Realizing how few other well-known TV pundits drink helps us appreciate Maddow even more, and makes me wonder if there’s some correlation between liberalism and appreciation of a good cocktail. She even recently judged a recipe contest hosted by Gothamist for drinks using Dalmore Single Malt Scotch whisky though like any serious tippler she declared it a tie and drank them all. The Dalmore folks were kind enough to send me some of their 12 year-old to judge the recipes myself (Ms. Maddow used the 15 year-old, but no matter). The recipes all have their merits but I couldn’t help favoring the Modern Cocktail No. 2: 1 oz Scotch, 1 1/2 oz Sloe gin, 1 dash Orange bitters, 1 dash Absinthe, 1 dash Grenadine, shaken and strained into a cocktail glass.
I recommend this drink for the sheer audacity of its combination of flavors – orange, liquorice, pomegranate, sloeberries, and scotch! This is not what most of us think of when we think of single malts. Payman Bahmani of Umamimart and Life’s a Cocktail brought this one to the table. And he deserves at least an honorable mention for it. The flavors work perfectly together – an unusual fruit beginning and a dry, pucker-y finish – even for a reluctant absinthe drinker like me. It’s a cocktail that displays the type of quirky, imaginative harmony that only a liberal could like – or drink.
Photos by Katie Sokoler/Gothamist