Monday, April 30, 2012

old england

1/3 Gordon's Gin (1 oz Cold River)
1/3 Odd Bottle Sherry (1 oz Lustau Los Arcos Amontillado)
1/6 Bénédictine (1/2 oz)
1/6 Pollen's Orange Curaçao (Senior Curaçao)
3 dash Peach Bitters (Fee Brothers)
3 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

On Friday night two weeks ago, we began the evening with the Old England from from 1934's 1700 Cocktails for the Man Behind the Bar. One of the curious ingredients was the Odd Bottle Sherry; with a little searching, I was able to find a vintage 1930s advertisement on eBay which described the style as an old amontillado. I am not sure if Lustau's Los Arcos Amontillado is similar, but it was the closest I had.
The Old England offered up a sherry aroma that contained hints of orange and perhaps some peach. With fruit notes from the sherry's grape and Curaçao's orange on the sip, the swallow showcased the sherry's nuttiness, the Bénédictine and gin's herbal notes, and a spicy peach finish.

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