Great Cocktail: The Bum
Last year, Alfama won an award from Wine Spectator for its
marvelous wine list: all Portuguese, all good. This, though,
is the cocktail page, so let us forget wine for the moment
and speak of mixed drinks.
the past we've written about the innovative and tasty cocktails
(like the Bitchy Peach) being crafted at Alfama. Alfama, you'll
recall, is a Portuguese restaurant in West Greenwich Village,
New York City (http://AlfamaRestaurant.com).
They are known for their authenticity, so you won't find con-fusion
cuisine here and you won't see variations on the Purple Hooter
or Kamikaze being served. The cocktail list is new world but
deeply inspired by the old. The drink to the left, O Vadio,
translated as "the bum," is a perfect example.
looks very snappy, very new, and almost Cosmopolitan like. Yet,
its primary ingredient is Bagaceira, that is, Portuguese grappa.
The robust, earthy, herbal grappa is balanced against the Chambord,
while the lime juice adds zest.
Created by Tarcisio Costa, Alfama Restaurant
2 oz. Bagaceira (Portuguese grappa)
1 1/2 oz. Chambord
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
a lemon peel, rub it around the outer edge of a cocktail glass and
drop it in the glass. In a shaker filled with ice, pour all the
ingredients and shake vigorously for about 25 seconds. Strain into
cocktail glass and serve.