Sometimes, you have a drink at a bar and instantly fall in love with it. Once in a while, you want to spit it out – in the direction of the bartender. Still, at other times, you try something and you know it’s close, but not quite perfect.
That’s the way it was for me with the Back Bay which is served at the restaurant, Post 390 in Boston. It was cool, but somehow, wasn’t perfect. I fooled with the proportions, though, and made a variation that I like a lot more.
The Back Bay is similar to a Fort Point, but uses Grand Marnier instead of Benedictine The proportions are a bit different as well, with the sweet and heavy Grand Marnier playing a bigger part in this drink giving a more orangy flavor. The original recipe calls for, in my opinion, too much of . . . something.
- 2 oz Rye
- 1 oz Punt E Mes
- 1 oz Grand Marnier
- Dash or two or three of Angostura Bitters
- 2 oz Rye
- 3/4 oz Punt E Mes
- 3/4 oz Grand Marnier
- Several dashes of Angostura Bitters
Shake over ice and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel. Simple change, big impact. Enjoy.