A perfect cocktail
Bitters bring out the flavor of fall libations.
Perfect Circle at MixCo
Chances are, you’re reading this when it’s still quite warm (if not hot) outside.We’re all wishing for cooler temperatures, the turning of the leaves, the slow-down of the fall season. Let’s collectively will fall to hurry its arrival by imbibing Perfect Circle cocktails at MixCo, located at East Third Street and South Denver Avenue.
Made with maple syrup, ruby port, rye, sour cherry bitters and angostura bitters, MixCo’s cocktail, which will appear on its 2016 fall menu, is a spin on the classic “Second Circle,” which doesn’t include sour cherry bitters.
“This is our variation,” says bar owner Jared Jordan, “but we like to think we made it better. They had a small playset back then, so we churched it up, made it fancier.”
True to its name, the Perfect Circle is easy to drink, not flat or sharp; it’s soft, sweet and circular. The sour cherry bitters hint at dried fruit, recalling the holiday season, and complement the sweetness of the maple. The rye and maple syrup seem harbingers of fall, which Jordan refers to as “brown liquor season.”
Bitters make the season
Last Christmas, I made orange bitters for friends and family — a three-and-a-half week process that resulted in 10 two-ounce tincture bottles and countless Manhattans and Champagne cocktails.
The book “Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All” by Brad Thomas Parsons was my guide. It demystifies the little drops — they are an aromatic flavoring agent — and offers several bitters recipes, cocktail recipes and ideas for use in the kitchen.
According to MixCo owner Jared Jordan, bitters help manipulate flavor, making a drink balanced and complex.
“Bitters add astringency and bitterness to balance out the sugar,” he says. “Without them, cocktails are often too sweet or dry. They make the cocktail sing.”
Jordan says seasonal bitters are a trend this year and last — so pick up a copy of the book at Barnes & Noble and make your own, or head to MixCo and sample theirs.