AUTUMN ARRIVES WITH A GENTLEMAN'S JIG
What we’re drinking: The Gentleman’s Jig (Tullamore Dew Whiskey, St. Germain, bitters)
Where we’re drinking it: Merchant Bar
Who made it: Diego Paqui
When we’re here: After 4pm, at the start of an early happy hour
How we’re feeling: A tad melancholy. The shadows on the floor grow longer by the minute. Wasn’t it just yesterday when happy hour began with a bar bathed in sunlight, with so much daylight, so much time and possibility left in the day? Now, these fading gold rays tell a different a story.
And that story deserves its own drink. The Gentleman’s Jig starts with a rinse of Laphroaig Scotch Whisky and a nose that recalls an Old World fire on a rainy day. Tullamore Dew Whiskey and St. Germain blend in the glass, the elderflower liquor mellowing the stiffer drink, with a bright lemon twist and orange bitters giving it a citrusy bite. It’s a careful balancing act, evoking memories of the blossoms of summer while providing fortification for the cooler nights ahead. This is a smooth sipping drink to spend some time.
Later tonight, the crowds will come. The long bar overlooking 5th Street will fill up with a post-work crowd. The start-up kids will commandeer on the sofas in the front and share quiet gossips, and if there’s a DJ, then someone will dance. Dark nights offer possibilities all their own. We sip our Gentleman’s Jig and watch the shadows slip away.