Friday Cocktails: Whiskey Seduction
It was with whiskey in mind that I signed up for a virtual cocktail-making class on Four Seasons Hotels' food website, Taste. I transformed my work-desk to a bar-desk, hovering over my computer monitor with earphones plugged in, pouring, stirring, and muddling, keeping up with the professional bartenders who lead the video class. (I can only imagine how I looked to the rest of the SAVEUR staff, furiously mixing drinks in a cubicle with my headphones on.)
All the drinks I made were good, but in the end, one in particular stood out: it's called the Seduction, and it was developed by Cory Cuff, who runs the bar at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. The drink pairs slightly spicy rye whiskey with deep, fruity pinot noir wine, alongside crème de cassis and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for brightness. My very first attempt came out on the sweet side, but a few tweaks and test-drinks later, I've found my perfect take on Seduction—including a little flair of my own, a maraschino cherry. I can't wait to share it with Andy.
See the recipe for the Whiskey Seduction »