The reason The Prospector stands out is because of the complexity. You are able to notice every element in the cocktail, the nuttiness from the Amontillado, the herbaceousness from the Benedictine and Chartreuse, and the acid and green grape note shines in the sherry and the Verjus. I feel that these elements help balance the Hangtown Fry we have on the brunch menu complementing the flavours. The nuttiness as mentions plays well with a house smoked pork jowl we use in substitute for bacon, the herbaceousness pushes the oysters forward along, the acid cuts right through the fat in the dish, and the sweet aspect of the cocktail is balanced by the bitterness of the rapini. Oh and Sherry and eggs...that's a match in heaven!
When to have it:
But by no means is this just a brunch cocktail; instead it is a lower proof stirred libation, that can be enjoyed anytime, especially before dinner too.
The Prospector was created with easy drinking and approachability in mind. I also drew inspiration with the Hangtown Fry we have on the brunch menu here at Kinmont in Chicago. Sunday Brunch here in Chicago is a staple in the community, and people often are found waiting for tables at their favourite restaurants... Rain or shine, snow or wind. It's always comforting, not pretentious, it's about the food and the beverage; something hearty, and something bright.
Construct skillfully the 4 ingredients in a mixing glass.
Stir for about 20 seconds with hoshizaki cubes until balanced.
Strain elaborately into a simple chilled Double Old Fashioned glass.
Express lemon oil around the cocktail for sensory appreciation and added complexity. Place peel on top of the glass, and balance a candied olive for garnish.
Amontillado should be served at a temperature of between 12 and 14º C.
It is an ideal wine to accompany soups and consommés, white meat, blue fish (tuna), wild mushrooms and semi-cured cheeses.
It combines perfectly with vegetables such as asparagus and artichokes.
Serve it between 12° and 14° C in a white wine glass.
Its dry and intense flavour adapts to difficult and risky pairings.
Its composition allows it to be stored in open bottles for months.