I'm working through the back catalog of cocktails to bring everyone up to speed.
After the disappointment of the Shirley Temple we found ourselves rewarded with this variant of the venerable martini: the boomerang.
It's basically a classic gin martini with the addition of a dash of bitters and a dash of maraschino cherry juice. Deceptively simple sounding, but it creates a whole host of complex flavors that left us pondering long after the last few drops found their way to our tongue.
On first try, we found the earthy accents of the additional ingredients a bit confusing. After careful consideration, we decided we were needing to get past the whole "martini plus additives" notion if we were to truly evaluate this drink on its own merits.
And so, after the second one, we loved them!
We tried making boomerangs with both Angostura and Peychaud's bitters. While I generally prefer the lighter, more complex flavor of Peychaud's, we both agree Angostura makes for the superior boomerang.
Make one for yourselves and let us know what you think.
And no, I'm not a friggin' shill for the military-bitters industrial complex. I just happen to like cocktails.