Saturday, August 8, 2009

boulevardier

1 oz Cognac (Courvoisier VS)
3/4 oz Applejack (Laird's Bonded)
1/2 oz Averna
1/4 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Last night, Andrea was flipping through this year's Tales of the Cocktail recipe book and spotted the Boulevardier created by New Orleans bartender Chris Hannah. The Boulevardier started with a vibrant orange nose that led into the Averna bitter liqueur flavors followed by the ginger on the swallow. The swallow was also rich in orange notes from the Averna accented by the orange oils from the twist. The Cognac and apple brandy flavors were more subtle at first and only donating a fuller mouthfeel. As the drink warmed up, the brandy flavors became more apparent. Apparently, Chris Hannah has also made this drink as a rye instead of a Cognac drink. In this variation, a spicy rye might indeed work rather well with the botanical and ginger notes in the liqueurs.

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