Friday, January 15, 2010

incognito

6/10 Lillet Blanc (1 1/2 oz)
3/10 Brandy (3/4 oz Château de Plassons VSOP)
1/10 Apricot Brandy (1/4 oz Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot)
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
On Wednesday night as dinner was in the oven, I opened up the Café Royal Cocktail Book in search of an aperitif. One that caught my eye was the Incognito which was primarily Lillet and seemed like it would fit the bill. The drink was reasonably dry and had a general fruitiness from the various spirits and citrus-peel infused aromatized wine. The apricot flavor was indeed present but not overwhelming like it can be in many drinks, and it was complemented by a light degree of spice from the bitters. While the Incognito was lighter in alcohol, the brandy still contributed a slight burn on the swallow.

2 comments:

erik_flannestad said...

Wow, nice glass!

My those are annoying measures, however. Does sound like a nice cocktail. Did it actually call for Lillet Blanc in the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book and not Kina Lillet? Interesting!

frederic said...

It called for Lillet and I added the blanc part so as not to encourage people to buy the Dubonnet rip-off...

I don't mind the scaling unless they have constant measurements like a half a lime or other (with the rest just proportions) so that it's not just what size cocktail you'd like but what the right sweetness balance, etc. should be.