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The Poe Toaster, Rye( Jazmine Johnson / Baltimore Sun / October 22, 2013 )
You know the tale: Every year on Edgar Allan Poe's birthday from 1949 to 2009, a figure clad in black clothing and white scarf would approach Poe's grave in the dead of night, place three blood red roses and a half empty bottle of cognac on the poet's grave, and leave. Armed with this famous Baltimore legend, managing partner and head mixologist Doug Atwell set out to create a drink for us that Poe himself would have enjoyed. "When I think of Halloween, I think of Edgar Allan Poe," he said.
Atwell said cognac was a popular drink in the Victorian Age and it provides that deep warmth in your chest. Atwell included Velvet Falernum in the Poe Toaster for a bit of sweetness. There's also a bit of spiciness from the clove and ginger, as well as a hint of lime. Atwell also put in Amontillado sherry, a tribute to Poe's story "The Cask of Amontillado." The Amontillado adds a sweet, nutty flavor that compliments the rustic flavor of the cognac. Despite the small amount, the bitters pack a punch of cardamom flavor with subtle undertones of citrus.
"When I was a kid, I had this huge green leather volume of Poe," Atwell said. "Those are the things I read as a goofy goth-obsessed teenager."
2 oz. cognac
3/4 oz. Velvet Falernum
3/4 oz. Amontillado sherry
Dash Scrappy's cardamom bitters
Stir ingredients and strain into an absinthe rinsed glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Where to get the Poe Toaster
807 S. Broadway