Wednesday, March 5: Yeesh, WISHGIFT
Trending: Sherry cocktails
Drink it: Dusty Boots at the Whistler
It’s made with fino sherry, reposado tequila, demerara rum, orgeat, honey, lime and star anise.
"The fino sherry we use is light and crisp, yet bold and nutty with a touch of citrus and minerals," the Whistler’s Billy Helmkamp says. "These qualities compliment and enhance the other flavors presented in the cocktail without adding too much sweetness as some other styles of sherry might."
The Whistler was an early adopter in terms of sherry.
"We’re crazy about sherry," Helmkamp says. "In fact, I don’t think a day has passed in 2+ years where one couldn’t find sherry featured on our cocktail menu. The Bodega Buck, for example, has enjoyed a long run as our $6 cocktail option. That one features bourbon, dry oloroso sherry, honey, lemon, ginger ale and Angostura bitters."
Cocktails at The Whistler start at $6, but some go as high as $12 thanks to hand-carved ice, stolen tiki glassware, and new menus printed daily, among other things. PDT's Jim Meehan examines the $15 price tag — standard in NYC and other locales — in his article for Food & Wine Magazine. It's an interesting read, for sure.
In explaining the $15 cocktail, it’s natural to look for the answer in the glass: Is this liquor worth it? But the value of the alcohol is just a small part of the cost. The truth is, you have to look outside the glass to understand the price of what’s in it…