. Lemon twist, for garnish
  1. Stir all ingredients with ice except for the garnish.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass. (Note: the glass pictured was too small for all this. You know, style and all that.)
  3. Twist lemon garnish over cocktail, drop it in like it's hot.
Adapted from Ransom
Adapted from Ransom
10th Kitchen http://www.10thkitchen.com/
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8 Responses to Raton Canyon Cocktail

  1. I love that you ate Moose Munch for dinner. LOVE IT. Thank you for being my friend. I can’t even say what I’ve been eating for dinner. I’ve been skipping it because I’m too full of junk throughout the day. I know. Bad, bad me. No sweets for me today. A glass of wine at the end of the day? Probably. It’s the holidays, Yo. Best to unwind. (Like that I threw the Yo in there? Just for fun. . . .)

  2. It’s so so so so so so cold here, that I totally need one of these cocktails! It looks fabulous!

  3. This looks very fancy indeed! I´m a huge fan of coctails and I love a sweet wine or a good sherry during the winter months.. :-) I´m in love with your last photo, it´s really professional!!! Have a good week! Xx

  4. Um yeah, it’s been seriously cold here in Reno. I’ve barely left my house in days. Hopefully this cocktail kept you nice and toasty!

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