Every day a different drink. Not just how to make them, but a detailed review of how they actually taste, photos of the drinks, and stories along the way. Starting from the beginning, The Bartender's Black Book will be our guide, taking us

(and our livers) on a journey from which we may never recover. Cheers!

January 3, 2011

#3: Abbey Road

1 oz Amaretto
1 oz Black Raspberry Liquer
1 oz Coffee Liquer
Stir in a short glass filled with ice.

Amaretto is an Italian sweet almond-flavored liqueur, made from a base of apricot or almond pits, sometimes both. Not bitter though, even though that is the root word in Italian, as they sweeten it substantially in the distilling process.

While I was mixing this drink, the pourer I put on the Amaretto bottle kept popping off, almost like there was too much pressure in the bottle. Weird, since there is no pressure in the bottle. The only explanation I can think of is that the Amaretto greases the interior of the neck of the bottle, and the tight rubber of the pourer just slid on out in the only direction it had. Up.

This is a very sweet, cold drink, with a strong coffee flavor complimented by the Black Raspberry. Great for sipping, and the coffee flavor seems to stick to the roof of your mouth after each sip.

With this much liquer in it, basically 3 oz of flavored brandy, it could creep up on you. And I guess that's what a lot of drinks with liquers really do. Taste so good that you want more of the candy.

Why is it called an "Abbey Road"? claims that abbey road is "a somewhat obscure way of describing a group of people crossing a street, often in connection with intoxicated homeless or ethnic minorities." The example they give: "It took me forever to drive down main street because it was bar close and a group of drunks were pulling an abbey road."

So, does this drink cause people to line up as they cross the street? Remove their shoes as they do so? Drink so much they lose their homes? We may never know, unless we have a few of these one evening.

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