Friday, March 16, 2012

snowdrop

1/2 Gin (1 1/2 oz Beefeater)
1/4 Lemon Juice (3/4 oz)
1/8 Curaçao (3/8 oz Senior Curaçao)
1/8 Maraschino Liqueur (3/8 oz Luxardo)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. I added a lemon twist garnish.

Tuesday last week, we started the evening with the Snowdrop that I found in the Café Royal Cocktail Book. The drink was created by an UK bartender named F. Benniman who was best known for creating the godfather of the Rusty Nail called the B.I.F. (different name and an added dash of Angostura) back in 1937. I was drawn to the Snowdrop for it looked like a cross between an Aviation (the Gary Regan crème de violette-free version) and an egg white-free White Lady (or a Chelsea Sidecar).
A bright lemon oil nose greeted me along with the funkier aspects of the Maraschino liqueur. The sip presented lemon and orange notes, and the swallow showcased the gin and Maraschino. With the domineering aspect of Maraschino, the Snowdrop veered more towards the Aviation camp; however, it was a lot lighter on the Maraschino than the better known classic and might be more preferable of a drink for people who find Aviations too overwhelming on that account.

1 comment:

Jordan Devereaux said...

Sounds like a solid drink. I might play around with the amount of Maraschino because I often find that anything more than a rinse of that liqueur overwhelms a drink, but maybe this will work out better.