Welcome back everyone to another pre-release drink series! This time, we’re covering the (absurdly large) main cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Starting off with the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, Tony Stark, we have a proper cocktail for someone who likes to throw money or missiles around.
End of the Path Old-Fashioned Cocktail (Iron Man)
- 1 bsp (4 dashes, 1/2 tsp, or 2.5mL) wormwood-gentian grand bitters (Braulio Amaro preferred)
- ~1 tsp lump sugar
- 1 Jigger (2 oz, or 60mL) Scotch whisky (Lower-peat preferred, made here from Speyside region)
- 1 strip Orange Zest for garniture
- Set out a 4.5 oz old-fashioned tumbler
- Add bitters and sweetner to glass
- Add a splash (~0.25 oz) water and muddle(crush and stir slightly) sugar to pre-dissolve. Not all sugar will dissolve, this is desired.
- Add 2 1-oz cubes service ice, or larger single pieces if available
- Add Scotch over ice
- Squeeze strip of zest to express orange zest oils over tumbler through a lighter, set peel over cocktail
- Serve with appetizer-sized spoon (a.k.a. demitasse spoon)
Tony Stark drinks a lot of Scotch. He also drinks Champagne, socially, but it seems like Scotch for the big days. I thought it best he drink said Scotch in a format that doesn’t mess with it too much, letting the malt and peat shine through.
This cocktail is served old-fashioned with lump sugar, so that the sweetness can be partially undissolved and stirred to taste. Getting older, it’s natural for people to start preferring more bitter flavors as palates get desensitized, plus we’re of the opinion that Tony himself is getting more than a little jaded and bitter after the Battle of New York, so he would drink something a little more harshly intense in flavor to get his buzz.
Rather than a classic petite bitters like Angostura or Peychaud’s, Braulio came to mind. Amongst amaro, it’s a little bit lower in proof than usual, but ranks among the most bitter at market. This will come in handy later.
See there? Scotch. Though you really shouldn’t leave things in those leaded decanters for that long…