Wooden Nickel

“I’ll give you a tip, alright, ‘Don’t accept any wooden nickels.'” – My dad

When I talk to my dad about working for tips, and people who work for tips, he says that joke all the time. Almost like clockwork. That one and, “Don’t stare directly into the sun.”
Just figured I’d use it as an inspiration for a cocktail name, although it has no personal bearing on the cocktail itself.

Here’s how it went down —

Wooden Nickel
1.5 oz. Rye
0.5 oz. Aperol
0.5 oz. Drambuie
0.5 oz. Dry Vermouth
dsh Orange Bitters

Strain into martini glass
Garnish with half-width orange peel (I prefer the absurd length)

Notes: This cocktail had a lot of notes going on. I used High West’s Double Rye for the rye, and it is a blend. So, I got nice notes of spice, and everything wonderful about the rye, while also getting some light floral notes from the Drambuie and Dry Vermouth. The Aperol lends a slight amount of bitter, but not as brash and unwelcoming as Campari, so make sure if you make one to use Aperol, or something on the lighter side.

Feel free to leave a comment on what you think about this cocktail, or if you make one, please share your experience here or on Facebook.

Enjoy! See ya next time! =]
Photo Credit: Robbie Brindley

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