Stealthy And Unexpected -- A Thief In The Night
Steal some fun! Commit larceny on your liver! A Thief In The Night does both. It has nothing to do with the Bible passage from which the phrase "a thief in the night" comes. Instead, the A Thief In The Night is a creation from the people at Larceny Bourbon, who also created the Inside Job. Thanks to my bourbon aficionado friend Chuck for mentioning it to me. I slightly adapted the recipe.
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce Averna
Juice from 1/4 lemon
.5 ounces honey syrup (see below)
Combine in a shaker with ice, shake with the intensity of a burglar's pounding heartbeat, and strain into a chilled glass.
Averna is an excellent Sicilian amaro. It is becoming easier to get in the United States. I think it's quite good on its own, and it's a key component of cocktails such as the Lupara, the Amaro Amore, and the Lupo Voodoo. As a practical matter, the A Thief In The Night essentially is a Midnight Train with honey syrup instead of super simple syrup.
So how do you make the honey syrup? It's so easy even I can do it. Heat equal parts water and honey in a saucepan over medium heat, stir until the honey dissolves (the mixture will retain the color), remove from the heat source, and then let the syrup cool to room temperature (wait at least one hour).
After you have A Thief In The Night, some of your liver cells and brain cells will be missing. Better put their pictures on a milk carton.
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