Tuesday, July 3, 2012

midnight elixir

2 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Ginger Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice. Top with ~1 oz soda water and float 1/2 oz Fernet Branca. Garnish with a lime wheel and add a straw.
The other house original that caught my eye at Stoddard's was the Midnight Elixir. To the top of a gin, ginger, and lime Fizz was an ominous layer of Fernet Branca like in the Benton Park Swizzle. This Fernet float donated a menthol note to the lime garnish's aroma. The sip showcased the lime juice, and the spice from the ginger and Ransom Old Tom Gin filled the swallow. Towards the end, the intense bitter herbalness of the Fernet Branca entered into the picture. Overall, between the ginger and the Fernet Branca, I could see the Midnight Elixir being just as good of a Corpse Reviver as it would be to settle the stomach after a big late-night dinner.

2 comments:

Jordan Devereaux said...

I really want to like Ransom's Old Tom - they're local and one of the few barrel aged gins that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. For some reason the batch I got tastes of little but cardamom, which is kind of off-putting, so I only ever use it in small amounts as an adjunct to other gins. I've heard that it's normally not like that, so mine might have been a more experimental batch.

frederic said...

Unfortunately, Hayman's OTG is a bit underwhelming and Ransom OTG is a bit overwhelming. Wish there was something in the middle.