In the NorCal Cocktail series, your correspondents spotlight their favorite drinks and provide guidance as to where ingredients may be procured.
Up today: The Fort Point cocktail.
When you’re onto a good thing, why deviate? The last post in this series shared the recipe for the Ward Eight cocktail, a boston classic that dates back quite a ways. As long as we’re in The Hub, we might as well check in on a more modern classic. The Fort Point is the signature cocktail of Drink, Boston’s excellent cocktail bar.
A variation on the Manhattan, the drink swaps Punt e Mes, a more bitter liquid, in for the usual sweet vermouth and trades out bitters for Benedictine, the herbal liqueur. The result is a drink with the usual smooth ground floor that rye provides, and then turns both bitter and sweet as you climb the stairs.
2 oz. rye whiskey
1/2 oz. Punt e Mes
1/4 oz. Benedictine
Stir with chipped ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
The traditional accompaniement to this drink, as with the Manhattan, is a prepared cherry. Serve this on the side.
All of the ingredients for this drink are readily available at any well stocked liquor store in the area – BevMo and Total Wine usually being the safest and most fairly-priced bets. For the rye, stick with Old Overholt.