The Autumn Sweater is the perfect antidote to the melancholy of the changing seasons. Named for the Yo La Tengo song of the same name, it’s the creation of Brad Thomas Parsons, author of the fantastically educational book Bitters. It’s a must-read if you’re interested in exploring the potential of bitters, amari, and other digestifs.
The highlight of the drink is a blend of two amari: one sweet (like Amaro Nonino), the other a medium-bodied selection (like Averna). The delicately bitter, herbal flavors are grounded on a bed of rye spice and sweet maple, with toasted-orange accents.
Regular ice is fine – but Parsons recommends serving the drink over a single large ice sphere, to evoke “a fat harvest moon hanging in the nighttime sky.”
- 1 part Rye whiskey
- ½ part Amaro
- ½ part Sweet amaro
- ½ part Maple syrup
- 1 dash Maple bitters or Aromatic bitters or Walnut bitters
- 1 dash Orange bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into an ice-filled short glass (an ice sphere is preferred). Wipe the rim of the glass with a thick strip of orange zest, twist it over the drink, and then stud with two whole cloves and add as a garnish.
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- Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons