7/13/12

MacPherson's Lament (Cocktail)


First, the Cocktail:
Chill short rocks glass first, like you would a Sazerac.
In a mixing glass; add:
.5 oz Combass Box 'Asyla' (Blended Scotch, light body)
.75 oz Rothman & Winter Apricot Liqueur
.75 Amaro Nonino
1.5 Rittenhouse Bonded Rye
Stir up nicely with cracked and cubed ice
Rinse chilled rocks glass with Drambuie
Strain cocktail into chilled Drambuie-rinsed rocks glass

twist a swath of' lemon peel over, rim-rub, drop it in
serve.







MacPherson's Lament (The Song):
Composed by James MacPherson himself in Prison on the eve of his execution for cattle rustling.  Born in 1675, the son of a gypsy woman and a highland laird. James, a fine fiddler, became the Leader of an unlawful gypsy gang plundering the North East of Scotland living off their spoils and sharing them out with the less fortunate.  He was eventually caught in the town of Keith while being chased through the streets by the bailiffs where a woman threw a blanket out of a window trapping James.  He was tried in Banff, found guilty and was sentenced to hang by the magistrates.  On the day of his execution in Banff the magistrates knew there was a reprieve coming from Aberdeen and put the town clock forward by 20 minutes so James could be hanged before the specified time.  On the gallows he played this tune then offered his fiddle to anyone in his clan who would play it at his wake.  When no one came forward to take the fiddle, he broke it then threw it into the crowd.  The broken fiddle now lies in a folk museum near Newtonmore.  The Magistrates were punished for this and the town clock was kept 20 minutes behind the correct time for many years.  Even to this day the town of Macduff has its west facing town clock covered so the people of Banff can't see the correct time!

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